CMLL 70th Anniversary Show

The CMLL 70th Anniversary Show (Spanish: 70. Aniversario de CMLL) was a professional wrestling major show event produced by Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL) that took place on September 19, 2003 in Arena Mexico, Mexico City, Mexico. The event commemorated the 70th anniversary of CMLL, the oldest professional wrestling promotion. in the world. The anniversary show is CMLL's biggest show of the year, their Super Bowl event. The CMLL Anniversary Show series is the longest-running annual professional wrestling show, starting in 1934.

CMLL 70th Anniversary Show
Official poster for the 70th anniversary
PromotionConsejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL)
DateSeptember 19, 2003[1][2]
CityMexico City, Mexico[1][2]
VenueArena México[1][2]
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The show consisted of six matches, with the main event being a Lucha de Apuestas, hair vs. hair match between Shocker and Tarzan Boy. It also featured three regular Six-man tag team matches. As well as a CMLL World Tag Team Championship defense and another Lucha de Apuestas match.

Production edit

Background edit

Arena México, CMLL's main venue and location of the Anniversary Show

The Mexican Lucha libre (professional wrestling) company Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL) started out under the name Empresa Mexicana de Lucha Libre ("Mexican Wrestling Company"; EMLL), founded by Salvador Lutteroth in 1933. Lutteroth, inspired by professional wrestling shows he had attended in Texas, decided to become a wrestling promoter and held his first show on September 21, 1933, marking what would be the beginning of organized professional wrestling in Mexico.[3] Lutteroth would later become known as "the father of Lucha Libre" .[4] A year later EMLL held the EMLL 1st Anniversary Show, starting the annual tradition of the Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre Anniversary Shows that have been held each year ever since, most commonly in September.[5]

Over the years the anniversary show would become the biggest show of the year for CMLL, akin to the Super Bowl for the National Football League (NFL) or WWE's WrestleMania event.[3][6] The first anniversary show was held in Arena Modelo, which Lutteroth had bought after starting EMLL. In 1942–43 Lutteroth financed the construction of Arena Coliseo, which opened in April 1943. The EMLL 10th Anniversary Show was the first of the anniversary shows to be held in Arena Coliseo.[5] In 1956 Lutteroth had Arena México built in the location of the original Arena Modelo, making Arena México the main venue of EMLL from that point on.[5] Starting with the EMLL 23rd Anniversary Show, all anniversary shows except for the EMLL 46th Anniversary Show have been held in the arena that would become known as "The Cathedral of Lucha Libre".[5] On occasion EMLL held more than one show labelled as their "Anniversary" show, such as two 33rd Anniversary Shows in 1966.[5] Over time the anniversary show series became the oldest, longest-running annual professional wrestling show. In comparison, WWE's WrestleMania is only the fourth oldest still promoted show (CMLL's Arena Coliseo Anniversary Show and Arena México anniversary shows being second and third).[3][5][7] EMLL was supposed to hold the EMLL 52nd Anniversary Show on September 20, 1985 but Mexico City was hit by a magnitude 8.0 earthquake. EMLL canceled the event both because of the general devastation but also over fears that Arena México might not be structurally sound after the earthquake.[5][8]

When Jim Crockett Promotions was bought by Ted Turner in 1988 EMLL became the oldest still active promotion in the world.[6] In 1991 EMLL was rebranded as "Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre" and thus held the CMLL 59th Anniversary Show, the first under the new name, on September 18, 1992.[5] Traditionally CMLL holds their major events on Friday Nights, replacing their regularly scheduled Super Viernes show.[7]

Storylines edit

The event featured six professional wrestling matches with different wrestlers involved in pre-existing scripted feuds, plots and storylines. Wrestlers were portrayed as either heels (referred to as rudos in Mexico, those that portray the "bad guys") or faces (técnicos in Mexico, the "good guy" characters) as they followed a series of tension-building events, which culminated in a wrestling match or series of matches.[7]

Results edit

1El Sagrado, El Felino and Ángel Azteca defeated Averno, Mephisto and Arkangel de la MuerteBest two-out-of-three six-man "Lucha Libre rules" tag team match
2Atlantis, Brazo de Plata and Rayo de Jalisco Jr. defeated Cien Caras, Dr. Wagner Jr. and Emilio Charles Jr. by disqualification.Best two-out-of-three six-man "Lucha Libre rules" tag team match
3Ricky Marvin, Virus and Volador Jr. defeated Los Havana Brothers (Havana Brother I, Havana Brother II and Havana Brother III)Best two-out-of-three six-man "Lucha Libre rules" tag team match
4Los Guerreros del Infierno (Último Guerrero and Rey Bucanero) (c) defeated Negro Casas and Perro Aguayo Jr.Best two-out-of-three Tag Team match for the CMLL World Tag Team Championship
5Pierroth Jr. defeated ViolenciaBest two-out-of-three Lucha de Apuestas hair vs. mask match
6Shocker defeated Tarzan BoyBest two-out-of-three Lucha de Apuestas hair vs. hair match.
(c) – the champion(s) heading into the match

References edit

  1. ^ a b c d e "70th Anniversary Show". September 17, 2003. Retrieved August 7, 2016.
  2. ^ a b c d Ocampo, Jorge (October 5, 2003). "Aniversario 70 de CMLL". SuperLuchas (in Spanish). issue 21.
  3. ^ a b c "Los Lutteroth / the Lutteroths". Lucha Libre: Masked Superstars of Mexican Wrestling. Distributed Art Publishers, Inc. 2005. pp. 20–27. ISBN 968-6842-48-9.
  4. ^ "Wed. Update: Flair in Boston, ratings, Anniversary, White on HHH, DGUSA star on Smackdown, Orton". Figure Four Online /Wrestling Observer. September 21, 2011. Archived from the original on November 27, 2011. Retrieved January 31, 2016.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h "Historia de Los Aniversarios del CMLL". The Gladiatores Magazine (in Spanish). September 2, 2010. Retrieved July 20, 2016.
  6. ^ a b Madigan, Dan (2007). "A family affair". Mondo Lucha Libre: the bizarre & honorable world of wild Mexican wrestling. HarperCollins Publishers. pp. 128–132. ISBN 978-0-06-085583-3.
  7. ^ a b c Madigan, Dan (2007). ""Okay... what is Lucha Libre?"". Mondo Lucha a Go Go: the bizarre & honorable world of wild Mexican wrestling. New York, New York: HarperCollins Publishers. p. 31. ISBN 978-0-06-085583-3. featuring clearly distinguished good guys and bad guys, or técnicos and rudos
  8. ^ "52nd Anniversary Show". ProWrestlingHistory. September 19, 1986. Retrieved September 27, 2012.