Jack Veneno

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Jack Veneno
Born (1942-02-02) February 2, 1942 (age 77)
San José de Ocoa, Dominican Republic
ResidenceSanto Domingo
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s)Jack Veneno
Billed height5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Billed weight210 lb (95 kg; 15 st)

Jack Veneno (born Rafael Sánchez; February 2, 1942) is a retired professional wrestler and politician.[1][2]

Professional wrestling career[edit]

He became interested in wrestling as a teen, watching the Mexican luchador El Santo;[3] also known as "El hijo de Doña Tatica", he worked for many years on Color Visión channel 9 during the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s, on a wrestling show called Lucha Libre Internacional.[4] He was the main star of the show as well as the owner of the production company Dominicana de Espectaculos.

He faced Ric Flair in 1982, where right before Flair passed out, the time limit ran out; the fans then celebrated Veneno "winning" the NWA World Heavyweight Championship,[5] although his title reign is not officially recognized by the NWA.[6] Outside the Dominican Republic, he is famous for his matches against Ric Flair.[7] Flair said that he let Veneno defeat him in order to avoid a riot among the Dominicans against him.[8]

Veneno retired himself in 2000.[3]

In 2007 a trailer for a documentary featuring the lost footage of his match with Flair aired throughout the Dominican Republic, but was not released at that time. In April 2015 the documentary was finally released on the internet for free, and shows the only footage known to exist of the famous match, the film "Jack; La Historia de Jack Veneno" features Jack and others discussing his career and life; the film was produced by Benjamin Irish, a protege of Veneno, and is widely attributed to Veneno's resurgence of celebrity in the country after 2007.

Political career[edit]

Although retired from wrestling, Veneno ran for Mayor of Santo Domingo Norte, one of the Santo Domingo Province municipalities, on the 2006 Congressional and Municipal Elections with the Institutional Social Democratic Bloc party.[3] In 2007, he was appointed by the Dominican Republic president Leonel Fernández as Vice-Minister of Sports.[4][9]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

1 ^ Veneno's reign is not recognized by the National Wrestling Alliance.


  1. ^ "Jack Veneno's OWOW profile page". Online World of Wrestling. Retrieved 12 May 2011.
  2. ^ "Jack Veneno Profile on PWA". Pro Wrestling Archive. Retrieved 12 May 2011.
  3. ^ a b c Peña, Carlos (2012-08-24). "Jack Veneno gana primera caída; espera sea su última lucha contra cáncer de próstata". El Nacional (in Spanish). Archived from the original on 2013-01-06. Retrieved 2012-09-12.
  4. ^ a b "Designan a Jack Veneno subsecretario de Sedefir". Listin Diario (in Spanish). 2007-08-21. Retrieved 2012-09-12.
  5. ^ Flair, Ric; Greenberg, Keith Elliot. Ric Flair: To Be the Man. World Wrestling Entertainment. p. 25. ISBN 978-0743456913.
  6. ^ Dykens, Brad (2011-04-21). "Ric Flair vs Jack Veneno (A Photo Archive)". Online World of Wrestling. Archived from the original on 2011-10-27. Retrieved 2012-09-12.
  7. ^ Dominican Republic Olympic Committee. "Jack Veneno contra Ric Flair" (in Spanish). Archived from the original on 2012-09-19. Retrieved 2012-09-04.
  8. ^ Craig Letawsky (15 July 2002). "Ask 411 7.15.02: Raven's Nest, Jack Veneno, Super Crazy, LWO, Rocky King". 411mania.com. Retrieved 12 May 2011.
  9. ^ Cáceres, José (2007-08-24). "Posesionan a Veneno; dice Leonel dignifica atletas RD". El Nacional (in Spanish). Archived from the original on 2013-01-06. Retrieved 2012-09-12.
  10. ^ a b c d e http://sigamosconjesus.com/?p=1595
  11. ^ http://www.wrestling-titles.com/dom/dom-t.html
  12. ^ http://www.wrestling-titles.com/dom/dom-h.html