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    Posted: 07/November/2018 at 15:15
Quote Jose Lothario, a former wrestling star out of Texas, passed away earlier today at the age of 83. He was a top babyface while wrestling in San Antonio and Houston and was later known for his brief run as Shawn Michaels' manager/trainer in WWE around 1996 when Michaels went onto win the WWE title. He also worked with Michaels to open a wrestling school and a promotion (Texas Wrestling Academy) in the San Antonio area which is where Daniel Bryan got his start. It is reported that Michaels and Lathario either had a falling out after their work together or they never really got along in the first place.

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WWE is saddened to learn that Jose Lothario has reportedly passed away at age 83.

Despite never winning a WWE-sanctioned championship or competing at WrestleMania, Jose Lothario – born Guadalupe Robledo on Dec. 12, 1934 – made a lasting mark on the WWE Universe by simply agreeing to train a cocky teenager from San Antonio, Texas. A cocky teenager that grew up to become WWE Hall of Famer Shawn Michaels.

Lothario helped HBK find his footing for a career between the ropes, from selecting Shawn Michaels as a ring name to teaching The Showstopper how to effectively perform the signature kick that came to be known as Sweet Chin Music. HBK soaked up every last lesson taught by Lothario, a Saturday morning staple for wrestling fans of a certain age from the Lone Star State.

“I think every young boy who lived in Texas knew who Jose Lothario was,” Michaels told WWE Magazine in 1996. “I first saw him on TV when I was 12. He was the first Superstar to come across my screen. He is a legend in San Antonio, Cuba, Mexico… just about everywhere!”

Their relationship reached the summit at WrestleMania XII, when Lothario – having helped Michaels break into the business nearly 15 years earlier – watched from ringside as HBK realized his boyhood dream of becoming WWE World Heavyweight Champion by defeating Bret “Hit Man” Hart in an unforgettable WWE 60-Minute Iron Man Match.

Of course, Lothario became an effective mentor only after establishing his well-traveled reputation as a gritty grappler. As an NWA mainstay, he helped usher in popular Mexican wrestling styles to the sports-entertainment scene in the United States. His fans knew him best as “Super Sock,” a nickname recognizing the punches Lothario used to dole out during his past experiences in boxing.

Lothario even briefly displayed his considerable talents before the WWE Universe, most notably by humbling Jim Cornette in a match at In Your House 10: Mind Games.

WWE extends its condolences to Robledo’s family, friends and fans.

Despite it being well before my time to see him wrestle I am actually pretty aware of him due to Shawn Michaels and also his wrestling school.
 
I hope Shawn says something about the passing. It's sad that reports are they didn't get on, when you think of how much they achieved together.
 
It shouldn't be played down the role he played in making HBK not just one of the best wrestlers ever, but breaking the glass ceiling to the main event picture, by being with HBK during the whole boyhood dream Wrestlemania storyline.
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Jose Lothario in his role of training Shawn did more for expanding the Lucha Libre style than even arguably Rey Mysterio. The fact is, the Greco-Roman / Lucha Libre hybrid style of wrestling popularized by Shawn Michaels is today the standard of wrestling in North American wrestling, whether we're talking about WWE, Impact Wrestling, or RoH. 

If you remove Jose Lothario from Shawn Michaels life, I really wonder if HBK becomes known as the Showstoppa, the Main Event, & Mr. WrestleMania. And without that, where does wrestling as a whole evolve? At the time Lucha Libre was seen as a little man's game, and big men like those popular with Vince in the WWF at the time wouldn't be caught dead wrestling that style. It was catch-as catch-can Greco-Roman wrestling all the way. Until Shawn popularized the hybrid between those styles and Lucha Libre it simply wasn't seen or even respected in the WWF.

TBH I think wrestling might have evolved more towards the hardcore matches you used to see in WCW and WWF during the late 90's where things like barbed wire, thumbtacks, and other items made to draw blood might have become more the norm.

Point being, Lothario's impact on the greater world of professional wrestling cannot be underplayed.
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