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WWE is the biggest promotion in the US, and NJPW is the biggest promotion in Japan. But who is the biggest promotion in Lucha Libre ?

AAA, CMLL, or Lucha Underground ?
 

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CMLL is the biggest and most watched by far so they are the WWE

LU is LU

AAA is a bunch of retards in fighting about licensing right now
 

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AAA tried to be a WWE of Lucha type. Especially w/it's ways of differing itself from the mode of tradition (aka CMLL), emphasizing the theatrics just a touch more, etc. Of course, didn't take over the years, and now they're struggling.

LU has trouble funding its next season as it bleeds money, and is just a hyper-stylized TV Show. So that's barely a blimp on the radar.

CMLL is a success, does well, and has a great roster that tends to want to keep me involved w/watching. It's not WWE of Lucha, b/c as said, nothing is in that contextual vein, but it's the "top" company in Mexico.
 

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CMLL is the oldest wrestling promotion in the world, the #2 drawing promotion in the world in terms of total attendance yer year behind WWE, and probably the #3 largest promotion in the world overall behind WWE and NJPW. They are similar to WWE in a few ways: they are mostly TVPG and they are very slow to adapt to changes in the business at large. Where they differ is that CMLL is much more focused on quality matches than storytelling. But they're run by very rich, very competent business people. They're much more professional than AAA, and much more stable.

AAA has certain advantages, too. They are much more media-savvy than CMLL, so their shows are easier to find on TV/online/on PPV in most cases. And they tour constantly and sometimes book bigger venues than CMLL. This is because CMLL owns all of the venues they run shows in (about 5 venues in different parts of Mexico, from 2,000-17,000 seats). But financially they've always been a mess, partially because of the licensing and trademark issues mentioned above, and partially because the family that owns them is a bunch of carnies. They split off from CMLL in part because of frustrations about their conservative philosophy with respect to booking and change. Consequently AAA is pretty much willing to try anything. Sometimes it's a good attitude to have but often times (very much so recently) it just ends up looking like a gong show.

AAA is probably the #4 promotion in the world, slotting in just ahead of ROH.

Lucha Underground is great but it's a blip on the radar in comparison. They're not even on the level of an Impact or a Dragon Gate on the global scale.
 

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To be fair, CMLL is the Smackdown of Lucha. Brilliantly talented roster, sometimes produces a great match, but god knows what is going on with their booking.
 
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