NWA World Light Heavyweight Championship

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NWA World Light Heavyweight Championship
A man with bleached blond hair and wearing street clothes, signs an autograph.
Shocker, the 57th and 61st NWA World Light Heavyweight Champion
Details
Current champion(s) Vacated
Date won August 12, 2010
Date established November 6, 1952
Promotion Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL)

The NWA World Light Heavyweight Championship is a currently inactive professional wrestling championship promoted by the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA). For the majority of its existence it has been promoted by Mexican promotion Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL), where it was known as the Campeonato Mundial Semi Completo de NWA. It began as an official National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) title and was given to the NWA's Mexican affiliate, Empresa Mexicana de Lucha Libre (EMLL), to control. The title was also promoted in NWA's Los Angeles, California circuit until its closure in 1981. The title remained under the control of EMLL even after EMLL pulled out of the Alliance and changed its name to Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre. Due to its history, it was considered the most important title in EMLL/CMLL.[1][2] As 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 light heavyweight weight class in Mexico is between 92 kg (203 lb) and 97 kg (214 lb), but is not always strictly enforced.[Note 1][3]

The first champion was Gypsy Joe, who won the title on November 6, 1952. In 1957 the NWA stripped Frank Stojack of the title for lack of NWA-mandated title defenses, but Stojack kept the physical belt and defended the title for over a year until the NWA regained possession of the actual Championship belt. After Stojack was stripped of the title, the NWA Executive board decided to give Salvador Lutteroth and Empressa Mexican de Lucha Libre control of the championship in 1958.[4] The first champion under Lutteroth's authority was Dory Dixon, who had worked for EMLL for many years. During the late 1970s and early 1980s the title was also defended in the Los Angeles area until that promotion closed in the mid-1980s; from then on the title has only been defended in Mexico.

In March 2010 Blue Demon, Jr., the president of NWA Mexico, sent letters to CMLL, telling them to stop promoting the NWA-branded championships since they were not part of the NWA. NWA Mexico had previously tried to reclaim the three NWA-branded championships promoted by CMLL, but was ignored by CMLL. The promotion did not directly respond to the latest claim either; the NWA Welterweight Champion, Mephisto, commented, simply stating that the titles belonged to CMLL.[5] Finally, on August 12, 2010, CMLL debuted the new NWA World Historic Light Heavyweight Championship and returned the old title to NWA.[6] NWA has not determined a new champion since receiving the belt back.

There have been a total of 64 reigns shared between 39 wrestlers. Ray Mendoza has held the Championship the highest number of times with six title reigns; Gory Guerrero's two reigns combined come to 1,963 days, the highest total of any champion. Roddy Piper is the champion with the shortest reign, 2 days; while the longest title reign belongs to Frank Stojack with 1,573 days.

Title history[edit]

Key
Symbol Meaning
No. 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 so as not to count it as an official reign
[Note] Indicates that the exact length of the title reign is unknown, with a note providing more details
No. Wrestler Reign Date Days
held
Location Event Notes
1 Gypsy Joe 1 November 6, 1952 277 Des Moines, Iowa Live event Gypsy Joe defeated Johnny Balbo in a decision match to become the inaugural champion.
2 Stojack, FrankFrank Stojack 1 August 10, 1953 1,573 Spokane, Washington Live event  
Vacated November 30, 1957 N/A N/A Stojack was stripped of the title due to inactivity.
3 Dixon, DoryDory Dixon 1 February 13, 1958 575 Mexico City, Mexico Live event Dixon defeated Al Kashley to win the vacant championship.[4]
4 Mendoza, RayRay Mendoza 1 September 11, 1959 323 Guadalajara, Jalisco Live event  
5 Guerrero, GoryGory Guerrero 1 July 30, 1960 1,102 Mexico City, Mexico Live event  
6 Ali Bey 1 August 6, 1963 49 El Paso, Texas Live event  
7 Guerrero, GoryGory Guerrero 2 September 24, 1963 861 Mexico City, Mexico Live event  
Vacated February 1, 1966 N/A N/A Guerrero was stripped of the title after leaving the promotion; Guerrero kept the physical belt for nine years after being stripped of the championship.[citation needed]
8 Mendoza, RayRay Mendoza 2 August 4, 1967 289 Mexico City, Mexico Live event Mendoza defeated Dory Dixon in a tournament final to win the vacant title.
9 Ángel Blanco 1 May 19, 1968 220 Torreón, Coahuila Live event  
10 Mendoza, RayRay Mendoza 3 December 25, 1968 359 Mexico City, Mexico Live event  
11 Colosetti, ColosoColoso Colosetti 1 December 19, 1969 91 Mexico City, Mexico Live event  
12 Mendoza, RayRay Mendoza 4 March 20, 1970 252 Mexico City, Mexico Live event  
13 Solitario, ElEl Solitario 1 November 27, 1970 476 Mexico City, Mexico Live event  
14 David Morgan 1 March 17, 1972 35 Mexico City, Mexico Live event  
15 Mendoza, RayRay Mendoza 5 April 21, 1972 53 Mexico City, Mexico Live event  
16 Dantés, AlfonsoAlfonso Dantés 1 June 13, 1972 381 Tijuana, Baja California Live event  
17 Kim Sung Ho 1 June 29, 1973 175 Mexico City, Mexico Live event  
18 Mendoza, RayRay Mendoza 6 December 21, 1973 [Note 2] Los Angeles, California Live event  
Vacated February 1974 N/A N/A The championship was vacated when Mendoza left EMLL to form the Universal Wrestling Association.
19 Wagner, Dr.Dr. Wagner 1 September 22, 1974 523 Mexico City, Mexico EMLL 41st Anniversary Show Dr. Wagner defeated El Halcon in a tournament final to win the vacant title.
20 Adorable Rubí 1 February 27, 1976 140 Mexico City, Mexico Live event  
21 Carlos Plata 1 July 16, 1976 100 Mexico City, Mexico Live event  
22 Dantés, AlfonsoAlfonso Dantés 2 October 24, 1976 110 Guadalajara, Jalisco Live event  
23 Chavo Guerrero 1 February 11, 1977 30 Los Angeles, California Live event  
24 Piper, RoddyRoddy Piper 1 March 13, 1977 2 California Live event  
25 Chavo Guerrero 2 March 15, 1977 6 Los Angeles, California Live event  
26 Dantés, AlfonsoAlfonso Dantés 3 April 21, 1977 407 Mexico City, Mexico Live event  
27 Faraón, ElEl Faraón 1 June 2, 1978 193 Mexico City, Mexico Live event  
28 Pak Choo 1 December 8, 1978 145 Mexico City, Mexico Live event  
29 Dantés, AlfonsoAlfonso Dantés 4 April 30, 1979 265 Mexico City, Mexico Live event  
30 Mata, RaulRaul Mata 1 January 20, 1980 330 Guadalajara, Jalisco Live event  
31 Dantés, AlfonsoAlfonso Dantés 5 December 15, 1980 112 Mexico City, Mexico Live event  
32 Salazar, TonyTony Salazar 1 April 3, 1981 353 Mexico City, Mexico Live event  
33 David Morgan 2 March 22, 1982 11 Mexico City, Mexico Live event  
34 Máscara Año 2000 1 April 2, 1982 228 Mexico City, Mexico Live event  
35 Faraón, ElEl Faraón 2 November 16, 1982 60 Mexico City, Mexico Live event  
36 Mendoza, RingoRingo Mendoza 1 January 15, 1983 194 Guadalajara, Jalisco Live event  
37 Satánico, ElEl Satánico 1 July 28, 1983 87 Mexico City, Mexico Live event  
38 Mendoza, RingoRingo Mendoza 2 October 23, 1983 479 Guadalajara, Jalisco Live event  
39 MS-1 1 February 13, 1985 39 Acapulco, Guerrero Live event  
40 Rayo de Jalisco, Jr. 1 June 21, 1985 637 Mexico City, Mexico Live event  
41 MS-1 2 March 20, 1987 65 Mexico City, Mexico Live event  
42 Cien Caras 1 June 24, 1987 270 Nezahualcóyotl, Mexico State Live event  
43 Lizmark 1 March 20, 1988 96 Mexico City, Mexico Live event  
44 Fabuloso Blondy 1 June 24, 1988 168 Mexico City, Mexico Live event  
45 Lizmark 2 December 9, 1988 224 Mexico City, Mexico Live event  
46 Satánico, ElEl Satánico 2 July 21, 1989 92 Mexico City, Mexico Live event  
47 Pirata Morgan 1 October 21, 1989 116 Cuernavaca, Morelos Live event  
48 Fabuloso Blondy 2 February 14, 1990 35 Mexico City, Mexico Live event  
49 Lizmark 3 March 21, 1990 249 Acapulco, Guerrero Live event  
50 Satánico, ElEl Satánico 3 November 25, 1990 157 León, Guanajuato Live event  
51 Lizmark 4 May 1, 1991 340 Acapulco, Guerrero Live event  
52 Satánico, ElEl Satánico 4 April 5, 1992 111 Mexico City, Mexico CMLL Domingos Arena Mexico  
53 Dantés, ApoloApolo Dantés 1 July 25, 1992 243 Puebla, Puebla Live event  
54 Jaque Mate 1 March 25, 1993 619 Cuernavaca, Morelos Live event  
55 Dandy, ElEl Dandy 1 December 4, 1994 681 Mexico City, Mexico Live event  
56 Black Warrior 1 October 15, 1996 201 Mexico City, Mexico Live event  
57 Shocker 1 May 4, 1997 310 Mexico City, Mexico Live event  
58 Black Warrior 2 March 10, 1998 727 Mexico City, Mexico Live event  
59 Tarzan Boy 1 March 6, 2000 [Note 3] Puebla, Puebla Live event  
Vacated 2003 N/A N/A The championship was vacated when Tarzan Boy was unable to defend the championship due to injury.[7]
60 Vampiro Canadiense 1 February 9, 2003 450 Mexico City, Mexico Live event Vampiro defeated Tarzan Boy in a decision match for the vacant title.[7]
61 Shocker 2 May 3, 2004 [Note 4] Puebla, Puebla Live event [8]
Vacated 2005 N/A N/A CMLL stripped Shocker of the title when he did not appear for a scheduled title defense.[9]
62 Wagner, Jr., Dr.Dr. Wagner, Jr. 1 April 17, 2005 461 Mexico City, Mexico CMLL Domingos De Coliseo Dr. Wagner, Jr. defeated Último Guerrero in a decision match for the vacant title.[9]
63 Atlantis 1 July 22, 2006 988 Mexico City, Mexico CMLL Super Viernes [10]
64 El Texano, Jr. 1 April 5, 2009 494 Guadalajara, Jalisco CMLL Guadalajara Domingos Title renamed the NWA World Historic Light Heavyweight Championship on August 12, 2010.[11]
Vacated August 12, 2010 N/A N/A The championship was vacated when CMLL returned it to NWA.[12]
65 Super Nova 1 May 19, 2013 466 Blackfoot, Idaho House show Defeated El Hijo de Rey Misterio and Lizmark Jr. in a tournament finals.[13]

Reigns by combined length[edit]

Key
Symbol Meaning
Indicates the current champion
¤ The exact length of at least one title reign is uncertain, so the shortest possible length is used.
+ Indicates that the date changes daily for the current champion.
Rank Wrestler No. of Reigns Combined Days
1 Guerrero, GoryGory Guerrero 2 1,963
2 Mendoza, RayRay Mendoza 6 1,318¤
[Note 2]
3 Dantés, AlfonsoAlfonso Dantés 5 1,275
4 Dantés, ApoloApolo Dantés 1 1,098
5 Tarzan Boy 1 1,031¤
[Note 3]
6 Atlantis 1 988
7 Black Warrior 2 928
8 Lizmark 4 909
9 Dandy, ElEl Dandy 1 681
10 Mendoza, RingoRingo Mendoza 2 673
11 Rayo de Jalisco, Jr. 1 637
12 Jaque Mate 1 619
13 Dixon, DoryDory Dixon 1 575
14 Shocker 3 553¤
[Note 4]
15 Wagner, Dr.Dr. Wagner 1 523
16 Fabuloso Blondy 2 511
17 Texano, Jr., ElEl Texano, Jr. 1 494
18 Solitario, ElEl Solitario 1 476
19 Wagner, Jr., Dr.Dr. Wagner, Jr. 1 461
20 Vampiro Canadiense 1 450
21 Satánico, ElEl Satánico 4 447
22 Salazar, TonyTony Salazar 1 353
23 Mata, RaulRaul Mata 1 330
24 Gypsy Joe 1 277
25 Cien Caras 1 270
26 Faraón, ElEl Faraón 2 253
27 Adorable Rubí 1 231
28 Máscara Año 2000 1 228
29 Ángel Blanco 1 220
30 Kim Sung Ho 1 175
31 Pak Choo 1 145
32 Pirata Morgan 1 116
33 MS-1 1 104
34 Carlos Plata 1 100
35 Colosetti, ColosoColoso Colosetti 1 91
36 Ali Bey 1 49
37 David Morgan 2 46
38 Chavo Guerrero 2 36
39 Piper, RoddyRoddy Piper 1 2

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ The most recent case of this is Mephisto's holding the NWA World Welterweight Championship, a belt with a 78 kg (172 lb) upper limit, despite weighing 90 kg (200 lb).
  2. ^ a b The exact date on which Ray Mendoza vacated the title is unknown, which means the title reign lasted between 42 and 69 days.
  3. ^ a b The exact date on which Tarzan Boy vacated the title is unknown, which means the title reign lasted between 1,031 and 1,069 days.
  4. ^ a b The exact date on which Shocker vacates the title is unknown, which means the title reign lasted between 243 and 348 days.

References[edit]

General source for title changes before 2000
  • Royal Duncan and Gary Will (2006). "Mexico: EMLL NWA World Light Heavyweight Title". Wrestling Title Histories (4th ed.). Archeus Communications. p. 389. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4. 
Specific
  1. ^ "Pastor y Luchador / Both a priest and a wrestler". Lucha Libre: Masked Superstars of Mexican Wrestling. Distributed Art Publishers, Inc. 2005. pp. 191–194. ISBN 968-6842-48-9. 
  2. ^ Madigan, Dan (2007). "Ángel Blanco". Mondo Lucha a Go-Go: the bizarre and honorable world of wild Mexican wrestling. HarperColins Publisher. pp. 102–105. ISBN 978-0-06-085583-3. 
  3. ^ Arturo Montiel Rojas (August 30, 2001). "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 July 27, 2009. "Articulo 242: "Super medio 92 kilos / Semi Completo 97 kilos"" 
  4. ^ a b Hornbaker, Tim (2007). "Distinguished Wrestling Champions". National Wrestling Alliance: the untold story of the monopoly that strangled pro wrestling. ECW Press. p. 226. ISBN 978-1-55022-741-3. 
  5. ^ Ruiz Glez, Alex (March 12, 2010). "Mephisto responde a Blue Demon Jr.: "No tengo que entrar a ninguna eliminatoria porque yo soy el campeón..."". SuperLuchas (in Spanish). Retrieved March 14, 2010. 
  6. ^ "Campeones" (in Spanish). Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre. Retrieved December 16, 2010. 
  7. ^ a b "Número Especial – Lo mejr de la lucha ilbre mexicana durante el 2003". SuperLuchas (in Spanish). January 5, 2004. 40. 
  8. ^ "Número Especial – Lo mejr de la lucha ilbre mexicana durante el 2004". SuperLuchas (in Spanish). January 24, 2005. 91. 
  9. ^ a b "2005 Lo Mejor de la Lucha Mexicana". SuperLuchas (in Spanish). January 3, 2006. 140. 
  10. ^ "Lo Mejor de la Lucha Libre Mexicana duranted el 2006". SuperLuchas (in Spanish). December 23, 2006. 192. Retrieved July 11, 2009. 
  11. ^ Ocampo, Jorge (April 13, 2009). "Texanito derrota Atlantis". SuperLuchas (in Spanish). issue 310. 
  12. ^ Boutwell, Josh (August 20, 2010). "Viva La Raza! Lucha Weekly". WrestleView. Retrieved June 26, 2011. 
  13. ^ http://www.cagematch.de/?id=5&nr=576
  14. ^ Royal Duncan and Gary Will (2006). "New Jersey: NWA Light Heavyweight Title". Wrestling Title Histories (4th ed.). Archeus Communications. p. 53. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4. 

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