Interesting times in the lucha libre world. CMLL announced yesterday (April 27) that they are no longer partnering with Ring of Honor.
COMUNICADO OFICIAL— Lucha Libre CMLL (@CMLL_OFICIAL) April 27, 2021
El Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre informa que a partir del día de hoy, la alianzaestratégica que sostenía con la empresa estadounidense Ring of Honor desde el año 2016 llega a su final. pic.twitter.com/IQsq5NyoqA
Translation via Carlos Toro and Fightful:
The Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre informs that, as of today, the alliance with the United States promotion Ring Of Honor sustained since 2016, has reached its conclusion.
The CMLL continues to focus its efforts and resources with the goal to keep presenting the best Lucha Libre in the world and appreciates ROH for this period of working together.
ROH and CMLL has been partner promotions since 2016. Together with New Japan (which reaffirmed its alliance with CMLL earlier this year), they were an early prototype for the “Forbidden Door” approach AEW and Impact are using today.
Signs the relationship could be in trouble have been around since RUSH, ROH’s current World champion, and his brother Dragon Lee acrimoniously left CMLL two years ago. Speculation now focuses on a new company RUSH and his family are involved with, Federacion Wrestling. Federacion announced ROH’s Matt Taven for their debut PPV in June.
Mexico looks to a major market in the global wrestling business over the next few years, and WWE President Nick Khan repeatedly discussed its role in the company’s growth plans during his pre-WrestleMania and post-Q1 financials media round.