Saturday, April 7, 2007

Luchadora - Dark Angel (Sarah Stock)

Luchadora - Dark Angel (Sarah Stock)

Name Dark Angel
Real name Sarah Stock
Nicknames Sara la Canadiense
Name history Sarah Stock (debut - ), Sarah Stone, Sarah Swayze, Natasha Graves, Sweet Sarah (07/02 - 09/02), Sarah Griffin (10/02 - 10/03), Dark Angel (10/03 - ), Sara la Canadiense (2004)
Trained by: Eddie Watts, Phil LaFon, Diluvio Negro I, José Luis Feliciano
Birth date March 4, 1979 - Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Wrestling Debut February 22, 2002 - Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Lost mask to Princesa Sujei - April 2, 2004 - Monterrey, Nuevo Leon
Height 5'4"/162 cms
Weight 123 lbs/56 kg
Signature wrestling moves Tapatía, Camel Clutch, Wakigatame, Tiger Driver
Titles: Calgary: Can-Am Wrestling Federation Woman's Title, LLF Juvenil Title, Nuevo Leon State Women's Title, FILL Women's Wrestling Title

Dark Angel is a currently a top tecnica in Mexico. While she hasn't been in Arena Mexico as much in 2006 as 2005, she's one of the most famous luchadoras in the country. Dark Angel - equally referred to by her given name of Sarah Stock - is originally from Canada and still wears that countries' colors, but she's learned some Spanish and has generally been accepted by the crowd.

Dark Angel is one of the people credited with CMLL's current women's wrestling push. She originally just worked in the Monterrey area, and even worked the 2005 AAA Reina de Reinas tournament (as an anonymous face in the crowd), before she was 'discovered' by CMLL. Even then, Sarah seemed slotted as ruda enhancement talent against two other well known tecnicas, Lady Apache and Marcela, in their first match. Dark Angel and her partner Amapola stole the match and, in combination with Apache leaving CMLL, became the top stars of the division.

Dark Angel got success has been due to talent, timing, and connections; she became a star in lucha magazine, which helped her become a bigger star to the fans. Her looks didn't hurt, and that's what prompted CMLL to have her turn tecnica. Dark Angel feuded with her ex-tag partner Amapola, leading to a mask versus hair match in Arena Mexico, the first apuesta women's match and the highest placed women's match in this era of women's wrestling.

Dark Angel's participation in CMLL seems to be on a downswing at the moment for no one specific reason. She's still working elsewhere plenty, and they'll still bring her in occasionally, but they've expanded the women's division roster since it's early moments, and it could be that they're just doing the best to keep everyone involved. (It could also be that she's charging more for her services and they're using less expensive women for non-special shows, but there's been no indication of such a thing.)

Dark Angel is a solid women's wrestler. She tends to use more power moves than a typical luchadora, but is a typical tecnica in most ways. You can still see the Canada/US style of wrestling in her work, but she seems to have adapted to lucha.

Sarah is something of a curosity in her homeland. She's unknown as a wrestler in Canada, but papers and television have done stories about her success in Mexico.

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