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December 25, 2000 Wrestling Observer Newsletter: Blue Demon passes away, WCW talent walks out on tapings, more

Alejandro Munoz Moreno, who was a 1960s Mexican movie star and possibly the second most famous wrestlers in that country's history as the Blue Demon, passed away on 12/16 from a heart attack at the age of 78.

Demon, who would probably be ranked just behind El Santo as the most famous cultural wrestling icon in Mexico, starred in even lower budget movies than those which made Santo one of the most beloved and probably the longest enduring wrestling legend in any culture. In the ring, while only a welterweight, Demon was considered in his day and pound-for-pound one of the two or three toughest shooters in all of Mexico and even at that size well known for his shooting ability in the Southwestern United States.

Born on April 22, 1922, Demon started pro wrestling relatively late, at the age of 26, but made up for it by wrestling regularly into his late 60s. Originally from Monterrey, which in the 1950s was the most Americanized of the wrestling cultures in Mexico because the top talent from Texas would headline, and the top Monterrey talent would headline in Texas.

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