International Wrestling Revolution Group

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International Wrestling Revolution Group
Grupo Internacional Revolución
Acronym IWRG
Founded January 1, 1996
Style Lucha libre
Headquarters Naucalpan, State of Mexico, Mexico
Founder(s) Adolfo Moreno
Owner(s) Marco Moreno
Alfredo Moreno

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.

History[edit]

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.[1] 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.[1] 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.[1] In the 1990s the UWA folded and Promociones Moreno worked primarily with EMLL, now rebranded as Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL).[2] 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.[1]

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.[3] 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.[4][5] 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,[6] followed by the IWRG Intercontinental Heavyweight Championship two months later.[7] IWRG also kept promoting the Distrito Federal Trios Championship, the only championship predating the foundation of the IWRG.[8] 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.[9]

Working with other promotions[edit]

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.[10]

Roster[edit]

Major shows[edit]

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[11]
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.[12]
Rebelión de los Juniors March 13, 2016 Event that focuses on second generation wrestlers. Last event held was the 2016 Rebelión de los Juniors[13]
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.[14]
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.[15]
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.[16]
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.[16]
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.[16]
Guerra Revolucionaria November 21, 2011 A 16-man Torneo Cibernetico elimination match.[17]
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.

Championships[edit]

Active championships[edit]

Championship Current Champion(s) Held since Days
IWRG Intercontinental Heavyweight Championship Mr. Electro December 18, 2016[18] 94
IWRG Intercontinental Lightweight Championship Pantera I November 13, 2016[19] 129
IWRG Intercontinental Middleweight Championship Relámpago January 22, 2017[20] 57
IWRG Intercontinental Tag Team Championship El Diablo Jr. I and Black Terry February 26, 2017[21] 24
IWRG Intercontinental Trios Championship La Dinastía de la Muerte
(Negro Navarro, Trauma I and Trauma II)
August 9, 2015[22] 591
IWRG Intercontinental Welterweight Championship Mosca February 5, 2017[23] 45
IWRG Junior de Juniors Championship Herodes Jr. February 26, 2017[21] 24
IWRG Rey del Ring Championship Máscara Año 2000 Jr. December 11, 2016 [24]

Other championships promoted by IWRG[edit]

Championship Current Champion(s) Held since Days
Distrito Federal Trios Championship Las Tortugas Ninja
(Leo, Mike and Rafy)
May 1, 2016[25] 325
UWF United States Heavyweight Championship Pirata Morgan February 20, 2011[26] 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[edit]

Championship: Last champion(s): Date won:
IWRG Intercontinental Super Welterweight Championship Místico November 19, 2006[27]
IWRG Intercontinental Women's Championship La Amapola 2005[28]

Tournaments[edit]

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

Active tournaments[edit]

Tournament Last winner Last held Notes
Copa Higher Power Gimnasio Konkreto January 1, 2013 [29]
Gran Cruzada Mosco X-Fly September 6, 2015 [30]
Guerra de Empresas Cibernético and La Parka July 8, 2012 [31]
Torneo de Legado Final Dragón Celestial and El Hijo del Diablo August 2, 2015 [15]
El Protector Atomic Star and Herodes Jr. January 31, 2016 [11]
Rey del Ring Ricky Cruzz May 4, 2015 Is both an annual tournament and defended like a championship between tournaments.[32]

Past tournaments[edit]

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.[33]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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