Mexican National Middleweight Championship

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Mexican National Middleweight Championship
Octagón.jpg
Octagón, the most recent champion
Details
PromotionAsistencia Asesoría y Administración
Date established1933
Date retiredDecember 8, 2008

The Mexican National Middleweight Championship (Campeonato National Medio in Spanish) was a national Mexican professional wrestling championship controlled by a "National title" controlled by the "Comisión de Box y Lucha Libre Mexico D.F." (Mexico City Boxing and Wrestling Commission), which regulates all matches where the title is defended. The title has been in use since at least 1933 until December 8, 2008. It was defended in the Asistencia Asesoría y Administración (AAA) promotion since AAA's inception in 1992. Since it is a National title endorsed by the Comisión it could technically be defended in various Mexican promotions, but in reality was promoted mainly by AAA from 1992 until 2008.

Championship history[edit]

The Championship dates back to 1933, making it one of the oldest professional wrestling champions still in use today predating all active titles in both North America and Japan. Records of how the first champion, Yaqui Joe, are unclear due to minimal written documentation from that period. No documentation exists that the championship was created for Empresa Mexicana de Lucha Libre (EMLL, later renamed CMLL) but during the 1930s and '40s the promotion was granted control of the title by the Comisión.[Note 1] In 1992 Antonio Peña founded Asistencia Asesoría y Administración taking a number of CMLL wrestlers with him. One of these wrestlers was the then reigning National Middleweight Champion Octagón who took the championship with him. When Blue Panther won the championship in on July 27, 1992 it was officially acknowledged by the Commission that AAA controlled the booking of the championship from that point forward.

Octagón was the most recent Mexican National Middleweight Champion. His last reign was his fourth title reign and the 60th overall champion. Octagón was also the 45th, 57th and 51st champion.[1] The status of Octagón's title reign is unclear after AAA announced that they would not publicly recognize any titles without the AAA name.[2] El Santo and Octagón are tied for the most reigns with four each. El Santo has held the title for the most days, accumulating 4 reigns that add up to a minimum of 3256 days in total. Perro Aguayo has held the title the shortest length of time with 11 days.

Championship rules[edit]

The title is a "National" title which means that non-Mexican citizens are prohibited from challenging or holding the championship. The official definition of the middleweight weight class in Mexico is between 82 kg (181 lb) and 87 kg (192 lb), but is not always strictly enforced.[Note 2][3] 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 championship is generally not allowed to be defended in any other type of match than a regular match, as is the case for all the Mexican National titles. The commission has been inconsistent on enforcing the rules, in one case they stripped Psicosis II of the championship for defending it in a hardcore match, in another case they allowed the Mexican National Heavyweight Championship to change hands in a Steel cage match.[4]

Title history[edit]

Key
No. Overall reign number
Reign Reign number for the specific champion
Days Number of days held
N/A Unknown information
(NLT) Championship change took place "no later than" the date listed
Championship change is unrecognized by the promotion
No. Champion Championship change Reign statistics Notes Ref.
Date Event Location Reign Days
 1  Yaqui Joe  1933  Live event N/A  1  N/A    
Championship history is unrecorded from 1933 to 1937.
 2  Octavio Gaona  February 6, 1937  Live event Mexico City  1  573 Defeated Black Guzmán  
 3  Firpo Segura  September 2, 1938  Live event Mexico City  1  N/A    
 4  Octavio Gaona  January 1, 19391938/1939  Live event N/A  2  N/A    
 5  Tarzán López  February 9, 1939  Live event Mexico City  1  823    
 6  Black Guzmán  May 12, 1941  Live event Mexico City  1  218    
Vacated  December 16, 1941 Championship vacated after Guzman won the NWA World Middleweight Championship, defeating Tarzán López in Mexico City
 7  Murciélago Velázquez  May 24, 1942  Live event Mexico City  1  299 Defeated Octavio Gaona to win the championship.  
 8  El Santo  March 19, 1943  Live event N/A  1  43    
 9  Bobby Bonales  June 1, 1943  Live event N/A  1  N/A   [5]
 10  Tarzán López  1943  Live event N/A  2  N/A    
 11  Bobby Bonales  January 1, 1944  Live event N/A  2  N/A    
 12  Gory Guerrero  September 25, 1945  EMLL 12th Anniversary Show Mexico City  1  N/A   [6]
Vacated  1945/1946 Championship vacated for undocumented reasons
 13  El Santo  May 31, 1946  Live event N/A  2  N/A Defeated Tuffy Truesdale  
 14  El Gladiador  N/A  Live event N/A  1  N/A    
 15  El Santo  May 31, 1956  Live event Mexico City  3  1,758    
 16  Karloff Lagarde  March 24, 1961  Live event N/A  1  826    
 17  El Santo  June 28, 1963  Live event N/A  4  1,455    
 18  René Guajardo  June 22, 1967  Live event N/A  1  261    
 19  Alberto Muñoz  March 9, 1968  Live event N/A  1  621    
 20  René Guajardo  November 20, 1969  Live event N/A  2  174    
 21  Humberto Gárza  May 13, 1970  Live event Monterrey, Nuevo León  1  328    
 22  Ciclón Veloz Jr.  April 6, 1971  Live event Monterrey, Nuevo León  1  983    
 23  Adorable Rubí  December 14, 1973  Live event Mexico City  1  196    
 25  Aníbal  June 28, 1974  Live event Mexico City  1  154    
 25  Ringo Mendoza  November 29, 1974  Live event Mexico City  1  822    
 26  Perro Aguayo  February 28, 1977  Live event Mexico City  1  11    
Vacated  March 11, 1977 Championship vacated after Perro Aguayo won the NWA World Middleweight Championship, defeating El Faraón in Mexico City
 27  José Luis Mendieta  April 14, 1977  Live event Mexico City  1  219    
 28  Sangre Chicana  November 19, 1977  Live event Mexico City  1  N/A    
Vacated  1978/1979 Championship vacated for undocumented reasons
 29  Cachorro Mendoza  June 8, 1979  Live event Mexico City  1  133    
 30  El Satánico  October 19, 1979  Live event Mexico City  1  231    
 31  Ringo Mendoza  June 6, 1980  Live event N/A  2  182    
 32  El Faraón  December 5, 1980  Live event Mexico City  1  N/A    
Vacated  1980/1981 Championship vacated for undocumented reasons  
 33  El Solar  May 29, 1981  Live event Mexico City  1  147 Defeated Cachorro Mendoza  
 34  El Satánico  October 23, 1981  Live event N/A  2  119    
 35  Lizmark  February 19, 1982  Live event Mexico City  1  2,204    
 36  Espectro Jr. (II)  March 3, 1983  Live event Cuernavaca, Morelos  1  86   [7]
 37  Lizmark  May 28, 1983  Live event Puebla, Puebla  2  N/A    
Vacated  1983 Championship vacated for undocumented reasons
 38  Ultraman  August 12, 1983  Live event Mexico City  1  205 Defeated Águila Solitaria in a tournament final  
 39  Jerry Estrada  March 4, 1984  Live event Mexico City  1  271    
 40  Atlantis  November 30, 1984  Live event Mexico City  1  457    
 41  Talismán  March 2, 1986  Live event Mexico City  1  273    
 42  Mogur  November 30, 1986  Live event Mexico City  1  427    
 43  El Satánico  January 31, 1988  Live event Mexico City  3  N/A    
 44  El Dandy  1989  Live event N/A  1  N/A    
 45  Javier Cruz  July 26, 1990  Live event Cuernavaca, Morelos  1  35    
 46  Emilio Charles Jr.  August 30, 1990  Live event Cuernavaca, Morelos  1  82    
 47  Octagón  November 20, 1990  Live event Mexico City  1  612    
 48  Blue Panther  July 24, 1992  Live event León, Guanajuato  1  665    
 49  Octagón  April 30, 1994  Live event Veracruz, Veracruz  2  27    
 50  Blue Panther  May 27, 1994  Live event Tijuana, Baja California  2  609 Awarded the title by default when Octagón was unable to defend due to injury  
 51  El Hijo del Santo  January 26, 1996  Live event Tijuana, Baja California  1  233    
 52  Fuerza Guerrera  September 15, 1996  Live event Saltillo, Coahuila  1  867    
 53  Octagón  January 29, 1997  Live event Naucalpan, Mexico  3  58    
 54  Pentagón (II)  March 28, 1997  Live event Nezahualcóyotl  1  417    
 55  Abismo Negro  May 19, 1998  Live event Tlalnepantla de Baz  1  253    
 56  Espectro Jr. (II)  January 27, 1999  Live event Ecatepec de Morelos  2  141    
 57  Máscara Sagrada Jr.  June 17, 1999  Live event Toluca  1  21    
 58  Espectro Jr. (II)  July 8, 1999  Live event Toluca, Mexico  3  659    
 59  Pimpinela Escarlata  April 27, 2001  Live event Querétaro, Querétaro  1  473    
 60  Psicosis II  August 13, 2002  Live event Huamantla, Tlaxcala  1  1,086    
Vacated  August 3, 2005 Psicosis was stripped of the title for defending the title in a hardcore match against Histeria. [8]
 61  Zumbido  January 29, 2006  Live event Salamanca, Guanajuato  1  167 Defeated Histeria in a tournament final to win the championship. [9]
 62  Octagón  July 15, 2006  Live event Torreón, Coahuila  4  877   [10]
Deactivated  December 8, 2008 AAA stopped using all of the Mexican National championships around this time, focusing on AAA branded championships instead.  

List of Championship reigns by combined length[edit]

Championships without a specific start or end date are not included as it is not possible to calculate the specific number of dates for a reign.

Rank Wrestler # Of Reigns Combined Days
1 El Santo 4 3,256 ¤
2 Lizmark 1 2,204
3 Octagón 4 1,574
4 Blue Panther 2 1,274
5 Psicosis (II) 1 1,086
6 Ringo Mendoza 2 1,004
7 Ciclón Veloz Jr. 1 983
8 Espectro Jr. (II) 3 886
9 Fuerza Guerrera 1 867
10 Karloff Lagarde 1 826
11 Tarzán López 1 823
12 Alberto Muñoz 1 621
13 Octavio Gaona 1 573
14 Pimpinela Escarlata 1 473
15 Atlantis 1 457
16 René Guajardo 2 435
17 Mogur 1 427
18 Pentagón (II) 1 417
19 Satánico 2 350
20 Humberto Gárza 1 328
21 Murciélago Velázquez 1 299
22 Talismán 1 273
23 Jerry Estrada 1 271
24 Abismo Negro 1 253
25 El Hijo del Santo 1 233
26 José Luis Mendieta 1 219
27 Black Guzmán 1 218
28 Ultraman 1 205
29 Adorable Rubí 1 196
30 Zumbido 1 167
31 Aníbal 1 154
32 El Solar 1 147
33 Cachorro Mendoza 1 133
34 Emilio Charles Jr. 1 82
35 Javier Cruz 1 35
36 Máscara Sagrada Jr. 1 21
37 Perro Aguayo 1 11

2006 Mexican Middleweight Title Tournament[edit]

The tournament ran from October 14, 2005 – January 29, 2006. Records are not clear on who Histeria and Psicosis II defeated to qualify for the semi-finals.[11]

First Round Second Round Semi-Final Finals
            
1 El Ángel W
16 Gran Apache L
El Ángel L
El Hijo del Fantasma W
8 El Hijo del Fantasma W
9 Hator L
El Hijo del Fantasma L
Zumbido W
5 Audaz II Jr. L
12 Charly Manson W
Charly Manson L
Zumbido W
4 El Oriental L
13 Zumbido W
Zumbido W
Psicosis II L
6 bye n/a
11 bye n/a
bye n/a
bye n/a
3 bye n/a
14 bye n/a
Histeria L
Psicosis II W
7 bye n/a
10 bye n/a
bye n/a
bye n/a
2 bye n/a
15 bye n/a

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ In this, "control" refers to the every day use of the title, determining which storylines the title is being used it, who gets to challenge for the title, how to use it in a public relations sense.
  2. ^ The most recent case of this is Mephisto holding the CMLL World Welterweight Championship, a belt with a 78 kg (172 lb) upper limit, despite weighing 90 kg (200 lb).

References[edit]

General source for title history before 2000
  • Royal Duncan and Gary Will (2000). "Mexico: National Middleweight Championship". Wrestling Title Histories. Archeus Communications. p. 392. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4.
General source for title history before December 2004
  • "Los Reyes de Mexico: La Historia de Los Campeonatos Nacionales". Lucha 2000 (in Spanish). 2004-12-20. Especial 21.
Specific sources
  1. ^ "Campeones" (in Spanish). www.aaa.com.mx. Archived from the original on 2007-10-13. Retrieved 2007-10-15.
  2. ^ "¿AAA dejará de contar campeonatos de terceros?". SuperLuchas (in Spanish). Retrieved 2009-02-22.
  3. ^ 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 2006-11-30. Retrieved 2009-04-03. Articulo 242: "Super welter 82 kilos / Medio 87 kilos"
  4. ^ "Asistencia Asesoria y Administracion TripleMania". ProWrestlingHistory.com. Retrieved 2009-02-19.
  5. ^ Hoops, Brian (June 1, 2015). "On this day in pro wrestling history (June 1): Rogers beats Gomez, Gordman & Goliath, Baba loses PWF Title, Flair Vs. KVE, Lawler Vs. Son, Undertaker Vs. Edge". Wrestling Observer Figure Four Online. Retrieved February 11, 2017.
  6. ^ Ruiz Glez, Alex (September 7, 2010). "CMLL: 79 historias, 79 Aniversario, las 79 luchas estelares". SuperLuchas (in Spanish). Retrieved October 20, 2012.
  7. ^ Hoops, Brian (March 3, 2019). "Daily pro wrestling history (03/03): Sting wins TNA World Title". Figure Four Wrestling Observer Newsletter. Retrieved March 3, 2019.
  8. ^ "2005 Lo Mejor de la Lucha Mexicana". SuperLuchas (in Spanish). January 3, 2006. issue 140.
  9. ^ "Lo Mejor de la Lucha Libre Mexicana duranted el 2006". SuperLuchas (in Spanish). December 23, 2006. issue 192.
  10. ^ "2007 Lo Mejor de la Lucha Mexicana". SuperLuchas (in Spanish). December 26, 2007. issue 244.
  11. ^ "AAA Title Tournaments". Pro Wrestling History. Retrieved 2007-10-15.

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