Enrique Torres

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Title History

 

  • (Los Angeles) World Heavyweight title defeating George Becker (December 11, 1946);
  • (Los Angeles) World Heavyweight title defeating Gorgeous George (May 14, 1947);
  • NWA (San Francisco) Pacific Coast Heavyweight title defeating Hombre Montana (????, 1952);
  • NWA (San Francisco) Pacific Coast Tag Team titles w/Gino Garibaldi defeating Zebra Kid & Hans Schnabel (September ??, 1952);
  • NWA (San Francisco) Pacific Coast Heavyweight title defeating Ray Eckert (Febuary 7, 1953);
  • NWA (San Francisco) Pacific Coast Tag Team titles w/Leo Nomellini defeating Fred & Ray Atkins (April ??, 1953);
  • NWA (San Francisco) World Tag Team titles w/Leo Nomellini defeating Mike & Ben Sharpe (May 6, 1953);
  • NWA (San Francisco) Pacific Coast Heavyweight title defeating Ray Eckert (July 9, 1953);
  • NWA (San Francisco) Pacific Coast Tag Team titles w/Ramon Torres defeating Don Lee & Tom Rice (September 19, 1953);
  • NWA (San Francisco) Pacific Coast Tag Team titles w/Ron Etchison defeating Chris & John Tolos (December 12, 1953);
  • NWA (San Francisco) Pacific Coast Tag Team titles w/Ron Etchison defeating James Blears & Athol Layton (May 12, 1954);
  • NWA (San Francisco) Pacific Coast Tag Team titles w/Jesse Ortega defeating Mike & Ben Sharpe (October 6, 1954);
  • NWA (San Francisco) World Tag Team titles w/Johnny Barend defeating James Blears & Gene Kiniski (July 28, 1955);
  • NWA (San Francisco) Pacific Coast Tag Team titles w/Sandor Kovacs defeating ???????? (????, 1956);
  • NWA (San Francisco) World Tag Team titles w/Bobo Brazil defeating Mike & Ben Sharpe (July 13, 1956);
  • NWA (San Francisco) World Tag Team titles w/Ron Etchison defeating Mike & Ben Sharpe (December 22, 1956);
  • NWA (San Francisco) World Tag Team titles w/Leo Nomellini defeating James Blears & Ben Sharpe (????, 1957);
  • NWA (San Francisco) World Tag Team titles w/Bobo Brazil defeating James Blears & Ben Sharpe (May 28, 1957);
  • NWA Texas Tag Team titles w/Alberto Torres defeating Casey & Danny McShain (February 27, 1958);
  • NWA (San Francisco) World Tag Team titles w/Rip Miller defeating ??????? (October ??, 1959);
  • NWA (Mid Atlantic) Southern Tag Team titles w/George Becker defeating Great Bolo & Larry Hamilton (November 23, 1959);
  • NWA (San Francisco) Pacific Coast Heavyweight title defeating Fred Blassie (April 10, 1960);
  • NWA (San Francisco) World Tag Team titles w/Reggie Parks defeating Magnificent Maurice & Ed Miller (August 8, 1961);
  • WWA (Los Angeles) American Heavyweight title defeating Billy Varga (May 2, 1962)
  • NWA (Central States) United States Heavyweight title defeating Rock Hunter (December 13, 1963);
  • NWA Central States Heavyweight title defeating Rock Hunter (December 20, 1963);
  • NWA (Vancouver) Canadian Tag Team titles w/Bearcat Wright defeating Don Leo Jonathan & Kenji Shibuya (April 13, 1964);
  • NWA (Hawaii) United States Heavyweight title defeating Curtis Iaukea (December 12, 1964);
  • NWA Hawaii Tag Team titles w/Alberto Torres defeating Mr. Fujiwara & Curtis Iaukea (May 28, 1965);
  • NWA (Georgia) Southern Tag Team titles w/Alberto Torres defeating Medics [Tournament] (May 6, 1966);
  • NWA (Georgia) World Tag Team titles w/Alberto Torres defeating Infernos (June 17, 1966);
  • NWA (Georgia) World Tag Team titles w/Alberto Torres defeating Infernos (August 19, 1966);
  • NWA (Georgia) Southern Tag Team titles w/Ramon Torres defeating Butcher Vachon & Louie Tillet (October 21, 1966);
  • NWA (Georgia) Southern Tag Team titles w/Ramon Torres defeating Butcher Vachon & Louie Tillet (November 16, 1966);
  • NWA (Georgia) World Tag Team titles w/Ramon Torres defeating Butcher & Mad Dog Vachon (Febuary 3, 1967);
  • NWA (Georgia) Southern Tag Team titles w/Ramon Torres defeating Lars & Gene Anderson (April 11, 1967);
  • NWA (Georgia) World Tag Team titles w/Ramon Torres defeating Lars & Gene Anderson (May 12, 1967);
  • NWA (Georgia) Southern Tag Team titles w/Alberto Torres defeating Stan & Butcher Vachon (September 5, 1967);
  • NWA (Georgia) Southern Tag Team titles w/Alberto Torres defeating Stan & Butcher Vachon (January 5, 1968);
  • NWA (Georgia) Southern Tag Team titles w/Alberto Torres defeating Tarzan Tyler & El Mongol for vacant titles (March 8, 1968);
  • NWA (Georgia) Southern Tag Team titles w/Alberto Torres defeating Hans Schmidt & El Mongol (May 31, 1968);

 

Career History

 

  • Enrique Torres was part of the famous Torres Brothers (along with Alberto Torres & Ramon Torres)….
  • Enrique Torres was a major star in California and held the Los Angelas version of the World title in the 1950s..
  • 1968: Enrique Torres retired from professional wrestling and settled in Calgary, Alberta, Canada..
  • April 2007: Enrique Torres was hospitolized up in Calgary and was not expected to make it…
  • September 10, 2007: Enrique Torress passed away at the age of 85 in Calgary, Alberta.. 
  • Special thank you to Ana Torres for showing this profile to her father-in-law, Enrique Torres, and helping with the information!

    Dr. Mike Lano (global wrestling writer/photographer from 1966 to current) wrote: Enrique Torres was truly one of the all time ring greats, Hispanic or otherwise. The CAC will be honoring the legacy of the Torres Brothers next year in a full tribute to lucha libre and Hispanic wrestlers(dating back to the early 30′s). In Los Angeles where he was a true wrestling god(sorry, but JBL’s inane claim is pretty hollow) in the 50′s and 60′s, he held various world tag title versions plus the single world title there under the watchful eyes of promoting/booking legend Jules Strongbow, Charlie Moto and Sandor Szabo. In 6 man world tag title belt defenses with his hermanos, they had no peer. When the trio later battled the Vachons and Assassins in Georgia in the 60′s(Maurice, Paul and Stan Pulaski) it was pure gate magic selling out the Omni and other venues for several years and ranks up there with Blassie-Tolos, Sammartino-Kowalski and Sheik-Brazil as one of the all time great/lengthy feuds in the biz. Retiring in Calgary was an odd choice but Enrique enjoyed the cold weather as a contrast to the warm weather he’d experienced in climes most of his life. He was still training and coaching future wrestling stars almost to the time of his passing. He’d also made several early 60′s tours for Rikidozan after Thesz, Blassie, Beyer and the Sharpe Brothers had made history there.