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The CMLL Torneo Nacional de Parejas Increíbles 2016 or "National Incredible Pairs Tournament 2016" was a tag team Lucha Libre tournament held by the Mexican wrestling promotion Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL). The tournament is based on the Lucha Libre Parejas Increíbles match concept, which pairs two wrestlers of opposite allegiance, one portraying a villain, referred to as a "rudo" in Lucha Libre wrestling terminology, and one portraying a fan favorites, or "técnico".

The tournament ran from April 15, 2016 through April 29, 2016, ending at the Arena México 60th Anniversary Show. The tournament was won by the team of Místico and Mephisto defeateding the team of Carístico and Cibernético.

History

The Mexican professional wrestling promotion Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL; "World Wrestling Council") held their first Torneo Nacional de Parejas Increíbles ("National Incredible Pairs Tournament") in 2010, from January 22 through February 5, marking the beginning of an annual tournament. CMLL has previous held Parejas Increíbles tournaments on an irregular basis and often promoted individual Parejas Increíbles and Relevos Increíbles ("Incredible Relay", with teams of three or more wrestlers). The Parejas Increíbles concept is a long-standing tradition in lucha libre and is at times referred to as a "strange bedfellows" match in English speaking countries, because a Pareja Increible consists of a face (referred to as a técnico in Lucha Libre, or a "good guy") and a heel (a rudo, those that portray "the bad guys") teamed up for a specific match, or in this case for a tournament. The 2016 tournament will be the seventh annual Parejas Increíbles tournament, and like its predecessors will be part of CMLL's regular Friday night CMLL Super Viernes ("Super Friday") shows to be held in Arena México, CMLL's main venue in Mexico City, Mexico.

For the Torneo Nacional de Parejas Increíbles tournaments, CMLL often teamed up a técnico and a rudo who are involved in a pre-existing storyline feud at the time of the tournament so that the tournament itself can be used as a storytelling device to help tell the story of escalating confrontations between two feuding wrestlers. In the 2012 Torneo Pareja Increíbles tournament, long time rivals Rush (técnico) and El Terrible (rudo) were teamed up for the tournament and ended up facing each other in the main event of the CMLL 79th Anniversary Show. Former friends turned rivals La Sombra (técnico) and Volador Jr. (rudo) teamed up for the 2013 Torneo Nacional de Parejas Increíbles and won the tournament. In the fall, La Sombra defeated Volador Jr. in a Lucha de Apuestas, or bet match, forcing Volador Jr. to unmask after the main event of the CMLL 80th Anniversary Show. In 2015, the Pareja Increíbles tournament was a direct build to CMLL's 2015 Homenaje a Dos Leyendas ("Homage to Two Legends"). The team of Máximo (técnico) and El Terrible (rudo) defeated the team of Volador Jr. (técnico) and Rey Bucanero (rudo) to win the tournament. Three weeks later, the four met again, this time with técnicos Máximo and Volador Jr. teaming up to defeated El Terrible and Rey Bucanero in the main event of the Homenaje a Dos Leyendas show, forcing the rudo team to shave their hair off.

Tournament background

The tournament featured 15 professional wrestling matches with different wrestlers teaming up, some of whom were involved in pre-existing scripted feuds or storylines while others were simply paired up for the tournament. Wrestlers portrayed either rudos or técnicos as they competed in wrestling matches with pre-determined outcomes. The tournament format followed CMLL's traditional tournament formats, with two qualifying blocks of eight teams that competed during the first and second week of the tournament and a final match between the two block winners. The qualifying blocks were all one-fall matches while the tournament final was a best two-out-of-three-falls tag team match.

Tournament participants

CMLL announced the 2016 version of the tournament, as well as the first four teams, on their official Twitter account on March 30, 2016. Later that day, CMLL announced the entire field of sixteen teams.

Block A
Block B

Ongoing storylines

In 2011 Rush, Marco Corleone and Máximo began teaming together regularly, forming a trio known as El Bufete del Amor ("The Law of Love"). The three defeated Los Hijos del Averno (Averno, Mephisto and Ephesto) to win the CMLL World Trios Championship. In May 2014, Marco Corleone suffered a knee injury, which forced the team to relinquish the trios championship. During the summer of 2015, Rush had begun teaming regularly with La Sombra and La Máscara to form a team called Los Ingobernables ("The Unruly"). With Corleone's injury and Rush teaming with Sombra and La Máscara on a regular basis, El Bufete was disbanded. In the winter of 2014, Rush broke his leg during a match, which led CMLL to replace him with Marco Corleone for all Ingobernables matches. When Rush returned, CMLL decided to let Corleone remain with the team, expanding it from a trio to a four-man group. In early 2016, Rush began targeting Máximo, now known as Máximo Sexy. During a match on the February 19 CMLL Super Viernes show, Corleone protected Máximo Sexy as Rush and La Máscara attacked him repeatedly. Moments later, Rush and La Máscara attacked Marco Corleone and kicked him out of Los Ingobernables. Two months after he was kicked out, Corleone was paired with his former teammate Rush in the Torneo. At the 2016 Homenaje a Dos Leyendas, Rush defeated Máximo in a Luchas de Apuestas match, forcing Máximo to shave all his hair off as a result.

Tournament results

Tournament brackets

  First round Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
                             
 Máscara Dorada and Boby W  
 Super Crazy and El Felino  
   Máscara Dorada and Boby Z  
 
   Volador Jr. and Mr. Niebla W  
 Volador Jr. and Mr. Niebla W
 Blue Panther and Ephesto  
   Volador Jr. and Mr. Niebla  
   Mistico and Mephisto W  
 Mistico and Mephisto W  
 Ángel de Oro and Pólvora  
   Mistico and Mephisto W
 
   Marco Corleone and Rush  
 Marco Corleone and Rush W
 Dragón Rojo Jr. and Euphoria  
   Mistico and Mephisto W
   Carístico and Cibernético
 Carístico and Cibernético W  
 The Panther and Tiger  
   Carístico and Cibernético W
 
   Rey Escorpión and Último Guerrero  
 Titán and Vangellys
 Rey Escorpión and Último Guerrero W  
   Carístico and Cibernético W
   Atlantis and Gran Guerrero  
 Atlantis and Gran Guerrero W  
 Kráneo and Súper Porky  
   Atlantis and Gran Guerrero W
 
   Dragón Lee and La Máscara  
 Máximo Sexy and El Terrible
 Dragón Lee and La Máscara W  


Tournament shows

April 15, 2016 Super Viernes
  • Rush and Dragón Rojo Jr. defeated Mephisto, Pólvora, Mr. Niebla, Ephesto, Boby Z and El Felino in a Torneo Nacional de Parejas Increíbles 2016 seeding battle royal
  • Máscara Dorada and Boby Z defeated Super Crazy and El Felino in a Torneo Nacional de Parejas Increíbles 2016 first round tag team match
  • Volador Jr. and Mr. Niebla defeated Blue Panther and Ephesto in a Torneo Nacional de Parejas Increíbles 2016 first round tag team match
  • Místico and Mephisto defeated Ángel de Oro and Pólvora in a Gran Alternativa 2016 first round tag team match
  • Marco Corleone and Rush defeated and Dragón Rojo Jr. in a Torneo Nacional de Parejas Increíbles 2016 first round tag team match
  • Volador Jr. and Mr. Niebla defeated Máscara Dorada and Boby Z in a Torneo Nacional de Parejas Increíbles 2016 Quarter final tag team match
  • Místico and Mephisto defeated Marco Corleone and Rush in a Torneo Nacional de Parejas Increíbles 2016 Quarter final tag team match
  • Místico and Mephisto defeated Volador Jr. and Mr. Niebla in a Torneo Nacional de Parejas Increíbles 2016 semi-final tag team match

April 22, 2016 Super Viernes

  • Atlantis and Brazo de Plata defeated Dragón Lee, Máximo Sexy, Rey Escorpión, Titán, Carístico and The Panther in a Torneo Nacional de Parejas Increíbles 2016 seeding battle royal
  • Carístico and Cibernético defeated The Panther and Tiger in a Torneo Nacional de Parejas Increíbles 2016 first round tag team match
  • Rey Escorpión and Último Guerrero defeated Titán and Vangellys in a Torneo Nacional de Parejas Increíbles 2016 first round tag team match
  • Atlantis and Gran Guerrero defeated Kráneo and Súper Porky in a TOrneo Nacional de Parejas Increíbles 2016 first round tag team match
  • Dragón Lee and La Máscara defeated Máximo Sexy and Terrible in a Torneo Nacional de Parejas Increíbles 2016 first round tag team match
  • Carístico and Cibernético defeated Rey Escorpión and Último Guerrero in a Torneo Nacional de Parejas Increíbles 2016 Quarter final tag team match
  • Atlantis and Gran Guerrero defeated Dragón Lee and La Máscara in a Torneo Nacional de Parejas Increíbles 2016 Quarter final tag team match
  • Carístico and Cibernético defeated Atlantis and Gran Guerrero in a Torneo Nacional de Parejas Increíbles 2016 semi-final tag team match

Arena México 60th Anniversary Show – April 29, 2016

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