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Mexican wrestling It is one of the three best known professional wrestling styles in the world, along with the American style and the Japanese style.

With more than 120 years of permanence in Mexico, The struggle remains one of the most entrenched activities in popular culture.

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► Origins

Professional wrestling began to be practiced in Mexico at the end of the XNUMXth century under the name of "Greco-Roman wrestling". although it was not the amateur Greco-Roman struggle, but the professional one, with all the characteristics that it already had in France and the United States.

In the following decades several fighters emerged, in addition to the large number of foreigners. There were seasons in theaters such as the Virgina Fábregas and larger venues such as the Frontón Nacional and the Frontón México. They highlighted the tournaments organized by the Belgian Constant LeMarin in the twenties.

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By the early thirties, promoter Carlos Lavergne started the season in the National Arena, bringing as stellarists several elements of Jess McMahon, the promoter of Madison Square Garden, among them Jack Russell and Dmitri Demetroff.

► The Mexican Wrestling Company

In 1932, Salvador Lutteroth wanted to start a boxing company, but at the suggestion of Alejandro Aguilar "Fray Nano", director of the newspaper La Afición, he opted for wrestling. For this he associated with Francisco Ahumada.

Both contacted the promoter of Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, Miguel Corona, who also presented functions in El Paso Texas. With the cast of Corona, on September 21, 1933 they presented their first event in the Model Arena, which they renamed as Arena Mexico.

During the following decades, The EMLL continued to grow to establish itself as the main company in Mexico.

► Mora Promotions

The EMLL had strong competition since 1933: Carlos Lavergne of the National Arena from October of that year; Miguel Corona himself in December. By 1952, Televicentro sponsored events of promoter Chucho Garza.

But the strongest came with Francis Flowers, who promoted struggle in Pachuca since 1934. In 1975, he led a cast of independent stars, including many who resigned from the Mexico Arena. After a successful debut at the Palacio de los Deportes, Flores named his company Promociones Mora, in honor of his friend Benjamín Mora, who was a promoter in Puebla.

In 1977, having already established The 4 Way Bullfighting as its base of operations, Flores created the fictional collegiate body called the Universal Wrestling Association, with offices supposedly in Japan. The UWA would recognize its world championships. Besides that, Flores formed an alliance with New Japan Pro Wrestling and with the WWF of the McMahons.

During the eighties, the luchistic quality of Mora Promotions far exceeded that of the EMLL. Not for nothing there were many experts did not hesitate to rate the Mexican struggle as the best in the world.

Mora Promotions ceased to exist in 1987, at the death of Flores. His daughter Esperanza Flores, his nephew Carlos Máynez, Canek and Karloff Lagarde founded Lucha Libre Internacional instead. Without Flores' creativity, the new company could not create new figures and could not survive long after the arrival of AAA.

► World Wrestling Council

In 1991, the promoters related to the Mexican Wrestling Company created a collegiate body to recognize new world champions, because the NWA had lost almost all its strength.

The idea of ​​the World Wrestling Council was from the promoter of Monterrey, Carlos Elizondo, who had the support of Carlos Valdés, from Acapulco. The elected as president of the CMLL It was Francisco Alonso, promoter of the EMLL.

Eventually the alliance ended, and a few years later the EMLL decided to adopt the acronym of the CMLL as a brand.


In 1991, Antonio Peña, Head of Public Relations of the EMLL and de facto matchmaker, was contacted by Televisa to form a new company. For this, Televisa started a company that had already registered: Assistance, Advice and Administration of Spectacles, SA de CV

AAA started activities in 1992, and with the financial support of Televisa It soon became the number one company in Mexico.

However, the economic crisis of 1995 caused Televisa to liquidate the company, because the expenses had become greater than the income.

► Antonio Peña promotions

Antonio Peña created a new company that same year, baptized as PAPSA. Televisa allowed him to continue using the acronym AAA. Eventually, the AAA trademark registration expired, so Peña took it. The acronym no longer means anything, despite what Wikipedia says.

AAA's style was modified, because so many stars could no longer be hired, so there was a greater emphasis on the show and the complex stories.

On the death of Antonio Peña, in 2006, his place was taken by Dorian Roldán, his nephew, whom I had been preparing for years ago. Currently the company uses as a brand Wrestling AAA Worldwide.

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