The CMLL World Light Heavyweight Championship (Campeonato Mundial Semi Completo de CMLL in Spanish) is a professional wrestlingworld 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] 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.
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.
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. 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.
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. On January 29, Escorpión defeated Volador Jr. to become the new champion.