The Pride of Mexico is back. Since Alberto El Patron left Impact Wrestling more than a year ago, he has been said to be creating a new promotion in Mexico, maybe an MMA one. He was, in fact, creating his own wrestling promotion. Its name is Nación Lucha Libre, as announced at a press conference on Tuesday (watch it here).

The new promotion will launch on Thursday, July 11 with a show at Sala de Armas in Mexico City, Mexico. La Batalla Inicial (The Initial Battle) and future Nación Lucha Libre events will air on Saturdays from 10:30 pm CST until midnight on the ImageTV network, according to Lucha Central. The first show will air on Saturday, July 13, two days after tapings in Mexico City. A tribute to Dos Caras, El Patron’s father, and Tinieblas is advertised for La Batalla Inicial. 

El Patron received the support of Héctor García, head of the National Center for the Development of Sports Talent and High Performance and El Fantasma, president of the Lucha Libre Commission of Mexico City, in his new project. 

If former WWE manager Ricardo Rodriguez is listed as a referee for the promotion, the wrestlers El Patron has been able to convince to join him in are pretty impressive. Legends of Lucha Libre will join the young generation in a brilliant series of matches at La Batalla Inicial.

MVP or Chavo Guerrero Jr. will face  Pentagon Jr. and Rey Fénix, Daga, Flamita, El Hijo del Fantasma, Puma King or The Laredo Kid. Former AAA and Lucha Underground Champion Sexy Star will find on her way another Lucha Underground talent in Thunder Rosa, aka Kobra Moon. European talents Bram and Heddi Karaoui are also set to appear.

Here is the card of La Batalla Inicial:

  • Team Mexico (Alberto El Patron, Dr. Wagner Jr. & El Hijo del Fantasma) vs. Team Puerto Rico (MVP, El Mesias & Apolo)
  • Rey Fénix & Pentagon Jr. vs. Chavo Guerrero Jr. & Mecha Wolf 450
  • Damian 666 vs. El Solar vs. Negro Navarro vs. El Canek
  • Fresero Jr. & Mr. Iguana vs. Bestia 666 & Black Taurus vs. The Laredo Kid & The Tiger
  • Flamita & Daga vs. Rey Horus & Puma King
  • Sexy Star, Lady Flammer & Reina Oscura vs. Thunder Rosa, Cristy Jaynes & Stephanie Vaquer
  • Bram, La Mascara & Batab El Guerrero vs. Hijo de Dos Caras, Hijo de Wagner & Dual
  • Relampago vs Heddi Karaoui

All pics courtesy of Nación Lucha Libre