Mexican National Middleweight Championship
|Mexican National Middleweight Championship|
Octagón, the most recent champion
|Date retired||December 8, 2008|
|Promotion||Asistencia Asesoría y Administración|
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 has been primarily 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.
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 Empressa 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 recentMexican 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. The status of Octagón's title reign is unclear after AAA announced that they would not publicly recognize any titles without the AAA name. 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.
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] 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.
|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 in order to not count it as an official reign|
|Indicates that there was a period where the lineage is undocumented due to the lack of written documentation on wrestling in Mexico from the 1920s to 1940s.|
|1||Yaqui Joe||1||1933||N/A||N/A||Live event|
|2||Octavio Gaona||1||February 6, 1937||573||Mexico City, Distrito Federal||Live event||Defeated Black Guzmán|
|3||Segura, FirpoFirpo Segura||1||September 2, 1938||N/A||Mexico City, Distrito Federal||Live event|
|4||Octavio Gaona||2||N/A||N/A||N/A||Live event|
|5||López, TarzánTarzán López||1||February 9, 1939||823||Mexico City, Distrito Federal||Live event|
|6||Black Guzmán||1||May 12, 1941||218||Mexico City, Distrito Federal||Live event|
|—||Vacated||1||December 16, 1941||N/A||N/A||N/A||Championship vacated after Guzman won the NWA World Middleweight Championship, defeating Tarzán López in Mexico City|
|7||Murciélago Velázquez||1||May 24, 1942||299||Mexico City, Distrito Federal||Live event||Defeated Octavio Gaona to win the championship.|
|8||El Santo||1||March 19, 1943||43||N/A||Live event|
|9||Bonales, BobbyBobby Bonales||1||June 1, 1943||N/A||N/A||Live event|
|10||López, TarzánTarzán López||2||1943||N/A||N/A||Live event|
|11||Bonales, BobbyBobby Bonales||2||January 1, 1944||N/A||N/A||Live event|
|12||Gory Guerrero||1||September 25, 1945||N/A||Mexico City, Distrito Federal||EMLL 12th Anniversary Show|||
|—||Vacated||1||Unknown||N/A||N/A||N/A||Championship vacated for unknown reasons|
|13||El Santo||2||May 31, 1946||N/A||N/A||Live event||Defeated Tuffy Truesdale|
|14||El Gladiador||1||Unknown||N/A||N/A||Live event|
|15||El Santo||3||May 31, 1956||1,758||Mexico City, Distrito Federal||Live event|
|16||Karloff Lagarde||1||March 24, 1961||826||N/A||Live event|
|17||El Santo||4||June 28, 1963||1,455||N/A||Live event|
|18||René Guajardo||1||June 22, 1967||261||N/A||Live event|
|19||Alberto Muñoz||1||March 9, 1968||621||N/A||Live event|
|20||René Guajardo||2||November 20, 1969||174||N/A||Live event|
|21||Humberto Gárza||1||May 13, 1970||328||Monterrey, Nuevo León||Live event|
|22||Ciclón Veloz Jr.||1||April 6, 1971||983||Monterrey, Nuevo León||Live event|
|23||Adorable Rubí||1||December 14, 1973||196||Mexico City, Distrito Federal||Live event|
|24||Aníbal||1||June 28, 1974||154||Mexico City, Distrito Federal||Live event|
|25||Mendoza, RingoRingo Mendoza||1||November 29, 1974||822||Mexico City, Distrito Federal||Live event|
|26||Perro Aguayo||1||February 28, 1977||11||Mexico City, Distrito Federal||Live event|
|—||Vacated||1||March 11, 1977||N/A||N/A||N/A||Championship vacated after Perro Aguayo won the NWA World Middleweight Championship, defeating El Faraón in Mexico City|
|27||José Luis Mendieta||1||April 14, 1977||219||Mexico City, Distrito Federal||Live event|
|28||Sangre Chicana||1||November 19, 1977||N/A||Mexico City, Distrito Federal||Live event|
|—||Vacated||1||1978/1979||N/A||N/A||N/A||Championship vacated for unknown reasons|
|29||Cachorro Mendoza||1||June 8, 1979||133||Mexico City, Distrito Federal||Live event|
|30||Satánico, ElEl Satánico||1||October 19, 1979||231||Mexico City, Distrito Federal||Live event|
|31||Mendoza, RingoRingo Mendoza||2||June 6, 1980||182||N/A||Live event|
|32||El Faraón||1||December 5, 1980||N/A||Mexico City, Distrito Federal||Live event|
|—||Vacated||1||1980/1981||N/A||N/A||N/A||Championship vacated for unknown reasons|
|33||El Solar||1||May 29, 1981||147||Mexico City, Distrito Federal||Live event||Defeated Cachorro Mendoza|
|34||Satánico, ElEl Satánico||2||October 23, 1981||119||N/A||Live event|
|35||Lizmark||1||February 19, 1982||2,204||Mexico City, Distrito Federal||Live event|
|36||Espectro Jr. (II)||1||March 3, 1983||86||Cuernavaca, Morelos||Live event|
|37||Lizmark||2||May 28, 1983||N/A||Puebla, Puebla||Live event|
|—||Vacated||1||1983||N/A||N/A||N/A||Championship vacated for unknown reasons|
|38||Ultraman||1||August 12, 1983||205||Mexico City, Distrito Federal||Live event||Defeated Águila Solitaria in a tournament final|
|39||Jerry Estrada||1||March 4, 1984||271||Mexico City, Distrito Federal||Live event|
|40||Atlantis||1||November 30, 1984||457||Mexico City, Distrito Federal||Live event|
|41||Talismán||1||March 2, 1986||273||Mexico City, Distrito Federal||Live event|
|42||Mogur||1||November 30, 1986||427||Mexico City, Distrito Federal||Live event|
|43||Satánico, ElEl Satánico||3||January 31, 1988||N/A||Mexico City, Distrito Federal||Live event|
|44||El Dandy||1||1989||N/A||N/A||Live event|
|45||Javier Cruz||1||July 26, 1990||35||Cuernavaca, Morelos||Live event|
|46||Emilio Charles Jr.||1||August 30, 1990||82||Cuernavaca, Morelos||Live event|
|47||Octagón||1||November 20, 1990||612||Mexico City, Distrito Federal||Live event|
|48||Blue Panther||1||July 24, 1992||665||León, Guanajuato||Live event|
|49||Octagón||2||April 30, 1994||27||Veracruz, Veracruz||Live event|
|50||Blue Panther||2||May 27, 1994||609||Tijuana, Baja California||Live event||Awarded the title by default when Octagón was unable to defend due to injury|
|51||El Hijo del Santo||1||January 26, 1996||233||Tijuana, Baja California||Live event|
|52||Fuerza Guerrera||1||September 15, 1996||867||Saltillo, Coahuila||Live event|
|53||Octagón||3||January 29, 1997||58||Naucalpan, Mexico||Live event|
|54||Pentagón (II)||1||March 28, 1997||417||Nezahualcóyotl, Mexico||Live event|
|55||Abismo Negro||1||May 19, 1998||253||Tlalnepantla de Baz, Mexico||Live event|
|56||Espectro Jr. (II)||2||January 27, 1999||141||Ecatepec de Morelos, Mexico||Live event|
|57||Máscara Sagrada Jr.||1||June 17, 1999||21||Toluca, Mexico||Live event|
|58||Espectro Jr. (II)||3||July 8, 1999||659||Toluca, Mexico||Live event|
|59||Pimpinela Escarlata||1||April 27, 2001}||473||Querétaro, Querétaro||Live event|
|60||Psicosis II||1||August 13, 2002||1,086||Huamantla, Tlaxcala||Live event|
|—||Vacated||1||August 3, 2005||N/A||N/A||N/A||Psicosis was stripped of the title for defending the title in a hardcore match against Histeria.|
|61||Zumbido||1||January 29, 2006||167||Salamanca, Guanajuato||Live event||Defeated Histeria in a tournament final to win the championship.|
|62||Octagón||4||July 15, 2006||877||Torreón, Coahuila||Live event|||
|—||Abandoned||1||December 8, 2008||N/A||N/A||N/A||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
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 ¤|
|7||Ciclón Veloz Jr.||1||983|
|8||Espectro Jr. (II)||3||886|
|25||El Hijo del Santo||1||233|
|26||José Luis Mendieta||1||219|
|34||Emilio Charles Jr.||1||82|
|36||Máscara Sagrada Jr.||1||21|
2006 Mexican Middleweight Title Tournament
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.
|First Round||Second Round||Semi-Final||Finals|
|El Hijo del Fantasma||W|
|8||El Hijo del Fantasma||W|
|El Hijo del Fantasma||L|
|5||Audaz II Jr.||L|
- 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.
- 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).
- 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
- "Campeones" (in Spanish). www.aaa.com.mx. Archived from the original on 2007-10-13. Retrieved 2007-10-15.
- "¿AAA dejará de contar campeonatos de terceros?". SuperLuchas (in Spanish). Retrieved 2009-02-22.
- 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"
- "Asistencia Asesoria y Administracion TripleMania". ProWrestlingHistory.com. Retrieved 2009-02-19.
- Ruiz Glez, Alex (September 7, 2010). "CMLL: 79 historias, 79 Aniversario, las 79 luchas estelares". SuperLuchas (in Spanish). Retrieved October 20, 2012.
- "2005 Lo Mejor de la Lucha Mexicana". SuperLuchas (in Spanish). January 3, 2006. issue 140.
- "Lo Mejor de la Lucha Libre Mexicana duranted el 2006". SuperLuchas (in Spanish). December 23, 2006. issue 192.
- "2007 Lo Mejor de la Lucha Mexicana". SuperLuchas (in Spanish). December 26, 2007. issue 244.
- "AAA Title Tournaments". Pro Wrestling History. Retrieved 2007-10-15.