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The CMLL Torneo Nacional de Parejas Increibles 2013 or "National Incredible Pairs Tournament 2013" was the fourth of a series of Lucha Libre (professional wrestling) tournaments for Tag Teams traditionally held early in the year. The tournament was 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". At times some of the team members were be part of a pre-existing scripted feuds or storylines with each other. The tournament was won by the team of La Sombra and Volador, Jr.


Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL) will hold their fourth annual Torneo Nacional De Parejas Increibles tournament between March 1 and March 15, 2013, starting with two opening round groups where the winner of each group will advance to the finals. The finals will take place at the 2013 Homenaje a Dos Leyendas and be the only tournament match contested under best two-out-of-three falls rules. The tournament will feature teams of wrestlers who do not usually team up, in fact most of the teams are on opposite sides of the Tecnico/Rudo (Fan favorite/villain) divide and were oftentimes direct rivals. As in 2012 the 2013 tournament abandoned the "Regional" approach and combined teams more based on storylines than what region they would represent. Of the 32 participants it was the first Torneo Nacional de Parejas Increibles tournament for Niebla Roja and Tiger.

Tournament Participants

Symbol Meaning
(T) This wrestler is a Tecnico
(R) This wrestler is a Rudo
Block A (March 1, 2013)
Block B (March 8, 2013)

Team rivalries

The concept of the Parejas Increibles tournament oftentimes sees two wrestlers who either have past history together or are currently working a storyline feud against each other, which in the 2013 tournament is the case in several instances.

Block A

Some of the teams were simply put together from opposite sides of the tecnico/rudo divide and not because of some past or current storyline. In Block A the team of Marco Corleone was originally scheduled to team up with Olímpico, who did not have any direct storyline between the two, Corleone's team La Bufete del Amor ("The Law of Love") (Corleone, Rush and Maximo) were at the time involved in a series of matches against the Los Invasores group for the CMLL World Trios Championship, but not so much Olímpico as it was against Volador, Jr., Mr. Águila and Kraneo. The team was later changed so that Corleone was forced to team up with his rival Kraneo, playing off the running storyline between La Bufete and Los Invasores. The team of Hijo del Fantasma and El Felino as well as the team of Máscara Dorada and Mephisto did not have a particular storyline reason to be teamed up. La Máscara was paired up with Averno, someone he had a long running storyline against, a storyline that included La Máscara unmasked Averno at the 2011 Juicio Final event. Guerrero Maya, Jr. and Negro Casas met in a series of trios matches in late 2012 leading up to Guerrero Mayo, Jr. wrestling, and losing to, Negro Casas in a match for Casas' NWA World Historic Welterweight Championship, but not much interaction since then. In the weeks and months leading up to the tournament Máximo and Mr. Águila often found themselves on opposite sides in Trios matches, Máximo with the rest of La Bufete del Amor and Mr. Águila with the rest of Los Invasores. The two teams have met on a few occasions with La Bufete's CMLL World Trios Chamipnship on the line, while Los Invasores Mexican National Trios Championship being passed over compared to the more prestigious CMLL title. The team of Shocker Mr. Niebla were no strangers to each other, having actually worked together as a regular tag team in the late 1990s. In 1998 the two defeated Dr. Wagner, Jr. and Emilio Charles, Jr. to win the CMLL World Tag Team Championship and would subsequently defend the tag team championship against teams such as Blue Panther and Black Warrior, Bestia Salvaje and Scorpio, Jr. and the Hermanas Dinamita (Cien Caras and Universo 2000). In October, 1998 Mr. Niebla suffered an injury during a match, an injury that was so severe that Mr. Niebla was forced to vacate the Tag Team title. Upon his return Mr. Niebla continued to team with Shocker but the team were not able to win the Tag Team title back. On September 24, 1999, at the CMLL 66th Anniversary Show, the team of Nr. Niebla and Shocker faced Atlantis and Villano III in a Relevos suicida match, a match where the losing team would fight each other for their mask. In the main event match of CMLL's 66th Anniversary show, Atlantis and Villano III defeated the much less experienced team, afterwards Mr. Niebla defeated Shocker to unmask him. In the years since Shocker's unmasking the two have wrestled each other on numerous occasions, both in CMLL and other promotions. In the period leading up to the Parejas Increibles tournament it was speculated that the two may finally wrestle each other in another match where Shocker's hair and Mr. Niebla's mask is on the line, but such a match had not been made official before the tournament was announced.

La Sombra and Volador, Jr. originally worked together as a very successful tag team, including holding the CMLL World Tag Team Championship from January 16, 2009 until July 16, 2010. Up until the end of their run as champions there was no problems between the two, but during the spring of 2010 Volador, Jr. began exhibiting more rudo tendencies. During the 2010 "Torneo Nacional de Pareja Increíbles" tournament long time tecnico Místico clashed with Volador, Jr., turning rudo. Over the following months the rivalry between Volador, Jr. and Místico also drew in La Sombra as well as El Felino, leading to the 2010 Homenaje a Dos Leyendas show where Místico and El Felino would team up to face Volador, Jr. and La Sombra in a match contested under Relevos Suicida rules, with the first two wrestlers eliminated by pinfall, submission, disqualification or count out would have to face each other in a Lucha de Apuesta match with their mask on the line. The match came down to La Sombra and El Felino, with La Sombra taking the victory. In subsequent weeks Místico returned to the tecnico side, while Volador, Jr. became a rudo, a turn that was cemented during a match on July 16, 2010 where Volador, Jr. turned on La Sombra and cost them the match and the CMLL World Tag Team Championship to the team of Mr. Águila and Héctor Garza on July 23, 2010. Later on Volador, Jr. attacked La Sombra and tore his mask off and beat him up. The feud between the two led both wrestlers to be booked in the main event of the CMLL 77th Anniversary Show, a 14-man steel cage Lucha de Apuesta, mask vs. mask match. Volador, Jr. was the 10th man to leave the steel cage, keeping his mask safe. The match came down to La Sombra pinning Olímpico to unmask him. Their rivalry extended into 2013 when La Sombra successfully defended the NWA World Historic Welterweight Championship during the second day of the Fantasticamania 2013 series of events in Japan. The two had faced off again only weeks before their Parejas Increibles participation when La Sombra defeated Volador, Jr. to become the 2013 Reyes del Aire 2013 Reyes del Aire.

Block B

Like Block A, Block B saw several teams with a storied past, none more so than the team of Rush and El Terrible. Their past rivalry had started when El Terrible defeated Rush in the finals of a tournament to determine a holder of the CMLL World Heavyweight Championship on January 1, 2012. The two were also paired up for the 2012 Torneo Nacional de Parejas Increibles, and in the weeks leading up to the tournament Rush stated that he was willing to put his differences with El Terrible aside as he wanted to win the Parejas Increibles tournament, despite the two having developed a heated rivalry over the last number of months. After getting along and qualifying for the final match Rush and El Terrible's miscommunication and dissension allowed their opponents to win the match and the tournament. Following the match Rush took a microphone and berated both El Terrible and the fans for their actions that night and then followed it up by challenging El Terrible to a Luchas de Apuestas, hair vs. hair match at a later date. El Terrible did not accept the challenge at that point in time. The two faced off in the main event of the CMLL 79th Anniversary Show in a Lucha de Apuestas, hair vs. hair match that was won by Rush. The storyline continued to develop in the months following the anniversary event and included El Terrible successfully defending the CMLL World Heavyweight Championship against Rush on January 22, 2013.

The team of Atlantis and Último Guerrero is the team with one of the longest back stories, going back all the way to 2005. At the time Atlantis was a tecnico, but came to the aid of rudo Último Guerrero during a match to signal his move to the rudo side, joining Los Guerreros del Infierno ("The Warriors from Hell"), actually causing them to change the name of the group to Los Guerreros de la Atlantida (the Warriors of Atlantis). Over the following years Guerrero and Atlantis acted as co-captains of the group, functioning as unit without any signs of problems.

On February 25, 2011, Atlantis and Máscara Dorada defeated Blue Panther and Dragón Rojo, Jr. in the finals to win the 2010 Torneo Nacional de Parejas Increíbles for the second year in a row. In June, Atlantis replaced an injured Shocker and teamed with the tecnico team of Delta and Guerrero Maya, Jr. in the Forjando un Ídolo tournament, which they eventually went on to win. After weeks of tension between Atlantis and Último Guerrero, CMLL held a press conference on August 11, where Atlantis officially turned technico and left Los Guerreros de la Atlantida. Since the turn Atlantis and Guerrero faced off on opposite sides of trios, tag and singles matches, often with inconclusive results or as a result of underhanded tactics from either side. In the week before their Torneo Parejas Increibles participation the two faced off in the main event of that week's Super Viernes, a match that saw the storyline between the two once again become the focal point of the match, leading into their Parejas Incredibles match the following week.

While both Dragón Rojo, Jr. and Niebla Roja were both rudos and had once both been part of Los Guerreros del Infierno the team was still considered a Pareja Increibles due to the rudo vs. rudo rivalry that had developed between Los Guerreros del Infierno and Los Revolucionarios del Terror ("The Revolutionaries of Terror"), a group that had split from Los Guerreros in 2012. On April 8, 2011, Último Guerrero teamed up with Rey Escorpión, to win the 2011 CMLL Torneo Gran Alternativa#Gran Alternativa 2011 and subsequently invited Escorpión to join his Los Guerreros del Infierno group. In May, Guerrero became a member of the CMLL booking committee. Through the summer of Rey Escorpión began to develop problems with the rest of Los Guerreros, particularly Último Guerrero and new Guerrero Euforia. The tension let to Escorpión being kicked out of the group, although the confrontations never turned to an actual fight. On August 31, 2012, during CMLL's weekly Super Viernes Show Rey Escorpión teamed with his former Los Guerreros team mates to win a Cuadrangular de Tercias tournament, actually winning the tournament despite not getting along. Two weeks later the team were unsuccessful in their challenge for the CMLL World Trios Championship, which only furthered the issues between Escorpión and Los Guerreros. The tension finally erupted into a physical encounter as Dragón Rojo, Jr. turned on Los Guerreros, siding with Rey Escorpión as they beat up Euforia after a match on the October 5th Super Viernes show.Afterwards Escorpión and Dragón Rojo, Jr. announced that they were forming their own group, targeting Los Guerreros del Infierno. A few days later it was announced that Pólvora was joining the two to form a trio called Los Revolucionarios del Terror.

While Valiente and Pólvora did not have a long running storyline the two had clashed several times in the weeks before the tournament, culminating in Pólvora successfully defending the CMLL World Welterweight Championship against Valiente on February 3, 2013. Some of the teams were simply paired together, not because of any existing storyline, but because they were increibles by being on opposite sides of the tecnico/rudo divide. These teams included Ángel de Oro and Ephesto, Blue Panther and Rey Escorpión, Delta and Tiger and finally Diamante Azul and Euforia.

Tournament results

  First round Second round Semifinals Finals
 La Máscara and Averno W  
 El Hijo de Fantasma and El Felino  
   La Máscara and Averno  
   La Sombra and Volador, Jr. W  
 Guerrero Maya, Jr. and Negro Casas
 La Sombra and Volador, Jr. W  
   La Sombra and Volador, Jr. W  
   Shocker and Mr. Niebla  
 Máximo and Mr. Águila  
 Máscara Dorada and Mephisto W  
   Mascara Dorada and Mephisto
   Shocker and Mr. Niebla W  
 Shocker and Mr. Niebla W
 Marco Corleone and Kraneo  
   La Sombra and Volador, Jr. W
   Atlantis and Último Guerrero
 Dragón Rojo, Jr. and Niebla Roja W  
 Rush and El Terrible  
   Dragón Rojo, Jr. and Niebla Roja W
   Blue Panther and Rey Escorpión  
 Delta and Tiger
 Blue Panther and Rey Escorpión W  
   Dragón Rojo, Jr. and Niebla Roja
   Atlantis and Último Guerrero; W  
 Atlantis and Último Guerrero W  
 Valiente and Pólvora  
   Atlantis and Último Guerrero W
   Diamante Azul and Euforia  
 Ángel de Oro and Ephesto
 Diamante Azul and Euforia W  

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