Michael Elgin Wins CMLL Grand Prix 2018

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Last Friday, Michael Elgin became the fourth foreign wrestler in Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre historyΒ to win the annual International Grand Prix tournament. Elgin defeated 2x Grand Prix winner and one-third of CMLL World Trios Champions, Ultimo GuerreroΒ in the final.

Finishing the job

Last year, Michael Elgin got to the finals of the Grand Prix 2017 against Diamante Azul. Elgin was defeated, but, as he said in some interviews, he was going to finish that job this year. Elgin was the standout of the match which had highlights from Volador Jr., Gilbert El Boricua (Mil Muertes) and Matt Taven. Elgin’s good shape let him perform in a way that he could outrun some of the luchadores in the elimination match.

In the last minutes, the four wrestlers standing were Gilbert el Boricua, Euforia, Ultimo Guerrero and Elgin. Euforia eliminated Gilbert with La Soberana, but then came Elgin and hit his signature sit-out powerbomb to score the pin. It was then Guerrero and Elgin battling it out. It was a good battle, with fans getting interested in the final minutes, but Elgin got the win with his powerbomb.

Elgin is not the first foreigner to win the tournament. In the second edition in 1995, Headhunter A, famous for their wrestling in Puerto Rico, Mexico and Japan with his partner Headhunter B, won the Grand Prix. In 1997, Val Venis who was wrestling as Steel won it. Later in 2008, the final edition before being brought back in 2016, Motor City Machine Gunn, Alex Shelley, who was red hot in his TNA run, won the tournament.

Elgin was later confronted by Ultimo Guerrero, asking for a singles match, which, naturally, Elgin accepted. That match will be the main event of next Friday’s Arena Mexico show which will also feature New Japan Pro Wrestling‘s David Finlay Jr. in the undercard.

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