Daniel Nuñez Hernandez (born June 11, 1977) is a Mexican luchador and professional wrestler, currently working for the Mexican wrestling promotion Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL) under the ring name Cancerbero. Cancerbero is a part of a wrestling group called Los Cancerberos del Infierno ("The Infernal Cerberusses") under the leadership of Virus, the group also includes Raziel, Pólvora and Euforia. Cancerbero previously worked as Mesalla for many years, forming the team Los Romanos along with Caligula (who is now known as Raziel). The name Cancerbero is Spanish for Cerberus, the three-headed hound that according to Greek Mythology guards the entrance to hell.
Professional wrestling career
Hernandez began his wrestling career using the ring name El Potro ("The Colt") and later on wrestled as El Monstruo I, teaming with El Monstruo II. El Monstruo I was unmasked by Gran Cuchillo on December 8, 2002 when he lost a Lucha de Apuesta, bet match.
In 2005 he began working for Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL) and was teamed up with another recent CMLL signee. CMLL gave Hernandez a new identity as Messala, the ring persona was that of a Roman soldier complete with a mask designed to look like a Roman soldier's helmet. His teammate was named Caligula and given a similar Roman inspired gimmick and collectively they became known as Los Romanos ("The Romans"). The team worked as low ranked Rudos (bad guys) who mainly worked with young wrestlers to give them in-ring experience and to assess their talent. On June 15, 2008 Los Romanos participated in a tournament for the vacant CMLL Arena Coliseo Tag Team Championship but the experienced team lost to the makeshift team of Ángel Azteca, Jr. and Máscara Purpura in the first round. Los Romanos remained firmly placed in the opening or low card position throughout 2008 and into 2009.
Los Cancerberos del Infierno
On November 18, 2009 CMLL presented a new Rudo group that they had formed, Los Cancerberos del Infierno ("The Infernal Cerberus") a team led by veteran mid-carder Virus and consisted of rookies Pólvora and Euforia as well as two new characters never used before - Raziel and Cancerberos. It was later revealed that Raziel and Cancerbero were not two new wrestlers CMLL brought in but actually the repackaged Los Romanos with Caligula changing his name to Raziel and Messala being turned into Cancerbero. In late 2009 Los Cancerberos participated in a tournament to crown new Mexican National Trios Champion, Virus, Pólvora and Euforia represented the group and defeated Los Ángeles Celestiales (Ángel Azteca, Jr., Ángel de Plata and Ángel de Oro) in the first round. Following the tournament loss Los Ángeles Celestiales and Los Cancerberos del Infierno have developed a rivalry between the two groups, facing off on various CMLL shows, including their Friday night CMLL Super Viernes show. In May, Cancerbero competed in a qualifying match for the 2015 version of En Busca de un Ídolo as one of 16 wrestlers in a torneo cibernetico, elimination match where the last eight wrestlers would qualify for the tournament. He competed againstAkuma, Blue Panther Jr., Canelo Casas, Delta, Disturbio, Esfinge, Flyer, El Gallo, Guerrero Maya Jr., Joker, Pegasso, Raziel, Sagrado, Stigma and Boby Zavala. He was the fourth wrestler eliminated, pinned by Delta. On December 25, 2015 as part of CMLL's annual Infierno en el Ring show Cancerbero was one of twelve men risking their mask in the main event steel cage match. He was the fourth man to leave the cage, keeping his mask safe in the process.
Championships and accomplishments
- Mexican Independent Circuit
- Arena Nueva Aragon Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with El Monstruo II
Luchas de Apuestas record
|Winner (wager)||Loser (wager)||Location||Event||Date||Notes|
|Gran Cuchillo (mask)||El Monstrou I (mask)||N/A||Live event||December 8, 2002|