Brillante Jr.

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Brillante Jr.
Birth nameUnrevealed[1]
Born (2001-03-28) 28 March 2001 (age 22)
Gómez Palacio, Durango
Professional wrestling career
Billed height1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)[2]
Billed weight83 kg (183 lb)[2]
Trained byBrillante/Moro III[2]
Diamante[2]
Cavernario de Torreón[2]
Halcón Suriano Jr.[2]
Virus[2]
Último Guerrero[2]
DebutMarch 29, 2015[3]

Brillante Jr. (born 28 March 2001) is a Mexican luchador enmascarado, or masked professional wrestler currently working for the Mexican professional wrestling promotion Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL), portraying a tecnico ("Good guy") wrestling character. His real name is not a matter of public record, as is often the case with masked wrestlers in Mexico where their private lives are kept a secret from the wrestling fans.[1]

Family[edit]

Born in Gómez Palacio,[3][4] Brillante Jr. is a cousin of Andrade El Idolo, known from World Wrestling Entertainment and All Elite Wrestling in the United States. He recalls training together with Andrade when he was only four years old.[5]

He is part of the third generation of the Andrade/El Moro family to compete in lucha libre.[6] His great-grandfather, José Andrade, wrestled under the name "El Moro", while his uncles wrestle or wrestled under the names Diamante/Moro III (Sergio Andrade), Zafiro/Pentagoncito (real name unrevealed), Kevin (Juan Andrade), Espanto Jr./Pentagón (Jesús Andrade), and Espiritu Magico (Juan Andrade), and another one of his cousins works as the current Espanto Jr..[6] His sister Lady Shadow, also wrestles in CMLL.[3] His own father, however, was never a wrestler.[6]

Career[edit]

Early career[edit]

This Brillante Jr. made his debut March 2015 in Arena Azteca, with a mask very much resembling that of La Sombra, Andrade el Idolos old identity.[7] Before becoming La Sombra, Andrade El Idolo also used the name Brillante Jr. back in the mid-2000s.[8][9][10][11] Brillante Jr. wrestled locally in the Comarca Lagunera area for over five years, steadily improving and moving up the cards. He established himself as a top aerial wrestler in the area, and soon rose to the top of the cards of the local shows.[12]

In 2019 he worked a match for Pro Wrestling Mexico in Monterrey, a promotion then co-owned by Lucha Libre AAA Worldwide. Teaming with Kratoz and Último Maldito, they were defeated by the team of Komander, Dulce Canela and Baby Xtreme.[13] In 27 March 2022 he also worked a dark match for AAA in Torreón.[14]

Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (2023–)[edit]

Brillante Jr's move to Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre and Mexico City came when he was invited to participate for the Comarca Lagunera team in CMLL's new Torneo de Escuelas tournament, where the CMLL trainees from Mexico City, Puebla, Guadalajara and La Laguna competed against each other in a series of multi-man matches. The tournament took place in February and March 2023.[15] Brillante Jr. and his teammates lost to the Mexico City team in the first round.[16] However, Brillante Jr. has since established himself as a main roster member in CMLL, working the opening matches both in Arena México and Arena Coliseo, as well as in Guadalajara and Puebla.[17] He has also relocated to the Mexico City area.[2]

On 4 April, Brillante Jr. wrestled in the Torneo Nueva Generación, a showcase multi-man match at the Arena Coliseo 80th Anniversary show, which marked his first appearance on a major CMLL show. Brillante Jr. was the fifth out of ten to be eliminated, by Rey Samuray, who went on to win the match.[18] On 23 June, Brillante Jr. wrestled for the first time on Viernes Espectaculares or Super Friday, which is CMLLs main show of the week. Together with Neón and Max Star his team defeated Capitán Suicida, Fuego and Valiente Jr. in the second match of the night.[19]

After winning a qualifier in Torreón, together with Misterio Blanco,[20] Brillante Jr. participated in a multi-man elimination match to crown a new Mexican National Lightweight Champion on 30 July 2023. Brillante Jr. survived until the final two, but eventually lost to Futuro, who became the new champion.[5][21] The concept of the tournament was that two wrestlers from Guadalajara, Mexico City, Puebla and Laguna respectively competed for the title.[20]

In November 2023, he was elected as part of the CMLL roster for Fantastica Mania 2024 with New Japan Pro Wrestling, marking his Japanese debut.[22]


References[edit]

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