To some, the biggest name in professional wrestling is Hulk Hogan. To others, it’s Stone Cold Steve Austin. And even though both of those WWE Hall of Famers have more than earned a spot on the Mount Rushmore of wrestling, they pale in comparison (like so many others) to the legendary Mexican luchador known as El Santo.
Born in Tulancingo, Mexico, on September 23, 1917, Rodolfo Guzmán Huerta, the man who would take on the persona El Santo (The Saint in English), spent his life entertaining fans with tens of thousands of wrestling matches, more than 50 movies, countless TV appearances, and even comic books featuring the grappler-turned-icon defending the defenseless and fighting everyone from Blue Demon (who would later become an ally) to Dracula. In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month and what would have been the luchador’s 104th birthday, we’ve put together a list of six things to know about El Santo.