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What Is CMLL Wrestling?


CMLL is an acronym of the Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre the Spanish version of World Wide Wrestling Council, a professional wrestling promotion based in Mexico City.

It also operates in Puebla, Guadalajara and other areas in southern and central Mexico and is one of the oldest professional wrestling promotions still in existence today and was previously referred to as Expressa Mexicana de la Lucha Libre which was founded by Salvador lutteroth Gonzalez while running a card under the EMLL in 1933.

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After this, the sport gained popularity quickly becoming a premier spot for workers. This meant that a wrestler who became successful in Mexico City was considered a star all over the country.

The promotion featured many stars including El Santo and Gory Guerrero. In the 1970's Lutteroth handed down the company's control to his son Chavo, but this only served to weaken the company with the departure of some of the promoters such as Ray Mendoza and led to the formation of the Universal Wrestling Association, which was a direct competitor of EMLL in Mexico City.

However, the apparent strength of the UWA did not last long as its competitor and after fifteen years of operation, it collapsed.

The collapse of the UWA was attributed to the weakening talent pool and its affiliates. EMLL on the other hand soldiered on and joined the national wrestling alliance forming a Mexican affiliate referred to as the NWA-EMLL. However, this affiliation did not last long due to promoter disunity.

Another cause of the disintegration was the inability of the NWA to compete effectively against the WWE in the expansion and consolidation in the US. This led to the pullout of the EMLL in the 80's to form its own international promotion. This was also the time EMLL changed its name to CMLL in a bid to gain an internationally recognizable image.

Apart from the name change, the promotion also used various promotion strategies to ensure it gained more exposure. Its appearance on TV led to booming business because this mode of communication allowed people to stay in touch with the live happenings during the matches unlike in earlier times when magazines were used. Like in many other cases, success usually has its own down sides. For CMLL this came in form of the break off by longtime booker, Antonio Pena, who went on to start his new promotion Asistencia Asesor?a y Administraci?n (AAA).

Apart from taking his skills with him, he also took most of the young talent with him. This resulted in popularity decline for the Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre.

However, the decline of the Mexican economy in the mid 90's led to the scaling down of the AAA allowing the Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre to rebuild and get back on top. The CMLL also used highly promoted wrestling matches such as the Negro Casas vs. EL Hijo Del Santo match in which Santo dressed as Casas's brother and attacked him. This led to another boom for CMLL. CMLL holds various events in Mexico City at the Arena Mexico. CMLL is also one of the most conservative restricting the broadcast of matches with blood.

After this, the sport gained popularity quickly becoming a premier spot for workers. This meant that a wrestler who became successful in Mexico City was considered a star all over the country.

The promotion featured many stars including El Santo and Gory Guerrero. In the 1970's Lutteroth handed down the company's control to his son Chavo, but this only served to weaken the company with the departure of some of the promoters such as Ray Mendoza and led to the formation of the Universal Wrestling Association, which was a direct competitor of EMLL in Mexico City.

However, the apparent strength of the UWA did not last long as its competitor and after fifteen years of operation, it collapsed.

The collapse of the UWA was attributed to the weakening talent pool and its affiliates. EMLL on the other hand soldiered on and joined the national wrestling alliance forming a Mexican affiliate referred to as the NWA-EMLL. However, this affiliation did not last long due to promoter disunity.

Another cause of the disintegration was the inability of the NWA to compete effectively against the WWE in the expansion and consolidation in the US. This led to the pullout of the EMLL in the 80's to form its own international promotion. This was also the time EMLL changed its name to CMLL in a bid to gain an internationally recognizable image.

Apart from the name change, the promotion also used various promotion strategies to ensure it gained more exposure. Its appearance on TV led to booming business because this mode of communication allowed people to stay in touch with the live happenings during the matches unlike in earlier times when magazines were used. Like in many other cases, success usually has its own down sides. For CMLL this came in form of the break off by longtime booker, Antonio Pena, who went on to start his new promotion Asistencia Asesor?a y Administraci?n (AAA).

Apart from taking his skills with him, he also took most of the young talent with him. This resulted in popularity decline for CMLL.

However, the decline of the Mexican economy in the mid 90's led to the scaling down of the AAA allowing the Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre to rebuild and get back on top. The CMLL also used highly promoted wrestling matches such as the Negro Casas vs. EL Hijo Del Santo match in which Santo dressed as Casas's brother and attacked him. This led to another boom for CMLL. CMLL holds various events in Mexico City at the Arena Mexico. CMLL is also one of the most conservative restricting the broadcast of matches with blood.

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