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CMLL (Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre) is the oldest active promotion in the world. It's the promotion which runs Arena México and Arena Coliseo in Mexico City, and has done so for decades. The first show was held on September 21, 1933, and they hold a annual anniversary show, one of the biggest show in Mexico of the year.

The Lutteroth family owns CMLL. It was started by Salvador Lutteroth, and is currently owned by his grandson, Paco Alonso. Paco and his family have always considered themselves as boxing promoters who happen to also run lucha libre events (though the lucha libre is far more profitable), and their main contribution to the direction of the company is their long standing dislike for Antonio Peña and his rival AAA promotion. Most of the day-to-day decisions are made by a former wrestlers who are now part of the front office.

The promotion names CMLL and EMLL are functionally interchangeable. Technically, the name change occurred in 1991, but the company didn't change in any other way at the time.

Current Champions

Starting in 1991, CMLL created a set of World Championships, as direct replacements for NWA titles.

CMLL's roster also includes wrestlers who hold Mexican National, NWA Historic, Occidente, & Distrito Federal, championships. As long as they have a belt with them, CMLL will seem to have no problem in acknowledging their championships.

Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre Championships
CMLL: Mini: ShockercitoSuper Light: Dragon Lee II
Welter: MephistoMiddle: Ángel de Oro
Light Heavy: Niebla RojaHeavy: Marco Corleone
Tag: Negro Casas & ShockerWomen: Dalis La Caribeña
Trios: Sky Team (Mistico II, Volador Jr. and Valiente)
NWA WH: Welter: Volador Jr.Middle: Ultimo GuerreroLight Heavy: Hechicero
National: Light: ElectricoWelter: Soberano Jr.Light Heavy: Atlantis
Heavy: El TerribleWomen: Princesa Sugehit
Trios: Nueva Generacion Dinamita (Sansón, Cuatrero and Forastero)
Tournaments: Leyenda de Azul: Último Guerrero
Leyenda de Plata: Volador Jr.Universal: Volador Jr.
Pequeño Reyes del Aire: ShockercitoReyes del Aire: Angel de Oro
Gran Alternativa: Caristico & Soberano Jr.
En Busca de un Ídolo: Boby ZavalaLa Copa Jr.: Soberano Jr.
Parejas Increíbles: Volador Jr. & Barbaro Cavernario:
REINA: CMLL-REINA Intl Junior: Kaho KobayashiCMLL-REINA Intl: ZeuxisCMLL-REINA Tag Team: Vacant
DF: Light: AstralWelter: SenseiMiddle: Hijo del Signo
Occidente: Welter: Star BlackMiddle: Jocker
Light Heavy: EsfingeHeavy: Diamante Azul
Tag: El Gallo & Esfinge
Trios: Nueva Generacion Dinamita (Sansón, Cuatrero and Forastero)
Misc: Arena Coliseo Tag: Sansón & Cuatrero
Defunct: Copa de Arena Mexico Tournament
Japan TagJapan Women's


Major Events

CMLL's calendar is dominated by two annual events, one of which has nothing directly to do with wrestling.

Every winter, CMLL will close down its main arena, Arena México, and shift those weekly Friday shows to the smaller Arena Coliseo. (The break is to allow the circus to take up the space instead, and to make some general repairs.) The break from Arena México creates a pseudo-offseason for CMLL, with many stars taking time off during the period. It also creates easy markers for major shows: CMLL will run a major show to open the Arena Mexico season (January / February - varies depending on business) and one to close the season (December), though they're not always exactly the first and last show.

Every year, CMLL will run a major show on or near September 21st, to commemorate the birth of the promotion, which is generally treated as the birth of lucha libre. CMLL will usually try to aim to have a major mask or hair mask on this date. (See: CMLL Anniversary Show Results)

CMLL will usually have another major show scheduled around late June, and may have more big shows, or none at all, depending on how business is going and the availability of major matches to headline those shows.

CMLL/EMLL Events
major events
Homenaje a Dos Leyendas 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
2014 2015 2016
CMLL Summer Event 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 ---- 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
2014 2015
Anniversario 1934 1935 1936 1937 1938 1939 1940 1941 1942 1943 1944 1945 1946 1947 1948 1949 1950 1951 1952 1953
1954 1955 1956 1957 1958 1959 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973
1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993
1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
2014 2015 2016 2017
CMLL Winter Event 1994 1994 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 ---
2014 2015
Other Events
FantasticMania Series 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Arena Mexico Anniversary 1956 1957 1958 1959 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973
1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993
1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
2014 2015
Arena Coliseo Anniversary 1943 1944 1945 1946 1947 1948 1949 1950 1951 1952 1953
1954 1955 1956 1957 1958 1959 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973
1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993
1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
2014 2015
Miscellaneous EMLL Debut Show, 1933


Weekly Events

Most weeks, CMLL will directly promote a Monday show at Arena Puebla, a Tuesday, Friday & Sunday show at Arena México, a Tuesday show at Arena Coliseo Guadalajara, and a Saturday show at Arena Coliseo. CMLL will also contract out its wrestlers to other arenas and promoters around the country (and the world), who pay CMLL for the use of talent and are on their own to promote them.

CMLL is also currently has four hours of television from its events on air. There's a weekly 2 hour show, mainly featuring matches from Arena Mexico, and two one hour shows mainly featuring matches from the Sunday Arena Coliseo show. (See: Lucha Television Information)

Programming Department

sometime in the past: Jesús Lomelín (came up with El Santo character)[1]
1989? to May 1992: Antonio Pena and Juan Herrera
May 1992 to August 1992: Juan Herrera
August 1992 to April 7, 1993: Marco Moreno, with involvement from Javier Llanes
April to August, 1993: Masakre, Tigre Hispano, and Javier Llanes
August 1993 to October 1993?: Tigre Hispano, Javier Llanes (mainly Arena Coliseo), Mario Prado Jr.
October 1993 to January 1994: Mario Prado Jr., Javier Llanes & Negro Casas
January 1994 to mid-1994: Mario Prado Jr., Franco Colombo, Jose Medina & Negro Casas
mid-1994 to ??? (at least thru early 1996): Negro Casas; Jose Pionono mentioned as working in programming in early 1996 and said to be lead booker in early 1998.
? to Aug 1998: Jose Medina (noted as booker in Feb 1998)[2]
late-1998 to early 2002: Pierroth Jr. & Negro Casas
September 1998 to ? 2011: Panico (lead, part of programming committee since at least 1997), Franco Colombo, José Luis Feliciano (in charge of TV), Edgar Noriega
? 2011 to March 2012: Ultimo Guerrero, Blue Panther (both not publicly acknowledged), Panico, Franco Colombo, José Luis Feliciano (in charge of TV), Edgar Noriega
March 2012 to current: Blue Panther (lead), Ultimo Guerrero (both not publicly acknowledged), Franco Colombo, José Luis Feliciano (in charge of TV), Edgar Noriega. Panico remains the public lead of the programming committee; reports differ if he's actually still involved in the process.

Miscellaneous

Groups

Los Cancerberos del Infierno
Virus (leader) ● RazielCancerbero
Former: EuforiaPolvora


Guerreros Tuareg
NitroArkangelIsisSkandalo
Former: Dr. XLoco MaxHooligan


Guerreros Laguneros
Ultimo Guerrero * Euforia * Gran Guerrero
GdI: Rey Bucanero * Toscano * Mascara Magica
GdA: Atlantis * Sangre Azteca * Olimpico * Eclipse * Rey Escorpión * Dragon Rojo Jr.
Mascots: Ultimonito (original) * Ultimonito


Los Hijos del Averno
Mephisto . Ephesto
Former: Averno . Misterioso II . Terrible . Texano Jr.


La Peste Negra
Negro Casas * Mr. Niebla * Felino * Zacarias* Barbaro Cavernario
Associated: Princesa Blanca * Puma King
Former: Heavy Metal * Rey Bucanero * Herodes Jr.


Los Invasores
Main: KraneoMijeMorphosisOlimpicoTiffany
Formers: Universo 2000Máscara Año 2000OrientalMonstherChuckyManiacoCharly MansonHector GarzaEsterllitaMr. AguilaPsicosis


Generación Dorada
La SombraLa MáscaraMáscara Dorada

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