The CMLL Torneo Nacional de Parejas Increibles or "National Incredible Pairs Tournament" is an annual Lucha Libre (professional wrestling) tournament for Tag Teams traditionally held early in the year. The tournament is based on the Lucha Libre Parejas Increibles match type where two wrestlers of opposite allegiance, portraying either villains, referred to as "Rudos" in Lucha Libre wrestling terminology or fan favorites, or "Technicos".
Torneo Nacional de Parejas Increibles Tournament WinnersEdit
|(T)||This wrestler is a Tecnico|
|(R)||This wrestler is a Rudo|
|2010||Máscara Dorada (T) and Atlantis (R)||January 22, 2010
– February 5, 2010
|2011||Máscara Dorada (T) and Atlantis (R) (2)||February 11, 2011
– February 25, 2011
|2012||Atlantis (T) (3) and Mr. Niebla (R)||February 17, 2012
– March 2, 2012
|2013||La Sombra (T) and Volador, Jr. (R)||March 1, 2013
– March 15, 2013
CMLL has held three tournaments so far, starting in 2010, each consisting of 16 teams competing in a single elimination tournament with 8 teams competing in the first three rounds of the tournament in one night and the final match held a week after Block B has wrestled. The teams are announced ahead of time but the match order and the pairing of teams for the tournament is determined by a Battle royal with a competitor from each team that determines the match order, i.e. the first two wrestlers eliminated will have to face off in the first match of the first round and so on. The "Seeding Battle Royal" is common practice for a number of CMLL Tag Team tournaments but not generally used much outside of CMLL. Each finalist team will have to wrestle and win three times in one night to qualify for the finale. In 2010 and 2011 the tournament final was held on CMLL's weekly Super Viernes, but in 2012 the finale was held during the 2012 Homenaje a Dos Leyendas Super show instead as it replaced Super Viernes. The 2013 Torneo Nacional de Parejas Increibles started on Friday March 1 and ran until March 15, 2013 with the final taking place on the 2013 Homenaje a Dos Leyendas.
Over the course of the three tournaments 48 individual wrestlers has competed in the 60 matches and three individuals have won the tournament, Atlantis has been on the winning team for three of the four tournaments and a finalist in the fourth, first with Máscara Dorada twice and then with Mr. Niebla. Dorada is the only other repeat champion and the team of Máscara Dorada and Atlantis and the teams of El Hijo del Fantasma and Mephisto and Averno and La Mascaa are the only team to appear in more than one tournament, both competed in the 2010 and 2011 tournaments. 19 competitors have participated in all three tournaments, 15 have been part of two tour and only 12 have been in a single tournament. Of the 46 people 4 has appeared both as a Tecnico and a Rudo, Atlantis was a Rudo for 2010 and 2011 but a Tecnico in 2012 and 2013, Volador, Jr. was a Tecnico in 2010 and a Rudo since then, Héctor Garza has one appearance on either side as does Sangre Azteca. Two competitors have appeared in two different tournaments under different ring personas, first Kraneo who worked as "El Alebrije" in 2011 and Kraneo in 2012 and secondly Diamante Azul, who participated in the 2011 tournament under his previous ring identity of "Metro" and in the 2013 under his current ring character Diamante Azul. Rush worked under the name "Rouge" in 2010 and Rush in 2011 and since then, this does not signify two different ring personas, just a slight name change.
At times the team members will be part of a pre-existing scripted feuds or storylines with each other. Each year there has been at least one exception to the "Tecnico teams with a Rudo" rule, but the majority of the teams has been actual Parejas Increibles. In 2010 and 2011 each team represented the region where they were raised or where they learned to wrestle which also excluded any non-Mexican competitors from the tournament. The teams represented the four most important regions of Lucha Libre in Mexico Mexico, Guadalajara, Jalisco, the La Laguna Region and Monterrey, Nuevo León. In 2012 the Regional aspect was dropped and a non-Mexican competitor, Marco Corleone, participated. In 2012 the Regional aspect was dropped and a non-Mexican competitor, Marco Corleone, participated. No tournament plans have been announced for 2013 yet.