CMLL 65th Anniversary Show
|CMLL 65th Anniversary show|
El Oriental, worked in the opening match of the show
|Promotion||Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre|
|Date||September 11, 1998
September 18, 1998
|City||Mexico City, Mexico|
|CMLL Anniversary Shows chronology|
The CMLL 65th Anniversary Show was a professional wrestling major show event produced by Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL) in 1998. Different sources identify different shows in September as the actual Anniversary Show, either on September 11 or September 18, or possibly both as CMLL has held multiple shows to commemorate their anniversary in the past. Both shows took place in Arena Mexico in Mexico City, Mexico. The September 11th show consisted of five matches in total, with one of the featured bouts being a Best two-out-of-three falls Lucha de Apuesta mask vs. mask match between Último Guerrero and Mr. Águila, the first Luchas de Apuestas match of Último Guerrero's career. The September 18th show consisted of five matches, with the main event being a Six-man tag team match between the teams of Los Capos (Cien Caras and Máscara Año 2000) and Emilio Charles Jr. taking on three representatives of CMLL's main rúd (bad guy) group Los Boriquas, Kevin Quinn, El Boricua and Miguel Perez Jr. The semi-main event was a Lucha de Apuestas, hair vs. hair match between Ricky Santana and Apolo Dantés. In addition the show also featured an additional six-man tag match, an eight-man Atomicos match and a tag team match. One or both of the evets commemorated the 65th anniversary of CMLL, the oldest professional wrestling promotion. in the world. The Anniversary show is CMLL's biggest show of the year, their Super Bowl event.
The 1998 CMLL Anniversary Shows commemorated the 65th anniversary of the Mexican professional wrestling company Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (Spanish for "World Wrestling Council"; CMLL) holding their first show on September 22, 1933 by promoter and founder Salvador Lutteroth. CMLL, originally known as Empresa Mexicana de Lucha Libre ("Mexican Wrestling Company"; EMLL) it would change its name to Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre in 1992 to signal their departure from the National Wrestling Alliance. With the sales of the Jim Crockett Promotions to Ted Turner in 1988 CMLL became the oldest, still-operating wrestling promotion in the world. Over the years CMLL has on occasion held multiple shows to celebrate their anniversary but since 1977 the company has only held one annual show, which is considered the biggest show of the year, CMLL's equivalent of WWE's WrestleMania or their Super Bowl event. CMLL has held their Anniversary show at Arena México in Mexico City, Mexico since 1956, the year the building was completed, over time Arena México earned the nickname "The Cathedral of Lucha Libre" due to it hosting most of CMLL's major events since the building was completed. Traditionally CMLL holds their major events on Friday Nights, replacing their regularly scheduled Super Viernes show.
Both shows featured a number of professional wrestling matches with different wrestlers involved in pre-existing scripted feuds, plots and storylines. Wrestlers were portrayed as either heels (referred to as rudos in Mexico, those that portray the "bad guys") or faces (técnicos in Mexico, the "good guy" characters) as they followed a series of tension-building events, which culminated in a wrestling match or series of matches.
Results September 11, 1998
|1||El Hijo del Solitario and Ultraman Jr. defeated Valentin Mayo and Zumbido||Best two-out-of-three falls Tag team match|
|2||Los Hermanos Dinamita (Cien Caras, Máscara Año 2000 and Universo 2000) defeated Ringo Mendoza and The Headhunters (Headhunter A and Headhunter B)||Best two-out-of-three falls six-man "Lucha Libre rules" tag team match|
|3||Apolo Dantés, Emilio Charles Jr. and Máscara Año 2000 defeated El Boricua, Kevin Quinn and Ricky Santana by disqualification||Best two-out-of-three falls six-man "Lucha Libre rules" tag team match|
|4||Último Guerrero defeated Mr. Águila||Best two-out-of-three falls Lucha de Apuestas mask vs. mask match|
|5||Atlantis, La Fiera and Negro Casas defeat El Hijo del Santo, Fuerza Guerrera and Villano III by disqualification||Best two-out-of-three falls six-man "Lucha Libre rules" tag team match|
Results September 18, 1998
|1||Virus and Halcon Negro Jr. defeated Sendero and El Oriental||Best two-out-of-three falls Tag team match|
|2||Steele, Universo 2000 and Dr. Wagner Jr. defeated Rayo de Jalisco Jr. and The Headhunters (A and B)||Best two-out-of-three falls six-man "Lucha Libre rules" tag team match|
|3||Hijo del Santo, Atlantis, La Fiera and Negro Casas defeated Fuerza Guerrera, Villano III, Scorpio Jr. and Bestia Salvaje||Best two-out-of-three falls eight-man Atómicos tag team match|
|4||Ricky Santana defeated Apolo Dantés||Best two-out-of-three falls Lucha de Apuestas, hair vs. hair match|
|5||Los Hermanos Dinamita (Cien Caras and Máscara Año 2000) and Emilio Charles Jr. defeated Los Boricuas (Kevin Quinn, La Boricua and Miguel Perez Jr.)||Best two-out-of-three falls six-man "Lucha Libre rules" tag team match|
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