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CMLL World Trios Championship

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CMLL World Trios Championship
A masked wrestler posing on the ring ropes during the match, pointing to his chest.
Místico, part of the 27th CMLL World Trios Championship team
Details
Promotion Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre
Date established November 1991[2]
Current champion(s) Sky Team (Místico, Valiente and Volador Jr.)[1]
Date won February 13, 2015[1]

The CMLL World Trios Championship (Spanish: "Campeonato Mundial de Trios") is a professional wrestling championship promoted by Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL) in Mexico. The title has existed since 1993 and is contested for by teams of three wrestlers. As it is a professional wrestling championship, it is not won or lost competitively but instead by the decision of the bookers of a wrestling promotion. The title is awarded to the chosen team after they "win" a match to maintain the illusion that professional wrestling is a competitive sport.[6]

The first champions were Los Infernales ("The Infernal Ones"; MS-1, Pirata Morgan and El Satánico) who won a tournament on November 22, 1991. Since then a total of 25 different trios have held the championship. The current champions are Sky Team (Místico, Valiente and Volador Jr.) who have been champions since February 13, 2015. The championship has been vacated on four different occasions, each time leading to CMLL holding a tournament to determine new champions. Only two teams have held the title on more than one occasion, Los Infernales and the trio of Héctor Garza, Hijo del Fantasma and La Máscara.

History[edit]

In 1985, the Mexican lucha libre, or professional wrestling, promotion Empresa Mexicana de Lucha Libre ("Mexican Wrestling Enterprise"; EMLL) was given control of the newly created Mexican National Trios Championship. Over the next six years, that title became the focal point of the very popular trios division, serving as the highest honor EMLL could bestow on a trio. In 1991, EMLL changed their name to Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre ("World Wrestling Council") and began to establish a series of CMLL branded world championships, relegating the Mexican National championships to a secondary rank.[7] In 1991, CMLL decided to create a CMLL-branded world championship for the trios division. They held a 16-team tournament to crown the first champions, a tournament that saw "Los Infernales" ("The Infernal Ones"; MS-1, Pirata Morgan and El Satánico) defeat "Los Brazos" ("The Arms"; El Brazo, Brazo de Oro and Brazo de Plata) to become the first Trios Champions.[2] Over the next couple of years, the championship would be held by such teams as "Los Intocables" ("The Untouchables" Jaque Mate, Masakre and Pierroth Jr.) and "La Ola Blanca" ("The White Wave"; Gran Markus Jr., El Hijo del Gladiador and Dr. Wagner Jr.).[2] In 1993, the then-reigning Mexican National Trios Champions left CMLL and the Mexico City Boxing and wrestling commission allowed the champions to take the Mexican National Trios Championship with them.[7] From 1993 through 2001, when the Mexican National Trios Championship returned to CMLL, the CMLL World Trios Championship was the only championship for the division.[2]

In 1997 then-reigning champion Héctor Garza, who held the title along with Dos Caras and La Fiera, left CMLL, forcing the title to be vacated.[2] Subsequently, the team of Rey Bucanero, Emilio Charles Jr. and El Satánico won the titles in a tournament final over Apolo Dantés, Black Warrior, and Dr. Wagner Jr. In October 1998, the championship was vacated again when Mr. Niebla was injured, forcing his teammates Atlantis and Lizmark to give up the championship.[2] The Lagunero team of Black Warrior, Blue Panther and Dr. Wagner Jr. defeated "Los Guapos" ("The Hansome Ones"; Bestia Salvaje, Scorpio Jr. and Zumbido) in the tournament finals,[2] but vacated the titles when the team split up in February 2002.[3] Blue Panther and Dr. Wagner Jr. replaced Black Warrior with Fuerza Guerrera and defeated BlacK Warrior's new team of Mr. Niebla, Antifaz del Norte and Black Warrior himself. In 2006, the titles were vacated once again after not being defended for almost 20 months as the champions had not worked together for several months.[8] Los Guerreros de Atlantida ("The Warriors from Atlantis"; Atlantis, Tarzan Boy and Último Guerrero) won the titles on September 29, 2006, and defended them regularly.[8] In February 2007 Los Perros del Mal ("The Bad Dogs"; Perro Aguayo Jr., Mr. Águila and Héctor Garza) won the titles and held them for 15 months before splitting up and vacating the titles.[9][10] The team of El Hijo del Fantasma, Héctor Garza and La Máscara won the tournament, defeating Blue Panther, Dos Caras Jr. and Místico in the finals.[11] In 2015 CMLL's Guadalajara branch brought back the Occidente ("Western") Trios Championship, specifically for their shows held in Jalisco, Guadalajara.[12] This title is considered tertiary to both the world and national titles.

Reigns[edit]

Sky Team (Místico, Valiente and Volador Jr.) are the current champions, having defeated Los Guerreros Laguneros (Euforia, Niebla Roja and Último Guerrero) to win the title on February 13, 2015.[1] They are the 27th overall championship team and this is their first reign as a team. Místico and Valiente have previously held the championship with Máscara Dorada.[13] 25 different teams have held the title, combining for 27 individual title reigns. Only two teams have held the title more than once, the first champions Los Infernales and the team of Héctor Garza, Hijo del Fantasma and La Máscara.[2][11][14] The team of Héctor Garza, Tarzan Boy and El Terrible have the longest run of any team with 666 days,[15] while Héctor Garza holds the record for the longest combined reigns, with 1,256 days for five reigns in total. Héctor Garza's five individual reigns is the most reigns for any wrestler. All title matches take place under two out of three falls rules.[2]

Tournaments[edit]

1991[edit]

CMLL held a 16-trios team tournament from October 25, 1991 to November 22, 1991 to determine the first ever CMLL World Trios Championship.[2] This was the third CMLL branded world championship that CMLL created following the CMLL World Heavyweight Championship in May and the CMLL World Light Heavyweight Championship in September.[16][17] In the finals, Los Infernales (El Satánico, MS-1 and Pirata Morgan) defeated Los Brazos (El Brazo, Brazo de Oro and Brazo de Plata) to win the championship.[2]

Tournament brackets[2]
Round of 16   Quarterfinals   Semifinals   Final
                           
 Perro Aguayo, Ringo and Cachorro Mendoza W  
 Emilio Charles Jr., La Fiera and Sangre Chicana        Perro Aguayo, Ringo and Cachorro Mendoza    
 Jerry Estrada, Tony Arce and Vulcan      Octagón, El Dandy and Konnan El Barbaro W  
 Octagón, El Dandy and Konnan El Barbaro W        Octagón, El Dandy and Konnan El Barbaro    
 Los Infernales
(El Satánico, MS-1 and Pirata Morgan)
W        Los Infernales W  
 Black Magic, Mano Negra and Vampiro Canadiense        Los Infernales W
 Rayo de Jalisco Jr., Apolo Dantés and Justiciero W    Rayo de Jalisco Jr., Apolo Dantés and Justiciero    
 El Hijo del Gladiador, Gran Markus Jr. and Herodes          Los Infernales W
 Los Brazos
(El Brazo, Brazo de Oro and Brazo de Plata)
W        Los Brazos  
 El Hijo del Santo, Blue Demon Jr. and El Hijo del Solitario        Los Brazos W  
 Los Hermanos Dinamita
(Cien Caras, Máscara Año 2000 and Universo 2000)
W    Los Hermanos Dinamita    
 Aníbal, Lizmark and Lizmark Jr.          Los Brazos W
 Misterioso, Mogur and Voador          Atlantis, Ángel Azteca and Super Astro    
 Blue Panther, Fuerza Guerrera and Pierroth Jr. 'W'      Blue Panther, Fuerza Guerrera and Pierroth Jr.  
 Atlantis, Ángel Azteca and Super Astro W    Atlantis, Ángel Azteca and Super Astro W  
 Ángel Blanco Jr., El Hijo del Ángel Blanco and Medico Asesino Jr.    

1997[edit]

In early 1997 Héctor Garza, who was one-third of the CMLL World Trios Championship team with Dos Caras and La Fiera, left CMLL to join rival promotion Asistencia Asesoría y Administración (AAA) CMLL vacated the championship and decided a one-night eight-team tournament to crown the next trios champions.[2] The tournament took place on Friday March 21, 1997 on the undercard of the 1997 Homenaje a Salvador Lutteroth ("Homage to Salvador Lutteroth") show. In the finals, Emilio Charles Jr., Rey Bucanero and El Satánico defeated Apolo Dantés, Black Warrior, and Dr. Wagner Jr.[2]

Tournament brackets[2]
Semi finals   Final   Final
                   
 Foreign Exchange, Miguel Perez Jr. and Steel W  
 Shocker and Los Brazos (Brazo de Oro and Brazo de Plata)        Foreign Exchange, Miguel Perez Jr. and Steel    
 Apolo Dantés, Black Warrior and Dr. Wagner Jr. W    Apolo Dantés, Black Warrior and Dr. Wagner Jr. W  
 El Dandy, Mr. Niebla and Negro Casas          Apolo Dantés, Black Warrior and Dr. Wagner Jr.  
 Atlantis, Lizmark and Rayo de Jalisco Jr. W        Emilio Charles Jr., Rey Bucanero and El Satánico W
 Bestia Salvaje, El Hijo Del Santo and Scorpio Jr.        Atlantis, Lizmark and Rayo de Jalisco Jr.  
 Emilio Charles Jr., Rey Bucanero and El Satánico W    Emilio Charles Jr., Rey Bucanero and El Satánico W  
 Shinobi, Tsubasa and Ultramán Jr.    

1998[edit]

In October 1998, Mr. Niebla suffered an injury, which forced CMLL to vacate the CMLL World Trios Championship as it was not clear when Mr. Niebla would be able to return to the ring.[2] They held a three-show, eight-team tournament from December 4 to December 12. Former champions Atlantis and Lizmark teamed up with Emilio Charles Jr. for the tournament, while Mr. Niebla actually returned to action in time to be in the tournament as well, teaming up with Rayo de Jalisco Jr. and Shocker. In the finals the trio of Dr. Wagner Jr., Blue Panther and Black Warrior defeated Los Guapos (Scorpio Jr., Bestia Salvaje and Zumbido) to lay claim to the championship.[2]

Tournament brackets[2]
Quarterfinals   Semifinals   Final
                   
 Gran Markus Jr., Fuerza Guerrera and Apolo Dantés    
 El Dandy, Vampiro and Héctor Garza W      El Dandy, Vampiro and Héctor Garza    
 Los Guapos
(Scorpio Jr., Bestia Salvaje and Zumbido)
W    Los Guapos W  
 Rayo de Jalisco Jr., Mr. Niebla and Shocker          Los Guapos  
 Dr. Wagner Jr., Blue Panther and Black Warrior W        Dr. Wagner Jr., Blue Panther and Black Warrior W
 Atlantis, Lizmark and Emilio Charles Jr.        Dr. Wagner Jr., Blue Panther and Black Warrior W
 El Felino, Negro Casas and El Hijo del Santo W    El Felino, Negro Casas and El Hijo del Santo    
 Silver King and Los Villanos
(Villano III and Villano V)
   

2008[edit]

Masked wrestler La Máscara posing on the turnbuckles prior to a match.
La Máscara, one-third of the tournament winners.

In the summer of 2008 then-CMLL World Trios Champions Los Perros del Mal kicked Héctor Garza out of the group; at the time Garza held the championship alongside Perros members Perro Aguayo Jr. and Mr. Águila, forcing the championship to be vacated.[10] CMLL held an eight-team tournament for the vacant championship, starting on May 30, with the finals on June 13, 2008, during CMLL's 2008 Infierno en el Ring event.[18][11]

Tournament brackets
Quarterfinals   Semifinals   Final
                   
 Jauria del Terror
(Averno, Mephisto and Ephesto)
W  
 El Sagrado, La Sombra and Volador Jr.        Jauria del Terror    
 Blue Panther, Dos Caras Jr. and Místico W    Blue Panther, Dos Caras Jr. and Místico W  
 Los Villanos
(Villano III, Villano IV and Villano V)
         Blue Panther, Dos Caras Jr. and Místico [18]
 Los Guerreros de la Atlantida
(Atlantis, Rey Bucanero and Último Guerrero)
W        Los Ángeles W
 El Felino, L.A. Park and Maximo        Los Guerreros de la Atlantida  
 Olímpico and Los Hermanos Dinamita
(Máscara Año 2000 and Universo 2000)
     Los Ángeles W  
 Los Ángeles
(Héctor Garza, El Hijo del Fantasma and La Mascara)
W  

2013[edit]

Masked wrestler Máscara Dorada during a match.
Máscara Dorada who teamed up with Místico, Valiente to win the tournament.

In May 2013 long-time CMLL World Trios Champions El Bufete del Amor (Marco Corleone, Máximo and Rush) were forced to vacate the championship due to Corleone suffering a serious knee injury. CMLL held an eight-team, two-night tournament to determine the next champions. The tournament started on June 9, 2013 and the finals took place on June 16.[13]

Tournament brackets
Quarterfinals   Semifinals   Final
                   
 Los Estetas del Aire
(Máscara Dorada, Místico, Valiente)
W  
 Los Invasores
(Mr. Águila, Psicosis and Volador Jr.)
       Los Estetas del Aire W  
 La Fuerza TRT
(El Terrible, Rey Bucanero and Tiger)
W    La Fuerza TRT    
 La Mascara, La Sombra and Rey Cometa          Los Estetas del Aire W
 Blue Panther, Diamante Azul and Stuka Jr.          Los Guerreros del Infierno  
 Los Revolucionarios del Terror
(Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora and Rey Escorpión)
W      Los Revolucionarios del Terror  
 Los Guerreros del Infierno
(Euforia, Niebla Roja and Último Guerrero)
W    Los Guerreros del Infierno W  
 Los Reyes de la Atlantida
(Atlantis, Delta and Guerrero Maya Jr.)
   

References[edit]

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