Wheelman for James Ellsworth
Join Date: Jun 2010
Re: Lucha Libre
CMLL has for a long time been the dominate promotion in Mexico with acts like Blue Demon and El Santo being huge stars in the 60's and 70's. CMLL is still one of the top promotions in Mexico but since the early 90's has been combating AAA
In 1992, Antonio Pena (a booker in CMLL) broke away and created AAA to have more control of product. AAA was a huge hit from the get go and quickly started a rival relationship with CMLL. AAA started using the Six Sided Ring, to set itself apart from CMLL and used more outlandish gimmicks and hardcore to seperate itself even more.
AAA really broke out though because of the talent it took away from CMLL and developed itself. Konnan, Rey Mysterio Jr., Eddie Guerrero and Art Bar, El Hijo del Santo, The Guerrera family, Psicosis...etc. They also helped launch careers of American wrestlers Lionheart Chris Jericho, Vampiro and others.
AAA stayed huge on the market by establishing relationships with WCW, ECW, WWF, TNA, Japan to bring in huge names and get their stars over in the US and Japan.
Talent jump back and forth between AAA and CMLL like WWF and WCW. La Parka, El Hijo del Santo, Dr. Wanger Jr.
AAA has bascially become #1 in Mexico with CMLL at a close number 2. Each promotion has TV in Mexico and each have a 2 hour block on USA based Telemundo on Direct TV. They run PPVs although AAA is the only promotion to have theirs on US PPV with When World Collide and with the Best of AAA PPV.
AAA is producing a US video game and talks of bringing their PPVs to America with English play by play.
Now there are plenty of indy feds in Mexico, but IWRG is with out a doubt the best of the crop of the Indy's on its way to being a major player.
Hope that clears it up. Youtube will find you all kinds of stuff and this Friday MTV2 is launching Lucha Libre USA, which from what I understand has a working relationship with AAA in the fact that most of the guys were established at AAA and they use their minis.