List of CMLL World Welterweight Champions
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. As it is 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] Because Lucha Libre emphasizes the lower weight classes, this division is considered more important than the normally more prestigious heavyweight division of a promotion. 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. Mephisto is the current champion; he is on his second reign as CMLL World Welterweight Champion, and is the 32nd overall champion. He defeated Máscara Dorada on May 3, 2016, to win the title. 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.
|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|
|1||Fuerza Guerrera||1||February 15, 1992||22||Puebla, Puebla||Live event||Defeated El Khalifa in the finals of a four-man tournament||[G]|
|2||América||1||March 8, 1992||131||Mexico City, Distrito Federal||Live event||América later held the title as Pantera and then Pantera II.||[G]|
|3||Felino, ElEl Felino||1||July 17, 1992||308||Cuernavaca, Morelos||Live event||[G]|
|4||Ramírez, CiclónCiclón Ramírez||1||May 21, 1993||313||Mexico City, Distrito Federal||Live event||[G]|
|5||Felino, ElEl Felino||2||March 30, 1994||83||Acapulco, Guerrero||Live event||[G] |
|6||El Pantera||2||June 21, 1994||633||Cuernavaca, Morelos||Live event||[G]|
|—||Vacated||—||March 15, 1996||—||N/A||N/A||Championship vacated when Pantera lost the title to Super Delfin without it being sanctioned by CMLL.||[G]|
|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.||[G]|
|8||Guerrero de la Muerte||1||August 2, 1996||[Note 2]||Mexico City, Distrito Federal||Live event||[G]|
|9||Máscara Mágica||2||January 1998||[Note 3]||N/A||Live event||[G]|
|10||Lagarde, Jr., KarloffKarloff Lagarde, Jr.||1||February 6, 1998||221||Mexico City, Distrito Federal||Live event||[G]|
|11||Olímpico||1||September 15, 1998||38||Mexico City, Distrito Federal||Live event||[G]|
|12||Halcón Negro||1||October 23, 1998||51||Mexico City, Distrito Federal||Live event||[G]|
|13||Olímpico||2||December 13, 1998||76||Mexico City, Distrito Federal||Live event||[G]|
|14||Super Delfin||1||February 27, 1999||164||Nagoya, Japan||Live event||[G]|
|15||Arkangel de la Muerte||1||August 10, 1999||[Note 4]||Kawasaki, Japan||Live event||[G]|
|16||Nosawa||1||January 2001||[Note 5]||Acapulco, Guerrero||Live event|||
|17||Pantera II||3||March 2, 2001||31||Acapulco, Guerrero||Live event||Won the title by forfeit due to Nosawa being injured.|||
|18||Nosawa||2||April 2, 2001||172||Puebla, Puebla||Live event|||
|19||Felino, ElEl Felino||3||September 21, 2001||795||Mexico City, Distrito Federal||Live event|||
|20||Satánico, ElEl Satánico||1||November 25, 2003||91||Mexico City, Distrito Federal||Live event|||
|21||Mephisto||1||February 24, 2004||1,141||Mexico City, Distrito Federal||Live event|||
|22||Místico||1||April 10, 2007||710||Guadalajara, Jalisco||Live event|||
|23||Casas, NegroNegro Casas||1||March 20, 2009||536||Mexico City, Mexico||Homenaje a Dos Leyendas|||
|24||Máscara Dorada||1||September 7, 2010||137||Mexico City, Mexico||CMLL Martes|||
|25||Ryusuke Taguchi||1||January 22, 2011||147||Bunkyo, Tokyo, Japan||Fantastica Mania 2011|||
|26||Máscara Dorada||2||June 18, 2011||512||Osaka, Japan||Dominion 6.18||This was a one fall match.|||
|27||Pólvora||1||November 11, 2012||462||Mexico City, Mexico||Domingos Arena Mexico|||
|28||Místico (II)||1||February 16, 2014||276||Mexico City, Mexico||Domingos Arena Mexico||Not the same Místico who won the title in 2007.|||
|—||Vacant||1||November 19, 2014||44||N/A||N/A||Vacated due to Místico suffering a severe injury from a motorcycle accident.|||
|29||Máscara Dorada||3||January 2, 2015||351||Mexico City, Mexico||Super Viernes||Defeated Negro Casas in the finals of a tournament.|||
|30||Bushi||1||December 19, 2015||34||Tokyo, Japan||Road to Tokyo Dome||This was a one fall match.|||
|31||Máscara Dorada||4||January 22, 2016||103||Tokyo, Japan||Fantastica Mania 2016||This was a one fall match.|||
|32||Mephisto||2||May 4, 2016||88||Mexico City, Distrito Federal||Live event|||
Championship 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.|
|Rank||Wrestler||No. of reigns||Combined
|2||Felino, ElEl Felino||3||1,186||[G]|
|4||Arkangel de la Muerte||1||875¤
|7||Casas, NegroNegro Casas||1||536|||
|8||Guerrero de la Muerte||1||517¤
|10||Ramírez, CiclónCiclón Ramírez||1||313||[G]|
|12||Lagarde, Jr., KarloffKarloff Lagarde, Jr.||1||221||[G]|
|15||Taguchi, RyusukeRyusuke Taguchi||1||147|||
|17||Satánico, ElEl Satánico||1||91||[G]|
- 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).
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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