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Santo vs. the Villains of the Ring (1966)

Santo vs. the Villains of the Ring  aka Santo contra los villanos del ring opens with a wrestling arena bout between Santo and Espanto that lasts nearly 10 minutes, followed by about 2 minutes of dialogue, then another fight in the street between Santo and 4 thugs (Wolf Ruvinskis and Eduardo Bonada join in after about 4 minutes).

Later in the film, masked wrestlers Gray Mask and Black Mask join Santo, Ruvinskis and Bonada, while the bad guys’ gang is augmented by Beni Galan and a couple of non-wrestlers including stunt man Ramiro Orci.

In between all these fights we find a plot that centres around Santo’s god-daughter Maria Elena, who inherits 6 million pesos from her grandmother. Francisco Iglesias, the head of a mystic cult of spiritualists, stages a phony séance to convince Maria Elena to turn over half of her fortune to his group. Santo is apparently shot to death in a battle with the wrestlers in Iglesias’ employ, and when Beni Galan poses as him in another faked séance, Santo bursts in and exposes the whole plot.

Founded Cult Faction in 2014; previously crawled out of the Black Lodge in 1976, only to find himself in the Village.

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