World Wrestling Council
The World Wrestling Council (WWC) is Puerto Rico's main professional wrestling promotion. It was originally established as Capitol Sports Promotions in 1973 by Carlos Colón Sr., Victor Jovica, and Gorilla Monsoon. It was a member of the National Wrestling Alliance until 1988. By the mid-1990s, the promotion had changed its name to the World Wrestling Council.
|Founded||September 13, 1973|
|Founder(s)||Carlos Colón Sr.
Carlos Colón, Sr.
|Formerly||Capitol Sports Promotions|
Capitol Sports Promotions, with Carlos Colón, Victor Jovica and Gorilla Monsoon as promoters/co-owners of the organization, was a member of the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) until late 1988, when Gorilla Monsoon left. The company then went bankrupt (as confirmed by Victor Quiñones in an interview with prwrestling.com). Following this, Thomas Collado became the owner in 1976, before Carlos Colon and Victor Jovica.
Capitol Sports Promotions gained fame in Puerto Rican homes soon after their TV show, Super Estrellas de la Lucha Libre, went on-air every weekend on channel 4, WAPA-TV. The taped show is still aired on weekends (both Saturday and Sunday for two hours until March 2008 when it was reduced to one hour on both Saturdays and Sundays due to declining ratings). From 1973 to 1980 it aired on channel 11 ( "Telecadena Perez Perry", then on "Teleonce" after the before mentioned went off the air), on channel 7 on Sunday evenings at 6pm and on "Telemundo" on Saturday mornings at 10am.
Capitol Sports Promotions began touring all over the island, and with the golden era of boxing in Puerto Rico limited only to Ponce and the metropolitan area of Puerto Rico, Capitol Sports Promotions took their shows to many, inner country towns where people were not used to seeing live in-ring sports events. As a result, Capitol's shows usually filled the smaller town arenas.
In 1983, Rickin Sanchez had taken over as Capitol's main promoter, as well as becoming one of the organization's broadcasters on the television shows. He was joined by the already retired Savinovich. Some time later, Sanchez (and his production company R & F Television) left the production of "Super Estrellas" due to some disagreements with the ownership of WWC. After these events, Savinovich became the main host of the programs.
By the mid 1990s, the organization changed its official name to World Wrestling Council. Women also began to have an ever-increasing presence in the organization during that decade.
With the turn of the century came some changes that almost destroyed the franchise. A small promotion called International Wrestling Association (IWA), promoted by Victor Quinones, became WWC's biggest competitor when it made an alliance with wrestling giant the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) which in turn brought American superstars to IWA.
|La Revolución||A masked trio whose members are not identified|
|Lightning||WWC Puerto Rico Champion|
|Thunder||WWC World Tag Team Champion|
|Ray González||WWC Universal Heavyweight Champion|
Junior heavyweight wrestlersEdit
|"El Hombre Bestia" Angel||WWC World Tag Team Champion|
|El Cuervo||WWC World Tag Team Champion|
|Peter The Bad Romance|
|Rey Gonzalez Jr|
|Black Rose||Occasional wrestler|
|Havana||Apollo occasional vallet/manager|
|Vanilla Vargas||Vallet/Manager/ Occasional wrestler|
|El Wizard||Color commentator|
|Juan Manuel Ortega||Manager Of Mighty Ursus & Wiliam De La Vega|
|Orlando Toledo||Manager of "La Revolución"|
Now under contract to WWE
Now under contract to WWE
|Willie Urbina||Top commentator|
|Pelayito Vazquez||Also occasional wrestler|
Main Wrestling EventsEdit
|Event name||Last held||Location|
|Euphoria||January 7, 2017||Bayamon, Puerto Rico|
|Camino a la Gloria||April 16, 2017||Arecibo, Puerto Rico|
|Summer Madness||TBA, 2017||TBA|
|Championship:||Current champion(s)||Date won||Reign||Days held|
|WWC Universal Championship||Ray Gonzalez||May 27, 2017||21||24|
|WWC Puerto Rico Championship||Lightning||April 29, 2017||1||52|
|WWC World Tag Team Championship||EHB Angel & El Cuervo||May 27, 2017||1||24|
|WWC Junior Heavyweight Championship||O.T. Fernández||March 19, 2017||12||93|
Defunct and inactiveEdit
|Championship:||Final champion(s):||Date won:||Notes:|
|Trinidad & Tobago Heavyweight Championship||Ray Apollon||December 1981||Abandoned 1982 (When TTWA breaks affiliation with WWC)|
|Trinidad & Tobago Tag Team Championship||Gama Singh & Victor Jovica||May 1982||Abandoned 1982 (When TTWA breaks affiliation with WWC)|
|WWC North American Heavyweight Championship||Manny Fernandez||September 1991||Abandoned October 1991|
|NWA North American Tag Team Championship (Puerto Rico/WWC version)||The Hunters
(Bob Brown and Dale Veasey)
|June 20, 1987||Abandoned August 26, 1987|
|WWC Latin American Heavyweight Championship||El Bronco||February 1990||Abandoned June 1990 (This title was created for an interpromotional show on Dominican Republic with DWF vs WWC was billed to Huracan Castillo and then lost against Bronco on DR)|
|WWC Caribbean Tag Team Championship||The Latin Connection
(Ray Gonzalez and Ricky Santana)
|September 28, 1991||Abandoned December 1, 1991|
|WWC Intercontinental Heavyweight Championship||Pierroth, Jr.||April 3, 1999||Abandoned December 13, 1999|
|WWC Dominican Republic Heavyweight Championship||El Bronco||September 22, 2001||Abandoned October 2001|
|WWC Hardcore Championship||Sabu||December 20, 2003||Abandoned 2005|
|WWC Television Championship||Chris Joel||May 10, 2008||Abandoned July 11, 2008|
|WWC Women's Championship||Black Rose||September 24, 2011||Abandoned December 31, 2011|
|WWC Caribbean Heavyweight Championship||El Sensacional Carlitos||March 17, 2012||Abandoned May 1, 2012|
- "Regresa la tradición... WWC y Mi Pan... - WWC (Página oficial). | Facebook". www.facebook.com. Retrieved 2017-01-09.
- "WWC se complace en presentar el súper evento Camino a la gloria 2017". www.facebook.com (in Spanish). Retrieved 2017-06-15.
- Ramón Álvarez (wrestler)