Gran Prix

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The International Gran Prix is an annual professional wrestling tournament held by Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL). It was held for the first time in 1994 and was last held in 2008. On May 24, 2016 was announced the return of the tournament for its twelfth edition after eight years of inactivity. The tournament is featured by 16 wrestlers, divided in two groups: Team Mexico (CMLL), and Team International (Japanese, American, and Puerto Rican wrestlers, among others) in a Torneo Cibernético-style in which the last survivor wrestler wins the trophy.

Summary Of Winners

Edition Date Winner Runner-up
1994 April 15, 1994 Rayo de Jalisco Jr. King Haku
1995 July 7, 1995 Head Hunter A Vampiro
1996 July 5, 1996 El Hijo del Santo The Great Sasuke
1997 April 4, 1997 Steel Rayo de Jalisco Jr.
1998 August 14, 1998 Apolo Dantés Rayo de Jalisco Jr.
2002 March 22, 2002 Máscara Mágica El Hijo del Santo
2003 May 9, 2003 Dr. Wagner Jr. Último Dragón
2005 September 23, 2005 Atlantis Perro Aguayo Jr.
2006 May 12, 2006 Último Guerrero Johnny Stamboli
2007 May 11, 2007 Último Guerrero Jushin Liger
2008 July 26, 2008 Alex Shelley Último Guerrero
2016 July 1, 2016 Volador Jr. Tama Tonga
2017 September 1, 2017 Diamante Azul [[Michael Elgin]

1994

Rayo de Jalisco Jr., 1994 winner

Tournament held on April 15, 1994 in the Arena México. Rayo de Jalisco Jr. defeated King Haku in the finals of tournament to become the first winner.

Round Of 16   Quarterfinals   Semifinals   Final
                           
 King Haku W  
 Último Dragón        King Haku W  
 Vampiro      Yamato      
 Yamato W        King Haku W  
 Miguel Pérez Jr. W        Miguel Pérez Jr.    
 Silver King        Miguel Pérez Jr. W
 Atlantis W    Atlantis        
 Corazón de León          King Haku  
 Brazo de Plata W        Rayo de Jalisco Jr. W
 The Killer        Brazo de Plata W  
 Dr. Wagner Jr. W    Dr. Wagner Jr.    
 Gran Markus Jr.          Brazo de Plata  
 Black Magic          Rayo de Jalisco Jr. W  
 Pierroth Jr. W      Pierroth Jr.  
 Popitekus      Rayo de Jalisco Jr. W  
 Rayo de Jalisco Jr. W  


1995

Tournament held on July 7, 1995 in the Arena México. Head Hunter A defeated Vampiro in the finals of tournament to become the second winner.

Round Of 16   Quarterfinals   Semifinals   Final
                           
 Head Hunter A W  
 Johnny Gunn        Head Hunter A W  
 Miguel Pérez Jr. W    Miguel Pérez Jr.      
 Rayo de Jalisco Jr.          Head Hunter A W  
 Brazo de Plata          Atlantis    
 Emilio Charles Jr. W      Emilio Charles Jr.  
 Atlantis W    Atlantis W      
 Head Hunter B          Head Hunter A W
 Foreign Exchange          Vampiro  
 Silver King W      Silver King    
 Dos Caras W    Dos Caras W  
 Pierroth Jr.          Dos Caras  
 El Boricua W        Vampiro W  
 La Fiera        El Boricua  
 Leatherface      Vampiro W  
 Vampiro W  


1996

Tournament held on July 5, 1996 in the Arena México. El Hijo del Santo defeated The Great Sasuke in the finals of tournament to become the third winner. It was reported a draw of 3,000 spectators.

Round Of 16   Quarterfinals   Semifinals   Final
                           
 Felino W  
 Tiger Mask IV        Felino W  
 Black Warrior      Shocker      
 Shocker W        Felino    
 Bestia Salvaje W        The Great Sasuke W  
 Yone Genjin        Bestia Salvaje  
 Rey Bucanero      The Great Sasuke W      
 The Great Sasuke W        The Great Sasuke  
 Máscara Mágica W        El Hijo del Santo W
 Mr. Niebla        Máscara Mágica W  
 Astro Rey Jr.      El Dandy    
 El Dandy W        Máscara Mágica  
 El Hijo del Santo W        El Hijo del Santo W  
 Negro Casas        El Hijo del Santo W
 Bronco      Guerrero de la Muerte    
 Guerrero de la Muerte W  


1997

Tournament held on April 4, 1997 in the Arena México. Steel defeated Rayo de Jalisco Jr. in the finals of tournament to become the fourth winner.

Round Of 16   Quarterfinals   Semifinals   Final
                           
 Atlantis    
 Steel W      Steel W  
 Último Dragón W    Último Dragón      
 Tsubasa          Steel W  
 Leatherface W        Apolo Dantés    
 Tigre Canadiense        Leatherface  
 Apolo Dantés W    Apolo Dantés W      
 Brazo de Plata          Steel W
 Rayo de Jalisco Jr. W        Rayo de Jalisco Jr.  
 Shinobi        Rayo de Jalisco Jr. W  
 Dr. Wagner Jr. W    Dr. Wagner Jr.    
 Miguel Pérez Jr.          Rayo de Jalisco Jr. W
 Emilio Charles Jr. W        Emilio Charles Jr.    
 Silver King        Emilio Charles Jr. W
 Foreign Exchange      La Fiera    
 La Fiera W  


1998

Tournament held on August 14, 1998 in the Arena México. Apolo Dantés defeated Rayo de Jalisco Jr. in the finals of tournament to become the fifth winner.[1]

Round Of 16   Quarterfinals   Semifinals   Final
                           
 Head Hunter B    
 Máscara Año 2000 W      Máscara Año 2000 W  
 Atlantis      Miguel Pérez Jr.      
 Miguel Pérez Jr. W        Máscara Año 2000    
 Apolo Dantés W        Apolo Dantés W  
 Black Magic        Apolo Dantés W
 Emilio Charles Jr. W    Emilio Charles Jr.        
 Kevin Quinn          Apolo Dantés W
 Cien Caras          Rayo de Jalisco Jr.  
 Ricky Santana W      Ricky Santana    
 Rayo de Jalisco Jr. W    Rayo de Jalisco Jr. W  
 Vampiro          Rayo de Jalisco Jr. W
 El Boricua W        Head Hunter A    
 Mr. Niebla        El Boricua  
 Head Hunter A W    Head Hunter A W  
 Universo 2000    


2002

Tournament held on March 22, 2002 in the Arena México. Máscara Mágica defeated El Hijo del Santo in the finals of tournament to become the sixth winner. The tournament was featured by only national wrestlers splitted into two groups of eight wrestlers each one, with a mix of both tecnicos and rudos.[2]

Teams

Team A Team B
Damián 666 Averno
El Hijo del Santo Felino
Halloween Máscara Mágica
Hombre Sin Nombre Mephisto
Negro Casas Nicho El Millonario
Safari Olímpico
Volador Jr. Satánico
Zumbido Tony Rivera

Results

# Eliminated Eliminator Time
1 Tony Rivera Halloween 01:14
2 Volador Jr. Nicho El Millonario 04:40
3 Mephisto Damián 666 07:13
4 Damián 666 Felino 07:40
5 Felino Averno/Satánico 09:12
6 Averno Negro Casas 10:01
7 Nicho El Millonario El Hijo del Santo 11:11
8 Halloween Olímpico 12:21
9 Safari Máscara Mágica 13:37
10 Zumbido Satánico 14:48
11 Olímpico Hombre Sin Nombre 15:53
12 Hombre Sin Nombre Máscara Mágica 16:56
13 Satánico El Hijo del Santo 17:51
14 Negro Casas Disqualified[3] 18:45
15 El Hijo del Santo Máscara Mágica 20:19
Máscara Mágica won the cibernetico


2003

Tournament held on May 9, 2003 in the Arena México. Dr. Wagner Jr. defeated Último Dragón in the finals of tournament to become the seventh winner.[4]

Teams

Mexico Japan
Averno CIMA
Blue Panther Don Fuji
Dr. Wagner Jr. Mazada
Felino Nosawa
Mephisto SUWA
Negro Casas Takemura
Shocker TARU
Virus Último Dragón

Results

# Eliminated Eliminator Time
1 TARU Felino 01:38
2 Felino Takemura 03:40
3 Virus Mazada
4 Don Fuji Mephisto
5 Mazada drew Negro Casas[5],
both are eliminated
6
7 Mephisto Takemura
8 SUWA Averno 05:01
9 Takemura Blue Panther 06:36
10 Averno CIMA 07:42
11 Blue Panther CIMA 10:06
12 Nosawa Shocker
13 CIMA Shocker 11:40
14 Shocker Disqualified[6] 12:46
15 Último Dragón Dr. Wagner Jr. 14:31
Dr. Wagner Jr. won the cibernetico


2005

Tournament held on September 23, 2005 in the Arena México. Atlantis defeated Perro Aguayo Jr. in the finals of tournament to become the eighth winner. The wrestlers were splitted into two groups of tecnicos and rudos.[7]

Teams

Tecnicos Rudos
Atlantis Averno
Bronco Nakamura
Dr. Wagner Jr. Olímpico
El Hijo del Santo Perro Aguayo Jr.
Lizmark Jr. Pierroth Jr.
Negro Casas Rey Bucanero
Último Dragón Tanahashi
Universo 2000 Tarzan Boy

Results

# Eliminated Eliminator Time
1 Bronco Tanahashi
2 Olímpico Lizmark Jr.
3 Averno Disqualified[8]
4 Último Dragón Nakamura
5 Pierroth Jr. Dr. Wagner Jr.
6 Negro Casas Perro Aguayo Jr.
7 Tarzan Boy Atlantis
8 El Hijo del Santo Nakamura
9 Nakamura Bucanero/Universo
10 Tanahashi Bucanero/Universo
11 Dr. Wagner Jr. Rey Bucanero
12 Lizmark Jr. Perro Aguayo Jr.
13 Universo 2000 Aguayo/Bucanero
14 Rey Bucanero Atlantis
15 Perro Aguayo Jr. Atlantis
Atlantis won the cibernetico


2006

Tournament held on May 12, 2006 in the Arena México. Último Guerrero defeated Johnny Stamboli in the finals of tournament to become the ninth winner. Minoru Tanaka was listed as a member of Team International, but was replaced by Mazada.

Teams

Mexico International
Dos Caras Jr. Johnny Stamboli
Dr. Wagner Jr. Marco Corelone
Heavy Metal Mazada
Héctor Garza Milano Collection A.T.
L.A. Park Ohara
Mr. Niebla Okumura
Olímpico Pierroth Jr.
Último Guerrero Takemura

Results

# Eliminated Eliminator Time
1 Ohara Heavy Metal
2 Mazada Olímpico
3 Mr. Niebla Takemura
4 Heavy Metal Johnny Stamboli
5 Milano Collection A.T. Héctor Garza
6 Héctor Garza Takemura
7 Olímpico Johnny Stamboli
8 Dr. Wagner Jr. Pierroth Jr.
9 L.A. Park Okumura/Takemura
10 Marco Corelone Dos Caras Jr.
11 Pierroth Jr. Dos Caras Jr.
12 Okumura Último Guerrero
13 Dos Caras Jr. drew Takemura,
both are eliminated
14
15 Johnny Stamboli Último Guerrero
Último Guerrero won the cibernetico


2007

Último Guerrero, 2007 winner

Tournament held on May 11, 2007 in the Arena México. Último Guerrero defeated Jushin Liger in the finals of tournament to become the tenth winner. Guerrero became the first back-to-back champion.

Teams

Mexico International
Atlantis Alex Koslov
Dos Caras Jr. Hirooki Goto
Dr. Wagner Jr. Jushin Liger
Lizmark Jr. Marco Corelone
Olímpico Minoru Suzuki
Rey Bucanero Pierroth Jr.
Sagrado Shigeo Okumura
Último Guerrero Último Dragón

Results

# Eliminated Eliminator Time
1 Pierroth Jr. Olímpico 13:03
2 Shigeo Okumura Rey Bucanero 13:35
3 Lizmark Jr. Minoru Suzuki 21:16
4 Olímpico Marco Corelone 22:21
5 Alex Koslov drew Atlantis[9],
both are eliminated
23:38
6
7 Hirooki Goto Sagrado 25:29
8 Rey Bucanero Jushin Liger 28:37
9 Minoru Suzuki Disqualified[10] 33:11
10 Último Dragón Dos Caras Jr. 34:08
11 Dos Caras Jr. Marco Corelone 34:25
12 Dr. Wagner Jr. Jushin Liger 37:53
13 Marco Corelone Último Guerrero 39:20
14 Sagrado Jushin Liger 41:11
15 Jushin Liger Último Guerrero 45:05
Último Guerrero won the cibernetico


2008

Alex Shelley, 2008 winner

Tournament held on July 26, 2008 in the Arena México. Alex Shelley defeated Último Guerrero in the finals of tournament to become the eleventh winner. This year's match was featured by TNA wrestlers as the majority of the International squad, who avenged their loss to CMLL in the TNA World X Cup. Guerrero's mask was pulled off by Shelley near the finish, which he claimed was illegal and should cause an overturned finish. Earlier in the same match, Guerrero fouled Styles to eliminate him.[11]

Teams

Mexico International
Averno AJ Styles
Dos Caras Jr. Alex Koslov
Dr. Wagner Jr. Alex Shelley
Héctor Garza Chris Sabin
Rey Bucanero Jay Lethal
Shocker Johnny Devine
Último Guerrero Marco Corelone
Volador Jr. Sonjay Dutt

Results

# Eliminated Eliminator Time
1 Alex Koslov Rey Bucanero 18:04
2 Averno Sonjay Dutt
3 Volador Jr. Jay Lethal 26:29
4 Rey Bucanero AJ Styles 28:22
5 Sonjay Dutt Héctor Garza 30:11
6 AJ Styles Último Guerrero 35:05
7 Dos Caras Jr. Marco Corelone 36:08
8 Jay Lethal Dr. Wagner Jr. 39:14
9 Johnny Devine Shocker 40:59
10 Héctor Garza Marco Corelone 42:24
11 Dr. Wagner Jr. Shelley/Sabin 47:22
12 Marco Corelone Guerrero/Shocker 48:46
13 Shocker Shelley/Sabin 51:59
14 Chris Sabin Último Guerrero 53:05
15 Último Guerrero Alex Shelley 57:37
Alex Shelley won the cibernetico


2016

Volador Jr., 2016 winner

Tournament held on July 1, 2016 in the Arena México. Volador Jr. defeated Tama Tonga in the finals of tournament to become the twelfth winner. It was the first edition of CMLL International Gran Prix after a break of eight years. International wrestlers who have been wrestling on independent shows in Mexico at the time were part of the tournament, as well as wrestlers from NJPW. On June 23, it was announced La Máscara would replace injured Mephisto as member of Team Mexico.

Teams

Mexico International
Diamante Azul Johnny Idol
La Máscara Kushida
Máximo Sexy Marco Corleone
Rey Escorpión Michael Elgin
Rush Okumura
Shocker Sam Adonis
Último Guerrero Tama Tonga
Volador Jr. Tanga Roa

Results

# Eliminated Eliminator Time
1 Okumura Máximo Sexy
2 Rey Escorpión Marco Corleone
3 Máximo Sexy Tama Tonga
4 Sam Adonis Rush
5 Johnny Idol Shocker
6 Shocker Michael Elgin
7 Marco Corleone Diamante Azul
8 Diamante Azul Tanga Roa
9 Rush Michael Elgin
10 Kushida La Máscara
11 Michael Elgin Último Guerrero
12 La Máscara Tama Tonga
13 Tanga Roa Último Guerrero
14 Último Guerrero Tama Tonga
15 Tama Tonga Volador Jr.
Volador Jr. won the cibernetico


2017

CMLL has announced the 2017 tournament will take place on September 1st, again as a Mexico versus the World.

Announced participants:

Team World Team Mexico
Kenny King Volador Jr.
Matt Taven Ultimo Guerrero
Juice Robinson Dragon Lee
Satoshi Kojima Diamante Azul
Sam Adonis Euforia
Marco Corleone Mephisto
Johnny Idol Valiente
Michael Elgin Rush

King Haku was the first person announced for Team World side. On August 9th, King Haku was announced as having problems getting into Mexico and Kenny King was named as his replacement.

References

  1. Source: Steve Jansen.
  2. Recap by thecubsfan.com.
  3. Negro Casas was disqualified by interfering when it's not his turn to enter the ring.
  4. Recap by thecubsfan.com.
  5. Mazada and Negro Casas were disqualified.
  6. Shocker was disqualified by pull off the mask of Último Dragón.
  7. YouTube.
  8. Averno was disqualified by pull off the mask of El Hijo del Santo.
  9. Alex Koslov and Atlantis went in a Double Pin and both were eliminated.
  10. Minoru Suzuki was disqualified by the interference of Takayama.
  11. Some sources listed Christopher Daniels as part of Team International instead of Johnny Devine, but actually is a wrong statement.

Sources