Wrestling is popular in modern days. But many people are unaware that the history of wrestling goes way back to ancient times. There were cave drawings of wrestling in France some 15,000 years ago, and also it was mentioned in Hindu scriptures like Vedas, Mahabharat, and Ramayan.
Its worldwide popularity has given some great wrestlers from different parts of the world. One such wrestler comes from Mexico, named Hector Garza, which is his ring name. He has left a more significant impact on the history of wrestling.
Hector Solano Segura, famously known as Hector Garza, was a Mexican professional wrestler. He was born on June 12, 1969, in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico. The aggressive wrestler, Hector, was active professionally from 1992 to 2012.
Unfortunately, after one year of his retirement, on May 26, 2013, Hector died due to lung cancer at the age of 43.
Moreover, Hector made millions of fans and followers worldwide in the two-decades-long career, who still remember him as a master of his game. Garza’s popularity does not stay only among his fans but also inside his family circle. His nephew Garza Jr., a professional wrestler, tries to mimic his uncle’s famous wrestling moves and mannerisms in his memory.
Before we go further and discuss this athletic phenomenon, let’s check some quick facts.
Hector Garza: Quick Facts
|Full Name||Hector Solano Segura|
|Birth Date||June 12, 1969|
|Death||May 26, 2013|
|Birth Place||Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico|
|Ring Name||Hector Garza|
|Father’s Name||Humberto Garza|
|Mother’s Name||Not Available|
|Siblings||Humberto Garza Jr.|
|Height||5 feet 11 inches|
|Children||El Sultan (son)|
|Net Worth||$1 million to $5 million (before his death)|
|Retirement||October 15, 2012|
|Social Media||Not Available|
|WWF Merch||T-shirt, Action Figures, Magazine|
Garza | Early Life and Family
The talented wrestler Hector comes from a family of great wrestlers. Garza was born to Humberto Garza, a professional wrestler. In addition to his father, his brother Humberto Garza Jr. and his son El Sultan are also professional wrestlers.
Moreover, Garza’s uncle Mike Segura, his cousin El Ninja Jr. and his nephew Angel Garza are involved in professional wrestling.
Steroids | Arrest
In 2005 the great wrestler Hector got arrested in Houston, Texas, the USA, for carrying steroids (Primobolan, Deca-Durabolin). He was there to wrestle at TNA’s Final Resolution 2005.
When he got arrested, Garza said that those were prescribed drugs and admitted that he was unaware of steroids’ illegality in the United States.
Unfortunately, this incident ended Hector’s career in the US. Later, he was deported back to Mexico and was stopped from entering the US. Yet, he continued his wrestling career successfully in his own country.
Hector Garza | Career
The internationally-famous wrestler Garza had a successful career of almost two decades in Mexico; he exclusively wrestled for CMLL and AAA. Besides his successful career in Mexico, Hector worked briefly for WCW, WWF, and TNA.
Hector Garza, son of Mexican wrestler Humberto Garza, made his debut in professional wrestling in 1992. Initially, his uncle Mario Segura, Mr. Lince, and Blue Fish trained and prepared Hector. Moreover, Hector got his ring name after his father’s name. He entered the wrestling industry with undying enthusiasm and high expectation.
Similarly, the talented star started to wrestle for Federation Internacional de Lucha Libre (FILL) in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon. FILL is an International Wrestling Federation.
At the beginning of Hector’s career, he stood against El Sanguinario in 1993. Hector played a good character, which is called the “tecnico” or face character. Garza won his first professional wrestling on June 6, 1993, by defeating El Sanguinario.
Consejo Mudial de Lucha Libre (CMLL) Career
CMLL (World Wrestling Council in Mexico city) tried to find its ground when AAA came out as its competitor. As a process of rebuilding the image and repairing the foundation, CMLL hired Hector Garza. He soon stood against legendary “rudos” or heel or bad guy character, Bestia Salvaje and Satanico, in hair matches.
Soon Garza became one of the top face characters. After spending two years in CMLL, Garza joined AAA in 1996 as a new move to further his career.
AAA /WWF Career
Hector joined AAA in 1996, which was another step- up for the great wrestler. With his AAA contract, Garza could also appear in the WWF, a US-based World Wrestling Federation. When he wrestled in his first televised appearance in the WWF, he won against T.L. Hopper.
Then in 1997, Hector appeared on the Royal Rumble pay-per-view along with El Canek and Perro Aguayo. Hector was part of several WWF matches, but his WWF career ended sooner. On March 10, 1997, he appeared on the 200th episode of Monday Night Raw, his last WWF match.
Moreover, Hector worked in AAA as a part of a famous trio called La Maquina del Amor (The Love Machine). This role-playing increased their popularity among female fans. But the AAA/WWF collaboration ended in mid-1997, leaving many AAA wrestlers no choice but to join World Championship Wrestling (WCW).
World Championship Wrestling (WCW) Career
When Garza joined WCM in 1997, he became immensely popular for his unusual wrestling move called “corkscrew plancha.” He got his first WCW championship match on June 30, 1997, when he challenged Steven Regal, but he lost the game in four minutes.
The same year, Hector made his WCW PPV debut at the Bash at the Beach with Juventud Guerrera and Lizmark Jr.
Moreover, Garza also joined the Latino World Order (IWO), a professional wrestling group mainly formed by Eddie Guerrero in 1998.
Garza left WCW after his last match on October 1, 1999; he, along with Silver King, defeated Los Villanos.
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Returning to AAA
The Latino World Order member, Hector decided to go back to AAA at the end of 1999. Soon he became part of a long-running feud involving Heavy Metal, Perro Aguayo Jr., and Heavy Metal, which would go longer. After his return to AAA, Hector won many championships.
On December 26, 1999, Garza won the IWC World Heavyweight Championship against Pirata Morgan. Likewise, after two months, Hector won the Mexican National Light Heavyweight Championship against Sangre Chicana.
However, Hector also defeated other Guerra de Titanes and won the Mexican National Heavyweight Championship on May 5, 2002. At the end of the year 2002, Garza was beaten by Latin Lover, making him shave his hair for the first time.
Total Nonstop Action Wrestling
The super-flexible wrestler Hector returned to the USA in 2004 to participate in Total Nonstop Action Wrestling. Furthermore, Hector, along with four other wrestlers, won the America X-Cup.
Sadly, after his termination from the AAA-TNA deal, Hector went back to participate in TNA Victory Road 2004. There he won a Twenty Man X-Division Gauntlet.
Such victories, accolades, and popularity kept coming into Hector’s life no matter where he was. His arrest and deportation did not stop him from becoming a successful wrestler in Mexico.
Returning to CMLL
The 2-generation wrestler, Garza, came back to Mexico and joined CMLL in 2005. He fully got involved in CMLL. After his return, Hector became a part of Los Perros del Mal, a Mexican professional wrestling group.
Again in 2008, Hector teamed with El Hijo del Fantasma and La Mascara. The trio won the vacant CMLL World Trios Championship defeating Dos Caras Jr., Blue Panther, and Mistico in the final tournament.
Moreover, Garza left the ring during the match in March 2010, in a feud with another team member. In defense, Garza claimed that one member of his team attacked him. After this incident, Hector’s role as a tecnico (good guy character) started to change. He kept winning many matches teaming with different other wrestlers than his team members.
Finally, on May 7, 2010, Super Viernes, Hector betrayed his team members (La Mascara & Hijo del Fantasma) by attacking them. Moreover, he let La Ola Amarillo win the CMLL Trios Championship. This final betraying move turned him into a “rudo” (bad-guy character).
Hector Career from 2010-2012
In 2010, the talented wrestler Garza joined the Los Invasores after betraying his team members. Moreover, Hector and Mr. Aguila won the CMLL World Tag Team Championship on July 16, 2010, Super Viernes. But after four-month, they lost the championship to Dragon Rojo Jr. and Ultimo Guerrero.
Similarly, Hector went even further and participated in New Japan Pro Wrestling on January 4, 2011, which did not go well. Soon after, Garza returned to CMLL.
Following his return to CMLL, Hector turned back into ‘tecnico’ and also left Los Invasores. The same year on August 12, Garza won the CMLL World Heavyweight Championship for the first time against Ultimo Guerrero.
Furthermore, Hector left CMLL to join Perros del Mal Producciones, a Mexican professional wrestling promotion founded by Perro Aguayo. He went to save Perro Aguayo Jr., Damian 666, Halloween, and X-Fly in his first match under the promotion.
After one day, Hector, along with his team members, attacked El Mesias and Jack Evans. The Los Perros del Mal kicked Hector out on August 10, 2012.
Sadly, two months later, Hector’s fans and followers got terrible news. On October 15, 2012, a press release confirmed his illness. He was diagnosed with lung cancer.
Hector Garza | Death & Legacy
After battling with cancer for a year, Hector passed away on May 26, 2013. He still was the Mexican National Heavyweight Champion when he died. His fans and followers send condolences from all around the corner. The Mexico City Boxing and Wrestling Commission kept it inactive in the memory of Garza.
A tweet on Hector’s death.
Shocked to hear the death of Hector Garza. I had no idea he was battling cancer, still way too young. Another Mexican Legend gone #RIP
— Kaitlin Diemond (@kaitlindiemond) May 27, 2013
After three-years of Garza’s death, on August 9, 2015, Garza was inducted into the AAA Hall of Fame at Triplemania XXIII. Moreover, one of his nephews, Humberto Garza Solano, changed his ring name to “Garza Jr.,” who also adopted some of Hector’s moves and manners.
Common Questions about Hector Garza
Is Angel Garza related to Hector Garza?
Yes. Angel Garza is the nephew of Hector Garza. Angel is a Mexican professional wrestler. Currently, he is part of WWE; he performs on the Raw brand.
Who is El Sultan?
El Sultan is son Hector Garza’and grandson of Humberto Garza.
What were some of the most popular moves of Hector?
There were many popular moves, some of which are still popular and are remembered by his fans.
Top ten moves of Hector Garza:
1. Corkscrew Plancha
2. El Tornillo V2 Y V3
5. El Cangrejo
6. La Tapatia
7. Plancha Suicida a Toda Velocidad
8. Tilt a Whirl Slam
9. Rana con Puente
10. Arm Drag