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Arturo Díaz Mendoza (March 23, 1952 - August 21, 2018) was a Mexican professional wrestler best known for performing under the stage name Villano III (in Spanish Villano Tercero). Díaz is a second generation wrestler, son of luchador Ray Mendoza and the father of professional wrestlers Villano III Jr. and El Hijo de Villano III himself. Five of the Díaz brothers all used the Villano name; José de Jesús (Villano I), José Alfredo (Villano II), Tomas (Villano IV) and Raymundo (Villano V). Of the five Villano brothers Arturo is considered the most successful in terms of championship and Lucha de Apuesta (bet match) wins as well as the most talented luchador in the family. He retired from wrestling in 2015 due to health issues stemming from wrestling.

For years Arturo Díaz was one of the featured performers for the Universal Wrestling Association (UWA) and during his career that spanned from 1970 until 2015 he worked for all major Mexican wrestling promotions such as Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL) and Asistencia Asesoría y Administración (AAA) as well as a large number of notable smaller Mexican promotions like International Wrestling Revolution Group (IWRG). Díaz was an enmascarado, or masked wrestler, up until 2000 where he lost to Atlantis and was forced to unmask. The match against Atlantis was later named "Match of the Year" by the Wrestling Observer Newsletter awards.


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  • "La Pantera Rosa"
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