This megastar luchador – so confident that he calls himself “El Intocable” (“The Untouchable”) – has caught the attention of Powerbomb Post. Gino Medina, a second-generation luchador, has taken over the independent scene. With his cocky attitude, high-brand designer ring gear, and a unique luchador style – Medina has earned his right to call himself “El Intocable”. Join us as we discuss the rise of this future star!
Early Life & Industry Breakthrough
Gino Medina was born into wrestling greatness in Monterrey, Mexico on January 4, 1996. He is the son of legendary luchador El Sanguinario – one of Mexico’s highly-decorated luchador’s and former stablemate in Gringos Locos. Competing alongside the late great Eddie Guerrero, Rey Mysterio, Chris Jericho (as well as other legends) Sanguinario served as an incredible industry mind for Gino Medina.
Growing up around the business, Medina first competed in the squared circle at only six years old in a mini lucha match. Early on, it was easy to see that Gino had a passion for this business. By the age of 14 years old, Medina had began his professional wrestling journey. Although it was very common for many in Mexico to begin training during their young teenage years, Medina stood out above the rest. In 2015, he would continue his training further by joining Booker T’s Reality of Wrestling in Houston, Texas.
Running ROW Roughshod
Medina’s earliest recorded match took place on ROW TV (under the ring name “Gino”), on January 10, 2015. In this contest, Gino defeated Inferno Tiger in a great first contest! Gino would go on an absolute tear in ROW, eventually picking up the ROW Heavyweight Championship, defeating The Mysterious Q on September 12, 2015. He would become the youngest ROW Heavyweight Champion in history. Gino would go on to successfully defend the title against Ryan Davidson, Mysterious Q, Evan Snow, Keith Lee, Big Sean Studd, Abel Andrew Jackson, Terrale Tempo, Erik Lockhart, and Marcellus Black. Sadly, Gino would suffer an injury that forced him to vacate the championship after 343 days. However, it wouldn’t take long for Gino to make his return and pursue the ROW Heavyweight Championship again.
— Gino Medina (@TLHT__) March 11, 2021
On October 8, 2016, Gino would make his return on ROW TV in a championship match against the new ROH Heavyweight Champion, Evan Snow. He would come up short in this match, as well as the subsequent match afterward. However, at ROW Christmas Chaos XI, Gino defeated Evan Snow in a ladder match to win the ROW Heavyweight Championship for the second time. Two months afterward, he would also defeat Colby Corino to win the VCW Commonwealth Heritage Championship, earning his first title outside of his home promotion. He’d go on to defend both titles against a litany of opponents, such as JJ Blake, Sean Studd, Ayden Cristiano, and Ryan Davidson. However, April 2017 would not be the month of luck for Gino. On April 8, 2017, at ROW Extrema, Ayden Cristiano would defeat Gino to end his second ROW Heavyweight Championship reign at 119 days.
Still holding the VCW Commonwealth Heritage Championship, Gino continued to successfully defend the belt against Ricky Reyes and Sean Studd. He’d also go on to continue his feud with Ayden Cristiano for the ROW Heavyweight Championship – a feud that culminated at ROW Christmas Chaos XII in a Title vs. Career match, which Gino would win to earn his third ROW Heavyweight Championship reign. He would defend his title against Ken Dixon, MVP, and Nathan Jolly. On June 2, 2018, the aforementioned Ken Dixon actually managed to defeat Gino for the VCW Commonwealth Heritage Championship to end his reign at 483 days. Two months later, Gino would drop the ROW Heavyweight Championship to Rex Andrews at ROW Summer Of Champions V, ending his final ROW title reign (as of this writing) at 245 days.
Beltless and directionless, Gino would come up short in subsequent championship matches over the rest of the year. However, in March 2019, Gino would reach new career heights! On March 9, 2019, Gino would defeat Gangrel and Brandon Scott at a VCW event in Virginia to win the VCW Heavyweight Championship! In his very next match, two weeks later, Gino would also defeat Sammy Guevara at VIP TexasMania 2 to win the Bull Of The Woods Championship.
Ever since then, Gino has been valiantly defending both titles across the independent scene. Most recently, Gino Medina made his GCW debut at GCW/Loko Fight Club: Houston in a 9-minute loss to Effy. On July 24, 2021, Gino Medina will compete in two matches at MLW Battle Riot III, and continues to wrestle around the U.S indie scene.
Gino Medina | The Untouchable Luchador
From a young age, Gino Medina has constantly proven that he is everything he says he is, backing it up in his matches and winning multiple championships across the independent scene. Medina has set the standards even higher for current and upcoming ROW competitors. Medina continues to compete for the ROW brand where it all began for him, being victorious in his recent matches on ROW TV. This young luchador seeks to prove his greatness and knows he will not be denied. You can check out Gino Medina on Twitter here.
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