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En Busca de un Ídolo (Spanish for "In search of an idol") was a professional wrestling tournament held by Mexican professional wrestling promotion Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL) in 2012 with the purpose of identifying which of the 8 "Rookies" in the tournament would move up the ranks of the promotion. The tournament consisted of two rounds, first a round-robin tournament group round, with the top four point earners competing in an elimination tournament. Wrestlers could earn points in three ways, match results, judges points and points from an online poll available on the 'En Busca de un Ídolo website. The tournament ran from April 27 until May 25, 2012 and saw Titán win the tournament, partially due to a high number of fan votes. The tournament featured eight professional wrestlers or luchadors, four of whom were tecnicos (the Lucha Libre term for someone who portrays a "good guy" character) and four who were rudos ("Bad Guys"). Being a professional wrestling tournament, the matches were not won legitimately through athletic competition; it is instead won via predetermined outcomes to the matches that is kept secret from the general public. Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL) held a press conference in early April, 2012 to announce the creation of the En Busca de un Ídolo, a tournament designed to focus on younger wrestlers, or in some cases masked wrestlers who had only worked under that ring persona for a relative short time. This was the third "Young wrestler" focused tournament CMLL had held within a year, with previous tournaments Forjando un Ídolo ("Forging an Idol") and Torneo Sangre Nueva ("New Blood") tournaments having a similar focus. The teams were divided by their rudo/tecnico status and the rudos only faced the tecnicos and vice versa. The technico team consisted of Diamante, Dragon Lee, Titán and Tritón, the team was coached by Atlantis and assisted by CMLL trainer Franco Colombo. The Rudo team consisted of Euforia, Niebla Roja, Pólvora and Puma King, the team was trained by Último Guerrero, assisted by CMLL trainer Tony Salazar. The top two point earners on each team would move on to the elimination part of the tournament.

Initially the tournament matches were not shown on TV, they could only be seen on radiocmll.com and on CMLL's official YouTube channel. The matches were all taped and shown as part of a special "tournament/reality show" on Fox Sports International, starting September 29, 2012.

2012 Point system

Wrestlers could earn points in one of three ways

  • Match results
  • 20 Points for a victory
  • 10 Points for a draw
  • 0 points for a loss

The tournament also include four judges, referee El Tirantes, ring announcer Miguel Linares and wrestlers Maximo and Negro Casas. The judges could award up to 10 points each based on the way they portray their character, their personality, their charisma, and how much of a fan response they get during their matches. For the first time in CMLL's 79 years history they also allowed the fans to influence the outcome of the tournament through an online poll conducted after each match on the En Busca de un Ídolo website. The online poll could give a wrestler a maximum of 40 additional points in the tournament.

2012 Prize

The winner of the tournament would be given the opportunity to main event the first CMLL Super Viernes show after the tournament ended to showcase their skills, they would also get the opportunity to work on the 2013 Fantasticamania show, an event co-promoted by CMLL and New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) that takes place in Japan once a year, they would also receive a one-year membership to a Fitness club. Finally the winner would receive a title match for the CMLL World Middleweight Championship against champion Dragón Rojo, Jr. at a later date. The top four finalists would get an all expense paid trip to Cancun.

2012 Group round

Final score
# Wrestler: Won Loss Draw Total Points
1 Titán 1 2 1 293
2 Diamante 3 1 0 238
3 Eurforia 3 1 0 236
4 Dragon Lee 3 1 0 229
5 Niebla Roja 1 2 1 226
6 Puma King 1 3 0 206
7 Triton 1 3 0 196
8 Polvora 2 2 0 165

2012 Second round

The top four wrestlers moved on to the second round of the tournament, a round robin tournament where each competitor would wrestle in three matches, with the same point system in place as the first round. The matches took place exclusively on the Friday night Super Viernes shows and as the first round they could only be seen on radiocmll.com and on CMLL's official YouTube channel. CMLL held a special Trios team match where the coaches would team up with the four second round competitors on the May 25, 2012 Super Viernes show. Atlantis teamed up with Diamante and Dragon Lee to defeat Último Guerrero, Euforia and Titán. After the match Guerrero and Euforia attacked Titán, giving everyone a preview of their match in the second round.

The final matches of the second round took place on June 15, 2012. The first match saw Dragon Lee actually cost himself the match by disqualification when he did not release a submission hold when told to do so. Losing the match cost him 20 points. The other match was more notable for the change to the mask and trunk design change of Diamante than anything else. Diamante debut a new sliver and black mask and trunks very reminiscent of Lucha libre legends El Santo and El Hijo del Santo.

Final score
# Wrestler: Won Loss Draw Match Points Judges Public Poll Total Points
1 Titán 3 2 0 40 points 106 points 120 points 266 points
2 Euforia 3 2 0 40 points 88 points 79 points 207 points
3 Dragon Lee 3 1 0 20 points 97 points 39 points 156 points
4 Diamante 3 1 0 20 points 87 points 20 points 127 points

2012 Finals

The final of the En Busca de un Ídolo tournament came down to Titán and Euforia facing off in a one fall match with no time limit on the June 2, 2012 Super Viernes Show. Titán had coach Atlantis and trainer Franco Colombo in his corner while Eurforia had coach (and Los Guerreros del Infierno team mate) Último Guerrero and trainer Tony Salazar in his corner. Euforia started the match before Titán, trying to cheat his way to an easy victory. The two competitors worked a very high impact match, with Titán's mask being torn open in one place and the top of Euforia's mask being torn off completely. Titán pinned Euforia to win both the mask and the tournament. After the match All four finalist were awarded with trophies and flowers.

2012 Aftermath

CMLL held a Torneo cibernetico (Multi-man elimination match) on the July 6, 2012 Super Viernes Show that involved the En Busca de un Ídolo coaches Atlantis and Último Guerrero and seven of the eight participants, Rey Cometa replaced Dragon Lee. Último Guerrero was the last man standing in the match, lastly eliminating Titán with the help of Euforia.

Torneo Cibernetico order of elimination
Order Wrestler Eliminated by
1 Rey Cometa Puma King
2 Tritón Euforia
3 Pólvora Diamante
4 Puma King Atlantis
5 Niebla Roja Diamante
6 Diamante Último Guerrero
7 Euforia Titán
8 Atlantis Último Guerrero
9 Titán Último Guerrero
10 Último Guerrero Winner

One of the prizes that Titán won was a match for the CMLL World Middleweight Championship against champion Dragón Rojo, Jr. Titán cashed in his prize on the July 21 Super Viernes Show, but was unsuccessful in the match. Titán would later defeat En Busca de un Ídolo rival Pólvora to win the Mexican National Welterweight Championship

Third place Dragon Lee was announced as taking the ring character Místico ("The Mystic"), the successor of the original Místico who left CMLL to work in World Wrestling Entertainment as Sin Cara in 2011. Dragon Lee was referred to as Místico, La Nueva Era ("The new era").

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