September 21 - 1933 - Empresa Mexicana de Lucha Libre Holds Its First Show
Lucha libre, the particular brand of professional wrestling developed in Mexico, was primarily created by Salvador Lutteroth and Empresa Mexicana de Lucha Libre. It would grow to become an icon of Mexican popular culture and a signature brand of wrestling, featuring extremely theatrical storylines, highly acrobatic maneuvers, and colorfully decorated wrestling masks. Yet in 1933, Lutteroth was simply bringing the American form of professional wrestling to Mexico City. By the next year, at the 1st EMLL Anniversary Show, a masked wrestler first appeared, although he was the American grappler Cyclone Mackey. Eventually, Lutteroth would develop Mexican stars like El Santo, Blue Demon, and Gory Guerrero, and create a genuinely Mexican wrestling promotion.