NWA World Light Heavyweight Championship
|NWA World Light Heavyweight Championship|
Shocker, the 57th and 61st NWA World Light Heavyweight Champion
|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. 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]
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. 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. Finally, on August 12, 2010, CMLL debuted the new NWA World Historic Light Heavyweight Championship and returned the old title to NWA. 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.
|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|
|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||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.|
|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||231||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.|
|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.|
|61||Shocker||2||May 3, 2004||[Note 4]||Puebla, Puebla||Live event|||
|—||Vacated||—||2005||—||N/A||N/A||CMLL stripped Shocker of the title when he did not appear for a scheduled title defense.|
|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.|
|63||Atlantis||1||July 22, 2006||988||Mexico City, Mexico||CMLL Super Viernes|||
|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.|
|—||Vacated||—||August 12, 2010||—||N/A||N/A||The championship was vacated when CMLL returned it to NWA.|
|65||Super Nova||1||May 19, 2013||437||Blackfoot, Idaho||House show||Defeated El Hijo de Rey Misterio and Lizmark Jr. in a tournament finals.|
Reigns by combined length
|†||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¤
|3||Dantés, AlfonsoAlfonso Dantés||5||1,275|
|4||Dantés, ApoloApolo Dantés||1||1,098|
|9||Dandy, ElEl Dandy||1||681|
|10||Mendoza, RingoRingo Mendoza||2||673|
|11||Rayo de Jalisco, Jr.||1||637|
|13||Dixon, DoryDory Dixon||1||575|
|15||Wagner, Dr.Dr. Wagner||1||523|
|17||Texano, Jr., ElEl Texano, Jr.||1||494|
|18||Solitario, ElEl Solitario||1||476|
|19||Wagner, Jr., Dr.Dr. Wagner, Jr.||1||461|
|21||Satánico, ElEl Satánico||4||447|
|22||Salazar, TonyTony Salazar||1||353|
|23||Mata, RaulRaul Mata||1||330|
|26||Faraón, ElEl Faraón||2||253|
|28||Máscara Año 2000||1||228|
|30||Kim Sung Ho||1||175|
|35||Colosetti, ColosoColoso Colosetti||1||91|
|39||Piper, RoddyRoddy Piper||1||2|
- 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).
- The exact date on which Ray Mendoza vacated the title is unknown, which means the title reign lasted between 42 and 69 days.
- 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.
- The exact date on which Shocker vacates the title is unknown, which means the title reign lasted between 243 and 348 days.
- General source for title changes before 2000
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