Mocho Cota

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Mocho Cota
Mocho Cota
Name Mocho Cota
Real name Manuel Cota Soto
Nicknames Mocho (Cripple)
Name history Mocho Cota (debut - death )
Family Tigre Cota, Zayco (sons), Guero Cota (brother)
Maestro(s) Reveles López
Birth date, location June 5, 1954 - Municipio del Fuerte, Sonora
Obituary date December 22, 2016
Debut, location 1979
Lost mask to
Height 5'7"/171 cms
Weight 185 lbs/84 kg
Signature moves La Tres Dedos, Bow-and-arrow submission, Dropkick, Reverse Bow-and-Arrow Submission
Titles: National Welterweight Title, NWA World Welterweight Title

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He lost two of his fingers and the top of another finger during an accident in a textile plant prior to wrestling. This earned him the name of "Mocho", or "Cripple". He became a regular in EMLL from his debut in 1979, where he would spend most of his career. He spent 1979 in lower card trios or tag matches, frequently getting matched against career rival, Chamaco Valaguez. His career started picking up steam in late 1980, when two weeks after teaming with Satanico, he lost his hair to him on September 26th, 1980. 9 weeks later, he challenged unsuccessfully for Lizmark's NWA World Welterweight Championship, which was one of his first serious title shots.

He started getting matched up with Black Man in May 1981, which led to him getting a shot at Black Man's UWA World Lightweight Championship on May 31st, 1981. He had another shot at Lizmark's NWA World Welterweight Championship on June 20th, 1981, but was unsuccessful again.

1982 was a busy year for Cota. He began 1982 by starting a rivalry with Talisman. The rivalry ended up continuing until 1986 with the two facing off over 30 times in various types of matches. He challenged for Talisman's Mexican National Welterweight Championship title on June 19th, 1982, but was unsuccessful. He started teaming with his long-time partner La Fiera at this time. On July 29th, 1982, he lost a hair vs hair match against rival Chamaco Valaguez. On September 14th, 1982, he challenged again for the NWA World Welterweight Championship and was unsuccessful against Américo Rocca. He got another shot at Talisman's Mexican National Welterweight Championship on November 12th, 1982 and was victorious.

On March 25th, 1983, he lost his third hair match in a row, this time to Gran Cochisse. On April 17th, 1983, he competed his first successful defense of the Welterweight title by defeating Aguila Solitaria. He spent most of May and June 1983 fighting off the Mendoza brothers, Ringo Mendoza and Cachorro Mendoza. La Fiera assisted him in the fight and the two teams squared off in a double hair vs hair match on July 1st, 1983, which Cota and Fiera won.

He battled Gran Cochisse again in trios action in August and September of 1983, and this culminated in their second hair match. Cota sought revenge for Cochisse taking his hair in March, but again lost his hair to Cochisse on September 9th, 1983. 2 days later on September 11th, 1983, he had a shot at becoming a double champion as he challenged for Américo Rocca's Mexican National Welterweight Championship title, but was unsuccessful. He then defended his Mexican National Welterweight Championship over Talisman on September 29th.

In late 1983, he and his partner La Fiera, picked up a new ally in Sangre Chicana. While the partnership was not frequent likely due to Sangre Chicana's stardom, the rugged team became known as Los Guerreros (The Warriors) and Las Viboras Salvajes (The Wild Vipers). The team had a brawling style and battled Los Infernales in September 1983 in a Super Libre match.

At the end of 1983 and at the beginning of 1984, Cota and Américo Rocca renewed their rivalry. Cota successfully defended his Welterweight title against him on January 27th, 1984 and a week later on February 3rd, 1984.

Cota lost his Mexican National Welterweight Championship on July 26th, 194 to longtime rival Chamaco Valaguez. Things got heated and Cota beat Valaguez in a super libre match on August 31st, 1984. This set up either their 2nd or 3rd hair match between them on September 7th, 1984, with Cota winning Valaguez's hair.

On December 7th, 1984, Gran Cochisse and Cota met up in their 3rd hair match. Cochisse had taken Cota's hair twice in 1983 and won this, which would end up being their last hair match against each other.

1985 was a rough year for Cota as he lost in two different attempts at the Mexican National Trios Championship. He, Fiera and Talisman lost in the seminfinals to crown the first champs, then he, Fiera and Chicana were defeated by Los Infernales on March 22nd, 1985. During this time, he also got another shot at the UWA World Lightweight Championship after 4 years, but was beaten by Hijo del Santo. He was mostly involved in various trio matches throughout the rest of the year with a host of different partners including Egipcio, Cien Caras and Fuerza Guerrera.

On March 7th, 1986, Cota and Talisman had one of the last major matches of their rivalry when they met in a hair vs hair match. Cota was victorious.

We have limited information about Cota's career from 1986 to 1992, including a lost result in a hair match between him and Ray Richard. He had a small feud with Kato Kung Lee in December 1993 that culminated in a hair match which Cota won on December 10th, 1993, then he defeated his old rival Chamaco Valaguez for his hair for the third time on March 29th, 1994. During time he was also frequently paired against former Guerreros partner, La Fiera. He was often seen teaming with people like Negro Casas(who later beat him in a hair match), Bestia Salvaje and Emilio Charles Jr.

He slowed down in the late 1990's and stopped appearing regularly with EMLL/CMLL in 1997. He passed the torch in the late 1990's to his sons, Mocho Cota Jr. and Zayco, who competed in CMLL undercards. He still wrestled in smaller arenas until 2013. He passed away in 2016 due to brainstem death.

Luchas de apuestas record

Date Apuesta Winner(s) Loser(s) Arena and/or Place
??/??/?? hair Estrella Veloz Mocho Cota unknown
??/??/?? hair Mocho Cota Chamaco Valaguez Arena Isabel - Cuernavaca, Morelos
80/09/26 hair Satánico Mocho Cota Arena México - Mexico City
82/07/29 hair Chamaco Valaguez Mocho Cota Arena Isabel - Cuernavaca, Morelos
83/03/25 hair Gran Cochisse Mocho Cota Arena México - Mexico City
83/07/01 hairs La Fiera & Mocho Cota Ringo Mendoza & Cachorro Mendoza Arena México - Mexico City
83/09/09 hair Gran Cochisse Mocho Cota Arena México - Mexico City
84/09/07 hair Mocho Cota Chamaco Valaguez Arena México - Mexico City
1984/12/07[1] hair Gran Cochisse Mocho Cota Arena México
86/03/07 hair Mocho Cota Talismán Arena México - Mexico City
93/12/10 hair Mocho Cota Kato Kung Lee Arena México - Mexico City
94/03/29 hair Mocho Cota Chamaco Valaguez Arena Isabel - Cuernavaca, Morelos
94/09/23 hair Negro Casas Mocho Cota Arena México - Mexico City

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