Leyenda de Azul

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Leyenda de Azul
Mascara Blue Demon.svg
The mask of Blue Demon, which the tournament honors
Details
Promotion Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre
Date established October 27, 2000
Current champion(s) Atlantis
Date won June 20, 2014

The Leyenda de Azul (Spanish for "the Blue Legend") is a lucha libre tournament held seven times by the Mexican professional wrestling promotion Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL) between 2000 and 2008 and again in 2011 and 2012. The tournament honors Blue Demon, or Demonio Azul as he's sometimes referred to. The tournament is not nearly as prestigious as CMLL's annual Leyenda de Plata tournament. The winner is given a plaque with a Blue Demon mask on it and a championship belt featuring Blue Demon as well. There was no Leyenda de Azul in 2009 and no plans for a 2010 tournament has been announced so far. All tournaments have taken place in Arena México in Mexico City and all were held on Fridays during CMLL's Super Viernes show. In 2009 Blue Demon Jr. threatened to take legal action against CMLL on behalf of the National Wrestling Alliance over CMLL's use of three NWA branded championships.[1] While CMLL did not publicly respond to the threat they dropped the tournament from their schedule for two years. In July 2011, CMLL, still not on good terms with Blue Demon Jr., announced the return of the tournament. The tournament would instead be endorsed by Blue Demon's biological son and Blue Demon Jr.'s adopted brother, El Hijo de Blue Demon.

Tournament winners[edit]

Year Winner Defeated Date Note
2000 Blue Panther Unknown October 27, 2000 [2]
2003 Tarzan Boy Shocker August 8, 2003 [3]
2004 Universo 2000 Canek October 8, 2004 [4]
2005 Lizmark Jr. Último Guerrero July 15, 2005 [5]
2006 Rey Bucanero Atlantis November 3, 2006 [6]
2008 El Terrible Marco Corleone December 12, 2008 [7]
2011 Mr. Niebla Atlantis July 29, 2011 [8]
2012 Diamante Azul Último Guerrero October 12, 2012 [9]
2014 Atlantis Último Guerrero June 20, 2014 [10]
2016 Último Guerrero Valiente November 18, 2016 [11]

Leyenda de Azul 2000[edit]

Leyenda de Azul (2000)
Blue-Panther.jpg
Blue Panther, first ever tournament winner
Information
Promotion Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre
Date October 27, 2000
Venue Arena Mexico
City Mexico City, Mexico
Event chronology
CMLL 67th Anniversary Show Leyenda de Azul (2000) Sin Piedad (2000)
Leyenda de Azul chronology
First Leyenda de Azul (2000) Leyenda de Azul (2003)

The first Leyenda de Azul tournament took place on October 27, 2000, just 21 days after the 2000 version of the Leyenda de Plata tournament. 16 men competed in a Torneo cibernetico match for the trophy. Only the second half of the match was shown on television, which means that the order of the first eight eliminations is only known to the people in attendance at Arena México that night. The first eight are listed alphabetically. During the match Máscara Año 2000 allowed himself to get pinned by Shocker while he himself had Shocker pinned to ensure that Shocker was eliminated from the tournament. Blue Panther won the torneo cibernetico when he pinned Mr. Niebla.[2][12][13]

# Eliminated Eliminated by Time
# Brazo de Plata Unknown  
# Bestia Salvaje Unknown  
# Cien Caras Unknown  
# Emilio Charles Jr. Unknown  
# Lizmark Jr. Unknown  
# Perro Aguayo Unknown  
# Rayo de Jalisco Jr. Unknown  
# Villano IV Unknown  
9 Apolo Dantés Unknown  
10 Villano III Unknown  
11 Universo 2000 Unknown  
12 Shocker Máscara Año 2000
(double pin)
 
13 Máscara Año 2000 Shocker
(double pin)
 
14 El Satánico Mr. Niebla  
15 Mr. Niebla Blue Panther  
16 Winner Blue Panther  

Leyenda de Azul 2003[edit]

Leyenda de Azul (2003)
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Shocker, last man eliminated in the tournament
Information
Promotion Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre
Date August 8, 2003
Venue Arena Mexico
City Mexico City, Mexico
Event chronology
International Gran Prix (2003) Leyenda de Azul (2003) CMLL 70th Anniversary Show
Leyenda de Azul chronology
Leyenda de Azul (2000) Leyenda de Azul (2003) Leyenda de Azul (2004)

CMLL did not hold a Leyenda de Azul in 2001 or 2002 but did promote the tournament in 2003. Like the first Leyenda de Azul, the second version also centered around a 16-man Torneo cibernetico match. The match came down to Shocker and Tarzan Boy, at the time both mid-card wrestlers hoping to move into the main event picture. Tarzan Boy pinned Shocker to win the 2003 Leyenda de Azul trophy.[3][14]

# Eliminated Eliminated by Time
1 Villano IV Unknown  
2 Máscara Año 2000 Unknown  
3 Pierroth Jr. Unknown  
4 Violencia Unknown  
5 Takemura Unknown  
6 Black Tiger Unknown  
7 Mr. Niebla Unknown  
8 Blue Panther Unknown  
9 Lizmark Jr. Unknown  
10 Vampiro Unknown  
11 Rey Bucanero Unknown  
12 Rayo de Jalisco Jr. Unknown  
13 Dr. Wagner Jr. Unknown  
14 Último Guerrero Shocker  
15 Shocker Tarzan Boy  
16 Winner Tarzan Boy  

Leyenda de Azul 2004[edit]

Leyenda de Azul (2004)
El Canek.jpg
Canek, last man eliminated in the tournament
Information
Promotion Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre
Date October 8, 2004
Venue Arena Mexico
City Mexico City, Mexico
Event chronology
CMLL 71st Anniversary Show Leyenda de Azul (2004) Sin Piedad (2004)
Leyenda de Azul chronology
Leyenda de Azul (2003) Leyenda de Azul (2004) Leyenda de Azul (2005)

The third Leyenda de Azul tournament took place on October 8, 2004 and like the two previous Leyenda de Azul tournaments featured a 16-man torneo cibernetico. The final two wrestlers in the match were Canek and Universo 2000. Universo 2000 pinned Canek to win the tournament, gaining a small measure of revenge on the man that beat him for his mask only three weeks prior at the CMLL 71st Anniversary Show.[4][15]

# Eliminated Eliminated by Time
1 Apolo Dantés Brazo de Plata 11:12
2 Máscara Sagrada Cien Caras 12:57
3 El Satánico Héctor Garza 13:50
4 Cien Caras Rayo de Jalisco Jr. 14:48
5 Rayo de Jalisco Jr. Universo 2000 15:50
6 Black Tiger Black Warrior 17:48
7 Vampiro Mr. Niebla 19:23
8 Dr. Wagner Jr. Universo 2000 21:29
9 El Terrible Canek 23:10
10 Brazo de Plata Héctor Garza 24:03
11 Mr. Niebla Pierroth Jr. 24:39
12 Black Warrior Héctor Garza 26:44
13 Héctor Garza Black Warrior
(Double elimination)
26:44
14 Pierroth Jr. Canek 28:00
15 Canek Universo 2000 29:37
16 Winner Universo 2000 29:37

Leyenda de Azul 2005[edit]

Leyenda de Azul (2005)
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Último Guerrero, tournament finalist
Information
Promotion Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre
Date July 15, 2005
Venue Arena Mexico
City Mexico City, Mexico
Event chronology
Gran Alternativa (2005) Leyenda de Azul (2005) CMLL 72nd Anniversary Show
Leyenda de Azul chronology
Leyenda de Azul (2004) Leyenda de Azul (2005) Leyenda de Azul (2006)

The fourth Leyenda de Azul took place on July 15, 2005. Unlike previous years' tournaments CMLL did not use the torneo cibernetico format but instead opted for a 16-man, one night tournament to take place on the July 15, 2005 CMLL Super Viernes show. The winner of the tournament would also be considered the first CMLL World G1 Heavyweight Champion and win a place in New Japan Pro Wrestling's (NJWP) upcoming G1 Climax tour in August, 2005. While it was never confirmed officially it is believed that NJPW actually decided who they wanted to tour with them and thus who won the tournament. The final match saw Lizmark Jr. pin Último Guerrero to earn both the Leyenda de Azul trophy and the CMLL World G1 Heavyweight Champion. The G1 championship was never referred to again after July 15, 2005, not even when Lizmark Jr. competed in NJPW.[5][16]

First round Second round Semifinals Final
                       
1 Lizmark Jr. W
16 Olímpico  
Lizmark Jr. W
Black Warrior  
8 Black Warrior W
9 Máscara Sagrada  
Lizmark Jr. W
Héctor Garza  
5 Pierroth Jr. W
12 Blue Demon Jr.  
Pierroth Jr.  
Héctor Garza W
4 Brazo de Plata  
13 Héctor Garza W
Lizmark Jr.
Último Guerrero  
6 Dos Caras Jr. W
11 Tarzan Boy  
Dos Caras Jr. W
Rey Bucanero  
3 Heavy Metal  
14 Rey Bucanero W
Dos Caras Jr.  
Último Guerrero W
7 Rayo de Jalisco Jr. W
10 Canek  
Rayo de Jalisco Jr.  
Último Guerrero W
2 El Bronco  
15 Último Guerrero W

Leyenda de Azul 2006[edit]

Leyenda de Azul (2006)
Damian666.jpg
Damián 666, eliminated in the first round
Information
Promotion Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre
Date November 3, 2006
Venue Arena Mexico
City Mexico City, Mexico
Event chronology
CMLL 73rd Anniversary Show Leyenda de Azul (2006) Sin Piedad (2006)
Leyenda de Azul chronology
Leyenda de Azul (2005) Leyenda de Azul (2006) Leyenda de Azul (2008)

The 5th Leyenda de Azul took place on November 4, 2006 and was like the 2005 version a one night, 16-man single elimination tournament. CMLL used the same tournament format as the previous year as they had the winner of the first and the last match of the first round face off in the finals. The finals saw Rey Bucanero defeat Atlantis to win the trophy and belt.[6][17]

First round Second round Semifinals Final
                       
1 Rey Bucanero W
16 Damián 666  
Rey Bucanero W
Black Warrior  
8 Heavy Metal  
9 Black Warrior W
Rey Bucanero W
Héctor Garza  
5 Último Guerrero W
12 Damian El Terrible  
Último Guerrero  
Héctor Garza W
4 Olímpico  
13 Héctor Garza W
Rey Bucanero
Atlantis  
6 Dr. Wagner Jr. W
11 Pierroth Jr.  
Dr. Wagner Jr. W
Alex Koslov  
3 Hirooki Goto  
14 Alex Koslov W
Dr. Wagner Jr.  
Atlantis W
7 Lizmark Jr. W
10 Halloween  
Lizmark Jr.  
Atlantis W
2 Último Dragón  
15 Atlantis W

Leyenda de Azul 2008[edit]

Leyenda de Azul (2008)
Marco Corleone.jpg
Marco Corleone, last man eliminated in the tournament
Information
Promotion Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre
Date December 12, 2008
Venue Arena Mexico
City Mexico City, Mexico
Event chronology
CMLL 75th Anniversary Show Leyenda de Azul (2008) Pequeños Reyes del Aire (2009)
Leyenda de Azul chronology
Leyenda de Azul (2006) Leyenda de Azul (2008) Leyenda de Azul (2011)

The sixth Leyenda de Azul took place on December 12, 2008 and was the focal point of CMLL's Friday night CMLL Super Viernes show. This tournament was the first Leyenda de Azul tournament to see the winner being crowned as a result of outside interference as Ephesto and El Texano Jr. helped El Terrible overcome Marco Corleone to win the tournament.[7][18]

# Eliminated Eliminated by Time
1 Máximo Misterioso II 12:28
2 Ephesto El Sagrado 16:36
3 Valiente Rey Bucanero 17:30
4 Misterioso II Toscano 18:29
5 Sagrado Villano V 20:23
6 Villano V Shocker 21:02
7 Toscano El Texano Jr. 22:58
8 Rey Bucanero Blue Panther 24:29
9 Blue Panther Mr. Niebla 25:40
10 Shocker Atlantis 26:27
11 Mr. Niebla Dos Caras Jr. 28:38
12 Atlantis Marco Corleone 30:11
13 Dos Caras Jr. El Terrible and El Texano Jr. 34:12
14 El Texano Jr. Marco Corleone 35:04
15 Marco Corleone El Terrible 36:21
16 Winner El Terrible 36:21

Leyenda de Azul 2011[edit]

Leyenda de Azul (2011)
Leyenda de Azul 2011.jpg
Officia poster advertising the 2011 Leyenda de Azul tournament
Information
Promotion Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre
Date July 29, 2011
Venue Arena Mexico
City Mexico City, Mexico
Event chronology
Juicio Final (2011) Leyenda de Azul (2011) Mini-Estrellas Torneo de Parejas Increibles
Leyenda de Azul chronology
Leyenda de Azul (2008) Leyenda de Azul (2011) Leyenda de Azul (2012)

On July 25, 2011, CMLL released a poster for an event, which revealed that after a two year break, Leyenda de Azul would return on July 29.[19] While CMLL was still on bad terms with Blue Demon Jr., the tournament was instead endorsed by his adopted brother and Blue Demon's biological son, El Hijo de Blue Demon, who also presented Mr. Niebla with the trophy after his win.[20]

# Eliminated Eliminated by Time
1 Metro Psicosis
2 Psicosis El Hijo del Fantasma
3 Ángel de Oro Rey Bucanero
4 Último Guerrero Jon Strongman
5 Jon Strongman Rey Bucanero, El Terrible and El Texano Jr.
6 Rey Bucanero Shocker
7 El Hijo del Fantasma El Texano Jr.
8 El Texano Jr. Rush
9 Shocker El Terrible
10 El Terrible Shocker (Double elimination)
11 Blue Panther Héctor Garza
12 Héctor Garza Rush
13 Rush Mr. Niebla
14 Máximo Atlantis
15 Atlantis Mr. Niebla
16 Winner Mr. Niebla

Leyenda de Azul 2012[edit]

Leyenda de Azul (2012)
Tama Tonga.JPG
Tama Tonga, 2012 participant.
Information
Promotion Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre
Date October 12, 2012
Venue Arena Mexico
City Mexico City, Mexico
Event chronology
CMLL 79th Anniversary Show Leyenda de Azul (2012) Reyes del Aire (2012 Guadalajara)
Leyenda de Azul chronology
Leyenda de Azul (2011) Leyenda de Azul (2012) Leyenda de Azul (2014)

The eighth Leyenda de Azul tournament took place on October 12, 2012 on CMLL's Super Viernes show.[21][22] The match included 16 wrestlers in total and saw Diamante Azul win the tournament.[9]

# Eliminated Eliminated by Time
1 Misterioso Jr. Brazo de Plata [23]
2 Diamante Euforia [23]
3 Kráneo Diamante Azul [23]
4 Brazo de Plata El Terrible [23]
5 Rush El Terrible (double elimination) [23]
5 El Terrible Rush (double elimination) [23]
7 Marco Corleone Euforia and Último Guerrero [23]
8 Tama Tonga Atlantis and Shocker [23]
9 Shocker Mr. Águila [23]
10 Euforia La Sombra [23]
11 Mr. Águila Atlantis [23]
12 La Sombra Volador Jr. [23]
13 Atlantis Último Guerrero [23]
14 Volador Jr. Diamante Azul [23]
15 Último Guerrero Diamante Azul [23]
16 Winner Diamante Azul [23]

Leyenda de Azul 2014[edit]

Leyenda de Azul (2014)
LeyendaDeAzul2014.jpg
Poster for the 2014 Leyenda de Azul tournament
Information
Promotion Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre
Date June 20, 2014
Venue Arena Mexico
City Mexico City, Mexico
Event chronology
58. Aniversario de Arena México Leyenda de Azul (2014) Juicio Final (2014)
Leyenda de Azul chronology
Leyenda de Azul (2012) Leyenda de Azul (2014) Leyenda de Azul (2016)

After no Leyenda de Azul tournament in 2013 CMLL promoted the ninth version of the event on June 20, 2014 as the main event of their weekly Super Viernes ("Super Friday") show. The tournament format saw 16 men complete in a Torneo cibernetico elimnation match. The finals of the match saw Atlantis eliminate long time rival Último Guerrero to win the tournament.[10][24][25][26]

Leyenda de Azul 2014 Order of elimination
# Eliminated Eliminated by Time
1 Vangelis Brazo de Plata [10][24][25][26]
2 Rey Escorpión Dragón Rojo Jr. [10][24][25][26]
3 La Sombra By Disqualification [10][24][25][26]
4 Euforia By Disqualification [10][24][25][26]
5 Brazo de Plata   [10][24][25][26]
6 Mr. Niebla Shocker [10][24][25][26]
7 El Terrible   [10][24][25][26]
8 Dragón Rojo Jr. Valiente [10][24][25][26]
9 Shocker La Mascara [10][24][25][26]
10 Maximo Rush [10][24][25][26]
11 Rey Bucanero Valiente [10][24][25][26]
12 Valiente La Mascara [10][24][25][26]
13 La Mascara Atlantis [10][24][25][26]
14 Rush Último Guerrero [10][24][25][26]
15 Último Guerrero Atlantis [10][24][25][26]
16 Winner Atlantis [10][24][25][26]

References[edit]

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