International Wrestling Revolution Group
|Founded||January 1, 1996|
|Headquarters||Naucalpan, State of Mexico, Mexico|
International Wrestling Revolution Group (Grupo Internacional Revolución in Spanish) 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.
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, 2017||Always held on or around January 1. Last event held was the IWRG 21st Anniversary Show|
|El Protector||January 31, 2016||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||June 15, 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 13, 2016||Event that focuses on second generation wrestlers. Last event held was the 2016 Rebelión de los Juniors|
|Guerra del Golfo||April 17, 2016||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||December 11, 2016||Annual event featuring a 30-man timed Battle Royal elimination match. Last event held was the 2016 Rey del Ring.|
|Legado Final||August 2, 2015||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 5, 2016||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||September 6, 2015||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||October 4, 2015||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 2, 2016||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||November 21, 2011||A 16-man Torneo Cibernetico elimination match.|
|Prison Fatal||January 1, 2017||Latest addition, a steel cage match main event. The most recent event was the 2017 Prison Fatal.|
|Arena Naucalpan Anniversary Show||December 21, 2016||Celebrates the construction of IWRG's main venue, Arena Naucalpan. Most recent event was the Arena Naucalpan 39th Anniversary Show.|
|Championship||Current Champion(s)||Held since||Days|
|IWRG Intercontinental Heavyweight Championship||Mr. Electro||December 18, 2016||94|
|IWRG Intercontinental Lightweight Championship||Pantera I||November 13, 2016||129|
|IWRG Intercontinental Middleweight Championship||Relámpago||January 22, 2017||57|
|IWRG Intercontinental Tag Team Championship||El Diablo Jr. I and Black Terry||February 26, 2017||24|
|IWRG Intercontinental Trios Championship||La Dinastía de la Muerte
(Negro Navarro, Trauma I and Trauma II)
|August 9, 2015||591|
|IWRG Intercontinental Welterweight Championship||Mosca||February 5, 2017||45|
|IWRG Junior de Juniors Championship||Herodes Jr.||February 26, 2017||24|
|IWRG Rey del Ring Championship||Máscara Año 2000 Jr.||December 11, 2016|||
Other championships promoted by IWRG
|Championship||Current Champion(s)||Held since||Days|
|Distrito Federal Trios Championship||Las Tortugas Ninja
(Leo, Mike and Rafy)
|May 1, 2016||325|
|UWF United States Heavyweight Championship||Pirata Morgan||February 20, 2011||2,222|
|WWS World Welterweight Championship||Hijo del Diablo||October 22, 2014||882|
|Rock y Lucha Championship||Heavy Metal||December 25, 2013||1,183|
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|
|Copa Higher Power||Gimnasio Konkreto||January 1, 2013|||
|Gran Cruzada||Mosco X-Fly||September 6, 2015|||
|Guerra de Empresas||Cibernético and La Parka||July 8, 2012|||
|Torneo de Legado Final||Dragón Celestial and El Hijo del Diablo||August 2, 2015|||
|El Protector||Atomic Star and Herodes Jr.||January 31, 2016|||
|Rey del Ring||Ricky Cruzz||May 4, 2015||Is 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|
|Proyeccion a Nuevas Promesas||Comando Negro and Scorpio, Jr.||January 13, 2011||Replaced with the El Protector tournament in 2011.|
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