Player Profile

Volador Jr.

Volador Jr.

Nationality :Mexican
Date Of Birth :January 26, 1981
Height :1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Weight :87 kg (192 lb)

Volador Jr.: A Brief Biography

Ramón Ibarra Rivera, better known by his ring name Volador Jr., is a Mexican luchador who competes for the Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL). He was born on January 26, 1981. He is regarded as one of the top-level técnicos in the promotion and plays the role of the “good guy” in técnico wrestling. He is Super Parka’s son, and Volador, his father’s previous gimmick, is referenced in his ring name. Ibarra is also related to several other luchadors in the Ibarra family. He is the nephew of the original La Parka, the cousin of El Hijo de L.A. Park, and the uncle of Flyer.

Ibarra has frequently performed outside of his native Mexico, but his most well-known appearances were in matches for Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) in the US and New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW) in Japan. When a longtime friend turned rival La Sombra stole Volador Jr.’s mask in September 2013, he was forced to come out of hiding.

The Mexican National Light Heavyweight Championship, Mexican National Trios Championship, NWA World Historic Middleweight Championship, and NWA World Historic Welterweight Championship are just a few of the CMLL titles he has held over the years. He has won the Leyenda de Plata, National Parejas Increibles Tournament, and Torneo Gran Alternativa of the CMLL.

Titles

  • Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre
    • CMLL World Tag Team Championship (3 times, current) – with La Sombra (1), Valiente (1), and Titán (1)
    • CMLL World Trios Championship (2 times, current) – with Místico and Valiente (1) and Atlantis Jr. and Star Jr. (1, current)
    • Mexican National Light Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
    • Mexican National Trios Championship (4 times) – with Safari and El Felino (1), La Sombra and El Sagrado (1), Olímpico and Psicosis II (1), and Black Warrior and Mr. Águila (1)
    • NWA World Historic Middleweight Championship (1 time)
    • NWA World Historic Welterweight Championship (3 times, current)
    • Copa Homenaje A Dos Leyendas
    • Copa 53 Aniversario de la Arena Coliseo de Guadalajara (2012)
    • Copa Bicentenario
    • Copa Bobby Bonales
    • International Gran Prix (2016, 2019)
    • Torneo Gran Alternativa: 2016 – with Esfinge
    • Torneo Gran Alternativa: 2018 – with Flyer
    • Leyenda de Plata (2011, 2017)
    • Reyes del Aire (2005, 2007, 2009)
    • Torneo Nacional de Parejas Increibles (2013, 2017, 2021) – with La Sombra, Bárbaro Cavernario, Templario
    • Torneo Increibles de Parejas, Arena Puebla – with Atlantis
    • CMLL Universal Championship (2017)
    • CMLL Most Popular Wrestler of the Year (2009)
    • CMLL Tag Team of the Year (2009) – with La Sombra
  • Lucha Libre Azteca
    • LLA Azteca Championship (1 time)
  • Promociones El Cholo
    • Promociones El Cholo Cruiserweight Championship (1 time, current)
  • Pro Wrestling Illustrated
    • Ranked No. 81 of the top 500 singles wrestlers in the PWI 500 in 2010
  • Total Nonstop Action Wrestling
    • TNA World X Cup (2008) – with Rey Bucanero, Último Guerrero and Averno
  • Union Independent Pro Wrestling
    • UIPW Heavyweight Championship (1 time)

Height of Volador Jr., Weight, and Body Stats

Height1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Weight87 kg (192 lb)

All-time Career of Volador Jr.

After training with his father, the original Volador, Volador Jr. made his professional wrestling debut in 1999. At first, he competed on the independent circuit in and around his native Coahuila.

Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (2001–present)

On August 14, 2001, Volador Jr. and Atlantis participated in the yearly Torneo Gran Alternativa. Volador Jr. competed in a tournament to crown the first-ever CMLL World Super Lightweight Champion but lost to Rocky Romero in the first round. The team was eliminated in the semifinals by Black Warrior and Sangre Azteca after defeating Máscara Ao 2000 and Enemigo Publico in the first round. He competed in the Torneo Gran Alternativa once again teaming with Atlantis and once again they were eliminated in the semifinals, losing to the eventual tournament winners El Hijo del Santo and Mstico. On December 5, 2003, he, El Felino, and Safari won the vacant Mexican National Trios Championship by defeating the team of Alan Stone, Super Crazy, and Zumbido in a tournament final. On March 25, 2005, Volador Jr., El Felino, and Safari lost the Mexican National Trios Championship to Pandilla Guerrera (Doctor X, Nitro, and Sangre Azteca). On June 2, 2006, he participated in the Torneo Gran Alternativa, teaming with Dos Caras, Jr., but they were defeated in the first round by ltimo Guerrero and Nitro. For the second consecutive year, Volador, El Sagrado, and La Sombra won the Mexican National Trios Championship on August 13, 2007.

The “Super Sky Team” of La Sombra and Volador Jr., dubbed “Super Sky Team,” defeated Averno and Mephisto on January 16, 2009, to win the CMLL World Tag Team Championship. Super Sky Team’s status as double champions ended on February 3, 2009, when Volador Jr., El Sagrado, and La Sombra lost the Mexican Trios Championship to Poder Mexica (Sangre Azteca, Black Warrior, and Drag)

Volador Jr. and El Terrible joined forces to compete in CMLL’s “Torneo Nacional de Pareja Increbles” (National Amazing Pairs tournament), which pairs up a Tecnico (Volador Jr.) and a Rudo (El Terrible) for a tournament, on January 22, 2010. The team faced Averno and Mstico in the tournament’s second round. Initially, Mstico performed as the tecnico that he has been for years. However, during the match, Mstico’s demeanor appeared to have changed as he started attacking Volador Jr., a partner of his for many years. Mstico even went so far as to perform a rudo move by ripping off Volador’s mask before going on to defeat Volador Jr. with an illegal low blow. The two faced off in the main event of an Arena México show on February 5, 2010, and this time Mstico was clearly a Rdo, torn Volador’s mask so viciously that a new mask had to be brought to the ring during falls. After the match, Mstico took the microphone and said that “all was fair in war and defending Mexico City,” drawing many boos from the audience. In the second fall, Mstico attempted to have Volador Jr. disqualified by removing his mask and throwing it at him. When Volador Jr. reversed Mstico’s La Mstica and used the same move on Mstico, the game was over. After the match, Mstico angrily exclaimed, “I am the greatest figure in free wrestling!”. On February 12, 2010, Mstico was defeated by Volador Jr. two falls to one in the Mexican National Light Heavyweight Championship match. On the February 26 CMLL Super Viernes show, it was announced that Mstico, Volador Jr., La Sombra, and El Felino would compete in a four-way Lucha de Apuesta match as the main event of the 2010 Homenaje a Dos Leyendas.  La Sombra was the El Felino who was pinned by La Sombra after a protracted fight. After the match, he revealed his identity and revealed that his real name was Jorge Luis Casas Ruiz. After Dos Leyendas, Mstico declared that he had finished being a rdo and had rejoined the técnico side, but Volador Jr. continued to have his doubts about Mstico. After a brief period of calm, the plot between the two heated up again as Mstico and Volador Jr. squared off for the Mexican Light Heavyweight Championship, with Volador Jr. winning the title. In a Relevos Incredibles match at the 2010 Sin Salida, Mstico and Volador Jr. were on opposing sides; Mstico teamed up with Mscara Dorada and Mr. Guila, while Volador Jr. teamed up with Averno and Negro Casas. Averno attempted to persuade Mstico to support the rdo side while entering the ring wearing the same combined Averno/Mstico mask he had worn for the Parejas Incredibles tournament, only to turn around and reveal that both he and Volador Jr. were wearing a combined Averno/Volador Jr. mask underneath. On July 12, 2010, at the Promociones Gutiérrez 1st Anniversary Show, Volador Jr. competed in a match where 10 men put their masks on the line in a match that featured five pareja incredible teams, with the losing team being forced to wrestle each other with their mask on the line. Volador Jr. worked as a rdo throughout the match, losing the match for his team when he tried to cheat but was caught by the referee. Together, Volador Jr. and El Alebrije were the second teams to win the match, defeating the teams of Atlantis and Olmpico, Mistico and El Oriental, Histeria and La Sombra, and ltimo Guerrero and Averno. After teasing a rudo turn for more than a month, Volador Jr. and La Sombra lost the CMLL World Tag Team Championship to the Los Invasores team of Mr. Guila and Héctor Garza on July 23, 2010, without any indications of animosity between the two. At a later show, Volador Jr. finally turned rudo when he attacked La Sombra, ripped off his mask, and beat him up. In the opening round of the 2010 Universal Championship competition, Volador Jr. defeated Valiente. When Volador Jr. faced La Máscara in the second round and was disqualified for using excessive force against La Máscara, he cemented his reputation as a rudo. After the match was over, he continued to attack La Máscara, making La Máscara a simple target for his opponent in the following round, Jushin Thunder Liger.

Volador Jr. started getting booked as rudo after attacking La Máscara on August 13, 2010, but his on-again, off-again feud with Mstico was set aside in favor of Volador Jr. facing La Sombra. In the main event of the CMLL 77th Anniversary Show, a 14-man steel cage Lucha de Apuesta, mask vs. mask match, both wrestlers were booked as a result of their ongoing feud. Volador Jr. was the 10th man to leave the steel cage, keeping his mask safe. The match came down to La Sombra pinning Olímpico to unmask him. On September 17, Volador Jr. picked up one of the biggest wins in his CMLL career, defeating Místico in the finals of a tournament to win the Copa Bicentenario. On October 5, 2010, Volador Jr. lost the Mexican National Light Heavyweight Championship to La Máscara, ending his reign at 236 days. After losing the title, Volador Jr. spent several months not doing anything significant in CMLL until he took over the Los Invasores stable in July 2011, when its leader Héctor Garza turned tecnico. On September 18, Volador Jr. unsuccessfully challenged former partner La Sombra for the NWA World Historic Welterweight Championship, in a match that received rave reviews. Two days later, Volador Jr. led Olímpico and Psicosis II of Los Invasores to the Mexican National Trios Championship, when they defeated the trio of Ángel de Oro, Diamante, and Rush. Volador Jr. continued his successful run on September 23 by defeating eleven other men in a torneo cibernetico to advance to the finals of the 2011 Leyenda de Plata. On October 7, Volador Jr. defeated Jushin Thunder Liger to win the competition. On December 16, 2011, Los Invasores lost the Mexican National Trios Championship to Atlantis, Delta, and Guerrero Maya, Jr. On February 14, 2012, Volador Jr. defeated La Máscara to become the first man to win the NWA World Historic Middleweight Championship. On March 30, Volador Jr. surrendered the title to NJPW representative Prince Devitt.

On June 20, 2012, Volador Jr. formed the Los Depredadores del Aire (“The Predators of the Air”) group alongside Black Warrior and Mr. Águila. Two days later, Los Depredadores del Aire defeated Los Reyes de la Atlantida (Atlantis, Delta, and Guerrero Maya Jr.) to win the Mexican National Trios Championship. On July 29, Volador Jr. traveled to Tokyo, Japan, in an attempt to regain the NWA World Historic Middleweight Championship from Prince Devitt, but would eventually fail in his title challenge. The following month, Volador Jr. started a rivalry with Mr. Niebla, for which he was positioned as a tecnico even though still being a part of rudo stable Los Invasores. On October 30, Los Depredadores del Aire lost the Mexican National Trios Championship back to Los Reyes de la Atlantida. On January 22, 2013, Volador Jr. survived a torneo cibernetico to advance to a final match for the vacant CMLL World Light Heavyweight Championship against the other survivor, Rey Escorpión. On January 29, Volador Jr. was defeated in the finals of the tournament by Escorpión. Following their clash over the Reyes del Aire trophy, Volador Jr. and La Sombra were teamed up for the 2013 Torneo Nacional de Parejas Increibles tournament, the same tournament that in 2010 was the impetus for Volador Jr.’s rudo turn. The rivals put their differences aside for the competition, defeating the teams of Guerrero Maya Jr. and Negro Casas, La Máscara and Averno, and finally, Shocker and Mr. Niebla to advance to the tournament’s finals. On March 15, 2013, at the 2013 Homenaje a Dos Leyendas show, Volador Jr. and La Sombra defeated Altantis and ltimo Guerrero to win the Torn On Sunday, February 17, 2013, Volador Jr., Euforia, and ltimo Guerrero were faced off by La Sombra, Marco Corleone, and Mistico La Nueva Era. At CMLL’s 80th Anniversary Show on September 13, Volador Jr. and La Sombra defeated Atlantis and llast Guerrero in a Relevos Suicidas match to advance to a Mask vs. Mask Lucha de Apuestas match against each other. During the match, Volador Jr. attacked both La Sombra and the referee, leading to a disqualification. Ultimately, Volador Jr. lost and was compelled to reveal his true identity.

On November 19, Volador Jr. defeated Máscara Dorada to win the NWA World Historic Welterweight Championship. Three days later, Volador Jr. began showing signs of a tecnico turn by shaking hands with Místico and trying to save him from Los Guerreros Laguneros, before walking out on his Los Invasores partners. His turn was finalized on November 29, when Los Invasores attacked him following a torneo cibernetico between Los Invasores and representatives of CMLL. On June 6, 2014, Volador Jr. lost the NWA World Historic Welterweight Championship to La Sombra in a match also contested for the NWA World Historic Middleweight Championship. The loss came as a result of outside interference from La Máscara and Rush. Volador Jr. regained the title from La Sombra on August 1 at El Juicio Final. In early 2015, Volador Jr. came together with Místico and Valiente to form a new Sky Team. On February 13, Sky Team defeated Los Guerreros Laguneros (Euforia, Niebla Roja, and Último Guerrero) to win the CMLL World Trios Championship. On April 5, 2016, Volador Jr. and rookie Esfinge defeated Fujin and Rey Escorpión to win the 2016 Gran Alternativa tournament. On July 1, 2016, Volador Jr. won the International Gran Prix by defeating Tama Tonga in the final elimination. On October 20, 2017, Volador defeated Carstico to win the 2017 Leyenda de Plata.  On November 3, Volador Jr. turned on Carstico, attacking him with assistance from Rush, who subsequently said that Volador Jr. had all the necessary qualifications to join Los Ingobernables. At Homenaje a Dos Leyen

Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (2008)

As part of the 2008 World X Cup competition, Volador Jr. was given the chance to go to the United States and wrestle for the Florida-based Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA). TNA made the decision to promote him as “Volador” and simply drop the “Junior” from his name. With TNA ignoring the fact that Volador Jr. had been rivals with all three wrestlers in Mexico, he was a member of Team Mexico and collaborated with Rey Bucanero, ltimo Guerrero, and Averno. On July 13, 2008, at TNA’s Victory Road event, he participated in his first TNA match, an Ultimate X contest. On October 30, 2008, Volador returned to TNA to work his first “Non-X-Cup” match, teaming up with Hiroshi Tanahashi as the two lost to The Motor City Machine Guns (Chris Sabin and Alex Shelley), scoring four points for his team that allowed Team Mexico to win the tournament by one point. On the episode of November 7 of TNA’s weekly Impact! In a four-team ladder match where the victor would face TNA World Tag Team Champions Beer Money, Inc., Volador and Tanahashi from the television program Volador teamed up. Matt Morgan and Abyss prevailed in the match, which also featured Team 3D and The Latin American Xchange. Volador competed in a 10-man X Division elimination rankings match at TNA’s 2008 Turning Point event. The Turning Point match was Volador’s final contest for TNA. Volador was the second man to be eliminated from the contest, which was won by Eric Young.

New Japan Pro-Wrestling (2012–present)

Volador Jr. participated in the Fantastica Mania 2012 events in Tokyo that were co-produced by CMLL and NJPW on January 21 and 22, 2012. In the main event of the second night, Volador Jr. unsuccessfully challenged La Sombra for the NWA World Historic Welterweight Championship. On the first night, Volador Jr. collaborated with Kazuchika Okada to defeat Hiroshi Tanahashi and La Sombra.

Volador Jr. traveled back to Japan in January 2013 to take part in the three-day Fantastica Mania 2013 festival. During the first night of the event on January 18, he collaborated with Taichi and Taka Michinoku to defeat La Máscara, Mascara Dorada, and Máximo in a six-man tag team match. The following night, Volador Jr., Kazuchika Okada, and Rey Escorpión defeated Hiroshi Tanahashi, La Máscara, and Rush in another six-man tag team match.

Volador Jr. participated in the five-day Fantastica Mania 2014 tour in January 2014. The third event of the tour, which took place on January 17, featured the first encounter between Volador Jr. and his longtime foe La Sombra following the former’s tecnico turn. A ten-minute time-limit draw was the outcome of the match, which was held under Match Relampago VIP rules. Two days later, in the tour’s concluding contest, Volador Jr. successfully defended the NWA World Historic Welterweight Championship against Máscara Dorada.

The following January, Volador Jr. returned to Japan to take part in Fantastica Mania 2016, successfully defending the NWA World Historic Welterweight Championship against Mephisto in the main event of the tour’s final show.  In May of that year, Volador Jr. competed in the Best of the Best tournament. He defeated Gran Guerrero. Volador Jr. was announced as a returning competitor in the Best of the Super Juniors 24 tournament. He finished the tournament with a record of three wins and four losses, failing to advance to the finals. He went into his final round-robin match leading his block but was eliminated after losing to Will Ospreay.

With Soberano Jr., he finished the tournament with a record of two wins and five losses, failing to advance to the finals. On October 8, 2019, it was announced that Volador Jr. would return to NJPW for the Super Junior Tag League. Teaming with Titán, he finished the tournament with a record of four wins and three losses, once again failing to advance to the finals.

Ring of Honor (2017)

Volador Jr. appeared at Supercard of Honor XI as a result of CMLL’s affiliation with Ring of Honor (ROH), where he collaborated with Will Ospreay to defeat Jay White and Dragon Lee.