Mexican National Welterweight Championship

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Mexican National Welterweight Championship
Campeonato Nacional Peso Welter
A masked wrestler posing on the second turnbuckle during a wrestling event
Rey Misterio, Jr., the 52nd Mexican National Welterweight Champion
Details
Current champion(s) Titán
Date won December 1, 2013[1]
Promotion Comisión de Box y Lucha Libre Mexico D.F. (Sanctioning body)
Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (–1992, 1998–current)
Asistencia Asesoría y Administración (1992–1998)
Date established June 17, 1934

The Mexican National Welterweight Championship (Campeonato Nacional Peso Welter in Spanish) is a Mexican professional wrestling championship created and sanctioned by Comisión de Box y Lucha Libre Mexico D.F. (the Mexico City Boxing and Wrestling Commission). While the commission sanctions the title, it does not promote the events at which the title is defended. Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL) promotes the events and has the every day control of the championship.[Note 1] The official definition of the welterweight weight class in Mexico is between 77 kg (170 lb) and 87 kg (192 lb), but is not always strictly enforced.[Note 2][2] Because Lucha Libre emphasizes the lower weight classes, this division is considered more important than the normally more prestigious heavyweight division of a promotion.[3] 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 championship was created in 1934, making it one of the oldest titles still promoted and older than any title promoted in the United States, Canada or Japan.[4] Documentation is unclear on the details of the tournament other than that Mario Nuñez won the title by defeating Tony Canales in the final on June 17, 1934. In the early days of the championship no single professional wrestling promotion had exclusive control of the championship, but as Empressa Mexicana de Lucha Libre (EMLL; later renamed Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre) became dominant it became the main promoter of the championship, with the Commission pre-approving the champions. After El Felino vacated the title in 1992, control of the championship was granted to Asistencia Asesoría y Administración (AAA), which promoted the title for the next six years. In 1998 control of the Welterweight Championship was returned to CMLL when Arkangel de la Muerte defeated El Toreo on a CMLL show. Since then the title has been promoted exclusively by CMLL.

Karloff Lagarde holds all "longevity" records for the championship. He has had the longest individual reign (1,859 days), the longest combined reign (2,731 days) and the most reigns of any champion, with four. Psicosis holds the record for the shortest reign, having held the title for only two days.[Note 3] Titán is the current champion, having defeated Averno on December 1, 2013, to win the championship.[1] It is Titán's second Welterweight Championship reign, he is the 72nd overall champion and the 53rd person to hold the title.

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
Used for vacated reigns
N/A The specific information is not known.
(n) Used to indicate that the title change took place "no later than"[Note 4]
+ Indicates that the date changes daily for the current champion
# Wrestler Reign Date Days
held
Location Event Notes
1 Mario Nuñez 1 June 17, 1934 [Note 5] Mexico City, Mexico Live event Defeated Tony Canales to become the first champion
Vacated N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Championship vacated for unknown reasons
2 López, TarzánTarzán López 1 March 11, 1936 [Note 6] Mexico City, Mexico Live event Defeated Dientes Hernández
Vacated N/A 1939 N/A N/A N/A Championship vacated for unknown reasons
3 Bobby Arreola 1 February 3, 1940 [Note 7] Mexico City, Mexico Live event Won a tournament final
Vacated N/A 1940 N/A N/A N/A Arreola was stripped of the title due to injury
4 Lobo Negro 1 April 6, 1941 231 Mexico City, Mexico Live event Defeated Bobby Bonales in a tournament final
5 Jack O'Brien 1 November 23, 1941 98 Mexico City, Mexico Live event  
6 Ciclón Veloz 1 March 1, 1942 357 Puebla, Puebla Live event  
7 Santo, ElEl Santo 1 February 21, 1943 362 Mexico City, Mexico Live event  
8 Jack O'Brien 2 February 18, 1944 427 Mexico City, Mexico Live event  
9 Guerrero, GoryGory Guerrero 1 April 20, 1945 309 Mexico City, Mexico Live event  
Vacated N/A February 23, 1946 N/A N/A N/A Championship vacated after Guerrero won the NWA World Middleweight Championship
10 Santo, ElEl Santo 2 1950 (n) [Note 8] N/A Live event Records unclear as to who Santo defeated, as well as when and where
11 Blue Demon 1 September 25, 1953 [Note 9] Mexico City, Mexico Live event  
Vacated N/A 1953 N/A N/A N/A Championship vacated for unknown reasons
12 Jalisco Gonzalez 1 April 6, 1956 538 Guadalajara, Jalisco Live event Defeated El Enfermero in a tournament final
13 Lagarde, KarloffKarloff Lagarde 1 March 2, 1957 1,859 Mexico City, Mexico Live event  
14 Blue Demon 2 April 4, 1962 24 Mexico City, Mexico Live event  
15 Lagarde, KarloffKarloff Lagarde 2 April 28, 1962 [Note 10] Pachuca, Hidalgo Live event  
Vacated N/A 1963 N/A N/A N/A Championship vacated, as Lagarde already held the NWA World Welterweight Championship
16 Javier Escobedo 1 November 15, 1963 [Note 11] Mexico City, Mexico Live event Defeated Halcón Dorado in a tournament final
Vacated N/A 1964 N/A N/A N/A Championship vacated after Escobedo died in an automobile accident
17 Rizado Ruiz 1 April 13, 1964 355 Mexico City, Mexico Live event Defeated Black Shadow in a tournament final
18 Ramírez, HuracánHuracán Ramírez 1 April 3, 1965 309 Mexico City, Mexico Live event  
19 Muñoz, AlbertoAlberto Muñoz 1 February 6, 1966 979 Guadalajara, Jalisco Live event  
Vacated N/A October 20, 1968 N/A N/A N/A Championship vacated after Muñoz won the Mexican National Middleweight Championship
20 Ramírez, HuracánHuracán Ramírez 2 June 14, 1969 87 Mexico City, Mexico Live event  
21 Lagarde, KarloffKarloff Lagarde 3 September 9, 1969 329 Guadalajara, Jalisco Live event  
22 Ramírez, HuracánHuracán Ramírez 3 August 4, 1970 808 N/A Live event  
23 Lagarde, KarloffKarloff Lagarde 4 October 20, 1972 295 Mexico City, Mexico Live event  
24 El Marquez 1 August 11, 1973 53 Mexico City, Mexico Live event  
25 Fishman 1 October 3, 1973 577 Acapulco, Guerrero Live event  
Vacated N/A May 3, 1975 N/A N/A N/A Championship vacated for unknown reasons
26 Fishman 1 October 12, 1975 180 Guadalajara, Jalisco Live event Defeated Alberto Muñoz in a tournament final
Vacated N/A April 9, 1976 N/A N/A N/A Championship vacated after Fishman won the NWA World Welterweight Championship
27 Blue Demon 3 July 30, 1976 212 Mexico City, Mexico Live event Defeated Mano Negra in a tournament final
28 Fishman 3 February 27, 1977 211 Guadalajara, Jalisco Live event  
29 Kung Fu 1 September 26, 1977 154 Guadalajara, Jalisco Live event  
30 Rocca, AméricoAmérico Rocca 1 February 7, 1978 70 Mexico City, Mexico Live event  
31 Lizmark 1 April 18, 1978 711 Acapulco, Guerrero Live event  
32 Rocca, AméricoAmérico Rocca 2 March 29, 1980 217 Mexico City, Mexico Live event  
33 Columbo, FrancoFranco Columbo 1 November 1, 1980 92 Mexico City, Mexico Live event  
34 El Supremo 1 February 1, 1981 422 Guadalajara, Jalisco Live event  
35 Talismán 1 March 30, 1982 227 Mexico City, Mexico Live event  
36 Cota, MochoMocho Cota 1 November 12, 1982 265 Mexico City, Mexico Live event  
37 Valaguez, ChamacoChamaco Valaguez 1 August 4, 1983 357 Cuernavaca, Morelos Live event  
Vacated N/A July 26, 1984 N/A N/A N/A Championship vacated after Valaquez won the NWA World Welterweight Championship
38 Talismán 2 August 19, 1984 222 Mexico City, Mexico Live event Defeated Rocca, AméricoAmérico Rocca in a tournament final
39 Rocca, AméricoAmérico Rocca 3 March 29, 1985 156 Mexico City, Mexico Live event  
40 Dandy, ElEl Dandy 1 September 1, 1985 77 Guadalajara, Jalisco Live event  
Vacated N/A November 17, 1985 N/A N/A N/A Championship vacated after El Dandy won the NWA World Welterweight Championship
41 Fuerza Guerrera 1 December 3, 1985 [Note 12] Mexico City, Mexico Live event Defeated Javier Cruz
Vacated N/A August 1986 N/A N/A N/A Championship vacated after Fuerza Guerrera left EMLL
42 Símbolo 1 January 27, 1987 173 Mexico City, Mexico Live event Defeated Solar II in a tournament final
43 Águila Solitaria 1 July 19, 1987 605 Mexico City, Mexico Live event  
44 Bestia Salvaje 1 September 3, 1988 388 Mexico City, Mexico Live event  
45 Ángel Azteca 1 February 26, 1989 61 N/A Live event  
Vacated N/A April 28, 1989 N/A N/A N/A Championship vacated after Ángel Azteca won the NWA World Middleweight Championship
46 Ramírez, CiclónCiclón Ramírez 1 May 21, 1989 430 Mexico City, Mexico Live event Defeated Bestia Salvaje in a tournament final
47 Canelo Casas 1 July 25, 1990 203 Cuernavaca, Morelos Live event  
48 Ramírez, CiclónCiclón Ramírez 2 February 13, 1991 508 Acapulco, Guerrero Live event  
49 Felino, ElEl Felino 1 July 5, 1992 11 Mexico City, Mexico Live event  
Vacated N/A July 16, 1992 N/A N/A N/A Championship vacated after El Felino won the CMLL World Welterweight Championship
50 Ramírez, CiclónCiclón Ramírez 3 August 16, 1992 45 Mexico City, Mexico Live event Defeated Fantasma de la Quebrada in a tournament final
51 Fantasma de la Quebrada 1 September 30, 1992 28 Acapulco, Guerrero Live event  
52 Rey Misterio, Jr. 1 October 28, 1992 121 Aguascalientes, Aguascalientes Live event  
53 Heavy Metal 2 February 26, 1993 245 Mexico City, Mexico Live event Previously held the title as "Canelo Casas"
54 Hijo del Santo, ElEl Hijo del Santo 1 October 29, 1993 475 Mexico City, Mexico Live event El Hijo del Santo's WWA World Welterweight Championship was also at stake
55 Psicosis 1 February 16, 1995 336 Aguascalientes, Aguascalientes Live event  
56 Ultraman 2000 1 January 18, 1996 61 Tijuana, Baja California Live event  
Vacated N/A March 19, 1996 N/A N/A N/A Championship vacated when Ultraman 2000 changed his identity to Damián 666
57 Psicosis 2 February 14, 1997 2 Xochimilco, Mexico Live event Defeated Super Elektra in a tournament final
58 El Salsero 1 February 16, 1997 117 Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua Live event  
59 Nygma 1 June 13, 1997 42 Xochimilco, Mexico Live event  
60 Torero, ElEl Torero 1 July 25, 1997 427 Cuautitlán, Mexico Live event  
61 Arkangel de la Muerte 1 September 25, 1998 178 Acapulco, Guerrero Live event  
62 Astro Rey, Jr. 1 March 22, 1999 581 Puebla, Puebla Live event  
63 Lagarde, Jr., KarloffKarloff Lagarde, Jr. 1 October 23, 2000 176 Puebla, Puebla Live event  
64 Tigre Blanco 1 April 17, 2001 693 Mexico City, Mexico Live event  
65 Doctor X 1 March 11, 2003 794 Mexico City, Mexico Live event  
66 La Máscara 1 May 13, 2005 583 Mexico City, Mexico Live event [5]
67 Sangre Azteca 1 December 17, 2006 973 Mexico City, Mexico Live event [6]
68 Valiente 1 August 16, 2009 698 Mexico City, Mexico Live event [7]
69 Pólvora 1 July 15, 2011 417 Mexico City, Mexico Live event [8]
70 Titán 1 September 4, 2012 197 Mexico City, Mexico Live event [9]
Vacated N/A March 20, 2013 N/A N/A N/A Championship vacated due to an injury to Titán.[10]
71 Averno 1 April 26, 2013 219 Mexico City, Mexico Arena Mexico 57th Anniversary Show Defeated Místico II in a tournament final[11]
72 Titán 2 December 1, 2013 139+ Mexico City, Mexico Live event [1]

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 # of reigns Combined days
1 Lagarde, KarloffKarloff Lagarde 4 2,731¤
[Note 10]
2 Santo 2 1,361¤
[Note 8]
3 Ramírez, HuracánHuracán Ramírez 3 1,204
4 López, TarzánTarzán López 1 1,026¤
[Note 6]
5 Ramírez, CiclónCiclón Ramírez 3 983
6 Muñoz, AlbertoAlberto Muñoz 1 979
7 Fishman 3 968
8 Sangre Azteca 1 973
9 Doctor X 1 794
10 Torero, ElEl Torero 1 792
11 Lizmark 1 711
12 Valiente 1 698
13 Tigre Blanco 1 693
14 Águila Solitaria 1 605
15 La Máscara 1 583
16 Astro Rey, Jr. 1 581
17 Jalisco Gonzalez 1 538
18 Jack O'Brien 2 525
19 Hijo del Santo, ElEl Hijo del Santo 1 475
20 Talismán 2 449
21 Heavy Metal 2 448
22 Rocca, AméricoAmérico Rocca 3 443
23 El Supremo 1 422
24 Pólvora 1 417
25 Blue Demon 3 416¤
[Note 9]
26 Bestia Salvaje 1 388
27 Valaguez, ChamacoChamaco Valaguez 1 357
28 Ciclón Veloz 1 357
29 Rizado Ruiz 1 355
30 Psicosis 2 338
31 Guerrero, GoryGory Guerrero 1 309
32 Cota, MochoMocho Cota 1 265
33 Fuerza Guerrera 1 241¤
[Note 12]
34 Lobo Negro 1 231
35 Averno 1 219
36 Titán 2 336+
37 Arkangel de la Muerte 1 178
38 Lagarde, Jr., KarloffKarloff Lagarde, Jr. 1 176
39 Símbolo 1 173
40 Kung Fu 1 154
41 Rey Misterio, Jr. 1 121
42 Salsero, ElEl Salsero 1 117
43 Columbo, FrancoFranco Columbo 1 92
44 Dandy, ElEl Dandy 1 77
45 Ángel Azteca 1 61
45 Ultraman 2000 1 61
47 El Marquez 1 53
48 Javier Excobar 1 45¤
[Note 11]
49 Nygma 1 42
50 Fantasma de la Quebrada 1 28
51 Felino, ElEl Felino 1 11
52 Bobby Arreola 1 1¤
[Note 7]
52 Mario Nuñez N/A 1¤
[Note 5]

April 2013 Championship tournament[edit]

The Mexican National Welterweight Championship was vacated on March 20, 2013 when the then-champion Titán was unable to defend the championship due to a long term injury.[10] CMLL announced that they would hold a tournament for the vacant championship starting on April 19, 2013. 10 wrestlers would compete in a Torneo cibernetico elimination match with the last two wrestlers meeting at a later date in a match to determine the next champion. CMLL announced the that Místico La Nueva Era, Valiente, Rey Cometa, Guerrero Maya, Jr., Fuego, Volador, Jr., Averno, Tiger, Sangre Azteca and Namajague.[12] Of the group Valiente and Sagre Azteca had held the Welterweight championship before. The tournament saw Averno and Místico La Nueva Era outlast everyone to earn the rights to wrestle for the title on April 26, 2013 as the main event of CMLL's Arena Mexico 57th Anniversary Show.[13] In the finals Averno, with the help of his cornerman Mephisto was able to defeat La Nueva Era to win the championship.[11]

Torneo Cibernetico order of elimination
# Eliminated Eliminated by
1 Sangre Azteca Fuego
2 Guerrero Maya, Jr. Volador, Jr.
3 Fuego Tiger
4 Namajague Disqualification
5 Rey Cometa Averno
6 Tiger Valiente
7 Valiente Volador, Jr.
8 Volador, Jr. Místico La Nueva Era

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ In this statement, "control" refers to the every day use of the championship, determining which storylines the championship is being used in, who gets to challenge for it and how to use it in a public relations sense.
  2. ^ The most recent case of this is Mephisto's holding the NWA World Welterweight Championship, a belt with an 87 kg (192 lb) upper limit, despite weighing 90 kg (200 lb).
  3. ^ Bobby Arreola and Mario Nuñez have reigns that could potentially be shorter than two days, Psicosis two-day regin is the shortest documented reign.
  4. ^ This is indicated when no specific date of the title change is found but a record of the new champion defending the championship.
  5. ^ a b The exact date on which the title was vacated is unknown, which means the title reign lasted between 1 and 632 days.
  6. ^ a b The exact date on which the title was vacated is unknown, which means the title reign lasted between 1,026 and 1,390 days.
  7. ^ a b The exact date on which the title was vacated is unknown, which means the title reign lasted between 1 and 332 days.
  8. ^ a b The exact date on which the title was vacated is unknown, which means the title reign lasted between 999 and 1,363 days.
  9. ^ a b The exact date on which the title was vacated is unknown, which means the title reign lasted between 1 and 97 days.
  10. ^ a b The exact date on which the title was vacated is unknown, which means the title reign lasted between 248 and 565 days.
  11. ^ a b The exact date on which the title was vacated is unknown, which means the title reign lasted between 45 and 147 days.
  12. ^ a b The exact date on which the title was vacated is unknown, which means the title reign lasted between 241 and 271 days.

References[edit]

General source for title history before December 2004
  • Royal Duncan and Gary Will (2000). "Mexico: National Welterweight Title". Wrestling Title Histories. Archeus Communications. p. 392. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4. 
  • Lucha 2000 Staff (December 20, 2004). "Los Reyes de Mexico: La Historia de Los Campeonatos Nacionales". Lucha 2000 (in Spanish). Especial 21. 
Specific
  1. ^ a b c "Titán recuperó el Campeonato Nacional Welter". MedioTiempo (in Spanish). December 2, 2013. Retrieved December 2, 2013. 
  2. ^ 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 2006-11-30. Retrieved September 5, 2009. "Articulo 242: "Welter 77 kilos / Medio 87 kilos"" 
  3. ^ Madigan, Dan (2007). ""Okay... what is Lucha Libre?"". Mondo Lucha a Go Go: the bizarre and honorable world of wild Mexican wrestling. HarperColins Publisher. pp. 29–40. ISBN 978-0-06-085583-3. 
  4. ^ Royal Duncan and Gary Will (2000). Wrestling Title Histories. Archeus Communications. pp. 8–438. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4. 
  5. ^ SuperLuchas staff (January 3, 2006). "2005 Lo Mejor de la Lucha Mexicana". SuperLuchas (in Spanish). 140. 
  6. ^ SuperLuchas staff (December 23, 2006). "Lo Mejor de la Lucha Libre Mexicana duranted el 2006". SuperLuchas (in Spanish). 192. Retrieved July 11, 2009. 
  7. ^ Mendoza, Gabriela (August 16, 2009). "El Valiente es nuevo Campeón Welter" (in Spanish). Récord.com.mx. Retrieved August 17, 2009. [dead link]
  8. ^ Rodríguez, Édgar (July 16, 2011). "Pólvora, nuevo Campeón Welter". Récord. Retrieved July 16, 2011. 
  9. ^ Salazar López, Alexis A. (September 5, 2012). "Martes 4 de Septiembre del 2012". Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (in Spanish). Archived from the original on September 5, 2012. Retrieved September 5, 2012. 
  10. ^ a b "Titan renuncia al cameponato nacional welter" (in Spanish). SuperLuchas Magazine. March 21, 2013. Retrieved March 22, 2013. 
  11. ^ a b "¡Averno… monarca tramposo!". Superluchas.net (in Spanish). SuperLucha Magazine. April 26, 2013. Retrieved April 27, 2013. 
  12. ^ Valdés, Apolo (April 20, 2013). "Místico y Averno por el Campeonato Nacional Welter". MedioTiempo (in Spanish). MSN. Retrieved April 20, 2013. 
  13. ^ "57 Aniversario de la Arena México: Rey Cometa vs. Namajague – Místico (II) vs. Averno – Final del Torneo "La Gran Alternativa" 2013". Superluchas.net (in Spanish). SuperLuchas Magazine. April 20, 2013. Retrieved April 20, 2013.