CMLL World Lightweight Championship

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CMLL World Lightweight Championship
Campeonato Mundial de Peso Ligero del CMLL
Details
Current champion(s) Virus
Date won June 7, 2011[1]
Promotion Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre
Date established September 12, 2003
Other name(s) CMLL World Super Lightweight Championship (2003 - 2011)

The CMLL World Lightweight Championship (Campeonato Mundial de Peso Ligero del CMLL in Spanish) is a professional wrestling world championship promoted by the Mexican Lucha Libre wrestling-based promotion Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL). Being a professional wrestling championship, it is not won legitimately; it is instead won via a scripted ending to a match or awarded to a wrestler because of a storyline. The official definition of the super lightweight weight class in Mexico is between 70 kg (150 lb) and 73 kg (161 lb), but is not always strictly enforced.[Note 1][2]

History[edit]

The Championship was created in 2003 after a series of well-received matches between the Southern California team of the Havana Brothers (Rocky Romero, Ricky Reyes and T.J. Perkins working under masks) and the CMLL team of Ricky Marvin, Virus and Volador, Jr.. CMLL Created the Super Lightweight title, a title with an upper limit of 73 kg (161 lb) to bring the spotlight on the smaller, younger wrestlers. CMLL held a Torneo Cibernetico, which included the Havana Brothers, Sangre Azteca, Ricky Marvin, Virus, Volador, Jr. Super Comando, Loco Max, Tigre Blanco, Neutro and Sombra de Plata. In the end Romero won by eliminating Volador, Jr. to become the first champion.[3] A few months later Virus defeated Romero for the title and the Havana Brothers stopped working for CMLL.[3] For almost a year the title was almost invisible, never defended and rarely seen on TV. By the end of 2004 Rocky Romero returned to the promotion, this time without a mask and working under his real name; Romero quickly won the title back from Virus.[4] In 2006 Romero became a three time champion but by mid-2006 he stopped working for CMLL on a regular basis.[5] When Romero returned to CMLL in 2008 he was billed as "Grey Shadow", a masked ring persona, no mention of the CMLL Super Lightweight title was made, but no official announcement of it being vacated was issued either. It was not until months after Romero jumped from CMLL to Asistencia Asesoria y Administracion (AAA) that the title was finally announced as vacated.[6]

Current champion[edit]

Virus is the current champion in his second reign, after defeating Guerrero Maya, Jr. on June 7, 2011, to win the vacant title.[1] Rocky Romero holds the record for most reigns, 3, longest combiend reigns with 1,570 days and longest individual reign with 1,168 days.

Title history[edit]

Key
Symbol Meaning
# The overall championship reign
Reign The reign number for the specific wrestler listed.
Event The event promoted by the respective promotion in which the title changed hands
N/A The specific information is not known
Used for vacated reigns in order to not count it as an official reign
# Wrestler Reign Date Days
held
Location Event Notes
1 Romero, RockyRocky Romero 1 September 11, 2003 64 Mexico City, Mexico Live event Defeated Volador, Jr. in a tournament final[3]
2 Virus 1 November 14, 2003 392 Mexico City, Mexico Live event [3]
3 Romero, RockyRocky Romero 2 December 10, 2004 338 Mexico City, Mexico Live event [4]
4 Tommy Williams 1 September 15, 2005 128 Los Angeles, CA Live event [7]
5 Romero, RockyRocky Romero 3 January 21, 2006 1,168 Industry, CA Live event Rocky Romero began working as "Grey Shadow" in early 2008 but the title was never officially vacated until Romero began working for Asistencia Asesoria y Administracion (AAA). Technically his reign did not end until it was announced but he had not defended the title since 2007.[5]
Vacated April 3, 2009 N/A N/A N/A Championship confirmed vacated after Rocky Romero left CMLL[6]
6 Máscara Dorada 1 April 7, 2009 730 Mexico City Mexico Arena México show Won a 10 man Cibernetico match over Angel Azteca, Jr., Rey Cometa, Pegasso, Angel de Oro, Tiger Kid, Polvora, Inquisidor, Super Comando and Angel de Plata[8]
Vacated April 7, 2011 N/A N/A N/A Championship vacated after Dorada moves up to the middleweight division[9]
7 Virus 2 June 7, 2011 1,130+ Mexico City Mexico Arena México show Defeated Guerrero Maya, Jr. in a tournament final to win the vacant title.[1]

List of championship reigns by combined length[edit]

Key
Symbol Meaning
Indicates the current champion
Rank Wrestler # Of Reigns Combined Days
1 Rocky Romero 3 1,570
2 Virus 2 1,522+
3 Máscara Dorada 1 730
4 Tommy Williams 1 128

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ The most recent case of this is Mephisto holding the CMLL World Welterweight Championship, a belt with a 78 kg (172 lb) upper limit, despite weighing 90 kg (200 lb).

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "!Dr. X y Fuego encienden de nueva cuenta su rivalidad! Guerrero Maya y Virus !lucha recompensada con dinero! !El Hijo del Fantasma y el CMLL les cierra la boca!". Los Coliseinos (in Spanish). 2011-06-08. Retrieved 2011-06-08. 
  2. ^ Arturo Montiel Rojas (2001-08-30). "Reglamento de Box y Lucha Libre Professional del Estado de Mexico" (PDF) (in Spanish). Comisión de Box y Lucha Libre Mexico D.F. Archived from the original on November 30, 2006. Retrieved 2009-04-03. "Articulo 242: Ligero 70 kilos / Super Ligero 73 kilos"" 
  3. ^ a b c d SuperLuchas staff (January 5, 2003). "Número Especial - Lo mejr de la lucha ilbre mexicana durante el 2003". Super Luchas (in Spanish). 40. 
  4. ^ a b SuperLuchas staff (January 24, 2005). "Número Especial - Lo mejr de la lucha ilbre mexicana durante el 2004". Super Luchas (in Spanish). 91. 
  5. ^ a b SuperLuchas staff (December 23, 2006). "Lo Mejor de la Lucha Libre Mexicana duranted el 2006". SuperLuchas (in Spanish). 192. Retrieved July 11, 2009. 
  6. ^ a b Ovaciones staff (2009-04-03). "Double campeonato". Ovaciones (in Spanish) (Mexico, D.F.: Editorial Ovaciones, S. A. de C.V.). p. 17. Número 21543 Año LXII. Retrieved 2009-04-03. 
  7. ^ "2005 Lo Mejor de la Lucha Mexicana". SuperLuchas (in Spanish). January 3, 2006. 140. 
  8. ^ Ovaciones staff (2009-04-07). "Se improne la lucha aéra". Ovaciones (in Spanish) (Mexico, D.F.: Editorial Ovaciones, S. A. de C.V.). p. 22. Número 21543 Año LXII. Retrieved 2009-04-08. 
  9. ^ "Máscara Dorada renuncia al Campeonato Mundial Ligero". Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre. April 7, 2011. Archived from the original on April 8, 2011. Retrieved April 8, 2011.