CMLL President Paco Alonso has passed away at 67-years-old. Alonso had been President of the promotion since 1987 after taking over for his Uncle, Salvador “Chavo” Lutteroth Jr.
LuchaBlog would also note that Alonso has been absent from public spotlight over the last couple of years. There had been no indication Alonso was ill, however.
Chris Jericho Remembers Paco Alonso
Chris Jericho wrestled in CMLL during his early career. Jericho posted the following emotional message in remembrance of Alonso:
“I just heard that Paco Alonso, the President of CMLL in Mexico City passed away,” Jericho said in the video. “I don’t know why it hit me so hard but it did because he was the first guy that believed in me and made me into
Jericho also mentioned that Alonso gave him the name “Corazón de León,” which translates to “Lion Heart.”
“I don’t know what happened, I don’t know how he passed away but he was pretty young. I just wanted to say thanks Paco for believing in me, believing in this kid from Canada.”
CMLL wrestler Sam Adonis posted the following:
ROH World Champion Matt Taven has wrestled extensively with CMLL in Mexico. He posted the following in response to the news: