Mexican National Middleweight Championship

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Mexican National Middleweight Championship
Octagón.jpg
Octagón, the most recent champion
Details
Promotion Asistencia Asesoría y Administración
Date established 1933
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.

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. 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.
No. Champion Reign Date Days held Location Event Notes Ref.
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 January 1, 19391938/1939 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 December 16, 1941 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 Santo, ElEl Santo 1 March 19, 1943 43 N/A Live event    
9 Bonales, BobbyBobby Bonales 1 June 1, 1943 N/A N/A Live event   [5]
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 Guerrero, GoryGory Guerrero 1 September 25, 1945 N/A Mexico City, Distrito Federal EMLL 12th Anniversary Show   [6]
Vacated 1945/1946 N/A N/A Championship vacated for unknown reasons  
13 Santo, ElEl Santo 2 May 31, 1946 N/A N/A Live event Defeated Tuffy Truesdale  
14 Gladiador, ElEl Gladiador 1 N/A N/A N/A Live event    
15 Santo, ElEl Santo 3 May 31, 1956 1,758 Mexico City, Distrito Federal Live event    
16 Lagarde, KarloffKarloff Lagarde 1 March 24, 1961 826 N/A Live event    
17 Santo, ElEl Santo 4 June 28, 1963 1,455 N/A Live event    
18 Guajardo, RenéRené Guajardo 1 June 22, 1967 261 N/A Live event    
19 Muñoz, AlbertoAlberto Muñoz 1 March 9, 1968 621 N/A Live event    
20 Guajardo, RenéRené 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    
25 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 Aguayo, PerroPerro Aguayo 1 February 28, 1977 11 Mexico City, Distrito Federal Live event    
Vacated March 11, 1977 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 1978/1979 N/A N/A Championship vacated for unknown reasons  
29 Mendoza, CachorroCachorro 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 Faraón, ElEl Faraón 1 December 5, 1980 N/A Mexico City, Distrito Federal Live event    
Vacated 1980/1981 N/A N/A Championship vacated for unknown reasons  
33 Solar, ElEl 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 1983 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 Dandy, ElEl Dandy 1 1989 N/A N/A Live event    
45 Javier Cruz 1 July 26, 1990 35 Cuernavaca, Morelos Live event    
46 Charles Jr., EmilioEmilio 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 Hijo del Santo, ElEl 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 August 3, 2005 N/A N/A Psicosis was stripped of the title for defending the title in a hardcore match against Histeria. [7]
61 Zumbido 1 January 29, 2006 167 Salamanca, Guanajuato Live event Defeated Histeria in a tournament final to win the championship. [8]
62 Octagón 4 July 15, 2006 877 Torreón, Coahuila Live event   [9]
Abandoned December 8, 2008 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[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.[10]

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. ^ "2005 Lo Mejor de la Lucha Mexicana". SuperLuchas (in Spanish). January 3, 2006. issue 140. 
  8. ^ "Lo Mejor de la Lucha Libre Mexicana duranted el 2006". SuperLuchas (in Spanish). December 23, 2006. issue 192. 
  9. ^ "2007 Lo Mejor de la Lucha Mexicana". SuperLuchas (in Spanish). December 26, 2007. issue 244. 
  10. ^ "AAA Title Tournaments". Pro Wrestling History. Retrieved 2007-10-15. 

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