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In 1996 decided to how two Gran Alternativa tournaments, with the second one being held on November 15, 1996 in Mexico City, Mexico. Unlike any of the other Gran Alternativa tournaments before or after this tournament featured 20 rookies in a league style tournament to qualify for the actual tag team tournament. The rookies were divided into four groups of five, in a round-robin series of matches where the top two point earners would advance to the tournament. Qualifying for the tournament were Máscara Mágica, Rey Bucanero, Olímpico, Mr. Niebla, Astro Rey, Jr., Atlantico, Karloff Lagarde, Jr. and Jaguar.´Emilio Charles, Jr. and Rey Bucanero won the Gran Alternativa by defeating the teams of Lizmark, Jr. and Jaguar, Satánico and Karloff Lagarde, Jr. and Héctor Garza and Mr. Niebla. Rey Bucanero became one of CMLL's main players as he would become a key member of Los Guerreros del Infierno.