List of CMLL World Welterweight Champions

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A masked wrestler, Místico, wearing a silver colored mask trunks, posing on the turnbuckles during a wrestling event
Místico, the 22nd CMLL World Welterweight Champion

The CMLL World Welterweight Championship (Campeonato Mundial de Peso Welter CMLL in Spanish) is a professional wrestling world championship promoted by the Mexican Lucha Libre wrestling-based promotion Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL) since 1992. 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 Welterweight weight class in Mexico is between 70 kg (150 lb) and 78 kg (172 lb), but is not always strictly enforced.[Note 1][1] Because Lucha Libre emphasizes the lower weight classes, this division is considered more important than the normally more prestigious heavyweight division of a promotion.[2] All title matches take place under two out of three falls rules.

The first champion to be recognized by CMLL was Fuerza Guerrera, who defeated El Khalifa in the finals of a four-man tournament that took place on February 15, 1992. In addition to being the first champion, Fuerza Guerrera is the individual to have held the championship the shortest time, at 22 days. Mephisto holds the record for longest individual title reign, at 1,141 days, while El Felino's three reigns give him the longest combined reign, 1,186 days in total.[3] The current champion is Máscara Dorada; he is on his third reign as CMLL World Welterweight Champion, and is the 29th overall champion. He defeated Negro Casas on January 2, 2015, to win the vacant title.[4] In 1996, then reigning champion El Pantera planned on leaving CMLL to join their main rival Asistencia Asesoría y Administración (AAA); before doing so he lost the CMLL Welterweight Title to Super Delfin in a match not sanctioned by CMLL. As CMLL knew that Pantera was leaving they used the opportunity to vacate the title, stating that Super Delfin's claim to the title was void. After El Felino became the CMLL-endorsed champion, he defeated Super Delfin to ensure that there was only one undisputed CMLL World Welterweight Champion.

Championship 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
+ Indicates that the number of days held by this individual changes daily
No. Champion Reign Date Days held Location Event Notes Ref.
1 Fuerza Guerrera 1 February 15, 1992 22 Puebla, Puebla Live event Defeated El Khalifa in the finals of a four-man tournament  
2 América 1 March 8, 1992 131 Mexico City, Distrito Federal Live event América later held the title as Pantera and then Pantera II.  
3 Felino, ElEl Felino 1 July 17, 1992 308 Cuernavaca, Morelos Live event   [5]
4 Ramírez, CiclónCiclón Ramírez 1 May 21, 1993 313 Mexico City, Distrito Federal Live event    
5 Felino, ElEl Felino 2 March 30, 1994 83 Acapulco, Guerrero Live event   [5]
6 El Pantera 2 June 21, 1994 633 Cuernavaca, Morelos Live event    
Vacated March 15, 1996 N/A N/A Championship vacated when Pantera lost the title to Super Delfin without it being sanctioned by CMLL.  
7 Máscara Mágica 1 May 21, 1996 73 Mexico City, Distrito Federal Live event Defeated El Felino in the finals of a 16-man tournament.  
8 Guerrero de la Muerte 1 August 2, 1996 [Note 2] Mexico City, Distrito Federal Live event    
9 Máscara Mágica 2 January 1998 [Note 3] N/A Live event    
10 Karloff Lagarde, Jr. 1 February 6, 1998 221 Mexico City, Distrito Federal Live event    
11 Olímpico 1 September 15, 1998 38 Mexico City, Distrito Federal Live event    
12 Halcón Negro 1 October 23, 1998 51 Mexico City, Distrito Federal Live event    
13 Olímpico 2 December 13, 1998 76 Mexico City, Distrito Federal Live event    
14 Super Delfin 1 February 27, 1999 164 Nagoya, Japan Live event    
15 Arkangel de la Muerte 1 August 10, 1999 [Note 4] Kawasaki, Japan Live event    
16 Nosawa 1 January 2001 [Note 5] Acapulco, Guerrero Live event   [6]
17 Pantera II 3 March 2, 2001 31 Acapulco, Guerrero Live event Won the title by forfeit due to Nosawa being injured. [6]
18 Nosawa 2 April 2, 2001 172 Puebla, Puebla Live event   [6]
19 Felino, ElEl Felino 3 September 21, 2001 795 Mexico City, Distrito Federal Live event   [5]
20 Satánico, ElEl Satánico 1 November 25, 2003 91 Mexico City, Distrito Federal Live event   [7]
21 Mephisto 1 February 24, 2004 1,141 Mexico City, Distrito Federal Live event   [3]
22 Místico 1 April 10, 2007 710 Guadalajara, Jalisco Live event   [8]
23 Casas, NegroNegro Casas 1 March 20, 2009 536 Mexico City, Mexico Homenaje a Dos Leyendas   [9]
24 Máscara Dorada 1 September 7, 2010 137 Mexico City, Mexico CMLL Martes   [10]
25 Ryusuke Taguchi 1 January 22, 2011 147 Bunkyo, Tokyo, Japan Fantasticamania 2011   [11]
26 Máscara Dorada 2 June 18, 2011 512 Osaka, Japan Dominion 6.18   [12]
27 Pólvora 1 November 11, 2012 462 Mexico City, Mexico Domingos Arena Mexico   [13]
28 Místico La Nueva Era 1 February 16, 2014 276 Mexico City, Mexico Domingos Arena Mexico   [14]
Vacant 1 November 19, 2014 44 N/A N/A Vacated due to Místico suffering a severe injury from a motorcycle accident. [15]
29 Máscara Dorada 3 January 2, 2015 240+ Mexico City, Mexico Super Viernes Defeated Negro Casas in the finals of a tournament. [4]

Championship 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.
Rank Wrestler No. of reigns Combined days
1 Felino, ElEl Felino 3 1,186
2 Mephisto 1 1,141
3 Arkangel de la Muerte 1 875¤
[Note 4]
4 Máscara Dorada 3 889+
5 Pantera 3 795
6 Místico 1 710
7 Casas, NegroNegro Casas 1 536
8 Guerrero de la Muerte 1 517¤
[Note 2]
9 Pólvora 1 462
10 Ramírez, CiclónCiclón Ramírez 1 313
11 Místico La Nueva Era 1 277
12 Lagarde, Jr., KarloffKarloff Lagarde, Jr. 1 221
13 Nosawa 2 203¤
[Note 5]
14 Super Delfin 1 164
15 Taguchi, RyusukeRyusuke Taguchi 1 147
16 Olímpico 2 114
17 Satánico, ElEl Satánico 1 91
18 Máscara Mágica 1 79¤
[Note 3]
19 Fuerza Guerrera 1 22

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ The most recent case of this is Mephisto holding the NWA World Welterweight Championship, a belt with a 78 kg (172 lb) upper limit, despite weighing 90 kg (200 lb).
  2. ^ a b The exact date on which Guerrero de la Muerte lost the championship is not known, which means the title reign lasted between 517 and 547 days.
  3. ^ a b The exact date on which Máscara Magica won the championship is not known, which means the title reign lasted between 6 and 36 days and his combined reigns at 79 days, at the least.
  4. ^ a b The exact date on which Arkangel de la Muerte lost the championship is not known, which means the title reign lasted between 875 and 905 days.
  5. ^ a b The exact date on which Nosawa won the championship is not known, which means the title reign lasted between 30 and 60 days and his combined reigns 203 days, at the least.

References[edit]

General source for title changes before 2000
  • Royal Duncan & Gary Will (2000). "Mexico: EMLL CMLL Welterweight Title". Wrestling Title Histories. Archeus Communications. p. 396. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4. 
Specific
  1. ^ Arturo Montiel Rojas (2001-08-30). "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 (PDF) on November 30, 2006. Retrieved 2009-04-03. Articulo 242: "Ligero 70 kilos / Welter 77 kilos" 
  2. ^ Madigan, Dan (2007). ""Okay... what is Lucha Libre?"". Mondo Lucha Libre: the bizarre & honorable world of wild Mexican wrestling. HarperColins Publisher. pp. 29–40. ISBN 978-0-06-085583-3. 
  3. ^ a b "Número Especial – Lo mejr de la lucha ilbre mexicana durante el 2004". SuperLuchas (in Spanish). January 24, 2005. 91. 
  4. ^ a b Reducindo, Miguel (January 3, 2015). "Resultados Arena México Viernes 2 de Enero '15". Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (in Spanish). Archived from the original on January 3, 2015. Retrieved January 3, 2015. 
  5. ^ a b c "Enciclopedia de las Mascaras". El Felino (in Spanish) (Mexico). August 2007. pp. 21–22. Tomo II. 
  6. ^ a b c "2001: Los Campeones". Box y Lucha Magazine (in Spanish). January 13, 2002. pp. 15–17. 2540. 
  7. ^ "Número Especial – Lo mejr de la lucha ilbre mexicana durante el 2003". SuperLuchas (in Spanish). January 5, 2004. 40. 
  8. ^ Manuel Rivera (April 24, 2007). "Difícil semana para Místico". SuperLuchas (Mexico). pp. 3–5. 202. Retrieved July 5, 2009. 
  9. ^ Manuel Flores and Manuel Rivera (March 23, 2009). "Cayó la máscara de Villano V". SuperLuchas (Mexico). pp. 3–7. 307. 
  10. ^ "Máscara Dorada tretacampeón, un luchador de oro puro". SuperLuchas (in Spanish). September 9, 2010. Retrieved September 9, 2010. 
  11. ^ Flores, Manuel (January 22, 2011). "Resultados "Fantasticamanía" – CMLL/NJPW en Japón – Los mexicanos perdieron todos los duelos por campeonatos". SuperLuchas. Retrieved January 22, 2011. 
  12. ^ "Dominion 6.18" (in Japanese). New Japan Pro Wrestling. Retrieved June 18, 2011. 
  13. ^ "¡Pólvora Dorada!". SuperLuchas (in Spanish). November 11, 2012. Retrieved November 11, 2012. 
  14. ^ Reducindo, Miguel (February 17, 2014). "Resultados - Domingo 16 de Febrero '14". Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (in Spanish). Archived from the original on February 17, 2014. Retrieved February 17, 2014. 
  15. ^ Angelita (November 19, 2014). "CMLL: Conferencia de prensa de Infierno en el Ring" (in Spanish). SuperLuchas Magazine. Retrieved November 19, 2014. 

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