MIGUEL PEREZ SR. DEAD
By: Bill Apter
7/16/2005 4:08:27 PM
My correspondent in Puerto Rico, Manuel Gonzalez, sent word that Puerto Rico's very own legendary star Miguel Perez Sr. has died at the age of 68 from a heart attack. Perez' greatest fame and fortune came in the 50's and 60's as the tag team partner of Antonino Rocca.
I recall seeing Rocca and Perez like it was just yesterday. They had totally different styles that really complimented each other. The Argentinian born Rocca was an innovative high-flyer, the man credited with the invention of the flying dropkick. Perez was more of a hold-for-hold type. Their feuds with The Graham Brothers, The Fabulous Kangaroos and others rocketed them to fame with many of their glory years being spent wrestling at the top of the bill in the old Madison Square Garden.
Not many people know this, but after Perez had become an established star, he opened a wrestling school in the Bronx, New York and trained aspiring wrestlers.
The wrestling business has lost another peice of it's rich history with the death of Miguel Perez Sr.