Victor Manuel Resendiz Ruiz (October 25, 1967) is a Mexican actor and former wrestler who is most known for his time in Asistencia Asesoría y Administración (AAA) in Mexico by his ring name Latin Lover. He was sometimes criticized by Hispanics who watched a translated rerun of WWF Monday Night RAW on Telemundo, to be the Mexican ripoff of Shawn Michaels' in-ring persona as a Heel. This is mainly because of his nickname, as they're related in some way, and because they both use the same finishing move. In 2005, he competed in and won Bailando por un Sueño. He announced his retirement on January 26 after a serious injury requiring surgery.
Professional wrestling career
Victor Resendiz Ruiz made his professional debut in 1992 at the Solidarity Arena in his hometown of Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico. Resendiz debuted under the name of "Latin Lover", the name that he used the rest of his career. Originally masked, he lost his mask in a Lucha de Apuestas match teaming with Polimero Espacial against Sangre Chicana and El Sanguinario on August 1, 1992 . After the loss he worked for the World Wrestling Council (WWC) and in several shows in the Mexican independent circuit. In 1994 he signed a contract to join Asistencia Asesoría y Administración (AAA) and soon became a top wrestler in the promotion. Latin Lover was quickly partnered with another charismatic young fighter by the name of Heavy Metal. Together they won the Mexican National Tag Team Championship from Los Destructores (Tony Arce and Rocco Valente) on September 9, 1994. The team held the championships for 82 days before losing them to Fuerza Guerrera and Juventud Guerrera on December 2, 1994. After failing to regain the titles Latin Lover began teaming with Panterita del Ring who he won the Mexican National Tag Team Championship with giving him his second reign with the championships. On September 9, 1996 Latin Lover won the Mexican National Light Heavyweight Championship by defeating Pimpinela Escarlata. On February 15, 1997, Latin Lover defeated Pierroth Jr. to become a double champion as he won the AAA Campeón de Campeones Championship. On February 21, 1997 Latin Lover won the Rey de Reyes tournament.
In late 1999 Latin Lover would win the Mexican National Heavyweight Championship but due to persistent knee injuries Latin Lover's schedule in 2000 and 2001 decreased to select only appearances.
On May 5, 2002, 929 days after winning the title, Latin Lover finally lost the Mexican National Heavyweight Championship to Héctor Garza. On March 21, 2003, he received a title shot against NWA World Heavyweight Champion Jeff Jarrett but lost the match. The match was the result of a working relationship between AAA and Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) and Latin Lover was chosen to represent the AAA.
Resendez is the father of four children and has a degree in Business Administration and a Master of Science in Marketing, is a stripper at private parties, an actor, underwear model, and for the moment he is studying to become a professional actor.
- Finishing and signature moves
Championships and accomplishments
- Asistencia Asesoría y Administración