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EMLL - Empresa Mexicana de la Lucha Libre (1933-198?) 
In 1933, Salvador Lutteroth organized a lucha libre company in Mexico. He used a sizable amount of money he won in a lottery and the support of backers to get the company going and it steadily grew. Lutteroth imported wrestlers, groomed native talent and plucked the best local talent out of their towns and mixed them all in Mexico City. In the 1940s, "La Empressa" jumped to a new level with the rise of El Santo and his supporting cast of colorful personas and innovative talents. In the following decade, EMLL became the National Wrestling Alliance's affiliate in Mexico and they created many of their lighter weight titles and they all had great importance. They remained aligned with the NWA through the mid-1980s when it fell into disarray. Before that however, La Empressa was the dominant promotion in Mexico and had an iron grip over lucha libre for the next twenty years. Although many of the big stars from the El Santo days were slowing down as in-ring stars by the 1960s, there was a fresh crop coming up and they were all getting great exposure through lucha libre movies. The genre kept the sport booming into the 1970s, then it all began declining. La Empressa had contracts with most of the major arenas in Mexico and although wrestling was unionized, they were able to get away with paying on a percentage. When houses were down, pay was down, but a new promotion seemed out of the question. The big change occured in 1974, when the aging Salvador Lutteroth was planning to retire and disperse his control. However, an alliance between established stars and promoters led to the formation of the first successful competition to La Empressa after forty years of ruling Mexican lucha libre. The UWA raised the bar in many ways and had great influence on the traditional EMLL. The NWA was declining and carefully picked their battles with outlaw promotions and they never did many favors for members who ran outside the United States. So, La Empressa left the NWA and a new chapter began.  


Charro Aguayo 
Ángel Blanco 
Aníbal 
Atlantis [66%] 
Black Shadow 
Blue Demon 
Bobby Lee 
Cavernario Galindo 
Cien Caras [63%] 
El Dandy [70%] 
Alfonso Dantés 
Diablo Velazco 
Dos Caras [68%] 
Los Espantos (I, II & III) 
Jerry Estrada 
Los Fantásticos (Kung Fu, Kato Kung Lee, Black Man) 
El Gladiador 
René Guajardo 
Gory Guerrero 
El Hijo del Santo [83%] 
Kato Kung Lee 
Kung Fu 
Enrique Llanes 
Lizmark 
Tarzán López 
El Matemático 
Ray Mendoza 
Mil Mascaras [68%] 
Octogon [53%] 
Perro Aguayo [%] 
Huracán Ramírez 
El Santo 
El Satanico 
Sugi Sito 
Rolando Vera 
El Verdugo 
Villano III [68%]




CMLL - Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (198?-) 
After splitting from the NWA and trying to compete with the UWA, “EMLL” became “CMLL.” Their new name, “Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre,” translates to “Worldwide Wrestling Council,” which shows their desire to appear more international. The biggest change came when CMLL began airing on television in Mexico City. This took lucha libre to new level and the sixty-year-old promotion reclaimed their place as the undisputed king of lucha libre. After failing to make it as a luchador, Antonio Peña, became involved in EMLL behind the scenes and developed a reputation for his creativity. He slowly worked his way up the ladder and became the booker for Paco Alonso in CMLL. He wanted this “new” company to become something fresh and exciting. Alonso and the old guard blocked him and he ultimately left and CMLL was robbed of much of their best talent (not necessarily their top talent). AAA grew almost as quickly as it fell and CMLL was able to ride out its peak years. They secured a new generation of performers and they brought El Hijo Del Santo back in, turned him heel and brought themselves back to the forefront. The new millenium saw CMLL secure their position on top as AAA's wild antics turned off many traditional fans. 

Aníbal 
Atlantis 
Bestia Salvaje 
Blue Panther 
Cien Caras [63%] 
El Dandy 
Dos Caras [68%] 
La Fiera 
Fuerza Guerrara 
Eddy Guerrero 
El Hijo Del Santo 
Kato Kung Lee 
Kung Fu 
Mil Mascaras 
Negro Casas 
Octogon 
Pierroth Jr. 
Pirata Morgan 
El Rayo de Jalisco Jr. 
Sangre Chicana 
El Satanico 
El Signo 
El Texano 
El Ultimo Dragon 
Universo 2000 
Enrique Vera 
Villano III [68%] 
Dr. Wagner Jr.


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