Gran Apache

Mexican professional wrestler

Mario Balbuena González (April 16, 1959 – May 7, 2017), better known under the ring name Gran Apache and El Apache, was a Mexican luchador, or professional wrestler and trainer. He was born in Mexico City. Balbuena worked for Lucha Libre AAA Worldwide (AAA) from 1996 until his death in 2017, both as a wrestler and a trainer, having been involved in training almost all young wrestlers who worked for in that period of time.[1]

Balbuena died on May 7, 2017 from colorectal cancer in Mexico City at the age of 58.[2]


  1. Enciclopedia staff (June 2007). "Enciclopedia de las Mascaras". Las Chivas Rayadas (in Spanish). Mexico. p. 59. Tomo I.
  2. Bergonzi, Ezequel (May 7, 2017). Ocampo, Ernesto (ed.). "El mundo de la lucha libre reacciona a la muerte del Gran Apache". SúperLuchas (in Spanish). Mexico City, Mexico: Impresos Camsam, SA de CV. ISSN 1665-8876. Retrieved May 8, 2017.