Wrestling: CMLL

Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL)note  is a Mexican Professional Wrestling, or, lucha libre, promotion and the oldest active wrestling promotion in the world. It was started in 1933 by Salvador Lutteroth, who ran the first show under the name Empresa Mundial de Lucha Libre. EMLL later helped establish the legitimacy of then fledgling National Wrestling Alliance and has still interacted with it over the years, even after leaving the Alliance and crowning its own world champions. CMLL has also retained working relations with other former members such as New Japan Pro Wrestling and TNA.

The biggest show of the year is the Anniversary Show.

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Tropes associada con CMLL:

  • Acrofatic: LLI migrant El Pantera II was probably carrying more than II extra pounds but he did so with grace.
  • Action Girl: The CMLL Women's Title was introduced in 1992. Also helps to be one if you want to hold one of the Reina Championship belts and sometimes CMLL hosts Mexican National Women's Championship matches.
  • Affectionate Parody: Guapos University was a parody of WWE's Million dollar tough enough, in which Shocker, Máscara Mágica and El Terrible held a competition for the prize of being the next member of Los Guapos.
  • Amazonian Beauty: Dark Angel has won many of CMLL's body building contests and jumped ship from AAA on the offer to wrestle more matches, after she had done little more than carry signs there. She later formed "El Sexy Team" with Goya Kong and Estrellita.
  • Atlantis: He's in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. But he used to live in the city of his namesake.
  • Author Avatar: Último Guerrero became part of the booking team in 2011
  • Badass Biker: Héctor Garza, he even transported tag team partners and stablemates on it.
  • Bald Woman: A semi frequent wager. Diana La Cazadora probably got the most mileage out of it, though La Amapola's head has been shaved more times.
  • Bloodless Carnage: The promotion has a long standing practice of not airing (or editing) any matches where blood is spilled.
  • Brainwashing: El Satánico turned Rencor Latino into Averno and Astro Rey Jr. into Mephisto. Averno and Mephisto would later turn on Satánico but remain rudos.
  • Breakout Character: Besides famous cases such as El Santo, Forjando un Ídolo and En Busca de un Ídolo are tournaments put on to see if one can be found among that year's rookie wrestlers, while Torneo Sangre Nueva is one for young wrestlers in general and jobbers.
  • Brought to You by the Letter "S": Or letter T, in the case of the mask of Talismán
  • B Show: Sin Limite de Tiempo
  • Carry a Big Stick: Bárbaro Cavernario carries a thick stick/thin log
  • Captain Ersatz: Los Thundercats (Leono, Panthro, and Tigro) were three to, well, Thunder Cats. Las Tortugas Ninjas were four to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
  • Charles Atlas Superpower: El Canek, UWA's legendary powerhouse known for kneeling Argentine Back breaker. CMLL got more time with him after Lucha Libre Internacional(whom UWA acted as the sanctioning committee for) went under.
  • Comic Book Adaptation: El Santo, Fray Tormenta, Mistico and Dark Angel
  • Contemporary Caveman: Bárbaro Cavernario, the well spoken but still stands out like a sore thumb variety.
  • Crossover
    • Several with New Japan Pro Wrestling, they will even do commentary for each others shows and host each others title defenses. In particular, Mistico hit it off big in Japan while CMLL helped Jushin Thunder Liger establish himself in Mexico, after he had been previously pulled out the country by New Japan. At the very least, the two companies will always work together once a year at Fantasticamania.
    • The World Welterweight Title has seen extensive time in Michinoku Pro Wrestling when Super Delfin was champon.
    • Before TNA dropped CMLL out of loyalty toward long rival AAA, the two had a good relationship, with Alex Shelly winning CMLL's 2008 International Grand Prix while Averno, Rey Bucanero, Último Guerrero and Volador, Jr. won TNA's 2008 World X Cup. The two have ended up back together, somewhat, when the World Wrestling League started up and AAA eventually opted out while CMLL and TNA remained affiliated.
    • The CMLL-Reina International title belts and the CMLL-Reina International Junior belt, for women who have been in the business less than ten years, are shared between CMLL and REINA, obviously.
  • '80s Hair: Not even Mexico was free from it. Check out Irma Águilar and La Medusa during the decade.
  • Evil Counterpart: La Ola Azul and La Ola Blanca have La Ola Amarilla
  • Evil Makeover: Dalys la Caribeña started painting jaws and teeth on her face after becoming a ruda.
  • Evil Versus Evil: The feud between Los Infernales and Los Intocables, which probably only worked because Masakre of the latter group used to be a member of the former. Also when Rey Bucanero and Ultimo Guerrero kicked Satánico out of Los Nuevos Infernales, he went on to found a second Los Nuevos Infernales.
  • Eye Patch Of Power: Pirata Morgan wears them sometimes. He actually lost an eye during a match.
  • Face-Heel Turn: El Hijo del Santo joining with his long time enemy Negro Casas is one of the most famous and is credited in shocking the audience that had largely left for AAA back out of sheer disbelief.
  • Fashionable Asymmetry: Sable's mask only had one eye hole and had a permanent smirk carved into it
  • Final Battle: While Anniversary is probably their biggest show, Sin Piedad always closes out the year.
  • Fish People: Fishman and his son, Black Fish.
  • Foreign Fanservice
    • La 5000% Guapa Raven Hiroka and Mima Shimoda
    • Alex Koslov, Marco Corleone and Shocker, the trio better known as Los Guapos Internacional. Joined by Rey Bucanero to become High Society.
  • Foreign Wrestling Heel:
    • El Legión de Puerto Rico, an evil Puerto Rican tag team. They were later replaced by evil stable Los Boricuas (not to be confused with Savio Vega's group from WWF and IWA) that joined up with La Nazi. After their initial defeat they would return even stronger under the leadership of Comandante Pierroth as Comando Caribeño, now union of wrestlers from various Atlantic Islands and La Naz-we mean La Comandante, would be back with them soon.
    • La Ola Amarilla, an evil stable from New Japan Pro Wrestling that would periodically come into CMLL to cause trouble. In 2012, they were "succeeded" by Kyōsuke Mikami and Shigeo Okumura, a tag team known as "La Fibre Amarilla" but then La Ola returned and they joined up with the older group.
    • Subverted by another New Japan transplant group, as Tama Tonga is the only foreigner in the CMLL branch of Bullet Club.
  • Genius Bruiser: Lizmark is known as El Geniecillo Azul. Blue Panther is a doctor outside of the ring.
  • Gimmick Matches: Averted, the promotion is one of the most conservative in the world with a strict no gimmick format with an annual cage match being the only notable exception at Infierno en el Ring.
  • Gratuitous Nazis: El Nazi, his later successor, La Nazi. Also, Sombra Nazi and Furia Nazi, who later went by Furia Roja but still had a swastika on his mask.
  • I Have the High Ground: Reyes del Aire, a tournament for high flyers and Pequeños Reyes del Aire, for shorter high flyers, see this play out a lot.
  • I Know Kung-Fu: Kung Fu. Yes, that's his name.
  • Inter Generational Friendship: The hope of Torneo Gran Alternativa is to cultivate them by paring older wrestlers with younger ones in a tag team tournament.
  • Kid-Appeal Character: Atlantis is called El idolo de los Niños
  • Kingpin in His Gym: Any rudo in the body building contest can be said to be demonstrating a downplayed instance of this trope, since being threatening isn't the point in theory.
  • Legacy Character
    • Though it predates the promotion by at least two years, EMLL had one of the earliest and longest running legacies in the profession, the black leather masked Maravilla Enmascarada (specifically, Salvador Lutteroth named a new wrestler after an older Masked Marvel). Maravilla Enmascarada also brought the idea of never removing your mask. There have been at least 26 unidentified men to use the gimmick. Several other legacy characters have followed in his wake, including Santo.
    • There have been several Pierroths, including Comandante Pierroths. There was also a Hijo del Pierroth and Pierrothito in Comando Caribeño. More than one man has worn El Boricua mask of El Legión de Puerto Rico
    • La Copa Junior is a tournament exclusively for people who took on the legacy of another wrestler and people who were the children of wrestlers.
  • Let's Fight Like Gentlemen: Tend to have much fewer shenanigans going on compared to other "major" promotions such as AAA or Toryumon.
  • Long Runner: It got started in the Great Depression and has chugged along since
  • Masked Luchador: Well, duh.
  • Medusa: They've had at least two wrestlers with this gimmick over the years, at least one of whom was unmasked and shaved.
  • Mini Mook: Antonio Peña got the idea to give minis to the masked wrestlers. Despite the name, not every Mini-Estrella is an example of this trope.
  • Monster Clown: IWRG migrants Los Payasos Tricolor: Coco Rojo, Coco Blanco and Coco Verde. They've also been visited by a version of Los Payasos Diabolicos.
  • Morally Ambiguous Doctorate: El Satánico Dr. No, or El Satánico for short.
  • Mr. Fanservice: El Elegido was considered a sex symbol and continued to be even after leaving CMLL, even after turning 40.
  • Multilayer Façade: The secret identity of masked Legacy Character El Bronco was revealed to be Spider Man, another masked legacy character. These days, both Bronco and Spider Man are two different gimmicks that have been seen at the same time at the same place.
  • Multiple Head Case: Sangre Azteca's helmet is meant to invoke Coatlicue
  • Nested Mouths: Guerrero Maya Jr's mask forms an open mouth with illustrated teeth, giving him this look
  • Ninja: Ninja Sasuke and Mini Ninja. McNinja is also fairly common, with such examples as "El Ninja", El Hijo del Ninja, El Ninja Jr, Último Ninja and 'El Ídolo Oriental' Takeda all being Mexican.
  • Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: Cyber Vikingo
  • Non-Indicative Name: "TGR", Terriblemente Guapo el Rey, is not an individual but a trio. (El Terrible, Shocker and Rey Bucanero)
  • Our Angels Are Different: Los Angeles del Inframundo: el pareja de Ángel del Mal y In Memoriam
  • Our Ghosts Are Different: Fantasma de la Quebrada in the 1960s. A new luchador took up the gimmick in 1992 but spent more time in AAA.
  • Out of Focus: The Mini-Estrella divisions and all female divisions tend to be left out of the CMLL Universal Championship. They also tend to be out of focus during Fantasticamania, due to New Japan almost never having anything comparable on their roster.
  • Pint Sized Power House
    • Due to the legacy of El Santo, as well as Gory Guerrero, Blue Demon, Huracán Ramírez and Arkangel de la Muerte and many other standouts(not all of whom wrestled for CMLL), the Welterweight Championship belts are more prestigious than heavy weight variants.
    • If you want to be in the Mini-Estrella division, for dwarfs and other short people. Some "graduate" to wrestling larger opponents, either because they become popular enough for fans to demand they face a wider variety of competition or because a growth spurt makes them too tall to stay in the division.
  • Power Trio: CMLL has title belts for trios on both a national and international level, so they attract quite a few. EMLL first got the idea from UWA though.
  • Prejudiced For Pecs: Defied. While the promotions North of the boarder were constantly searching out increasingly large wrestlers, EMLL, and by consequence, its imitators and successors, was developing an increasingly intricate system of weight classes, meaning Mexican audiences were not only used to seeing "small" wrestlers but had much less "trouble" believing a "small" one could take down a "large" one.
  • Religious Bruiser: Fray Tormenta, Mistico and Ayako Hamada are among the best known.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!
    • Happened a few times. Rey Mendoza and a few promoters broke away during the 1970s to form Lucha Libre International, which was overseen by the UWA (Universal Wrestling Association). Happened again in 1992, when Antonio Peña left to form AAA. Perro Aguayo, Jr was supposed to leave and form a promotion around Los Perros Del Mal in 2007 that would be tied to CMLL but by the time they had gotten started in 2008, PDM had disowned CMLL.
    • EMLL did this itself, rather than stay in the National Wrestling Alliance and go against the WWF though CMLL eventually reestablished connections with them to some extent, hosting the defenses of several NWA belts. The relationship was somewhat strained when Blue Demon Jr. claimed only he had the right to use the NWA name while he ran NWA Mexico but things seemed to have been worked out.
  • Spell My Name with a "The": Rare romance language example. Gran Hamada was known exclusively as El Gran Hamada while wrestling for EMLL.
  • Strange Bedfellows: Torneo Increibles de Parejas, Arena Puebla and Torneo Nacional de Parejas Increibles require a technico and a rudo to team up. Sometimes they may not have any particular relationship prior but more often, they do.
  • Retired Badass: While he never wrestled himself, Lutteroth was a retired military captain and a veteran from the Mexican Revolution before founding the promotion.
  • Sidekick: Rey Bucanero's "parrot" (a Mini-Estrella named Zacarias), although he was called a "mascot".
  • Smash The Symbol: In 2004, Perro Aguayo Jr smashed the trophy that comes from winning the La Leyenda De Plata, in order to insult El Hijo Del Santo's father.
  • Tag Team: The tag part is often downplayed in pareja matches but their are many pairs.
  • Technico and Rudo: While EMLL obviously did not invent the concept of baby faces and heels, they decided to be more open about the dynamic, treating them as two different philosophies in regards to lucha libre. Technicos compete to be the best technical performers, and rudos subscribe to all's fair so long as you're not caught. While fan response can still change one's alignment in a heart beat, they're not afraid of acknowledging that a rudo gets cheered, so long as the tecnico's cheers are still louder. It's also rare to see a promotion openly acknowledge the broader alignments on the shows themselves unless it is aimed at a Spanish speaking market.
  • The Artifact: The various NWA titles the promotion still recognizes and defends, most notably the storied NWA National Welterweight Championship belt, created in 1934. It became a recognized NWA title during the two promotions close ties during the 50s and 60s, but these days its no longer any promotions top brand, or even exclusive to any single Mexican promotion. The "NWA Historic" titles in particular are this, as they are actually owned by CMLL rather than the NWA, exist to ensure they will always be around since the end of said exclusivity and still have all the old title holder recognized in reference to them.
  • The Caligula: Thankfully subverted, Caligula was just a low ranking soldier who isn't given much authority. He was still pretty rude and nasty though.
  • The Chosen One: Hard as it is to believe it was subverted when El Elegido jumped ship to AAA.
  • The Corrupter: Héctor Garza is the one who turned Perro Aguayo jr to evil and thus can be considered the real big bad of Los Perros del Mal, even though Aguayo ran the group.
  • The Giant
    • The seven foot(2.23 meter) 360 lbs(163 kg) Butch Masters in the 1970s.
    • Gigante Singh, migrating from New Japan and Californian All Pro Wrestling. Incidentally, he moves a little better here than he would later in WWE.
  • The Movie: Octagón, Atlantis, Vampiro, Blue Demon, Mil Mascaras, Máscara Sagrada and of course El Santo. Atlantis, Octagón, and Máscara Sagrada even formed a team called "Los Movie Stars"
  • The Verse: Besides the NWA, WWL and REINA, The Mexican National Championship Belts were created and sanctioned by Comisión de Box y Lucha Libre Mexico D.F and thus are not always exclusive to CMLL.
  • Tournament Arc: They have several annual tournaments
  • Traumatic Hair Cut: Blue Panther's had his head shaved a couple times since losing his mask to Villano V but is much better known for dealing them out.
  • Ur-Example: The eldest of the NWA feds. A good decade before the foundation of the NWA, EMLL had already set up shop south of the border. There were organizations older than EMLL in the NWA, but they either went under or were not continuously active.
  • Wrestling Family: The families of CMLL would probably need their own page, but here are a few...
    • Initially downplayed with the Guzmans, as Carlos went by the last name Moreno and would not team with his brother until they left EMLL. Nowadays though, the Guzmans are one of the most famous wrestling families in Mexico, due to the success of Black's brother Santo.
    • The Guerreros, starting with Gori and including Chavo, Mando, Hector, Eddie and Chavo Jr
    • The Brazos, starting with Shadito Cruz and including El Brazo, Brazo Cibernético, Brazo de Oro, Súper Brazo, Súper Brazo Jr. Brazo de Plata, Brazo de Platino, Muñeca de Plata, Alimaña, Aramís, Máximo and Goya Kong. The Apaches nearly joined by marriage.
    • The Hamadas, El Gran, Xóchitl and Ayako. Tiger Mask and Pentagón Black married into the family.
    • Atlantis and Atlántico are brothers.
    • Lizmark has two sons who have wrestled for CMLL.
    • Averno's father is referee Rodolfo Ruíz
    • Veneno and Dalys La Caribeña are siblings and part of a wrestling family in Panama. Dalys also married Negro Casas.
  • Wrestling Doesn't Pay
    • Blue Panther runs an Acupuncture Clinic away from the ring.
    • Diana La Cazardora(de Noticias), the wrestling traffic reporter. Yes, she was actually seen on television reporting the traffic when not working for CMLL and at points took hiatuses from CMLL due to it not having work for her.