CMLL Veteran Ares el Guerrero Passes Away at 50

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The lucha libre world has been again by tragedy, following a terrible week that has already seen the passing of El Impala (June 7), Super Bracito (June 5), Matemático II (June 4), and Dragon Chino II (June 2), all being ruled due to COVID complications. On Friday it’s being reported that another veteran, Ares el Guerrero from Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL) has passed away at the age of 50, although no details of his death have been released as of yet. The news was first broken by the Puebla lucha libre commission on Facebook.

José Francisco González López entered the world of lucha libre in 1988 at the age of 18, working for various smaller independent promotions. In 1998, he made his debut with CMLL and has worked regularly with the company ever since, last appearing on February 17, 2020, in Puebla, Mexico, the region that he routinely wrestles on independent shows. He is a former Puebla Tag Team Champion alongside his partner, Baby Killer.

Originally a masked luchador for the bulk of his career, he lost his mask in a match against Black Tiger (the Mexican version, not the one from NJPW). He had recently undergone a name change, becoming Ares El Poblano last September.

LWOPW sends out our deepest condolences to the entire López family, as well as Ares el Guerrero’s fans, friends, and colleagues. Stay tuned to the Last Word on Pro Wrestling for more on this and other stories from around the world of wrestling, as they develop. You can always count on LWOPW to be on top of the major news in the wrestling world, as well as to provide you with analysis, previews, videos, interviews, and editorials on the wrestling world.