|Date September 18, 1981|
City Mexico City, Mexico
|Venue Arena México|
|Promotion Empresa Mexicana de Lucha Libre|
EMLL 48th Anniversary Show 26. Aniversario de Arena México
EMLL 48th Anniversary Show EMLL 49th Anniversary Show
The EMLL 48th Anniversary Show was a professional wrestling major show event produced by Empresa Mexicana de Lucha Libre (EMLL) that took place on September 18, 1981 in Arena México, Mexico City, Mexico. The event commemorated the 48th anniversary of EMLL, which would become the oldest professional wrestling promotion in the world. The Anniversary show is EMLL's biggest show of the year, their Super Bowl event.
The 1981 Anniversary show commemorated the 48th anniversary of the Mexican professional wrestling company Empresa Mexicana de Lucha Libre (Spanish for "Mexican Wrestling Promotion"; EMLL) holding their first show on September 22, 1933 by promoter and founder Salvador Lutteroth. EMLL was rebranded early in 1992 to become Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre ("World Wrestling Council"; CMLL) signal their departure from the National Wrestling Alliance. With the sales of the Jim Crockett Promotions to Ted Turner in 1988 EMLL became the oldest, still-operating wrestling promotion in the world. Over the years EMLL/CMLL has on occasion held multiple shows to celebrate their anniversary but since 1977 the company has only held one annual show, which is considered the biggest show of the year, CMLL's equivalent of WWE's WrestleMania or their Super Bowl event. CMLL has held their Anniversary show at Arena México in Mexico City, Mexico since 1956, the year the building was completed, over time Arena México earned the nickname "The Cathedral of Lucha Libre" due to it hosting most of EMLL/CMLL's major events since the building was completed. Traditionally EMLL/CMLL holds their major events on Friday Nights, replacing their regularly scheduled Super Viernes show.
The event featured at least three professional wrestling matches with different wrestlers involved in pre-existing scripted feuds, plots and storylines. Wrestlers were portrayed as either heels (referred to as rudos in Mexico, those that portray the "bad guys") or faces (técnicos in Mexico, the "good guy" characters) as they followed a series of tension-building events, which culminated in a wrestling match or series of matches. 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.
Not all matches on the 48th Anniversary show are known, the first match that is known to have taken place was a Singles match between the rudo Fuerza Guerrera facing the young tecnico Negro Casas. Casas had not yet competed for two full years, having made his debut in late 1979 while Fuerza Guerrera had a few more years of experience than Casas, but was not yet established as a major name in lucha libre. Fuerza Guerrera defeated Negro Casas.
The show also featured two separate Lucha de Apuesta, or bet matches. In the first of the matches unmasked wrestlers Halcón Ortiz and Herodes but wagered their hair on the outcome of the match. Halcón defeated the rudo Herodes who was shaved bald after the match was over. In the main event of the show all three competitors put their wrestling mask on the line as Espectro Jr., El Supremo and El Vengador ("The Avenger") faced off in a three way match under Luchas de Apuestas rules. The match saw Espectro Jr. pin El Vengador, forcing him to unmask and state his real name to the crowd in Arena México.
Antonio Peña, who wrestled as Espectro Jr., would later retire due to injuries and become a booker with EMLL before breaking away from the promotion and create his own company called Asistencia Asesoría y Administración (AAA) that would go on to become EMLL's main rival in Mexico.