The Panther, formerly known as Cachorro is the ring name of 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. Cachorro's 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. He is the son of Genaro Vazquez Nevarez, better known as Blue Panther, and the brother of wrestler Blue Panther, Jr.. Cachorro is Spanish for "Cub", playing off his father's "Blue Panther" ring name.
Cachorro is the youngest son of professional wrestler Genaro Vazquez Nevarez, better known under the ring name Blue Panther and brother of Black Panther. His full given name is not a matter of public record in accordance with Lucha Libre traditions where the true identity of masked wrestlers is kept private whenever possible. Both of Nevarez' sons were featured in interviews around their father well before they became professional wrestlers, their names were never explicitly stated and they always wore the same Blue Panther mask that their father used to conceal their identifies and that of the then masked Nevarez. He is the cousin of Jesus Toral López, better known as Black Warrior, a long time wrestler.
Professional wrestling career
CMLL originally stated that Cachorro made his professional wrestling debut in early 2014 when he began working under the "Cachorro" ring name, but later on revealed his true debut year as 2011. Due to the secrecy of masked wrestlers in Mexico it has never been confirmed what ring name or mask he used between 2011 and 2014. He was first introduced as "Cachorro" and wearing a black and white version of his father's Panther themed mask during a show to honor his father's 35th anniversary as a wrestler in the fall of 2013. At the time his older brother was also introduced to the wrestling world as Black Panther with a similar mask, but no announcement of their debut date was given at the time.
Cachorro made his official in ring debut under that name as one of 12 men to complete in Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre's 2014 La Copa Junior on January 1, 2014. All competitors were second, or third generation wrestlers competing in a torneo cibernetico elimination match. Both Chachorro and Black Panther were on the rudo ("Bad guy") team to even out the numbers between the two sides. The match also included Canelo Casas, Dragon Lee, Hijo del Signo, Guerrero Negro, Jr., Herodes, Jr., Hombre Bala, Jr., Oro, Jr., Robin, Stigma and eventual tournament winner Super Halcon, Jr.. During the match Cachorro eliminated Dragon Lee, but was himself eliminated eighth by Super Halcon, Jr. Following La Copa Junior both Cachorro and Black Panther stated to team up with their father for six-man tag team matches, with the trio being billed as Los Divinos Laguneros ("The divine from the Lagoon"). They quickly began to face La Dinastia Casas ("The Casas Dynasty"; El Felino and his two sons Tiger and Puma), continuing a long running storyline between Blue Panther and the Casas family. Later that month Cachorro entered the 2014 Torneo Gran Alternativa ("Great Alternative") tournament, which is an annual tag team tournament that has a wrestling rookie team up with an experienced wrestler for the tournament. Cachorro was teamed up with his father for the tournament, defeating the team of El Rebelde (rookie) and Averno in the first round before losing to Oro, Jr. (rookie) and La Sombra in the second round of the tournament.
On March 23, Cachorro competed in a 16-man tornero cibernetico match, competing for one of eight spots in CMLL's annual En Busca de un Ídolo ("In search of an idol") tournament. Cachorro, along with Cavernario, Dragon Lee, Guerrero Negro, Jr. Hechicero, Star, Jr., Soberano, Jr. and Super Halcon, Jr. qualified for the tournament while Black Panther, Canelo Casas, El Rebelde, Espiritu Negro, Flyer, Herodes, Jr., Metálico and Oro, Jr. were all eliminated. The first round of the tournament saw Cachorro face off against all 7 opponents in a round-robin tournament format. After the matches each wrestler was given points by a panel of judges as well as points off an online poll. After the first round Cachorro ended up ranked third, winning four of the matches, gaining 216 points from the judges and 137 points from the online poll. In the second round of the tournament Cachorro only defeated eventual tournament Cavernario and ended up in 4th place, 3 points behind 3rd place and 55 points behind the highest point scorer. On August 25, it was announced that Cachorro would team up with fellow rookie Dragon Lee for the CMLL 81st Anniversary Show, marking Cachorro (and Dragon Lee's) first appearance at CMLL's Anniversary Shows, the promotion's most important show of the year. They were scheduled to compete in the first match against the brother-duo of Puma and Tiger.
The Panther (2014-present)
During a press conference on November 19 Cachorro announced that he was changing his ring name to "The Panther" and adopting a new mask as well. At the same press conference Black Panther announced he was taking the name Blue Panther, Jr. On December 19, 2015 The Panther and Guerrero Maya Jr. teamed up to defeat La Comando Caribeño ("The Caribbean Commando"; Misterioso Jr. and Sagrado) to win the CMLL Arena Coliseo Tag Team Championship, The Panther's first CMLL championship. In the fall of 2015 The Panther became involved in a storyline rivalry with Súper Comando, a low ranked masked rudo, part of a team known as Los Hombres del Camuflaje. Over the course of several months the two often faced off on oppsite sides of tag team and six-man matches, often with Súper Comando targeting his younger opponent, tearing his mask to push the storyline that he wanted to teach the rookie a lesson. In early December CMLL announced that Súper Comando and The Panther would joint 10 other wrestlers; Blue Panther Jr., Puma and Tiger, Cancerbero, Esfinge, Fuego, Pegasso, Raziel, Sangre Azteca and Tritón in the main event of the 2015 Infierno en el Ring show. The Infierno en el Ring match came down to Súper Comando and The Panther being the last two wrestlers in the steel cage, with The Panther forcing Súper Comando to submit. Afterwards Súper Comando was forced to unmask and announce his real name.
Japan and United States (2016-current)
In January 2016, The Panther made his Japanese debut by taking part in the CMLL and New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) co-produced Fantastica Mania 2016 tour. On the fifth show of the tour, he and The Panther successfully defended the Arena Coliseo Tag Team Championship against Bobby Z and Okumura. On November 3, 2016 The Panther made his debut for the US based Ring of Honor (ROH) promotion at their Survial of the Fittest double show in Texas. On night one The Panther defeated Will Ferrara, Silas Young and Yohey to advance in the "Survival of the Fittest" tournament. On the following night he lost a six-way match when he was eliminated by Dalton Castle in a match that was won by Bobby Fish.
Championships and accomplishments
- Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre
- CMLL Arena Coliseo Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Guerrero Maya Jr.
- "RESULTADOS ARENA COLISEO® – SÁBADOS RETRO, SÁBADO 19 DE DICIEMBRE '15" (in Spanish). Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre. December 19, 2015. Archived from the original on December 20, 2015. Retrieved December 20, 2015.
Luchas de Apuestas record
|Winner (wager)||Loser (wager)||Location||Event||Date||Notes|
|The Panther (mask)||Súper Comando (mask)||Mexico City, Mexico||Infierno en el Ring||December 25, 2015|