Hercules Cortez

Title History


  • Champion of Spain
  • World Wrestling title defeating Lou Thesz (1962 / Madison Square Garden);
  • European Heavyweight title defeating ???? (1964);
  • IWA (International Wrestling Association) World Heavyweight title defeating ???? (1965);
  • AWA (American Wrestling Association) World Heavyweight Tag Team titles w/Red Bastien (1971);


Career Highlights


  • 1950s: Alfonso Carlos Chicharro began his professional career as Pepe Chicharro/Pepe Cortes in Spain..
  • 1958: Alfonso Carlos Chicharro competed in Canada & the United States using the name Claude Dassary..
  • 1960: Alfonso finally settled on the name “Hercules Cortez”, as suggested by his wife, Valeri..
  • ~~~A trademark of Hercules Cortez was a giant boulder he brought from Spain which he would place in the ring and dare others to lift..
  • ~~~Hercules Cortez travelled all over the world wrestling in may different venues and territories..
  • July 24, 1971: Hercules Cortez died of injuries suffered in a one-car accident near St. Cloud, Minnesota early in the morning..
  • ~~~Hercules and partner Red Bastien were returning to Minneapolis-St. Paul after a tag team match in Winnipeg just hours earlier..
  • ~~~Hercules, who was reported to have been the driver of the car, had been scheduled to wrestle Nick Bockwinkel later that day. .