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CMLL International Gran Prix

The CMLL International Gran Prix was an annual tournament held by the Mexican professional wrestling promotion Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL), that was held from 1994 to 2008, although there was no tournament in 1999, 2000, 2001 and 2004. The tournament was inspired by New Japan Pro Wrestling's "International Wrestling Gran Prix" tournament in the 1980s.[1] From 1994 until 1998 the Gran Prix was a single elimination tournament that featured a mixture of Mexican and international wrestlers, some who worked for CMLL regularly and some that were invited specifically for the tournament.[1] From 2002 and on the format was changed to a torneo cibernetico, a 16-man match with one side representing Mexico and the other side being composed of "international" wrestlers. Two people have won the Gran Prix twice, Rayo de Jalisco, Jr. and Último Guerrero. The most recent Gran Prix was in 2008 where wrestlers from Total Nonstop Action Wrestling participated on the "International" side. TNA's Alex Shelley defeated Último Guerrero to win the 2008 Gran Prix.[2]

Tournament winners

Year Winner Reign Date Note
1994 Rayo de Jalisco, Jr. 1 [3]
1995 Headhunter A 1 [4]
1996 Hijo del Santo 1 [5]
1997 Steel 1 [6]
1998 Rayo de Jalisco, Jr. 2 [7]
2002 Máscara Mágica 1 [8]
2003 Dr. Wagner, Jr. 1 [9]
2005 Atlantis 1 [10]
2006 Último Guerrero 1 [11]
2007 Último Guerrero 2 [12]
2008 Alex Shelley 1 [2]

Tournaments

International Gran Prix 1994

The first ever International Gran Prix was held on April 15, 1994 and featured a one night, 16-man single elimination tournament consisting of Mexican natives and a number of foreign wrestlers, some of which worked for CMLL on a regular basis (such as King Haku and Corazon de León) and others who were invited specially for the tournament (such as Yamato). The final match saw Rayo de Jalisco, Jr. defeat King Haku to win the International Gran Prix.[3]

  First round Second round Semifinals Final
                                     
1  King Haku W  
16  Último Dragón    
     King Haku W  
   
     Yamato    
8  Yamato W
 
9  Vampiro    
     Haku W  
     Miguel Perez, Jr.    
5  Miguel Perez, Jr. W  
 
12  Silver King    
     Miguel Perez, Jr. W
   
     Atlantis    
4  Atlantis W
 
13  Corazon de León    
     King Haku  
     Rayo de Jalisco, Jr. W
6  Brazo de Plata W  
11  Killer    
     Brazo de Plata W
   
     Dr. Wagner, Jr.    
3  Dr. Wagner, Jr. W
 
14  Gran Markus, Jr.    
     Brazo de Plata  
     Rayo de Jalisco, Jr. W  
7  Pierroth, Jr. W  
10  Black Magic    
     Pierroth, Jr.  
   
     Rayo de Jalisco, Jr. W  
2  Popetikus  
15  Rayo de Jalisco, Jr. W  

International Gran Prix 1995

The second International Gran Prix was held on July 7, 1995 and once again featured a one night, 16-man single elimination tournament consisting of Mexican natives and a number of foreign wrestlers, some of which worked for CMLL on a regular basis (such as The Headhunters and El Boriqua) and others who were invited specially for the tournament (such as Johnny Gunn). The final match saw Headhunter A defeat Vampiro to win the second International Gran Prix.[4]

  First round Second round Semifinals Final
                                     
1  Headhunter A W  
16  Johnny Gunn    
     Headhunter A W  
   
     Miguel Perez, Jr.    
8  Miguel Perez, Jr. W
 
9  Rayo de Jalisco, Jr.    
     Headhunter A W  
     Atlantis    
5  Emilio Charles, Jr. W  
 
12  Brazo de Plata    
     Emilio Charles, Jr.  
   
     Atlantis W  
4  Headhunter B  
 
13  Atlantis W  
     Headhunter A  
     Vampiro  
6  Silver King W  
11  Foreign Exchange    
     Silver King  
   
     Dos Caras W  
3  Pierroth, Jr.  
 
14  Dos Caras W  
     Dos Caras  
     Vampiro W  
7  La Fierra    
10  El Boriqua W  
     El Boriqua  
   
     Vampiro W  
2  Leatherface  
15  Vampiro W  

International Gran Prix 1996

The third International Gran Prix was held on July 5, 1996 and featured a one night, 16-man single elimination tournament consisting of Mexican natives and a number of foreign wrestlers, some of which worked for CMLL on a regular basis and others who were invited specially for the tournament (such as Tiger Mask IV). The final match saw El Hijo del Santo defeat The Great Sasuke to win the International Gran Prix.[5]

  First round Second round Semifinals Final
                                     
1  El Hijo del Santo W  
16  Negro Casas    
     El Hijo del Santo W  
   
     Guerrera de la Muerte    
8  Guerrera de la Muerte W
 
9  El Bronco    
     El Hijo del Santo W  
     Máscara Mágica    
5  Astro Rey, Jr.    
 
12  El Dandy W  
     El Dandy  
   
     Máscara Mágica W  
4  Máscara Mágica W
 
13  Mr. Niebla    
     El Hijo del Santo  
     The Great Sasuke  
6  Shocker W  
11  Black Warrior    
     Shocker  
   
     El Felino W  
3  El Felino W
 
14  Tiger Mask IV    
     El Felino  
     The Great Sasuke W  
7  Bestia Salvaje W  
10  Yone Genjin    
     Bestia Salvaje  
   
     The Great Sasuke W  
2  Rey Bucanero  
15  The Great Sasuke W  

International Gran Prix 1997

The fourth International Gran Prix was held on April 4, 1997 and once again featured a one night, 16-man single elimination tournament consisting of Mexican natives and a number of foreign wrestlers, some of which worked for CMLL on a regular basis (such as Steel and Último Dragón) and others who were invited specially for the tournament (such as Leatherface). The final match saw Steel defeat Rayo de Jalisco, Jr. to win the International Gran Prix.[6]

  First round Second round Semifinals Final
                                     
1  Steel W  
16  Atlantis    
     Steel W  
   
     Último Dragón    
8  Último Dragón W
 
9  Tsubasa    
     Steel W  
     Apolo Dantés    
5  Leatherface W  
 
12  Tigre Canadiense    
     Leatherface  
   
     Apolo Dantés W  
4  Apolo Dantés W
 
13  Brazo de Plata    
     Steel  
     Rayo de Jalisco, Jr.  
6  Rayo de Jalisco, Jr. W  
11  Shinobi    
     Rayo de Jalisco, Jr. W
   
     Dr. Wagner, Jr.    
3  Dr. Wagner, Jr. W
 
14  Miguel Perez, Jr.    
     Rayo de Jalisco, Jr. W
     Emilio Charles, Jr.    
7  Emilio Charles, Jr. W  
10  Silver King    
     Emilio Charles, Jr. W
   
     La Fiera    
2  La Fiera W
15  Foreign Exchange    

International Gran Prix 1998

The fifth International Gran Prix was held on August 14, 1998 and once again featured a one night, 16-man single elimination tournament consisting of Mexican natives and a number of foreign wrestlers, some of which worked for CMLL on a regular basis (such as The Headhunters) and others who were invited specially for the tournament (such as Ricky Santana). The final match saw Rayo de Jalisco, Jr. defeat Apolo Dantés to win the International Gran Prix, making Rayo de Jalisco, Jr. the first person to win the Gran Prix twice; having previously won it in 1994.[7]

  First round Second round Semifinals Final
                                     
1  Headhunter B    
16  Máscara Año 2000 W  
     Máscara Año 2000 W  
   
     Miguel Perez, Jr.    
8  Miguel Perez, Jr. W
 
9  Atlantis    
     Máscara Año 2000    
     Apolo Dantés W  
5  Emilio Charles, Jr. W  
 
12  Kevin Quinn    
     Emilio Charles, Jr.  
   
     Apolo Dantés W  
4  Apolo Dantés W
 
13  Black Magic    
     Apolo Dantés  
     Rayo de Jalisco, Jr. W
6  Headhunter A W  
11  Universo 2000    
     Headhunter A W
   
     El Boriqua    
3  Mr. Niebla  
 
14  El Boriqua W  
     Headhunter A  
     Rayo de Jalisco, Jr. W  
7  Rayo de Jalisco, Jr. W  
10  Vampiro    
     Rayo de Jalisco, Jr. W
   
     Ricky Santana    
2  Ricky Santana W
15  Cien Caras    

International Gran Prix 2002

The sixth International Gran Prix tournament was held on March 22, 2002 in Arena Mexico and for the first time the Gran Prix was not an elimination tournament but a 16-man Tornero Cibernetico. This was the first time the tournament was held since 1998 and every Gran Prix since then has had the same 16-man Tornero Cibernetico format. The teams were mixed Tecnicos and Rudos, seemingly randomly teamed up without any pre-existing storyline behind it. The teams were; "Team A" (Zumbido, Safari, Hombre Sin Nombre, Halloween, Volador, Jr., Damián 666, Negro Casas and El Hijo del Santo) against "Team B (El Felino, Olímpico, Tony Rivera, Máscara Mágica, Nicho El Millonario, Satánico, Averno and Mephisto). The tournament came down to Máscara Mágica and El Hijo del Santo, with Máscara Magica winning the match.[8]

# Eliminated By Team Time
1 Tony Rivera Halloween Team B 1:14
2 Volador, Jr. Nicho el Millonario Team A 4:40
3 Mephisto Damián 666 Team B 7:13
4 Damián 666 El Felino Team A 7:40
5 El Felino Averno and Satánico Team B 9:12
6 Averno Negro Casas Team B 10:01
7 Nicho el Millonario El Hijo del Santo Team B 11:11
8 Halloween Olímpico Team A 12:21
9 Safari Máscara Mágica Team A 13:37
10 Zumbido Satánico Team A 14:48
11 Olímpico Hombre sin Nombre Team B 15:53
12 Hombre Sin Nombre Máscara Mágica Team A 16:56
13 Satánico El Hijo del Santo Team B 17:51
14 Negro Casas Disqualified for interfering Team A 18:45
15 El Hjio del Santo Máscara Mágica Team A 20:19
16 Máscara Magica (Winner) Team B 20:19

International Gran Prix 2003

The seventh International Gran Prix tournament was held on May 9, 2003 in Arena Mexico and for the second time featured as 16-man Tornero Cibernetico. This time the teams were "Team Mexico" (El Felino, Virus, Negro Casas, Mephisto, Averno, Blue Panther, Shocker and Dr. Wagner, Jr.) and "Team Japan" (TARO, Don Fujii, Kazuhiko Masada, SUWA, Katsushi Takemura, Nosawa, CIMA and Último Dragón). The match came down to Último Dragón and Dr. Wagner, Jr. and then saw Dr. Wagner, Jr. win the Gran Prix for the "home team".[9]

# Eliminated Team
1 TARO Team Japan
2 El Felino Team Mexico
3 Virus Team Mexico
4 Don Fujii Team Japan
5 Masada (Double elimination) Team Japan
5 Negro Casas (Double elimination) Team Mexico
7 Mephisto Team Mexico
8 SUWA Team Japan
9 Takemura Team Japan
10 Averno Team Mexico
11 Blue Panther Team Mexico
12 Nosawa Team Japan
13 CIMA Team Japan
14 Shocker Team Mexico
15 Último Dragón Team Japan
16 Dr. Wagner, Jr. (Winner) Team Mexico

International Gran Prix 2005

The eight International Gran Prix tournament was held on September 23, 2005 in Arena Mexico featured as 16-man Tornero Cibernetico with two teams of mixed Mexican and International wrestlers. The team division for the 2005 International Gran Prix is undocumented and thus uncertain, all that is certain is that the following wrestlers participated: Bronco, Último Dragón, Hijo del Santo, Rey Bucanero, Universo 2000, Olimpico, Tarzan Boy, Pierroth Hiroshi Tanahashi, Shinsuke Nakamura, Averno, Dr. Wagner, Jr., Atlantis, Negro Casas, Perro Aguayo, Jr. and Lizmark, Jr.. The finals came down to Atlantis and Perro Aguayo, Jr. who were on the same team, in the end Atlantis pinned Perro Aguayo, Jr. to win the Gran Prix.[10]

# Eliminated By
1 Bronco Hiroshi Tanahashi
2 Olímpico Lizmark, Jr.
3 Averno Disqualifed for removing Hijo del Santo's Mask
4 Último Dragón Shinsuke Nakamura
5 Pierroth Dr. Wagner. Jr.
6 Negro Casas Perro Aguayo, Jr.
7 Tarzan Boy Atlantis
8 El Hijo del Santo Shinsuke Nakamura
9 Shinsuke Nakamura Rey Bucanero and Universo 2000
10 Hiroshi Tanahashi Rey Bucanero and Universo 2000
11 Dr. Wagner, Jr. Rey Bucanero
12 Lizmark, Jr. Perro Aguayo Jr.
13 Universo 2000 Perro Aguayo, Jr.
14 Rey Bucanero Atlantis
15 Perro Aguayo, Jr. Atlantis
16 Atlantis (Winner)

International Gran Prix 2006

The ninth International Gran Prix tournament was held on May 12, 2006 in Arena Mexico and once again featured as 16-man Tornero Cibernetico between a team representing Mexico (L.A. Park, Dos Caras, Jr., Dr. Wagner, Jr., Heavy Metal, Mr. Niebla, Héctor Garza, Olímpico and Último Guerrero) facing a team of "International" wrestlers, some who worked for CMLL at the time (Marco Corleone, Shigeo Okumura and Pierroth, a couple of Japanese wrestlers who worked mainly in Mexico at the time (Hajime Ohara and Masada) and a couple of international wrestlers that did not generally work in Mexico at the time (Katsushi Takemura, Milano Collection AT and Johnny Stamboli). The match came down to Último Guerrero and Johnny Stambol as the final two participants and saw Guerrero win the Gran Prix.[11]

# Eliminated By Team
1 Ohara Heavy Metal Team International
2 Masada Olímpico Team International
3 Mr. Niebla Takemura Team Mexico
4 Heavy Metal Johnny Stamboli Team Mexico
5 Milano Collection AT Héctor Garza Team International
6 Héctor Garza Takemura Team Mexico
7 Olímpico Johnny Stamboli Team Mexico
8 Dr. Wagner Jr. Pierroth Team Mexico
9 L.A. Park Okumura and Takemura Team Mexico
10 Marco Corelone Dos Caras Jr. Team International
11 Pierroth Dos Caras Jr. Team International
12 Okumura Último Guerrero Team International
13 Dos Caras Jr. Takemura (Double elimination) Team Mexico
14 Takemura Dos Caras Jr. (Double elimination) Team International
15 Johnny Stamboli Último Guerrero Team International
16 Último Guerrero (Winner) Team Mexico

International Gran Prix 2007

The 10th International Gran Prix tournament was held on May 11, 2007 in Arena Mexico and featured a 16-man Torneo Cibernetico between a team representing Mexico (Dr. Wagner, Jr., Dos Caras, Jr., Atlantis, Lizmark, Jr., Último Guerrero, Olímpico, Rey Bucanero and El Sagrado) and a team representing "International wrestling", four of which worked for CMLL on a regular basis (Shigeo Okumura, Alex Koslov, Marco Corleone and Pierroth) and four wrestlers brought in from Japan specifically for the tournament (Minoru Suzuki, Jushin Liger, Hirooki Goto, Último Dragón). Pierroth was on "Team International" despite being born in Mexico as his "Ring persona" claims to be from Puerto Rico. The match came down to Último Guerrero and Jushin Liger as the final two participants and saw Guerrero win to become the first and so far only wrestler to win the Gran Prix back to back years and only the second wrestler to win the Gran Prix twice.[12][13]

# Eliminated By Team Time
1 Pierroth Olímpico Team International 12:56
2 Shigeo Okumura Rey Bucanero Team International 18:25
3 Lizmark Jr. Minoru Suzuki Team Mexico 22:07
4 Olímpico Marco Corleone Team Mexico 22:14
5 Alex Koslov Atlantis Team International 23:12
5 Atlantis Alex Koslov Team Mexico 23:12
7 Hirooki Goto El Sagrado Team International 25:22
8 Rey Bucanero Jushin Liger Team Mexico 28:30
9 Minoru Suzuki Disqualified Team International 31:59
10 Último Dragón Dos Caras, Jr. Team International 33:59
11 Dos Caras Jr. Marco Corleone Team Mexico 34:17
12 Dr. Wagner Jr. Jushin Liger Team Mexico 34:47
13 Marco Corleone Último Guerrero Team International 39:13
14 El Sagrado Jushin Liger Team Mexico 41:11
15 Jushin Liger Último Guerrero Team International 45:02
16 Último Guerrero (Winner) Team Mexico 45:02

International Gran Prix 2008

The 11th International Gran Prix tournament was held on July 26, 2009 in Arena Mexico and featured a 16-man Torneo Cibernetico between a team representing Mexico (Averno, Dos Caras, Jr., Héctor Garza, Rey Bucanero, Shocker, Último Guerrero, Volador, Jr. and Dr. Wagner, Jr.) facing "Team International", a combination of foreign wrestlers that work for CMLL (Alex Koslov and Marco Corleone) and six wrestlers from Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) (A.J. Styles, Alex Shelley, Johnny Devine, Chris Sabin, Jay Lethal and Sonjay Dutt).[14] Christopher Daniels was originally scheduled to be part of "Team International" but was replaced with Johnny Devine due to a TNA storyline where he had been fired from the company. The International Gran Prix tournament took place on the same night of the finals of the Leyenda de Plata tournament.[14] Alex Shelley of Team International eliminated Último Guerrero as the last man to win the tournament.[2][15]

# Eliminated By Team
1 Alex Koslov Rey Bucanero Team International
2 Averno Sonjay Dutt Team Mexico
3 Volador, Jr. Jay Lethal Team Mexico
4 Rey Bucanero A.J. Styles Team Mexico
5 Sonjay Dutt Héctor Garza Team International
6 A.J. Styles Último Guerrero Team International
7 Dos Caras, Jr. Marco Corleone Team Mexico
8 Jay Lethal Dr. Wagner, Jr. Team International
9 Johnny Devine Shocker Team International
10 Héctor Garza Marco Corleone Team Mexico
11 Dr. Wagner, Jr. Alex Shelley Team Mexico
12 Marco Corleone Shocker and Último Guerrero Team International
13 Shocker Chris Sabin and Alex Shelley Team Mexico
14 Chris Sabin Último Guerrero Team International
15 Último Guerrero Alex Shelley Team Mexico
16 Alex Shelley (Winner) Team International

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