Homenaje a Dos Leyendas: El Santo y Salvador Lutteroth (2003)
|Homenaje a Dos Leyendas: El Santo y Salvador Lutteroth (2003)|
|Promotion||Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre|
|Date||March 21, 2003|
|City||Mexico City, Mexico|
|Homenaje a Dos Leyendas chronology|
Homenaje a Dos Leyendas: El Santo y Salvador Lutteroth (2003) (Spanish for "Homage to Two Legends: El Santo and Salvador Lutteroth") was a professional wrestling major show event produced by Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL), which took place on March 21, 2003 in Arena México, Mexico City, Mexico. The event was to honor and remember CMLL founder Salvador Lutteroth who died in March 1987. It also honored El Santo, the most famous Mexican professional wrestler ever. The name of the annual March event would later be shortened to just Homenaje a Dos Leyendas after CMLL had a falling out with El Santo's son El Hijo del Santo, with the event honoring a different wrestler along with Lutteroth. The main event was a singles match between Pierroth Jr. and Gran Markus Jr. under Lucha de Apuestas rules, with both men wagering their hair on the outcome of the match. The card featured five further matches, four Six-man "Lucha Libre rules" tag team match, including a match for the CMLL World Trios Championship and one regular Tag team match.
Since 1996 the Mexican wrestling company Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (Spanish for "World Wrestling Council"; CMLL) has held a show in March each year to commemorate the passing of CMLL founder Salvador Lutteroth who died in March 1987. For the first three years the show paid homage to Lutteroth himself, from 1999 through 2004 the show paid homage to Lutteroth and El Santo, Mexico's most famous wrestler ever and from 2005 forward the show has paid homage to Lutteroth and a different leyenda ("Legend") each year, celebrating the career and accomplishments of past CMLL stars. Originally billed as Homenaje a Salvador Lutteroth, it has been held under the Homenaje a Dos Leyendas ("Homage to two legends") since 1999 and is the only show outside of CMLL's Anniversary shows that CMLL has presented every year since its inception. All Homenaje a Dos Leyendas shows have been held in Arena México in Mexico City, Mexico which is CMLL's main venue, its "home". Traditionally CMLL holds their major events on Friday Nights, which means the Homenaje a Dos Leyendas shows replace their regularly scheduled Super Viernes show. The 2003 show was the eight overall Homenaje a Dos Leyendas show.
The event featured six 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.
The main event storyline was the conclusion of a long running storyline stretching back over a year to the months before the 2002 Homenaje a Dos Leyendas event when Gran Markus Jr. decided to turn on Pierroth Jr. and leave Los Boricuas, the group that Pierroth led. The previous year Gran Markus Jr. had unmasked Boriqua member Veneno in the main event of the Dos Leyendas show. In the year that followed Gran Markus Jr., aided by various CMLL tecnicos fought against the group in various matches and team combinations. The semi-main event of the show was a Six-man "Lucha Libre rules" tag team match, for the CMLL World Trios Championship as the reigning champions Atlantis, Black Warrior and Mr. Niebla put their titles on the line against the challengers Universo 2000, teaming up with the brother team of Dr. Wagner Jr. and Black Tiger (the third incarnation of that wrestling character). Black Warrior and Dr. Wagner Jr. had previously held the CMLL World Trios championship (with Blue Panther) but had to vacate the titles when the team broke up as Dr. Wagner Jr. turned on the group.
The disintegration of Los Boriquas would continue in the months following Dos Leyendas, leading to Pierroth facing several former members in Lucha de Apuestas matches, including Pierroth defeating Violencia on the undercard of the CMLL 70th Anniversary Show. Black Tiger, Dr. Wagner, Jr and Universo 2000 would hold the CMLL Trios Championship until July 9, 2004 where they would lose to Black Warrior, El Canek and Rayo de Jalisco Jr., ending their run with the titles after 476 days.
|1||Alan and Chris Stone defeated Sangre Azteca and Valentin Mayo||Best two-out-of-three falls tag team match|
|2||Safari, Tigre Blanco and Virus defeated Arkangel de la Muerte and Doctor X, Nitro||Best two-out-of-three falls six-man "Lucha Libre rules" tag team match|
|3||Bestia Salvaje, Juventud Guerrera and Scorpio Jr. defeated El Felino, Villano III and Villano IV||Best two-out-of-three falls six-man "Lucha Libre rules" tag team match|
|4||Lizmark Jr., Negro Casas and Vampiro defeated Apolo Dantés and Los Guapos (Máscara Mágica and Shocker)||Best two-out-of-three falls six-man "Lucha Libre rules" tag team match|
|5||Black Tiger (III), Dr. Wagner Jr. and Universo 2000 defeated Atlantis, Black Warrior and Mr. Niebla (c)||Best two-out-of-three falls tag team match for the CMLL World Trios Championship|
|6||Pierroth Jr. defeated Gran Markus Jr.||Lucha de Apuestas, Hair vs. Hair match|
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