Gran Apache

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Gran Apache
Gran Apache
Name Gran Apache
Real name Mario Balbuena González
Nicknames "El Suegro," "Abuelo"
Name history El Apache/Gran Apache (debut - ), Cometa Azul III, Jabagengi, Lion (IWA Japan, 1995), Chiva Rayada I, Great Sasuke Tiga Power Version (M-Pro, 2000), El Gladiador (M-Pro, 2000), Kimba -original version- (CMLL Japan, 2000)
Family Mari Apache, Faby Apache, Baby (Jessica) Apache (daughters), Lady Apache (former wife), Billy Boy (son-in-law), Marvin the baby (grandson), Natsumi (granddaughter)
Maestro(s) Rafael Salamanca, Tony Lopez, Blue Demon, Los Cometas Azules I & II
Birth date, location April 16, 1959 - Mexico City
Obituary date May 7, 2017
Debut, location August 8, 1975 - Toluca, Mexico State
Lost mask to Conde Bartok & ??? - unknown date
Height 5'6"/168 cms
Weight 189 1/2 lbs/86 kg
Signature moves Tormenta Apache, Splash Mountain/Black Tiger Bomb, Fisherman's Suplex, Michinoku Driver II, La Tapatía, Apache Cutter
Titles: AAA Mixed Tag Team Titles [2] (w/ Fabi Apache and Mari Apache), San Pedro Iztacalco Lightweight Title, Arena Santa Marta Tag Team Titles (w/ Gran Apache II), Pavillón Azteca Tag Team Titles (w/ Gran Apache II)


  • Known to be one of the best trainers ever in all of Mexico.
  • Was one of the first luchadors ever to train females.
  • Worked as a road agent to help put the younger workers matches together in AAA.

Luchas de apuestas record

Date Apuesta Winner(s) Loser(s) Arena and/or Place
??/??/?? masks Conde Bartok & ?? Apache I & Apache II Pavillón Azteca - Mexico City
1983/05/01 hair Gran Apache Perro Salvaje Arena Azteca Budokan - Mexico City
1990/12/02 hair Gran Apache Escudero Rojo Pista Arena Revolución - Mexico City
1992/01/14 hair Rocco Valente Gran Apache Arena Coliseo
1992/04/05 hair Gran Apache Loco Valentino Arena Isabel - León, Guanajuato
1992/11/15 hair Gran Apache Rey David Arena Coliseo - Mexico City
1992/11/21 hair Gran Apache Reyes Veloz Pista Arena Revolución - Mexico City
1993/09/07 hairs Gran Apache & El Mestizo Escudero Rojo & Reyes Veloz Arena Coliseo - Mexico City
1999/10/17 hair (1) Gran Apache Cuerno de Chivo Arena Solidaridad - Monterrey, Nuevo León
2000/02/27 mask (2) Chiva Rayada I Gladiador Fantasma Arena San Juan Pantitlan
2000/03/31 hair Oscar Sevilla Gran Apache Centro de Convenciones - Cd. Madero, Tamps.
2002/07/15 hair (3) Mosco de la Merced AAA Gran Apache León, Guanajuato
2006/04/30 hair Gran Apache Billy Boy Plaza De Toros Nuevo Progreso - Guadalajara, Jalisco
2006/10/26 hair Gran Apache Mohicano I Universidad de Pachuca, Pachuca, Hidalgo
2007/03/18 hair Gran Apache Billy Boy Toreo de Cuatro Caminos - Estado de Mexico
2016/04/19 hair Daga Gran Apache Plaza de Toros Monumental, Aguascalientes, Aguascalientes
(1) Cage match with Apache, Panthro, Oscar Sevilla and Cuerno. Both tecnicos escaped so Apache fouled Cuerno and left the cage.; (2) Unknown if Apache was under the Chiva I gimmick at the time; (3) Cage match


as Cometa Azul III, seated
Apaches - 1985
2nd from left as El Gladiador in Michinoku Pro
Apache is awesome!
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as Jabagengi, with Satoru Sayama
as Kimba from CMLL Japan