On Wednesday, former WWE Superstars Alberto El Patron (aka Alberto Del Rio) and Chavo Guerrero Jr. announced the creation of a new wrestling promotion in Mexico, Nación Lucha Libre. Under the leadership of El Patron and Guerrero and with reportedly solid financial backing, Nación Lucha Libre hopes to show more honor to former lucha legends, as well as show more stars from Mexico’s independent scene. They seem intent on bringing the fight to Mexican lucha heavyweights Lucha Libre AAA Worldwide (AAA) and Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL). While other Mexican promotions, such as The Crash Lucha and the hardcore Desastre Total Ultraviolento (DTU), have found success being content being below the big companies, Nación is looking to start a change in Mexican wrestling. They’ve already secured a national television deal with Imagen TV, the network that also airs one-hour versions of WWE’s Raw and SmackDown. The first show will air in their timeslot of Sunday nights at 10:30 pm starting on July 13.
— Nación Lucha Libre Oficial (@NacionLucha) June 12, 2019
The first show was announced for Friday, July 11 at Sala de Armas in Mexico City, Mexico. While not as famous a venue as CMLL’s Arena Mexico or AAA’s Mexico City Arena, Sala de Armas was the home venue for Perros Aguayo Jr.‘s Perros del Mal and Ultimo Dragon‘s Toryumon Mexico promotions in the late 2000s. The opening card features a who’s who of some top stars – some of which work for AAA and/or CMLL – as well as some underused stars from various independents. In a follow-up interview with Excelsior, the news department for Imagen TV, Alberto stated that Nación hoped to run their “season-ending show” at the MGM Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, the same venue where All Elite Wrestling (AEW) just ran their debut PPV, Double or Nothing.
As for the company’s schedule, in another interview, Alberto stated they planned on 35 shows a year, mostly throughout Mexico, but also in Texas and Vegas. He also mentioned that they planned to set up a health care plan for the roster. “We will cover the medical expenses of a fighter if something happens inside the ring,” Alberto told Record. “We want to work with the government, as other companies and sports do, we want to work with them, our boys will have insurance for day-to-day, we will look for funds for retirement and other things that I want to look for.”
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Una imagen donde pueden ver la alegría en el rostro de parte del elenco en la presentación de NACION LUCHA, una empresa sin barreras,ni ataduras al talento,un lugar donde todos podrán mostrar su calidad en el cuadrilátero y con la oportunidad de ganarse el pan nuestro de cada día para sus hijos sin represalias vayan a donde vayan. la afición a la #luchalibre tiene una nueva opción para seguir disfrutando el deporte los costalazos. Y no importa que a solo 24 horas, las mafias de la lucha libre, en su temor ya traten de detenernos,bloqueando luchadores y plazas cuando ni siquiera tienen un contrato de exclusividad con ninguno de mis hermanos/luchadores. Nacion por su parte no tiene rencores y les desea éxito a las otras empresas y al talento que decida no adquirir su pasaporte y ser parte del cambio, Nosotros seguiremos trayendo alegría,acción y pasión atravez de IMAGEN TV semana tras semana, QUE VIVA NACION LUCHA SISISI. Amigos in this pictures you can see the joy In our faces, NACION LUCHA IS HERE,this new #prowrestling company is ready to bring you, action,amazing athletes, storylines that will make you fall in love with the sport of pro wrestling even more. Every wrestler will have the freedom to work in other companies too if they want to, WE WILL NEVER stop anyone from earning money to continue putting food on the table for their families ,like they do in other places. We wish the best to all the other lucha companies in #Mexico and around the world, and many blessing to my brothers the wrestlers to continue doing what we love LUCHAR/WRESTLE. VIVA NACION LUCHA AMIGOS 🙏 . . #AlbertoElPatron #albertodelrio #doscarasjr #nacionlucha
And it does not matter that just 24 hours, the Mafias of Wrestling, in their fear and trying to stop us, blocking fighters and places when they do not even have an exclusive contract with any of my brothers/fighters,” Alberto stated in the Spanish portion of his Instagram post. “Nación, for its part, has no grudges and wishes success to the other companies and to the talent that decides not to acquire its passport and be part of the change.”
Here was the initial card announced for the first show on July 11.
- Team Mexico (Alberto El Patron, Dr. Wagner Jr., El Hijo del Fantasma) vs. Team Puerto Rico (MVP, El Mesias (aka Mil Muertes), Apolo)
- The Lucha Brothers (Rey Fenix & Pentagon Jr.) vs. Chavo Guerrero Jr. & Mecha Wolf 450
- Damian 666 vs. El Solar vs. Negro Navarro vs. El Canek
- Fresero Jr. & Mr. Iguana vs. Bestia 666 & Black Taurus vs. The Laredo Kid & The Tiger
- Flamita & Daga vs. Rey Horus & Puma King
- Sexy Dulce (aka Sexy Star), Lady Flammer & Reina Oscura vs. Thunder Rosa, Cristy Jaynes & Stephanie Vaquer
- Bram, La Mascara, & Batab El Guerrero vs. Hijo de Dos Caras, Hijo de Wagner & Dual
- Relampago vs Heddi Karaoui
Nación Lucha Libre also plans to honor different lucha icons at each show, starting with UWA and AAA legends Dos Caras and Tinieblas. In August, they will honor Fantasma, father of popular current Mexican star El Hijo de Fantasma (aka Lucha Underground‘s King Cuerno). Alberto’s former valet from his WWE days, Ricardo Rodriguez, will be a referee for Nación Lucha Libre.
You can watch the full press conference below:
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