NWA's influence over the pro-wrestling world extended into Puerto Rico in the 1960s when the country became an American commonwealth. "Cowboy" Luttrell moved in and established himself there with great success. However, a group of Puerto Ricans (Carlos Colón, Victor Jovica, José Miguel Pérez and a few others) along with Northeastern American star Gorilla Monsoon formed Capitol Wrestling Promotions and ran under the banner "World Wrestling Council". They ran regular shows and established their own stars and brought in talent from the United States' Northeast (they eventually aligned themselves with Pedro Martinez's IWA), Tennessee and Florida in addition to Canada and Japan and of course stars from Spanish-speaking countries, namely Mexico and the Dominican Republic. They even brought in El Santo in 1975, which really solidified the WWC as the main promotion in Puerto Rico. The company had some competition over the years, Mexican promoter Arturo Mendoza ran succesfully in the late 1970s and many wrestlers left to form the AWF in the 1990s. The company though remained strong albeit controversial until the end of the century when they were nearly run out of business by Victor Quiñones and his IWA company. Puerto Rico became infamous for its innovative gimmick matches. They had steel cages and street fights, but took things to another level with barbed wire and even fire! These bloody battles in huge stadiums became the trademark of wrestling on the island. However, they were a successful company and as an NWA member in the 1980s, they really boomed, until 1988. There are two infamous deaths in Puerto Rico. First, Michel Martel died in 1978 and Invader #1's heartpunch became the "reason," which led to a feud with the Martel brothers. Despite the ghoulish nature of this angle, it was a key element in building the WWC's peak years in the 1980s. Ten years later however, Invader #1 became known as the man who murdered Bruiser Brody. Everything about the incident turned heads: the premeditation, the violence of the act, the inadequate of medical assistance, the following legal action and the fact that José Huertas (Invader #1) never served time. This horrific event is perhaps what Puerto Rican wrestling is most famous for and it caused a near collapse of the promotion in the years that followed. The WWC has survived though and became one of the hottest promotions in the world when pro-wrestling everywhere else was struggling early in the new millenium. Although they nearly lost the promotion war with the IWA, WWC clung on to their native stars and has rebounded fairly well.


Abdullah the Butcher
Kengo Arakawa (Don Arakawa)
The Assassins
Tony Atlas
Hercules Ayala
Giant Baba
Ox Baker
Black Gordman
Jack Brisco
Jerry Brisco
Bruiser Brody
Bulldog Brower
Leo Burke
Can-Am Express
Huracan Castillo
Tony Charles
Carlos Colon
Danny Condrey (Honky Tonk Man)
Wendell Cooley
Kim Duk
Eric the Red
"Cowboy" Bob Ellis
Eric Embry
Fabulous Kangaroos (Don Kent & Bruno Bekkar)
Manny Fernandez
Mr. Fuji
Dory Funk Jr.
Terry Funk
Stan Frazier
Ronnie Garvin
"Crazy" Luke Graham
Dr. Jerry Graham
Mike Graham
Scott Hall
Higo Hamaguchi
Stan Hansen
Bret Hart
Hiroshi Hase
Invader #1
Invader #2 (Roberto Soto)
Bobby Jaggers
Victor Jovica
Tor Kamata
Kangaroos (Don Kent & Al Costello)
Kengo Kimura
King Tonga (Haku/Meng)
Ivan Koloff
Dan Kroffat (Phil Lafon)
Killer Karl Krupp
Ernie Ladd
"Cowboy" Frankie Laine
Buddy Landell
Jos LeDuc
"Dirty" Dutch Mantel
Pierre Martel (Frenchy Martin)
Rick Martel
Gilberto Melendez (Gypsy Joe)
Mighty Igor
Moondogs (Rex & Spot)
Pedro Morales
Angelo Mosca
Dick Murdoch
Kendo Nagasaki
Ted Oates
One Man Gang
Mr. Onita
Los Pastores (The Sheepherders)
Jose Miguel Perez
Al Perez
Perro Aguayo
Mr. Pogo
Harley Race
Jose Rivera
Buck Robley
Antonio Rocca
Rip Rogers
Bruno Sammartino
Randy Savage
Sheepherders (Luke Williams & Butch Miller)
The Sheik
Gama Singh
Chicky Starr
Ron Starr
Dick Steinborn
Jay Strongbow
Super Black Ninja (Keiji Muto)
Sweet Daddy Siki
Bob Sweetan
Professor Toru Tanaka
Les Thornton
Greg Valentine
Jack Veneno
Ken Wayne
Wild Samoans
Barry Windham

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