Tito Santana (Alive)

Merced Solis [1953 - Present]

"El Matador"

Pro wrestler Tito Santana

A football player for West Texas State University (which was quarterbacked by future professional wrestler, Tully Blanchard!), Tito Santana tried out for the Kansas City Chiefs but didn't make the cut during training camp. After playing one season in the Canadian Football League, Santana turned toward a career in professional wrestling. In 1979, Santana and Ivan Putski teamed up to capture the World Wrestling Federation's Tag Team Championship and in 1984 Santana became Intercontinental Championship. Santana enjoyed memorable feuds with the likes of Magnificent Don Muraco and Greg Valentine. Toward the end of hs career, Santana adopted his "El Matador" persona to limited success. Santana's finishing move was known as "The Flying Forearm Smash" (also referred to as "The Flying Jalapeno," "The Flying Burrito" and "The Mexican Hammer"). In 2004, Santana was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.

Big Dogg - 2017-02-17 23:05:46

Manny used the "Flying Burrito" as his finisher since the early 80's in Southwest Championship Wrestling in south Texas and used the name since 85 when he was signed to WCW. Google it or YouTube his stuff from 85 and up.

divajinx - 2011-12-05 18:55:57

Tito was always numero uno with me. He's the reason I watched EVERY wrestling show on TV then started going to matches. I was lucky enough to get many good photos of his solo days as well as Strike Force days, with Rick Martel. I also got their autographs (on a WWF sweatshirt). Tito is still #1 in my book! I'll have to get his book...

ecrub - 2010-09-04 18:06:26

No doubt one of the skilled and most talented wrestlers of all-time. He was one of my favoirte wrestlers even before he was tag partners with my uncle Rick Martel. Would really like to meet him some day.

Maryellen B - 2010-04-19 09:51:35

My favorite wrestler of all time, and the one who got me started watching wrestling. Would have been great if babyfaces could have wrestled each other in Tito's day. He would have taken the belt from Hogan easily

kazi nazrul haque - 2009-12-19 19:00:54

I miss you..............

Dick Goldsmith - 2009-01-04 09:21:55

Tito just came out with a book, much different than others written by pro wrestlers. Tito teaches school in New Jersey and he and his wife have a very successful beauty salon. Tito's book really gives you an insite to him, pro wrestling and many of the wrestlers he worked with over the years. This is really a good read and very well written.

davo - 2008-11-27 00:11:10

you are all correct but my favorite was jesse the body"s reference as "chico santana" that will always be priceless

Matthew - 2008-09-30 00:50:31

The "flying burrito" may have been used by Manny Fernandez but "flying burrito" was used on a number of occasions in the WWF by Bobby Henan to insultingly refer to Tito Santanas flying forearm move. Bobby Heenan would always rag on Tito during his matches.

Carla - 2008-09-26 23:00:25

Although I think Tito was a great wrestler, the flying burrito was Manny "The Raging Bull" Fernandez's move. Sorry to question you but I am correct.