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On This Date in AAA History: TripleMania is born and a lucha libre tradition begins

Without limit!
Without limit!

When it comes to Mexican lucha libre, the story begins with Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL). Forming in 1933, they were the biggest and best Mexico had to offer and was even an affiliate of the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA). Television came and with it, money. With more money to be made, it should come as no surprise people were hoping to get as much of it as possible.

One such person was Antonio Peña, booker for CMLL, who left -- along with several of their top stars -- to form Asistencia Asesoría y Administración (AAA) in 1992.

The next year, they unveiled TripleMania which would become, to no surprise, their version of WWE's WrestleMania. The first ever show was headlined by huge star Konnan taking on Cien Caras in a best of three falls retirement match. Konnan would lose -- thanks to some help from Jake "The Snake" Roberts -- but as we all know, nothing is ever forever in the wrestling biz and he'd be back by the next year's event.

Other stars you may recognize are Rey Mysterio Jr., Super Calo, El Hijo del Santo and La Parka.

A highlight video of the event -- the best part of which is a nonplussed Roberts -- comes after the jump.