CMLL World Trios Championship
The CMLL World Trios Championship (Spanish: "Campeonato Mundial de Trios") is a professional wrestling championship promoted by Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL) in Mexico. The title has existed since 1993 and is contested for by teams of three wrestlers. As it is a professional wrestling championship, it is not won or lost competitively but instead by the decision of the bookers of a wrestling promotion. The title is awarded to the chosen team after they "win" a match to maintain the illusion that professional wrestling is a competitive sport.
|CMLL World Trios Championship|
|Promotion||Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre|
|Date established||November 1991|
|Current champion(s)||Los Guerreros Laguneros (Euforia, Gran Guerrero and Último Guerrero)|
|Date won||September 28, 2018|
The first champions were Los Infernales ("The Infernal Ones"; MS-1, Pirata Morgan and El Satánico) who won a tournament on November 22, 1991. Since then a total of 26 different trios have held the championship. The current champions are Los Guerreros Laguneros (Euforia, Gran Guerrero and Último Guerrero) after having defeated the previous champions The Cl4n (Ciber the Main Man, The Chris and Sharlie Rockstar) on September 14, 2018. The championship has been vacated on four different occasions, each time leading to CMLL holding a tournament to determine new champions. Only two teams have held the title on more than one occasion, Los Infernales and the trio of Héctor Garza, Hijo del Fantasma and La Máscara.
With the emergence of trios (tag teams consisting of three people) such as Los Misioneros de la Muerte, Los Brazos and more, the six-man tag team match became increasingly popular in the early 1980s. Its popularity led to the trios format becoming the most prevalent match format in Lucha libre to this day. In 1985, the Mexican lucha libre, or professional wrestling, promotion Empresa Mexicana de Lucha Libre ("Mexican Wrestling Enterprise"; EMLL) was given control of the newly created Mexican National Trios Championship. Over the subsequent six years, that championship became the focal point of the very popular trios division, serving as the highest honor EMLL could bestow on a trio at the time. In 1991, EMLL changed their name to Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre ("World Wrestling Council") and began to establish a series of CMLL-branded world championships, relegating the Mexican National championships to being a secondary level of championships within the company. In 1991, CMLL added a CMLL-branded world championship for the trios division. They held a 16-team tournament to crown the first champions, a tournament that saw "Los Infernales" ("The Infernal Ones"; MS-1, Pirata Morgan and El Satánico) defeat "Los Brazos" ("The Arms"; El Brazo, Brazo de Oro and Brazo de Plata) to become the first CMLL World Trios Champions. Over the next couple of years, the championship would be held by such teams as "Los Intocables" ("The Untouchables" Jaque Mate, Masakre and Pierroth Jr.) and "La Ola Blanca" ("The White Wave"; Gran Markus Jr., El Hijo del Gladiador and Dr. Wagner Jr.). In 1993, the then-reigning Mexican National Trios Champions left CMLL, and the Mexico City Boxing and wrestling commission allowed the champions to take the Mexican National Trios Championship with them. From 1993 through 2001, when the Mexican National Trios Championship returned to CMLL, the CMLL World Trios Championship was the only championship for the division.
In 1997 then-reigning champion Héctor Garza, who held the title along with Dos Caras and La Fiera, left CMLL, forcing the championship to be vacated. Subsequently, the team of Rey Bucanero, Emilio Charles Jr. and El Satánico won the championship in a tournament final over Apolo Dantés, Black Warrior, and Dr. Wagner Jr. In October 1998, the championship was vacated again when Mr. Niebla was injured, forcing his teammates Atlantis and Lizmark to give up the championship. The Lagunero team of Black Warrior, Blue Panther and Dr. Wagner Jr. defeated "Los Guapos" ("The Hansome Ones"; Bestia Salvaje, Scorpio Jr. and Zumbido) in the tournament finals, but vacated the championship in February 2002. Blue Panther and Dr. Wagner Jr. replaced Black Warrior with Fuerza Guerrera and defeated Black Warrior's new team of Mr. Niebla, Antifaz del Norte and Black Warrior himself. In 2006, the championship were vacated once again after not being defended for almost 20 months. Los Guerreros de Atlantida ("The Warriors from Atlantis"; Atlantis, Tarzan Boy and Último Guerrero) won the championship on September 29, 2006, and began defending it on a regular basis. In February 2007 Los Perros del Mal ("The Bad Dogs"; Perro Aguayo Jr., Mr. Águila and Héctor Garza) won the championship and held it for 15 months before splitting up and vacating the championship. The team of El Hijo del Fantasma, Héctor Garza and La Máscara won the tournament, defeating Blue Panther, Dos Caras Jr. and Místico in the finals. In 2015 CMLL's Guadalajara branch brought back the Occidente ("Western") Trios Championship, specifically for their shows held in Jalisco, Guadalajara. The Occidente championship is considered tertiary to both the world and national championships.
Los Guerreros Laguneros (Euforia, Gran Guerrero and Último Guerrero) are the current trios champions, having defeated The Cl4n (Pronounced as "The Clan"; Ciber the Main Man, The Chris and Sharlie Rockstar) to win the title on September 28, 2018 as part of the CMLL 85th Anniversary Show. They are the 30th overall championship team and this is their first reign as a team. 27 different teams have held the title, combining for 30 individual title reigns. Three teams have held the title more than once, the first champions Los Infernales, the team of Héctor Garza, Hijo del Fantasma and La Máscara and the current champions Los Guerreros Lagunero. Black Warrior, Blue Panther and Dr. Wagner Jr. holds the record for the longest single reign of any team, but due to the uncertainty of when the championship was vacated it can only be verified that they held them for a minimum of 1,141 days.[a] Dr. Wagner Jr.'s four reigns combine to 2,051 days, the highest of any wrestler. Héctor Garza's five individual reigns is the record for the most reigns of any individual wrestler. All title matches take place under two out of three falls rules.
CMLL held a 16-trios team tournament from October 25, 1991 to November 22, 1991 to determine the first ever CMLL World Trios Championship team. This was the third CMLL-branded world championship created by CMLL after the CMLL World Heavyweight Championship in May and the CMLL World Light Heavyweight Championship in September 1991. In the finals, Los Infernales (El Satánico, MS-1 and Pirata Morgan) defeated Los Brazos (El Brazo, Brazo de Oro and Brazo de Plata) to win the championship.
- Tournament brackets
|Round of 16||Quarterfinals||Semifinals||Final|
|Perro Aguayo, Ringo and Cachorro Mendoza||W|
|Emilio Charles Jr., La Fiera and Sangre Chicana||Perro Aguayo, Ringo and Cachorro Mendoza|
|Jerry Estrada, Tony Arce and Vulcan||Octagón, El Dandy and Konnan El Barbaro||W|
|Octagón, El Dandy and Konnan El Barbaro||W||Octagón, El Dandy and Konnan El Barbaro|
(El Satánico, MS-1 and Pirata Morgan)
|Black Magic, Mano Negra and Vampiro Canadiense||Los Infernales||W|
|Rayo de Jalisco Jr., Apolo Dantés and Justiciero||W||Rayo de Jalisco Jr., Apolo Dantés and Justiciero|
|El Hijo del Gladiador, Gran Markus Jr. and Herodes||Los Infernales||W|
(El Brazo, Brazo de Oro and Brazo de Plata)
|El Hijo del Santo, Blue Demon Jr. and El Hijo del Solitario||Los Brazos||W|
|Los Hermanos Dinamita
(Cien Caras, Máscara Año 2000 and Universo 2000)
|W||Los Hermanos Dinamita|
|Aníbal, Lizmark and Lizmark Jr.||Los Brazos||W|
|Misterioso, Mogur and Voador||Atlantis, Ángel Azteca and Super Astro|
|Blue Panther, Fuerza Guerrera and Pierroth Jr.||'W'||Blue Panther, Fuerza Guerrera and Pierroth Jr.|
|Atlantis, Ángel Azteca and Super Astro||W||Atlantis, Ángel Azteca and Super Astro||W|
|Ángel Blanco Jr., El Hijo del Ángel Blanco and Medico Asesino Jr.|
In early 1997 Héctor Garza, who was one-third of the reigning CMLL World Trios Champions alongside Dos Caras and La Fiera, left CMLL to join rival promotion AAA. CMLL vacated the championship and decided to hold a one-night, eight-team tournament to crown the new trios champions. The tournament took place on Friday March 21, 1997 on the undercard of the 1997 Homenaje a Salvador Lutteroth ("Homage to Salvador Lutteroth") show. In the finals, Emilio Charles Jr., Rey Bucanero and El Satánico defeated Apolo Dantés, Black Warrior, and Dr. Wagner Jr.
- Tournament brackets
|Foreign Exchange, Miguel Perez Jr. and Steel||W|
|Shocker and Los Brazos (Brazo de Oro and Brazo de Plata)||Foreign Exchange, Miguel Perez Jr. and Steel|
|Apolo Dantés, Black Warrior and Dr. Wagner Jr.||W||Apolo Dantés, Black Warrior and Dr. Wagner Jr.||W|
|El Dandy, Mr. Niebla and Negro Casas||Apolo Dantés, Black Warrior and Dr. Wagner Jr.|
|Atlantis, Lizmark and Rayo de Jalisco Jr.||W||Emilio Charles Jr., Rey Bucanero and El Satánico||W|
|Bestia Salvaje, El Hijo Del Santo and Scorpio Jr.||Atlantis, Lizmark and Rayo de Jalisco Jr.|
|Emilio Charles Jr., Rey Bucanero and El Satánico||W||Emilio Charles Jr., Rey Bucanero and El Satánico||W|
|Shinobi, Tsubasa and Ultramán Jr.|
In October 1998, Mr. Niebla suffered an injury, which forced CMLL to vacate the CMLL World Trios Championship as it was not clear when Mr. Niebla would be able to wrestle again. They held a three-show, eight-team tournament from December 4 to December 12, 1998. Former champions Atlantis and Lizmark teamed up with Emilio Charles Jr. for the tournament, while Mr. Niebla actually returned to action in time to be in the tournament as well, teaming up with Rayo de Jalisco Jr. and Shocker. In the finals the trio of Dr. Wagner Jr., Blue Panther and Black Warrior defeated Los Guapos (Scorpio Jr., Bestia Salvaje and Zumbido) to lay claim to the championship.
- Tournament brackets
|Gran Markus Jr., Fuerza Guerrera and Apolo Dantés|
|El Dandy, Vampiro and Héctor Garza||W||El Dandy, Vampiro and Héctor Garza|
(Scorpio Jr., Bestia Salvaje and Zumbido)
|Rayo de Jalisco Jr., Mr. Niebla and Shocker||Los Guapos|
|Dr. Wagner Jr., Blue Panther and Black Warrior||W||Dr. Wagner Jr., Blue Panther and Black Warrior||W|
|Atlantis, Lizmark and Emilio Charles Jr.||Dr. Wagner Jr., Blue Panther and Black Warrior||W|
|El Felino, Negro Casas and El Hijo del Santo||W||El Felino, Negro Casas and El Hijo del Santo|
|Silver King and Los Villanos
(Villano III and Villano V)
In the summer of 2008 then-CMLL World Trios Champions Los Perros del Mal kicked Héctor Garza out of the group; at the time Garza held the championship alongside Perros members Perro Aguayo Jr. and Mr. Águila, forcing the championship to be vacated. CMLL held an eight-team tournament for the vacant championship, starting on May 30, with the finals on June 13, 2008, during CMLL's 2008 Infierno en el Ring event.
- Tournament brackets
|Jauria del Terror
(Averno, Mephisto and Ephesto)
|El Sagrado, La Sombra and Volador Jr.||Jauria del Terror|
|Blue Panther, Dos Caras Jr. and Místico||W||Blue Panther, Dos Caras Jr. and Místico||W|
(Villano III, Villano IV and Villano V)
|Blue Panther, Dos Caras Jr. and Místico|||
|Los Guerreros de la Atlantida
(Atlantis, Rey Bucanero and Último Guerrero)
|El Felino, L.A. Park and Maximo||Los Guerreros de la Atlantida|
|Olímpico and Los Hermanos Dinamita
(Máscara Año 2000 and Universo 2000)
(Héctor Garza, El Hijo del Fantasma and La Mascara)
In May 2013 long-time CMLL World Trios Champions El Bufete del Amor (Marco Corleone, Máximo and Rush) were forced to vacate the championship due to Corleone suffering a serious knee injury. CMLL held an eight-team, two-night tournament to determine the next champions. The tournament started on June 9, 2013 and the finals took place on June 16.
- Tournament brackets
|Los Estetas del Aire
(Máscara Dorada, Místico, Valiente)
(Mr. Águila, Psicosis and Volador Jr.)
|Los Estetas del Aire||W|
|La Fuerza TRT
(El Terrible, Rey Bucanero and Tiger)
|W||La Fuerza TRT|
|La Mascara, La Sombra and Rey Cometa||Los Estetas del Aire||W|
|Blue Panther, Diamante Azul and Stuka Jr.||Los Guerreros del Infierno|
|Los Revolucionarios del Terror
(Dragón Rojo Jr., Pólvora and Rey Escorpión)
|W||Los Revolucionarios del Terror|
|Los Guerreros del Infierno
(Euforia, Niebla Roja and Último Guerrero)
|W||Los Guerreros del Infierno||W|
|Los Reyes de la Atlantida
(Atlantis, Delta and Guerrero Maya Jr.)
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