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Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL) (Spanish for Worldwide Wrestling Council) is a Lucha libre promotion based in Mexico City while running cards in Guadalajara, Puebla, Puebla and elsewhere in central and southern Mexico. The promotion is also referred to by its previous name Empresa Mexicana de la Lucha Libre (EMLL) (Mexican Wrestling Enterprise). It is currently the oldest promotion still in existence.

History

The promotion was founded by "The Father of Lucha Libre" Salvador Lutteroth González when he ran a card under the banner of EMLL in 1933. The promotion flourished and quickly became the premier spot for workers. If wrestlers were big in Mexico City, they were considered stars throughout Mexico. With stars like El Santo, Bobby Bonales, Tarzán López and Gory Guerrero (father of Eddie Guerrero), "La Empressa" was at the forefront of the Lucha Libre movement and for the next 50 years, EMLL would continue its place as the leader.

In the 1970s, Lutteroth left the company in the hands of his son Chavo, but the company weakened with Ray Mendoza along with a few promoters breaking off and forming the Universal Wrestling Association (UWA). UWA ran in Mexico City and in nearby Naucalpan against EMLL. UWA would be a tremendous force for 15 years but due to a weakening talent pool and affiliates, it died in the 1990s.

EMLL joined the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) as its Mexican affiliate as NWA-EMLL but it pulled out in the 1980s due to various promoters becoming more self-centered and the World Wrestling Federation's national expansion. At this time, it changed its name to Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre to make itself sound more international. At the start of the 1990s the company began appearing on Televisa. This led to a big boom in business due to national television exposure (before this, magazines were the sole medium of Lucha Libre). After the initial boom, long time booker Antonio Peña broke off and formed his own promotion, Asistencia Asesoría y Administración (AAA), taking many of the young talent with him. AAA took the lead for several years but when the Mexican economy went by the wayside in the mid-1990s, AAA scaled back and CMLL started rebuilding with the famous El Hijo del Santo vs. Negro Casas feud where Santo shocked the world by turning heel when he dressed up like Negro Casas' brother Felino and attacked him. CMLL followed this up by pushing younger stars, leading to another boom period.

Today the promotion is run by the Lutteroth family with Sofía Alonso (great grandfather of Salvador Lutteroth González) as President of the promotion having taken over from the previous President and her father Paco Alonso.

CMLL has working relationships with New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) and Ring of Honor (ROH) in which they exchange talent to be used on each other's shows.

Style and programming

Of all the major promotions in the world, CMLL is one of the most conservative. Matches with blood are not broadcast and other than an infrequently used Steel Cage match, gimmick matches such as Ladder matches are never used.

Most weeks, CMLL will hold a Monday event at Arena Puebla, a Tuesday, Friday & Sunday event at Arena México, a Tuesday & Sunday event at Arena Coliseo Guadalajara and a Saturday event at Arena Coliseo. CMLL's main programming has been hosted by three person commentary teams. Past commentators include Alfonso Morales, Leobardo Magadan, Julio César Rivera and Miguel Linares.

Every Wednesday Julio César Rivera hosts CMLL Informa, CMLL's show for the latest news in the promotion and interviews with members of the roster.

Roster

See: Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre roster

Major shows

Each year CMLL promotes a number of signature events, some shown as pay-per-view events and others shown on regular television. Over the last couple of years CMLL have held three regular events each year and a number of one off, special events. The Major show, shown in order of when they happen during the year, include:

Event Next Date Notes
Fantasticamania Shows co-produced with New Japan Pro Wrestling, held in Japan.
La Hora Cero Not since 2009 A Pay-Per-View held on January 11, 2009. No indications of it becoming an annual event
Homenaje a Dos Leyendas Annual show since 2005, honors 2 "legends", one is always Salvador Lutteroth, CMLL's founder.
Infierno en el Ring Infierno en el Ring is an annual "multi-person" Steel Cage elimination match, sometimes it gets it own show, other years it's the main event of another Major Event.
CMLL Anniversary Show The biggest show of CMLL's year, commemorates CMLL's debut in 1933. The longest running annual show in professional wrestling.
Sin Piedad CMLL's "End of year" show

Championships and tournaments

CMLL championships
Championship Current Champion(s) Held since
CMLL Universal Championship El Terrible February 15, 2019
CMLL World Heavyweight Championship Último Guerrero October 16, 2018
CMLL World Light Heavyweight Championship Niebla Roja June 10, 2017
CMLL World Middleweight Championship El Cuatrero January 19, 2018
CMLL World Mini-Estrella Championship Shockercito March 5, 2017
CMLL World Super Lightweight Championship Kawato San June 30, 2019
CMLL World Tag Team Championship Los Guerreros Laguneros (Gran Guerrero & Euforia) May 31, 2019
CMLL World Trios Championship Los Guerreros Laguneros (Ultimo Guerrero, Gran Guerrero & Euforia) September 28, 2018
CMLL World Welterweight Championship Dragon Lee March 19, 2019
CMLL World Women's Championship Marcela November 19, 2018
CMLL Arena Coliseo Tag Team Championship Esfinge & Triton March 10, 2018
Other championships used by CMLL
Championship Current Champion(s) Held since
Mexican National Heavyweight Championship El Terrible October 29, 2017
Mexican National Trios Championship La Nueva Generación Dinamita (El Cuatrero, Forastero & Sansón) July 25, 2017
Mexican National Welterweight Championship Soberano Jr. May 12, 2017
Mexican National Light Heavyweight Championship Bárbaro Cavernario November 6, 2018
Mexican National Lightweight Championship Electrico August 13, 2013
Mexican National Women's Championship Metálica December 29, 2018
NWA World Historic Light Heavyweight Championship Stuka, Jr. August 14, 2018
NWA World Historic Middleweight Championship Carístico August 21, 2018
NWA World Historic Welterweight Championship Volador, Jr. August 3, 2018
REINA-CMLL International Championship Zeuxis August 13, 2017
Reina World Tag Team Championship Vacant March 16, 2016
CMLL Guadalajara Championship

These titles controlled by the Guadalajara branch of CMLL.

Championship Current Champion(s) Held since
Occidente Heavyweight Championship Star Black October 28, 2018
Occidente Light Heavyweight Championship Esfinge December 5, 2017
Occidente Middleweight Championship Difunto December 17, 2017
Occidente Tag Team Championship Gran Kenut & Leon Blanco November 11, 2018
Occidente Trios Championship La Nueva Generación Dinamita (El Cuatrero, Forastero & Sansón) November 1, 2015
Occidente Welterweight Championship Explosivo August 26, 2018
CMLL Japan championships

These title are now defunct and was only when CMLL toured Japan in 1999 and 2000.

Championship Last Recognized Champion(s) Date created End of Recognition
CMLL Japan Super Lightweight Championship Vacated February 27, 1999 August 6, 2000
CMLL Japan Tag Team Championship Vacated February 24, 1999 July 7, 1999
CMLL Japan Women's Championship Vacated October 17, 1999 February 13, 2000

Active tournaments

CMLL conducts several annual tournaments which usually signify a big push or start off storylines. Tournaments have been left out of the schedule for unexplained reasons. Tournaments are conducted as torneo cibernéticos, a large multi-man tag team elimination match or a normal single elimination tournament.

Torneo Gran Alternativa("Great Alternative" Tournament)- A one night tag team tournament where an established star teams with a young midcarder with the intent to give the younger wrestler more credibility.

Campeonato Universal(Universal Champion) - An elimination tournament consisting of all champions to determine the "Universal champion". Winner received a title belt but it is defended in the annual tournament.

Copa Jr.("Junior Cup") - This tournament features wrestlers who are at least second generation wrestlers, though worked family relations have been accepted as well. This tournament has been held four times in CMLL in 1996, 2005, 2006 and 2010. In 1996 the winner was Emilio Charles, Jr.. The 2005 winner was Shocker. The 2006 winner was Dos Caras, Jr. After a four-year hiatus, the tournament was brought back in December 2010, when Dragón Rojo, Jr. emerged as the fourth winner.

Reyes del Aire("King of the Air") - This tournament is for high flyers. The tournament usually works as a cibernetico with mostly young and undercard tecnicos, with the idea of focusing more attention on the winner.

Pequeño Reyes del Aire("Miniature King of the Air") - Like the Reyes del Aire but for Mini-Estrellas

Past annual tournaments

These are all the tournament that have been held in the past by Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre but have not been promoted in the last two years.

Leyenda de Plata ("Silver Legend")- A tournament in honor of El Santo. This is the most prestigious of the CMLL tournaments and the tournament is usually made up of the best in-ring workers. It is done as a torneo cibernético with the last remaining members from both teams facing each other in a normal singles match on the next show. They must also defeat the previous year's winner to win the trophy, a plaque with Santo's mask on it. Previous winners: Scorpio, Jr., El Hijo del Santo, Negro Casas, Black Warrior, Felino, Perro Aguayo, Jr. Atlantis and Místico.

Leyenda de Azul ("Blue Legend")- A tournament in honor of Blue Demon. It is secondary to the Leyenda de Plata tournament but features most of the big name wrestlers in the promotion. It has been conducted as a normal torneo cibernético and as a one night tournament. Previous winners: Blue Panther, Tarzan Boy, Universo 2000 and Lizmark, Jr.

International Gran Prix- Previously an elimination tournament, now a tornero Cibernetico. Features a "Mexico vs. International" wrestlers theme with one side being native Mexicans and the other side of the Cibernetico being foreigners, in 2008 it featured several Total Nonstop Action Wrestling wrestlers.

Copa de Arena Mexico - A one night tournament for trios teams. The winners earns a trophy; each team comes up with a name for their trio. The tournament was only held in 1999, 2001, and 2002. In 1999, the winners were Satánico, Rey Bucanero and Ultimo Guerrero as "Team Guerreros del Infierno". The 2001 winners were Black Warrior, Shocker, and Apolo Dantes as "Team Shocker".

Previous Logos

See also

External links

Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre event chronology
EMLL Anniversary
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CMLL Anniversary
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Aniversario de Arena México
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En Busca de un Ídolo
2012  • 2013  • 2014  • 2015
Fantastica Mania
2011 (1, 2)  • 2012 (1, 2)  • 2013 (1, 2, 3)  • 2014 (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)  • 2015 (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)  • 2016 (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)  • 2017 (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)  • 2018 (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8)
Homenaje a Dos Leyendas
1996  • 1997  • 1998  • 1999  • 2000  • 2001  • 2002  • 2003  • 2004  • 2005  • 2006  • 2007  • 2008  • 2009  • 2010  • 2011  • 2012  • 2013  • 2014  • 2015  • 2016  • 2017  • 2018  • 2019
Sin Piedad
2000  • 2001  • 2006  • 2007  • 2008  • 2010  • 2011  • 2012  • 2016  • 2017  • 2018  • 2019
Infierno en el Ring
2008  • 2009  • 2010  • 2012  • 2013  • 2014  • 2015  • 2016
Ruleta de la Muerte
1998  • 1999
Juicio Final
1990  • 1991  • 2000  • 2001  • 2005  • 2011  • 2014  • 2019
Sin Salida
2009  • 2010  • 2013  • 2015
Miscellaneous events
Entre Torre Infernal  • CMLL Apocalypsis  • La Hora Cero  • Promociones Gutiérrez 1st Anniversary Show  • Torneo Bicentenario de Minis  • Torneo de Parejas Increibles de Minis
Leyenda de Plata
1998  • 1999  • 2000  • 2001  • 2002  • 2004  • 2005  • 2006  • 2007  • 2008  • 2011  • 2013  • 2014  • 2015
Leyenda de Azul
2000  • 2003  • 2004  • 2005  • 2006  • 2008  • 2011  • 2012  • 2014
Torneo Gran Alternativa
1994  • 1995  • 1996 (I)  • 1996 (II)  • 1998  • 1999 (I)  • 1999 (II)  • 2001  • 2003  • 2004 2005  • 2006  • 2007  • 2008  • 2009  • 2010  • 2011  • 2012  • 2013  • 2014
International Gran Prix
1994  • 1995  • 1996  • 1997  • 1998  • 2002  • 2003  • 2005  • 2006  • 2007  • 2008
Super Viernes
CMLL Super Viernes
Reyes del Aire
2005  • 2006  • 2007 (1)  • 2007 (2)  • 2008  • 2009  • 2011  • 2012 (1)  • 2012 (2)  • 2013  • 2014 (1)  • 2014 (2)  • 2015  • 2016
Universal Championship
2009  • 2010  • 2011  • 2012  • 2013  • 2014  • 2015  • 2016
Torneo de Parejas Increibles
2010  • 2011  • 2012  • 2013  • 2014  • 2015  • 2016
Pequeños Reyes del Aire
2007  • 2008  • 2009  • 2010  • 2012 (Mexico City)  • 2012 (Guadalajara)  • 2013  • 2014  • 2015


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