Martin Karadagian, son of spanish Pauline Fernandez and Armenian Hamparzun Karadayijan, born April 30, 1922 in a building of San Telmo, with exit to Defensa and Carlos Calvo streets. Years later, one of the leaders of the moon park exploding with audiences and cheers three times a week, in the biggest and most important wrestling show in Argentina.
Worthy of a strong personality, Martín was the object of his father’s abuse from an early age: “He was a beast, a rich, lazy butcher who was sick of beating me and my sister,” Martin said: “Why am I going to speak well of my father? He was a very tough father. When we saw in the almanac a party that would come two months later, we would cry because it meant that the old man was going to be at home all day.said Martín then, in an interview with Satyricon.
Together with his father, at the age of six he began to go to the market: “I had to shout, ‘Little lamb at a quarter peso!’ and if I remained silent or speechless for a moment, he would prick me with a bone. Why am I going to speak well of this son of a bitch? i was a good son but that’s not why I was going to speak well”He spoke, completely marked by this man.
Between loading and loading half the cattle, Martín began to frequent the Young Men’s Christian Association where he practiced wrestling and Greco-Roman, as her daughter told Teleshow Paulina Karadagian. The legend continues and assures that he won in strait the Pan American children’s title in Greco-Roman wrestling, only to win the world title in the senior cadet category four years later in London.
The champion only went to school until the first year of primary school, then took to the streets to do the best he could: with his lame pal Media gamba they sold sweets on the trains and, at the age of eight, he was already a “shoe shiner”. In reality, and as he called himself, he was an “entrepreneur”, since he had found the perfect business for him: “I would buy drawers and give them to children to work for me.”
Martin turned 18 managed to set up his own butcher shop, but it was not something that satisfied him. Neither did Greco-Roman wrestling. The champion wanted to be part of the lights and the spectacle that Luna Park offered each evening with the “cachacascan”, as mentioned in the street to catch as catch can (hold on as you can, in English).
With this goal in mind, Karadagian began to train hard and get closer to different personalities in order to gradually enter the environment: “He came back every week until once he found a strategy to convince the director of the troop, the Mountain Man”said her daughter.
Between these attempts, one night Martín had no better idea than to ring the bell for the Ukrainian Ivan Zelezniak in his fourth-floor apartment across from Luna Park. When he opened the door for her, Martin he carried half an ox on each shoulder. And he told him that he had gone up there and that, in the same way, he intended to come down. Zelezniak congratulated him and agreed to let him join them.
“Wrestling was like a big family back then. The fight allowed everything: spit on the ground, if you felt like it or if you had a little cold. Or welcome the ‘organic parts’. No one was offended. It was caught and ready. We earned 15 pesos except on Sundays when we earned 60″, says Martin.
In the midst of all this, Karadagian also entered the market for United States and fought from August to December 1949 in New York and East Coast towns like Asbury Park, New Jersey, Pottsville, Pennsylvania, Passaic. In addition, in the mid-1950s, he devoted himself entirely to his commercial premises: the olympic jewelrywhich he occupied for several years at Libertad 315, in the heart of downtown Buenos Aires.
But the Armenian was not satisfied with that. In 1957, he arrives at the cinema as Pantera, in the movie Homecoming with Glory, premiered in 1962. In the play, he plays a declining wrestler who ends up killing his friend for a bad hold.
But the dawn of capture at Luna Park would not last forever, and the movement was beginning to steadily decline. At this moment, television appeared as a plausible scenario to receive the structure already assembled between the discipline, its fighters and the folklore that had been built around it. This is how the champion formed a troop of fighters, which would later become the mythical Titans in the Ring.
On November 12, 1961, Channel 9 broadcast a confrontation that will remain etched forever in the intrinsic memory of Argentine television: the fight between Martin Karadagian and Pilusothe character of Alberto Olmedo. The chain created the outdoor truck that night and they assure that some 40 thousand spectators. This resounding success led the cycle to fully settle on the small screen.
“He was always the bad guy they loved to hate. It became good when I was born. ‘I could never bear the look of my daughter seeing me badly,’ she told me” , Paulina entrusted to the medium mentioned. Every evening, viewers took it upon themselves to put the cycle at the top of our television hits, and accompanied each emotion on its itinerant tour through the four air channels. And it wasn’t inside the Argentinian borders, because in the 70s they performed very successful tours in Latin America, in countries like Uruguay, Panama, Ecuador, El Salvador, Paraguay and Costa Rica.
In the early 1980s, the champion’s health began to decline and blackouts were common: “His carotids were covered, which is why he fainted”, says Paulina. In order to take a break from so much work, Martin took a vacation to Rio de Janeiro Brazil, being able to enjoy carnivals and relax. But his health still fails him: a heart attack in one of his feetwith the sole projection of amputation as a solution.
“If someone asks you how I’m doing, tell everyone that I’m fine, that dad is going to keep fighting and that now, since he has one leg less, he will play Pirate Martín, the fighter who will face Sinbad, El Marino”, he explained to his daughter, after the surgery in May 1984.
Amid intense recovery exercises, Karadagian did the unexpected? By dint of a prosthesis and a cane, he returned in 1988 in Titans in the Ring: “I’m alive!”, shout. “Thank God and my family. Because the man who wants can always, and I want, and that’s why I was able to get here. At the entrance, I don’t know if you saw it, I threw away my cane, because having Titans in the Ring I don’t need any support, I don’t need the cane” , expressed at the time, excited.
Martin Kardagian died at age 69, in August 1991, product of a pulmonary edema: “I want to die prostrate. I want him to keep me bedridden. Months and months, years and years. Don’t let death kill me. Nerd. I want to live. I want to fight with death”, were his words on that unforgettable night of the great return of the eternal champion.