CMLL World Light Heavyweight Championship

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CMLL World Light Heavyweight Championship
Campeonato Mundial Semi Completo del CMLL
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Último Guerrero, held the championship for the longest period of time.
Details
Current champion(s) Rey Escorpión
Date won January 29, 2013[1]
Promotion Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre
Date established September 26, 1991

The CMLL World Light Heavyweight Championship (Campeonato Mundial Semi Completo de CMLL in Spanish) is a professional wrestling world championship promoted by Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL) since 1991. 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 Light Heavyweight division in Mexico is between 92 kg (203 lb) and 97 kg (214 lb), but the weight limits are not always strictly adhered to.[Note 1][2] Because Lucha Libre puts more emphasis on the lower weightclasses, this division is considered more important than the normally more prestigious heavyweight division of the promotion.[3]

Championship history[edit]

In the late 1980s CMLL left the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) to avoid the politics of the NWA. In 1991 CMLL decided to create a series of World Championships, one of which was the for the Light Heavyweight division. CMLL held a 16 man tournament to determine the first champion. The finals saw Jerry Estrada defeat Pierroth, Jr. In 1996 the then champion Dr. Wagner, Jr. lost the title to Aquarius on a show in Japan but the title change was never officially recognized by CMLL. 8 days later Dr. Wagner, Jr. won the title back but since it is not officially recognized CMLL considers Dr. Wagner, Jr. a two-time champion and not a three-time champion.

Reigns[edit]

Rey Escorpión is the current CMLL World Light Heavyweight Champion in his first reign, after defeating Volador Jr. on January 29, 2013, in a tournament final to win the vacant title.[1] Overall, there have been fifteen reigns shared among twelve wrestlers. Only two men have held the title more than once, both Dr. Wagner, Jr. and Atlantis have officially held the title two times. Dr. Wagner has the longest combined reigns with 1,574 days, while Último Guerrero holds the record for the longest individual reign with 1,309 days. Because Aquarius' reign in 1996 is not officially recognized by CMLL Jerry Estrada officially held the title the shortest with 175 days.

Title tournaments[edit]

1991 World Light Heavyweight tournament[edit]

CMLL held a 16 man tournament from September 15 to October 26, 1991 to crown the first Light Heavyweight champion. Pierroth, Jr.'s path to the finals is not documented.

First round Semifinals Final Finals
                       
1 Jerry Estrada W
16 MS-1  
Jerry Estrada W
Mascara Año 2000  
8 Masakre  
9 Mascara Año 2000 W
Jerry Estrada W
Black Magic  
5 El Satánico W
12 El Hijo del Solitario  
Satanico  
Black Magic W
4 Black Magic W
13 Universo 2000  
Jerry Estrada W
Pierroth, Jr.  
6 Pierroth, Jr. W
11 Unknown  
Pierroth, Jr. W
Unknown  
3 Unknown  
14 Unknown  
Pierroth, Jr. W
Unknown  
7 Unknown  
10 Unknown  
Unknown  
Unknown  
2 Unknown  
15 Unknown  

2013 World Light Heavyweight tournament[edit]

CMLL is currently holding a tournament to determine the next CMLL World Light Heavyweight Champion, starting on January 22, 2013 and the finals held the following week. The first round of the tournament was a16-man torneo cibernetico elimination match, with the last two men in the match qualifying for the finals the following week on January 29. The torneo will feature two teams of eight wrestle against each other; Team A consisted of Delta, El Felino, La Mascara, Mephisto, Mr. Águila, Rey Escorpión, Stuka, Jr. and Volador, Jr. and Team B consisted of Atlantis, Blue Panther, Diamante, Euforia, Maximo, Morphosis, Psicosis and Sagrado. The match came down to Volador, Jr. Euforia and Rey Escorpión, Escorpión pulled off Volador, Jr.'s mask and threw it to rival Euforia causing Euforia to be disqualified and Escorpión and Volador, Jr. qualify for the finals the following week.[4] On January 29, Escorpión defeated Volador Jr. to become the new champion.[1]

Cibernetico order of elimination
# Eliminated Eliminated by[4] Time
1 Sagrado Delta
2 El Felino Morphosis
3 Atlantis Rey Escorpión
4 Delta Euforia
5 Mephisto Blue Panther
6 Morphosis Mr. Águila
7 Diamante Stuka, Jr.
8 Blue Panther Volador, Jr.
9 Mr. Águila Máximo
10 Stuka, Jr. Máximo (double pin)
10 Máximo Stuka (double pin)
12 Psicosis La Máscara
13 La Máscara Volador, Jr.
14 Euforia Disqualification
15 Volador, Jr. Finalist
15 Rey Escorpión Finalist

Footnotes[edit]

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

References[edit]

General (up until the year 2000)
  • Royal Duncan and Gary Will (2000). "MEXICO: CMLL EMLL Light Heavyweight Title". Wrestling Title Histories. Archeus Communications. p. 395. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4. 
Specific
  1. ^ a b c Mexicool, Rey (January 29, 2013). "Rey Escorpión… ¡nuevo monarca mundial semicompleto del CMLL!" (in Spanish). SuperLuchas Magazine. Retrieved January 30, 2013. 
  2. ^ Arturo Montiel Rojas (2001-08-30). "Reglamento de Box y Lucha Libre Professional del Estado de Mexico" (PDF). Comisión de Box y Lucha Libre Mexico D.F. Archived from the original on November 30, 2006. Retrieved 2009-04-03. "Articulo 242: "Super medio 92 kilos / Semi Completo 97 kilos"" 
  3. ^ Madigan, Dan (2007). ""Okay... what is Lucha Libre?"". Mondo Lucha a Go Go: the bizarre& honorable world of wild Mexican wrestling. HarperColins Publisher. pp. 29–40. ISBN 978-0-06-085583-3. 
  4. ^ a b "Volador Jr. vs. Rey Escorpión por el Campeonato Mundial Semicompleto del CMLL". SuperLuchas Magazine language=Spanish. January 22, 2013. Retrieved January 23, 2013. 

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