Emanuel Alejandro Rodriguez is a 33-year-old Mexican American wrestler from Chicago, Illinois. He wrestles for the WWE and performs on SmackDown under the ring name, Kalisto.
Rodriguez began training at Windy City Pro Wrestling’s professional wrestling school in Chicago and was trained in both American professional wrestling but also lucha libre by a former AAA luchador. After only three weeks of training, he made his debut and wore a mask. His ring name was Samuray del Sol. During his first few years as a wrestler, he worked for the Midwestern United States independent circuit. During that time, Rodriguez honed his skills and became known as one of the top high-flyers working the independent circuit.
Rodriguez signed with Dragon Gate USA in 2012. He also wrestled for Mexican promotion AAA, Combat Zone Wrestling (CZW), Independent Wrestling Association Mid-South (IWA-MS), National Wrestling Alliance (NWA), and Pro Wrestling Guerrilla (PWG).
In 2013, Rodriguez signed a developmental contract with WWE and was renamed Kalisto. He made his NXT debut at a live event on September 20, defeating Baron Corbin. In April 2015, he teamed with El Local and he made his first televised debut in a winning tag team match against the Legionnaires in May. At NXT TakeOver, Kalisto and El Local unsuccessfully challenged the Ascension for the NXT Tag Team Championship.
In July 2014, Kalisto announced he and El Local parted ways and his new partner would be Sin Cara. Kalisto and Sin Cara won a tournament to become the number one contenders to the NXT Tag Team Championship. At NXT TakeOver: Fatal 4-Way in September 2014, Kalista and Sin Cara, now known as the Lucha Dragons, won the NXT Tag Team Championships.
Kalisto made his main roster debut on the Feburary 17, 2015 episode of Main Event alongside Sin Cara in a winning effort against Heath Slater and Curtis Axel.
In 2016, Kalisto defeated Alberto Del Rio to win his first United States Championship. He lost the title to Del Rio a few days later and then defeated Del Rio for the title again at the Royal Rumble that month. Kalisto had successful title defences against Ryback and Neville but lost the title to Rusev at Extreme Rules 2016.
Kalisto also won the Cruiserweight Championship from Enzo Amore only to lose it to Amore a few weeks later. In 2018 Kalisto, Gran Metalik, and Lince Dorado became the Lucha House Party.
Birth name: Emanuel Alejandro Rodriguez
Born: November, 14, 1986, Chicago, Illinois, United States
Height: 5 ft 6 in (168 cm)
Weight: 179 lb (77 kg)
Spouse: Abigail Rodriguez
Ring Names: Kalisto, Octagón Jr, Samuray, Samuray del Sol
Current Roster: WWE SmackDown
Finishing Move(s): Salida del Sol
Career Championships and Accomplishments
- Gladiadores Aztecas de Lucha Libre Internacional
- GALLI Championship (1 time)
- World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE)
- NXT Tag Team Championship (1 time)
- WWE Cruiserweight Championship (1 time)
- WWE United States Championship (2 times)
- Slammy Award for OMG Shocking Moment of the Year (2015)
- NXT Tag Team Championship #1 Contender’s Tournament (2014)