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EMLL 22nd Anniversary Show

EMLL 22nd Anniversary Show
Promotion Empresa Mexicana de Lucha Libre (EMLL)
Date September 16, 1955[1]
Attendance 10,000[1]
Venue Arena Coliseo[1]
City Mexico City, Mexico[1]
EMLL Aniversary Show chronology
EMLL 21st Anniversary Show EMLL 22nd Anniversary Show EMLL 23rd Anniversary Show

The EMLL 22nd Anniversary Show was a professional wrestling major show event produced by Empresa Mexicana de Lucha Libre (EMLL) that took place on September 16, 1955 in Arena Coliseo, Mexico City, Mexico. The event commemorated the 22nd anniversary of EMLL, which would become the oldest professional wrestling promotion in the world.[2] The Anniversary show is EMLL's biggest show of the year, their Super Bowl event.


The event featured an undetermined number of professional wrestling matches with different wrestlers involved in pre-existing scripted feuds or storylines. Wrestlers portray either villains (referred to as Rudos in Mexico) or fan favorites (Técnicos in Mexico) as they compete in wrestling matches with pre-determined outcomes. Due to the nature of keeping mainly paper records of wrestling at the time no documentation has been found for some of the matches of the show.

In one of only two confirmed matches for the show the masked Halcón Negro ("Black Falcon") faced off against the unmasked Cavernario Galindo ("Galindo the Caveman") in a Lucha de Apuesta, or "bet match" where risked his mask and Galindo risked his hair on the outcome. The match saw Halcón defeat his opponent, two falls to one, and thus forced Galindo to be shaved bald after the match.[1][3][4][5] The other confirmed match saw El Santo defend the NWA World Middleweight Championship against long time rival, Black Shadow. The feud between the two had started years earlier and had seen El Santo unmask Black Shadow in 1951.[6] Santo successfully turned back the challenger, keeping the Middleweight Championship.[1][3][4][5][7]


El Santo retained the NWA World Middleweight Championship for over another year, until losing the title to Rolando Vera on October 19, 1956.[7]


No. Result[1][3][4][5] Stipulation
1 Halcón Negro defeated Cavernario Galindo Two out of three falls Lucha de Apuesta mask vs. hair match
2 El Santo (c) defeated Black Shadow[7] Two out of three falls match for the NWA World Middleweight Championship
(c) - refers to the champion(s) heading into the match


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "22nd Anniversary Show". Pro Wrestling History. September 16, 1955. Retrieved September 27, 2012. 
  2. ^ Madigan, Dan (2007). "A family affair". Mondo Lucha Libre: the bizarre and honorable world of wild Mexican wrestling. HarperColins Publisher. pp. 128–132.  
  3. ^ a b c "Historia de Los Aniversarios del CMLL". The Gladiatores Magazine (in Spanish). September 2, 2010. Retrieved September 28, 2012. 
  4. ^ a b c "Historia de Los Aniversarios" (in Spanish).  
  5. ^ a b c Ruiz Glez, Alex (September 7, 2010). "CMLL: 79 historias, 79 Aniversario, las 79 luchas estelares". SuperLuchas (in Spanish). Retrieved October 20, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Enciclopedia de las Mascaras". Black Shadow (in Spanish) ( 
  7. ^ a b c Royal Duncan & Gary Will (2006). "Mexico: EMLL NWA World Middleweight Title". Wrestling Title Histories (4th ed.). Archeus Communications. pp. 389–390.  
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