International Wrestling Revolution Group
|Founded||January 1, 1996|
|Headquarters||Naucalpan, State of Mexico, Mexico|
International Wrestling Revolution Group (Grupo Internacional Revolución in Spanish; the Spanish name is used for the promotion while the English initials are used for the title governing body) is a Lucha Libre promotion based in Naucalpan, State of Mexico, Mexico. Founded in 1996 by Adolfo Moreno and since Moreno's death in late 2007 has been controlled by his sons Alfredo and Marco Moreno. IWRG has its own championships but like a lot of Mexican promotions recognize champions from other promotions, occasionally allowing them to defend those titles on IWRG shows. In recent times the company has tried to become a competitor to both Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL) and Asistencia Asesoria y Administracion (AAA), acquiring a national television deal with TV Azteca and using a number of talent that have left CMLL or AAA to bolster their ranks and profile. IWRG's home base is Arena Naucalpan where the majority of their shows are held, though they have regularly promoted shows at other venues such as Arena Emiliano Zapata, Arena Xochimilco and Arena Neza.
Wrestler-turned-promoter Adolfo "Pirata" Moreno began promoting wrestling shows in his native Naucalpan de Juárez, Mexico, bringing in wrestlers from Empresa Mexicana de Lucha Libre (EMLL) to Naucalpan as well as featuring wrestlers from the Mexican independent circuit. Later on he would promote shows mainly in "Arena KO Al Gusto" and served as the Universal Wrestling Association (UWA) partner, using the name Promociones Moreno as the business name for his promotional efforts. In 1977 Moreno bought the run down Arena KO Al Gusto and had Arena Naucalpan built in its place, an arena designed specifically for wrestling shows, with a maximum capacity of 2,400 spectators for the shows. Arena Naucalpan became the permanent home for Promociones Moreno, with very few shows held elsewhere. In the 1990s the UWA folded and Promociones Moreno worked primarily with EMLL, now rebranded as Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL). From the mid-1990s Moreno would promote several Naucalpan championships, including the Naucalpan Tag Team Championship, Naucalpan Middleweight Championship and the Naucalpan Welterweight Championship, all sanctioned by the local boxing and wrestling commission.
In late 1995 Adolfo Moreno decided to create his own promotion, creating a regular roster instead of relying totally on wrestlers from other promotions, creating the International Wrestling Revolution Group (IWRG; sometimes referred to as Grupo Internacional Revolución in Spanish) on January 1, 1996. From that point on Arena Naucalpan became the main venue for IWRG, hosting the majority of their weekly shows and all of their major shows as well. With the creation of the IWRG Moreno abandoned the Naucalpan championships, instead introducing a series of IWRG branded championships, starting with the IWRG Intercontinental Middleweight Championship created on July 27, 1997, followed by the IWRG Intercontinental Heavyweight Championship two months later. IWRG also kept promoting the Distrito Federal Trios Championship, the only championship predating the foundation of the IWRG. In 2007 Adolfo Moreno died, leaving his sons César and Marco Moreno to take ownership of both International Wrestling Revolution Group as well as Arena Naucalpan.
Working with other promotions
IWRG often works together with other wrestling promotions, booking their wrestlers on IWRG shows and sending IWRG wrestlers to work for the other promotions. They also co-promote events, recognize non-IWRG championships and at times allow them to be defended on IWRG shows.
- Último Dragón Gym/Toryumon Mexico
IWRG was affiliated with Último Dragón and Toryumon Mexico (Ultimo Dragon Gym) from the time of IWRG's creation until 2001. The early Toryumon Mexico shows were co-promoted by IWRG and Último Dragón in Naucalpan and students regularly worked on IWRG s shows. CIMA, SUWA, Yasushi Kanda, Susumu Mochizuki and Magnum Tokyo have all held IWRG championships through the working relationship.
- Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre
IWRG developed a talent agreement with Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL) in the early 2000s, which allowed them to use CMLL talent regularly, as well as being used by CMLL as a sort of developmental territory for young wrestlers. The two promotions had a falling out in late 2007, over IWRG booking El Hijo del Santo on their shows, in disregard of CMLL having stated that did not want any of their associates to use Hijo del Santo on their shows.
- Asistencia Asesoría y Administración
During a show on April 29, 2010 Asistencia Asesoría y Administración (AAA) wrestler Silver King showed up for the show, allegedly to promote a movie, to signal the beginning of IWRG and AAA working together for the first time.
Like many promotions on the Mexican independent circuit IWRG does not generally have wrestlers under exclusive full-time contracts and often works with a number of wrestlers on a "per appearance" basis. IWRG does employ a core group of wrestlers on a regular basis but does not have an official "roster" as such.
Each year IWRG promotes a number of signature events, some shown on television and others only for the people in attendance. The major shows, shown in order of when they happen during the year, include:
|Event||Most recent/Next Date||Notes|
|IWRG Anniversary Show||January 1, 2018||Always held on or around January 1. Last event held was the IWRG 22nd Anniversary Show|
|El Protector||February 25, 2018||Annual tag team tournament that sees a relative newcomer team up with a veteran wrestler. Latest event held was the 2016 El Protector|
|La Guerra de Familias||July 5, 2015||A tournament for wrestling "families", last event held was the Guerra de Familias (2015)|
|Guerra de Sexos||February 5, 2012||IWRG's "Battle of the Sexes", main evented by a steel cage match that includes both male, female, Exotico and Mini-Estrella wrestlers. Last event held was the 2012 Guerra de Sexos.|
|Rebelión de los Juniors||March 18, 2018||Event that focuses on second generation wrestlers. Last event held was the 2016 Rebelión de los Juniors|
|Guerra del Golfo||April 15, 2018||The losers of two multi-man steel cage matches face off in the main event steel cage match under Luchas de Apuestas rules where the loser would be either unmasked or shaved bald. Last event held was the 2016 Guerra del Golfo.|
|Rey del Ring||May 20, 2018||Annual event featuring a 30-man timed Battle Royal elimination match. Last event held was the 2016 Rey del Ring.|
|Legado Final||July 30, 2017||Main event is the Torneo de Legado Final involving tag teams made up of fathers and sons, or other family members teaming together. Last event held was the 2015 Legado Final.|
|Guerra de Empresas||July 8, 2012||IWRG's War of the Promotions, a tournament where teams representing IWRG face teams representing other wrestling promotions.|
|Festival de las Máscaras||June 17, 2018||Previously unmasked wrestlers are allowed to wear their old mask for one special event each year. Last event held was the 2016 Festival de las Máscaras|
|La Gran Cruzada||August 20, 2017||Annual tournament, 30-man Battle Royal to determine the #1 contender for the Rey del Ring Championship. The most recent show was the 2015 Gran Cruzada show.|
|Caravana de Campeones||September 9, 2018||Event held several times a year, focusing on the various championships that IWRG promotes. IWRG most recently held the 2015 Caravana de Campeones show.|
|Ruleta de la Muerte||April 9, 2015||A "Loser advances" tournament with the last match being for the wrestler's mask or hair. Last event held was the 2015 Ruleta de la Muerte|
|El Castillo del Terror||November 1, 2018||Main event is the eponymous Castillo del Terror steel cage match where the loser is unmasked or shaved bald as a result. Last event held was the 2016 Castillo del Terror show.|
|Guerra Revolucionaria||May 18, 2015||A 16-man Torneo Cibernetico elimination match.|
|Prison Fatal||July 23, 2017||Latest addition, a steel cage match main event. The most recent event was the 2017 Prison Fatal.|
|Arena Naucalpan Anniversary Show||December 17, 2017||Celebrates the construction of IWRG's main venue, Arena Naucalpan. Most recent event was the Arena Naucalpan 39th Anniversary Show.|
- Active championships
|Championship||Current Champion(s)||Held since||Days|
|IWRG Intercontinental Heavyweight Championship||El Hijo de Canis Lupus||April 14, 2019||186|
|IWRG Intercontinental Lightweight Championship||Vacant||August 5, 2018||N/A|
|IWRG Intercontinental Middleweight Championship||Imposible||September 9, 2018||403|
|IWRG Intercontinental Tag Team Championship||Aramís and Imposible||March 24, 2019||207|
|IWRG Intercontinental Trios Championship||Centella de Oro, Multifacético and Prayer||December 1, 2018||320|
|IWRG Intercontinental Welterweight Championship||Cerebro Negro||June 26, 2018||478|
|IWRG Junior de Juniors Championship||El Hijo del Médico Asesino||March 31, 2019.||200|
|IWRG Rey del Aire Championship||Dragon Bane||September 2, 2018||410|
|IWRG Rey del Ring Championship||Demonio Infernal||May 19, 2019||151|
|Distrito Federal Trios Championship||El Infierno Eterno (Demonio Infernal, Eterno, and Lunatic Xtreme)||February 2, 2019||257+|
- Inactive IWRG championships
|Championship:||Last champion(s):||Date won:|
|IWRG Intercontinental Super Welterweight Championship||Místico||November 19, 2006|
|IWRG Intercontinental Women's Championship||La Amapola||2005|
IWRG conducts several annual tournaments which usually signify a big push. Some tournaments have been left off the schedule some years for unexplained reasons, others have been held several times in a year
|Tournament||Last winner||Last held||Notes||Ref(s).|
|Copa Higher Power||Gimnasio Konkreto||January 1, 2013||A tournament between IWRG's trainees and other wrestling gyms|||
|Gran Cruzada||Mosco X-Fly||September 6, 2015||Winner normally earns a match for the IWRG Rey del Ring Championship|||
|Guerra de Empresas||Cibernético and La Parka||July 8, 2012||A tournament featuring two or more promotions|||
|Torneo de Legado Final||Dragón Celestial and El Hijo del Diablo||August 2, 2015||A father/son tag team tournament|||
|El Protector||Rokambole Jr. and Villano V Jr.||February 25, 2018|
|Rey del Ring||Demonio Infernal||May 19, 2019||Both an annual tournament and defended like a championship between tournaments.|||
These are tournaments that have been held in the past by IWRG but have not been promoted in the last two years.
|Tournament||Last winner||Last held||Notes||Ref(s).|
|Proyeccion a Nuevas Promesas||Comando Negro and Scorpio, Jr.||January 13, 2011||Replaced with the El Protector tournament in 2011.|||
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