List of CMLL World Heavyweight Champions

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Steele, the 8th CMLL World Heavyweight Champion

The CMLL World Heavyweight Championship (Campeonato Mundial Completo de CMLL in Spanish) is a singles professional wrestling championship promoted by Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL). The Championship has been in existence since 1991. Unlike other heavyweight titles such as the WWE Championship or the IWGP Heavyweight Championship, it is not the main championship in the promotion because CMLL has emphasized the lower weight levels since there are more workers in the lower levels. The title was the first to be created after Empresa Mexicana de la Lucha Libre changed its name to Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre in the early 1990s.

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.[1] As the championship is designated as a heavyweight title, it can only officially be competed for by wrestlers weighing at least 105 kilograms, or 230 pounds. The rule is not strictly adhered to as several champions have been under the weight limit, including the 16th champion, Héctor Garza who weighed 95 kg (209 lb).[2] All title matches take place under two out of three falls rules.

The first champion was Konnan El Barbaro, who won a 16-man tournament in 1991. The championship has been vacated three times; all instances were when the champion left CMLL for another promotion. Universo 2000 holds the record for most reigns, with three. The current champion is Máximo, who is the 18th overall champion and the 15th person to hold the title.[3]

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
No. Champion Reign Date Days held Location Event Notes Ref.
1 Konnan el Barbaro 1 June 9, 1991 70 Mexico City, Distrito Federal Live event Defeated Cien Caras in a tournament final  
2 Cien Caras 1 August 18, 1991 299 Monterrey, Mexico Live event    
Vacated June 12, 1992 N/A N/A Championship vacated when Cien Caras left CMLL to jump to Asistencia Asesoría y Administración (AAA)  
3 Black Magic 1 November 20, 1992 219 Mexico City, Distrito Federal Live event Defeated Rayo de Jalisco, Jr. in a tournament final  
4 Brazo de Plata 1 June 27, 1993 396 Mexico City, Distrito Federal Live event   [4]
5 Silver King 1 July 28, 1994 330 Cuernavaca, Mexico Live event    
6 Dantés, ApoloApolo Dantés 1 June 23, 1995 296 Mexico City, Distrito Federal Live event    
7 Rayo de Jalisco, Jr. 1 April 18, 1996 369 Mexico City, Distrito Federal Live event  
8 Steele 1 April 18, 1997 N/A Mexico City, Distrito Federal 41. Aniversario de Arena México   [5]
Vacated September 1997 N/A N/A Championship vacated when Sean Morley left CMLL for the World Wrestling Federation  
9 Universo 2000 1 October 17, 1997 331 Mexico City, Distrito Federal Live event Defeated Cien Caras and Rayo de Jalisco Jr. in a three-way match to win the championship  
10 Rayo de Jalisco, Jr. 2 September 13, 1998 453 Guadalajara, Mexico Live event    
11 Universo 2000 2 December 10, 1999 1,225 Mexico City, Distrito Federal Live event    
12 Niebla, Mr.Mr. Niebla 1 April 18, 2003 543 Mexico City, Distrito Federal Live event   [6]
13 Universo 2000 3 October 12, 2004 999 Mexico City, Distrito Federal Live event   [7]
14 Dos Caras, Jr. 1 July 8, 2007
533
Mexico City, Distrito Federal Live event   [8]
15 Último Guerrero 1 December 22, 2008 963 Mexico City, Distrito Federal Live event   [9]
16 Garza, HéctorHéctor Garza 1 August 12, 2011 128 Mexico City, Distrito Federal Live event   [10]
Vacated December 18, 2011 Mexico City, Distrito Federal Live event Championship announced vacated on December 18, 2011 edition of Domingos Arena Mexico after Garza left CMLL for join Perros del Mal Producciones on November 11, 2011. [11]
17 Terrible, ElEl Terrible 1 January 1, 2012 1,125 Mexico City, Distrito Federal Live event Defeated Rush to win the vacant title. [12]
18 Máximo 1 January 30, 2015 186+ Mexico City, Distrito Federal Super Viernes   [3]

Championship reigns by combined length[edit]

Key
Symbol Meaning
Indicates the current champion
Rank Wrestler No. of reigns Combined days
1 Universo 2000 3 2,555
2 Terrible, ElEl Terrible 1 1,125
3 Último Guerrero 1 963
4 Rayo de Jalisco, Jr. 2 822
5 Niebla, Mr.Mr. Niebla 1 543
6 Dos Caras, Jr. 1 533
7 Brazo de Plata 1 396
8 Silver King 1 330
9 Cien Caras 1 299
10 Dantés, ApoloApolo Dantés 1 296
11 Black Magic 1 219
12 Máximo 1 186+
13 Steele 1 [Note 1]
14 Garza, HéctorHéctor Garza 1 91
15 Konnan el Barbaro 1 70

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ Sean Morley vacated the title on an unspecified day in September 1997, putting his reign between 136 and 165 days.

References[edit]

General
  • Royal Duncan and Gary Will (2000). "Mexico: EMLL CMLL Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre heavyweight Title". Wrestling Title Histories. Archeus Communications. p. 395. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4. 
Specific
  1. ^ Ed Grabianowski. "How Pro Wrestling Works". How Stuff Works. Retrieved 2009-04-05. 
  2. ^ Arturo Montiel Rojas (2001-08-30). "Reglamento de Box y Lucha Libre Professional del Estados Unidos Méxicanos" (PDF) (in Spanish). Comisión de Box y Lucha Libre México D.F. Archived from the original (PDF) on November 30, 2006. Retrieved 2009-04-03. Completo 105 kilos sin limite 
  3. ^ a b Barradas, Bibiana (January 31, 2015). "Resultados Arena México® Viernes 30 de Enero '15". Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (in Spanish). Archived from the original on January 31, 2015. Retrieved January 31, 2015. 
  4. ^ Centinela, Teddy (June 27, 2015). "En un día como hoy… 1993: Reaparece Canek en El Toreo y se reencuentra con viejos rivales… Brazo de Plata gana el título completo CMLL" (in Spanish). SuperLuchas Magazine. Retrieved June 27, 2015. 
  5. ^ Centinela, Teddy (April 18, 2015). "En un día como hoy… 1997: Steel (Val Venis) se convierte en Campeón Mundial de Peso Completo CMLL al vencer al Rayo de Jalisco Jr.". SuperLuchas Magazine (in Spanish). Retrieved July 1, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Número Especial – Lo mejr de la lucha ilbre mexicana durante el 2003". SuperLuchas (in Spanish). January 5, 2003. 40. 
  7. ^ "Número Especial – Lo mejr de la lucha ilbre mexicana durante el 2004". SuperLuchas (in Spanish). January 24, 2005. 91. 
  8. ^ "CMLL en Arena Coliseo". Ovaciones (in Spanish) (Mexico, D.F.: Editorial Ovaciones, S. A. de C.V.). 2007-07-08. p. 19. Número 20916 Año LX. 
  9. ^ "Último Guerrero nuevo Campeón Mundial Peso Completo CMLL, se espera polémica con el cambio de titulo". SuperLuchas (in Spanish). 2008-12-23. Retrieved 2009-03-15. 
  10. ^ Rodríguez, Édgar (August 12, 2011). "Garza, nuevo Campeón Completo". Récord (in Spanish). Retrieved August 13, 2011. 
  11. ^ Ruiz Glez, Alex (November 12, 2011). "Héctor Garza deja el CMLL, se une con los Perros del Mal". SuperLuchas (in Spanish). Retrieved November 12, 2011. 
  12. ^ Mexicool, Rey (January 1, 2012). "Imagen: El Terrible, nuevo Campeón Mundial Completo del CMLL". SuperLuchas (in Spanish). Retrieved January 2, 2012.