Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre

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Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre
Acronym CMLL
Founded 1933
Style Lucha libre
Headquarters Mexico City
Founder(s) Salvador Lutteroth
Owner(s) Paco Alonso
Formerly Empresa Mexicana de la Lucha Libre
Website Official website

Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL; Spanish pronunciation: [konˈseho munˈdial de ˈlutcha ˈlibɾe], "World Wrestling Council") is a lucha libre free-style professional wrestling promotion based in Mexico City while running cards in Guadalajara, 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). Founded in 1933, it is currently the world's oldest pro wrestling promotion still in existence.[1]


The promotion was founded by "The Father of Lucha Libre" Salvador Lutteroth Gonzales when he ran a card under the banner of EMLL on September 21, 1933.[2] 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 Lopez, Cavernario Galindo and Gory Guerrero (father of Eddie Guerrero), "La Empresa" 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 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. In time, it pulled out in the 1980s due to promoter disunity, and the NWA's losing battle to stave off the World Wrestling Federation's expansion and consolidation of the U.S. wrestling scene. 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, taking many of the young talent with him. AAA took the lead for several years but when the Mexican economy declined in the mid-1990s, AAA scaled-back and CMLL started re-building 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. On March 16, 2010, a video was posted on YouTube featuring an interview David Marquez had with NWA Executive Director and Legal Counsel Robert Trobich. Trobich announced that CMLL did not have permission to use the NWA trademark. The rights to usage of the NWA trademark in Mexico is now held by NWA Mexico, represented by Blue Demon, Jr. From 2007 to 2009, CMLL had a working relationship with American promotion Total Nonstop Action Wrestling, which saw CMLL's Averno, Rey Bucanero, Último Guerrero and Volador, Jr. winning the 2008 TNA World X Cup and TNA worker Alex Shelley winning the 2008 CMLL International Grand Prix. In 2008, CMLL established a working relationship with New Japan Pro Wrestling as part of "G-1 World", several wrestlers have since toured between the two companies winning titles, including Místico winning the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship and Jushin Thunder Liger winning the CMLL Universal Championship. Since 2011, the two promotions have annually co-promoted events in Japan, under the name Fantasticamania. In 2011, CMLL established a working relationship with Japanese women's promotion Universal Woman's Pro Wrestling Reina and announced that the two promotions would create a new championship for women who have been in the business for less than ten years, called the CMLL-Reina International Junior Championship. This was later followed by the CMLL-Reina International Championship.

On September 19, 2014, CMLL became only the second promotion in the Americas, after WWE, to draw a $1 million gate with their 81st Anniversary Show, headlined by a Mask vs. Mask match between Atlantis and Último Guerrero.[3]

Style and Television[edit]

Most CMLL events are held in the famous Arena Mexico in Mexico City, with the biggest weekly show being the Friday night Super Viernes ("Super Friday") show. 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 annual cage match, specialty matches such as ladder matches are never used.

The original logo of Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre.

CMLL's main programming, hosted by Alfonso Morales, Leobardo Magadan and Miguel Linares, is broadcast regularly on Televisa in Mexico, on LATV in the United States, and formerly on Telelatino in Canada and The Wrestling Channel in the United Kingdom. CMLL also had a syndicated show called "Sin Limite de Tiempo" ("with no time limit") which shows matches from Arena Coliseo shows and matches they could not fit onto the regular broadcast. It aired in Los Angeles on KWHY and Also Air in San Francisco on KEMO-TV. This show was followed up by "Guerreros del Ring" on Canal 52MX. Also, Spanish-language American sports channel Fox Sports en Español recently started broadcasting CMLL programming.<citation needed> Recently CMLL also added the Mexican network Cadena Tres to its list of networks airing CMLL Wrestling. Galavision began airing CMLL wrestling in the spring of 2011. Galavision shows only a one-hour version while LATV has shown a two-hour version. CMLL shows have been available in the United Kingdom via BT Vision's download service. As of July 29, 2010 54 episodes of CMLL wrestling is available to view. The first show featured was from CMLL's 75th Anniversary Show from 2008. In Germany you can follow CMLL through online video and Web-2.0 media platform Sevenload.[4]

Major shows[edit]

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/Most recent date Notes
Fantasticamania January 13, 2015[5] Shows co-produced with New Japan Pro Wrestling, held in Japan in January each year.
La Hora Cero Not since 2009[6] A pay-per-view held on January 11, 2009. No indications of it becoming an annual event
Homenaje a Dos Leyendas March 20, 2015 Annual show since 2005, honors 2 "legends", one is always Salvador Lutteroth, CMLL's founder. The next event will be the 2015 edition
Infierno en el Ring December 5, 2014[7] Infierno en el Ring is an annual "multi-person" Steel Cage elimination match, sometimes it gets its own show, in other years it's the main event of another Major Event. The most recent event was the 2014 Infierno en el Ring
CMLL Anniversary Show September 19, 2014[8] The biggest show of CMLL's year, commemorates CMLL's debut in 1933. The longest running annual show in professional wrestling. The most recent anniversary show was the 81st Anniversary on September 19, 2014.
Sin Piedad December 14, 2012[9] CMLL's "End of year" show
Juicio Final August 1, 2014[10] Held intermittently since 1990


Championships and tournaments[edit]

CMLL championships
Championship Current Champion(s) Held since
CMLL World Heavyweight Championship Máximo January 30, 2015[11]
CMLL World Light Heavyweight Championship Ángel de Oro October 28, 2014[12]
CMLL World Middleweight Championship Dragón Rojo, Jr. November 18, 2011[13]
CMLL World Mini-Estrella Championship Astral September 7, 2014[14]
CMLL World Lightweight Championship Virus June 7, 2011[15]
CMLL World Tag Team Championship Negro Casas and Shocker June 13, 2014[16]
CMLL World Trios Championship Sky Team
(Místico, Valiente and Volador Jr.)
February 13, 2015
CMLL World Welterweight Championship Máscara Dorada January 2, 2015[17]
CMLL World Women's Championship Syuri December 12, 2014[18]
CMLL Arena Coliseo Tag Team Championship La Comando Caribeño
(Misterioso, Jr. and Sagrado)
February 28, 2015[19]
Other championships used by CMLL
Championship Current Champion(s) Held since
CMLL-Reina International Championship Maki Narumiya March 25, 2015[20]
CMLL-Reina International Junior Championship Silueta August 30, 2014
FULL World Championship Arkangel de la Muerte June 24, 2014 [21]
Mexican National Trios Championship La Peste Negra
(El Felino, Mr. Niebla and Negro Casas)
February 18, 2014[22]
Mexican National Welterweight Championship Titán December 1, 2013[23]
Mexican National Light Heavyweight Championship Mephisto August 13, 2013[24]
Mexican National Lightweight Championship Eléctrico August 13, 2013[25]
Mexican National Women's Championship Zeuxis January 19, 2015[26]
NWA World Historic Light Heavyweight Championship Rey Bucanero March 8, 2015[27]
NWA World Historic Middleweight Championship La Sombra January 20, 2013[28]
NWA World Historic Welterweight Championship Volador Jr. August 1, 2014[10]
CMLL Guadalajara Championship

These titles controlled by the Guadalajara branch of CMLL.

Championship Current Champion(s) Held since
Occidente Heavyweight Championship Diamante Azul February 2, 2014
Occidente Light Heavyweight Championship Maléfico July 1, 2014
Occidente Middleweight Championship Demonio Maya April 27, 2014
Occidente Tag Team Championship El Gallo and Esfinge February 27, 2015
Occidente Trios Championship Unknown Unknown
Occidente Welterweight Championship Sádico July 20, 2014
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 Ricky Marvin 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


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

Active tournaments[edit]

Tournament Last winner Last held Notes
Campeonato Universal
(Universal Champion)
Último Guerrero August 29, 2014[29] 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.
Leyenda de Azul
("Blue Legend")
Atlantis June 20, 2014[30] A tournament in honor of Blue Demon. It is secondary to the Leyenda de Plata tournament but features most of the top wrestlers in the promotion. It has been conducted as a normal torneo cibernético and as a one night tournament.[31]
Leyenda de Plata
("Silver Legend")
Negro Casas January 3, 2014[32] A tournament in honor of El Santo. This has been the most prestigious of the CMLL tournaments and the tournament is usually made up of the best in-ring workers.
Reyes del Aire
("Kings of the Air")
Stuka, Jr. April 27, 2014[33] 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.
Pequeños Reyes del Aire
("Miniature Kings of the Air")
Shockercito January 6, 2015[34] Like the Reyes del Aire but for Mini-Estrellas
Torneo Gran Alternativa
("Great Alternative" Tournament)
Bárbaro Cavernario and Mr. Niebla February 14, 2014[35] An elimination tag team tournament where an established star teams with a young midcarder with the intent to give the younger wrestler more credibility.
Torneo Nacional de Parejas Increibles
("National Incredible Pairs" Tournament)
Máximo and El Terrible March 6, 2015[36] An elimination tag team tournament where arudo (bad guy) and a tecnico (good guy) team up.
La Copa Junior
("The Junior Cup")
Máximo October 10, 2014[37] This tournament features wrestlers who are at least second generation wrestlers, though worked family relations have been accepted as well.
Torneo Sangre Nueva
("New Blood Tournament")
Soberano, Jr. March 11, 2013[38] Tournament for the younger and lower ranked wrestlers in CMLL.[38]
En Busca de un Ídolo
("In Search of an Idol")
Cavernario June 20, 2014[39] An eight-man tournament with the purpose of identifying which of the "Rookies" in the tournament would move up the ranks of the promotion.[40]
Torneo Increibles de Parejas, Arena Puebla Atlantis and Volador, Jr. April 1, 2013[41] An elimination tag team tournament where arudo (bad guy) and a tecnico (good guy) team up.

Past annual tournaments[edit]

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.

Tournament Last winner Last held Notes
International Gran Prix Alex Shelley July 26, 2008[42] 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 Team Tall
(Black Warrior, Lizmark, Jr., and Rayo de Jalisco, Jr.)
July 5, 2002[43] 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".
Forjando un Ídolo Ángel de Oro May 27, 2011[44] An 16-man tournament with the purpose of identifying which of the "Rookies" in the tournament would move up the ranks of the promotion.[44]


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