Mexican National Middleweight Championship
|Mexican National Middleweight Championship|
Octagón, the most recent champion
|Promotion||Asistencia Asesoría y Administración|
|Date retired||December 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.
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. 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.||Overall reign number|
|Reign||Reign number for the specific champion|
|Days||Number of days held|
|(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.|
|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||1938/1939||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|||
|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|||
|—||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|||
|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.|||
|61||Zumbido||January 29, 2006||Live event||Salamanca, Guanajuato||1||167||Defeated Histeria in a tournament final to win the championship.|||
|62||Octagón||July 15, 2006||Live event||Torreón, Coahuila||4||877|||
|—||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
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.
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- Ruiz Glez, Alex (September 7, 2010). "CMLL: 79 historias, 79 Aniversario, las 79 luchas estelares". SuperLuchas (in Spanish). Retrieved October 20, 2012.
- 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.
- "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.