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The World Wrestling Council is one of Puerto Rico's two main professional wrestling promotions, the other one being the International Wrestling Association. The organization is also known as "WWC".

WWC produces WWC Superestrellas de la Lucha Libre weekly wrestling TV show, which airs every Saturday & Sunday at 11:00am–1:00pm AST on WAPA-TV and WAPA America, Saturday & Sunday 12:00-2:00pm EST on SuperCanal 33 in the Dominican Republic

History

Capitol Sports Promotions

The World Wrestling Council was founded in 1973 as Capitol Sports Promotions, with Carlos Colon and Victor Jovica as promoters of the organization. WWC/Capitol Sports Promotions was a member of the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) until 1987.

Capitol Sports Promotions gained fame in Puerto Rican homes soon after their TV show, Superestrellas de la Lucha Libre, went on-air every weekend on channel 4, WAPA-TV. The taped show is still aired on weekends (both Saturday and Sunday for two hours).

Capitol Sports Promotions began touring all over the island, and with the golden era of boxing in Puerto Rico limited only to Ponce and the metropolitan area of Puerto Rico, Capitol Sports Promotions took their shows to many, inner country towns where people were not used to seeing live in-ring sports events. As a result, Capitol's shows usually filled the smaller town arenas.

Early stars, apart from Colon, included Barrabas, El Tigre Perez, Hugo Savinovich, Gorilla Monsoon, Huracan Castillo and others. Famous wrestling tag-teams included Los Super Medicos, Los Invaders and others.

Many American stars came to Puerto Rico to wrestle for Capitol Sports Promotions during the late 1970s and early 1980s. Such were the cases of Randy Savage, Ric Flair, Bruiser Brody, Dory Funk, Jr. and others.

In 1983, Rickin Sanchez had taken over as Capitol's main promoter, as well as becoming one of the organization's broadcasters on the television shows. He was joined by the already retired Savinovich, to form one of Puerto Rico's most famous broadcasting duos in history.

Bruiser Brody Murder

In 1988, American star Bruiser Brody was murdered in a WWC Anniversary event in Bayamon. The alleged murderer was fellow wrestler Jose Gonzalez, known as Invader I. Apparently, the two men had a real-life feud that led to a confrontation in the locker room, that concluded with Brody receiving various stab wounds to his chest. It is said that a "witness" to the series of events that ended in the murder was Tony Atlas (even though he was not an eye-witness of the murder itself, it is said he saw both men enter an area of the locker room, and then Invader leaving alone... moments later Brody was found).

After Brody's death, and the failed conviction of the suspected murderer, WWC went through some difficult years, due to the fact that the flow of wrestlers that came from the United States suddenly ended. In a crisis that the WWC never overcame, many wrestlers thought that the administration of the WWC actually helped Brody's murderer go free and actually allowed him to continue to wrestle after the events.

World Wrestling Council

By the middle 1990s, the organization changed its official name to the World Wrestling Council. Women also began to have an ever increasing presence in the organization during that decade, with La Tigresa leading the way.

With the turn of the century came a turn of events for the WWC that almost destroyed the franchise. A small promotion, called International Wrestling Association, promoted by Victor Quinones, became a big competitor when it made an alliance with giant WWF and started featuring American superstars. Suddenly, WWC had to change its ways and realize that they were not the only game in town.

Since then, Puerto Rican wrestling talent has jumped from the WWC to the IWA, and vice-versa. But, in the last months of 2004, Carly Colon ("Carlito") was signed to WWE.

WWC Renewal

2005-2006 was a two year period during which the company started to turn around. This was accomplished by new faces in the company, like Abbad, La Amenaza Bryan, Black Pain, Los Adorables, Wizard, Fire Blaze, David & Dave D'Jour, Superstar Romeo, Los Bad Guys, 'El Juvenil' Noregia, Tim Arson, Demonique, "Mr.450" Hammett, among others. Victor Jovica's heel turn, and current feud with long-time best friend Carlitos Colon, has further improved the fortunes of the company. Attendance has grown in recent months, and WWC is enjoying its best years in a long time.

Annual events

  • WWC Euphoria
  • La Hora de la Verdad
  • Camino a la Gloria
  • Honor vs Traición
  • Summer Madness
  • WWC Anniversary
  • Septiembre Negro
  • Halloween Wrestling Xtravaganza
  • Crossfire
  • Lockout

Roster

See: World Wrestling Council roster

Championships

Current

Championship: Current champion(s): Held since:
WWC Universal Heavyweight Championship Carlito 02011-06-04June 4, 2011


WWC Caribbean Heavyweight Championship Joe Bravo 02010-11-27November 27, 2010


WWC World Junior Heavyweight Championship Rikochet 02010-08-21August 21, 2010


WWC Puerto Rico Heavyweight Championship Gilbert 02010-11-27November 27, 2010


WWC World Tag Team Championship Thunder and Lighting 02010-11-27November 27, 2010


WWC Women's Championship Black Rose 02010-10-23October 23, 2010


Defunct and inactive

Championship: Final champion(s): Date won: Notes:
WWC Caribbean Tag Team Championship The Latin Connection
(Ray Gonzalez and Ricky Santana)
01991-09-28September 28, 1991


Abandoned December 2, 1991
WWC Dominican Republic Heavyweight Championship El Bronco 02001-09-22September 22, 2001


Inactive since 2001
WWC Hardcore Championship Sabu 02003-12-01December 2003


Inactive since 2003
WWC Intercontinental Heavyweight Championship Pierroth, Jr. 01999-04-03April 3, 1999


Abandoned December 13, 1999
WWC North American Heavyweight Championship Manny Fernandez 01991-09-01September 1991


Abandoned 1991
NWA North American Tag Team Championship (Puerto Rico/WWC version) The Hunters
(Bob Brown and Dale Veasey)
01987-06-20June 20, 1987


Abandoned November 1987
WWC Television Championship Chris Joel 02008-05-10May 10, 2008


Abandoned 2008

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