Mexican National Welterweight Championship
|Mexican National Welterweight Championship|
Rey Misterio, Jr., the 52nd Mexican National Welterweight Champion
Comisión de Box y Lucha Libre Mexico D.F. (Sanctioning body)|
Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (–1992, 1998–current)
Asistencia Asesoría y Administración (1992–1998)
|Date established||June 17, 1934|
|Current champion(s)||Soberano Jr.|
|Date won||May 12, 2017|
The Mexican National Welterweight Championship (Campeonato Nacional Peso Welter in Spanish) is a Mexican professional wrestling championship created and sanctioned by Comisión de Box y Lucha Libre Mexico D.F. (the Mexico City Boxing and Wrestling Commission). While the commission sanctions the title, it does not promote the events at which the title is defended. Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL) promotes the events and has the everyday control of the championship.[Note 1] The official definition of the welterweight weight class in Mexico is between 77 kg (170 lb) and 87 kg (192 lb), but is not always strictly enforced.[Note 2] Because Lucha Libre emphasizes the lower weight classes, this division is considered more important than the normally more prestigious heavyweight division of a promotion. 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. All title matches take place under two out of three falls rules.
The championship was created on June 17, 1934, making it the oldest professional wrestling championship still promoted. Documentation is unclear on the details of the tournament other than that Mario Nuñez won the title by defeating Tony Canales in the final on June 17, 1934. In the early days of the championship no single professional wrestling promotion had exclusive control of the championship, but as Empresa Mexicana de Lucha Libre (EMLL; later renamed Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre) became dominant it became the main promoter of the championship, with the Commission pre-approving the champions. After El Felino vacated the title in 1992, control of the championship was granted to Asistencia Asesoría y Administración (AAA), which promoted the title for the next six years. In 1998 control of the Welterweight Championship was returned to CMLL when Arkangel de la Muerte defeated El Toreo on a CMLL show. Since then the title has been promoted exclusively by CMLL.
Karloff Lagarde holds all "longevity" records for the championship. He has had the longest individual reign (1,859 days), the longest combined reign (2,731 days) and the most reigns of any champion, with four. Psicosis holds the record for the shortest reign, having held the title for only two days.[Note 3] Soberano Jr. is the current champion, having defeated Rey Cometa on May 12, 2017, to win the championship. It is Soberano Jr.'s first Welterweight Championship reign and first championship reign of any kind, he is the 75th overall champion and the 56th person to hold the title.
|No.||The overall championship reign|
|Reign||The reign number for the specific champion listed|
|Days||The number of the days that the champion held the title for|
|N/A||The specific information is not known|
|(NLT)||The championship change took place "no later than" the date listed|
|†||The championship change is not officially recognized by the promotion|
|+||The current reign is changing daily|
|No.||Champion||Championship change||Reign statistics||Notes||Ref.|
|1||Mario Nuñez||June 17, 1934||Live event||Mexico City, Mexico||1||[Note 4]||Defeated Tony Canales to become the first champion|
|—||Vacated||N/A||—||—||—||—||Championship vacated for unknown reasons.|
|2||Tarzán López||March 11, 1936||Live event||Mexico City, Mexico||1||[Note 5]||Defeated Dientes Hernández.|
|—||Vacated||1939||—||—||—||—||Championship vacated for unknown reasons.|
|3||Bobby Arreola||February 3, 1940||Live event||Mexico City, Mexico||1||[Note 6]||Won a tournament final|
|—||Vacated||1940||—||—||—||—||Arreola was stripped of the title due to injury|
|4||Lobo Negro||April 6, 1941||Live event||Mexico City, Mexico||1||231||Defeated Bobby Bonales in a tournament final|
|5||Jack O'Brien||November 23, 1941||Live event||Mexico City, Mexico||1||98|
|6||Ciclón Veloz||March 1, 1942||Live event||Puebla, Puebla||1||357|
|7||El Santo||February 21, 1943||Live event||Mexico City, Mexico||1||362|
|8||Jack O'Brien||February 18, 1944||Live event||Mexico City, Mexico||2||427|
|9||Gory Guerrero||April 20, 1945||Live event||Mexico City, Mexico||1||309|
|—||Vacated||February 23, 1946||—||—||—||—||Championship vacated after Guerrero won the NWA World Middleweight Championship|
|10||El Santo||1950 (n)||Live event||N/A||2||[Note 7]||Records unclear as to who Santo defeated, as well as when and where|
|11||Blue Demon||September 25, 1953||Live event||Mexico City, Mexico||1||[Note 8]|
|—||Vacated||1953||—||—||—||—||Championship vacated for unknown reasons|
|12||Jalisco Gonzalez||April 6, 1956||Live event||Guadalajara, Jalisco||1||538||Defeated El Enfermero in a tournament final|
|13||Karloff Lagarde||March 2, 1957||Live event||Mexico City, Mexico||1||1,859|
|14||Blue Demon||April 4, 1962||Live event||Mexico City, Mexico||2||24|
|15||Karloff Lagarde||April 28, 1962||Live event||Pachuca, Hidalgo||2||[Note 9]|
|—||Vacated||1963||—||—||—||—||Championship vacated, as Lagarde already held the NWA World Welterweight Championship|
|16||Javier Escobedo||November 15, 1963||Live event||Mexico City, Mexico||1||[Note 10]||Defeated Halcón Dorado in a tournament final|
|—||Vacated||1964||—||—||—||—||Championship vacated after Escobedo died in an automobile accident|
|17||Rizado Ruiz||April 13, 1964||Live event||Mexico City, Mexico||1||[Note 11]||Defeated Black Shadow in a tournament final|
|18||Huracán Ramírez||February 1965||Live event||Acapulco, Guerrero||1||[Note 12]|
|19||Alberto Muñoz||February 6, 1966||Live event||Guadalajara, Jalisco||1||979|
|—||Vacated||October 20, 1968||—||—||—||—||Championship vacated after Muñoz won the Mexican National Middleweight Championship|
|20||Huracán Ramírez||June 14, 1969||Live event||Mexico City, Mexico||2||87|
|21||Karloff Lagarde||September 9, 1969||Live event||Guadalajara, Jalisco||3||329|
|22||Huracán Ramírez||August 4, 1970||Live event||N/A||3||808|
|23||Karloff Lagarde||October 20, 1972||Live event||Mexico City, Mexico||4||295|
|24||El Marquez||August 11, 1973||Live event||Mexico City, Mexico||1||53|
|25||Fishman||October 3, 1973||Live event||Acapulco, Guerrero||1||577|
|—||Vacated||May 3, 1975||—||—||—||—||Championship vacated for reasons that have not been documented.|
|26||Fishman||October 12, 1975||Live event||Guadalajara, Jalisco||1||180||Defeated Alberto Muñoz in a tournament final.|
|—||Vacated||April 9, 1976||—||—||—||—||Championship vacated after Fishman won the NWA World Welterweight Championship|
|27||Blue Demon||July 30, 1976||Live event||Mexico City, Mexico||3||212||Defeated Mano Negra in a tournament final|
|28||Fishman||February 27, 1977||Live event||Guadalajara, Jalisco||3||211|
|29||Kung Fu||September 26, 1977||Live event||Guadalajara, Jalisco||1||154|
|30||Américo Rocca||February 7, 1978||Live event||Mexico City, Mexico||1||70|
|31||Lizmark||April 18, 1978||Live event||Acapulco, Guerrero||1||711|
|32||Américo Rocca||March 29, 1980||Live event||Mexico City, Mexico||2||217|
|33||Franco Columbo||November 1, 1980||Live event||Mexico City, Mexico||1||92|
|34||El Supremo||February 1, 1981||Live event||Guadalajara, Jalisco||1||422|
|35||Talismán||March 30, 1982||Live event||Mexico City, Mexico||1||227|
|36||Mocho Cota||November 12, 1982||Live event||Mexico City, Mexico||1||265|
|37||Chamaco Valaguez||August 4, 1983||Live event||Cuernavaca, Morelos||1||357|
|—||Vacated||July 26, 1984||—||—||—||—||Championship vacated after Valaquez won the NWA World Welterweight Championship.|
|38||Talismán||August 19, 1984||Live event||Mexico City, Mexico||2||222||Defeated Américo Rocca in a tournament final.|
|39||Américo Rocca||March 29, 1985||Live event||Mexico City, Mexico||3||156|
|40||El Dandy||September 1, 1985||Live event||Guadalajara, Jalisco||1||77|
|—||Vacated||November 17, 1985||—||—||—||—||Championship vacated after El Dandy won the NWA World Welterweight Championship|
|41||Fuerza Guerrera||December 3, 1985||Live event||Mexico City, Mexico||1||[Note 13]||Defeated Javier Cruz|
|—||Vacated||August 1986||—||—||—||—||Championship vacated after Fuerza Guerrera left EMLL|
|42||Símbolo||January 27, 1987||Live event||Mexico City, Mexico||1||173||Defeated Solar II in a tournament final|
|43||Águila Solitaria||July 19, 1987||Live event||Mexico City, Mexico||1||605|
|44||Bestia Salvaje||September 3, 1988||Live event||Mexico City, Mexico||1||388|
|45||Ángel Azteca||February 26, 1989||Live event||N/A||1||61|
|—||Vacated||April 28, 1989||—||—||—||—||Championship vacated after Ángel Azteca won the NWA World Middleweight Championship|
|46||Ciclón Ramírez||May 21, 1989||Live event||Mexico City, Mexico||1||430||Defeated Bestia Salvaje in a tournament final|
|47||Canelo Casas||July 25, 1990||Live event||Cuernavaca, Morelos||1||203|||
|48||Ciclón Ramírez||February 13, 1991||Live event||Acapulco, Guerrero||2||508|
|49||El Felino||July 5, 1992||Live event||Mexico City, Mexico||1||11|
|—||Vacated||July 16, 1992||—||—||—||—||Championship vacated after El Felino won the CMLL World Welterweight Championship|
|50||Ciclón Ramírez||August 16, 1992||Live event||Mexico City, Mexico||3||45||Defeated Fantasma de la Quebrada in the finals of a 16-man tournament.|
|51||Fantasma de la Quebrada||September 30, 1992||Live event||Acapulco, Guerrero||1||28|
|52||Rey Misterio, Jr.||October 28, 1992||Live event||Aguascalientes, Aguascalientes||1||121|
|53||Heavy Metal||February 26, 1993||Live event||Mexico City, Mexico||2||245||Previously held the title as "Canelo Casas"|||
|54||El Hijo del Santo||October 29, 1993||Live event||Mexico City, Mexico||1||475||El Hijo del Santo's WWA World Welterweight Championship was also at stake|
|55||Psicosis||February 16, 1995||Live event||Aguascalientes, Aguascalientes||1||336|
|56||Ultraman 2000||January 18, 1996||Live event||Tijuana, Baja California||1||61|
|—||Vacated||March 19, 1996||—||—||—||—||Championship vacated when Ultraman 2000 changed his identity to Damián 666|
|57||Psicosis||February 14, 1997||Live event||Xochimilco, Mexico||2||2||Defeated Super Elektra in a tournament final|
|58||El Salsero||February 16, 1997||Live event||Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua||1||117|
|59||Nygma||June 13, 1997||Live event||Xochimilco, Mexico||1||42|
|60||El Torero||July 25, 1997||Live event||Cuautitlán, Mexico||1||427|
|61||Arkangel de la Muerte||September 25, 1998||Live event||Acapulco, Guerrero||1||178|
|62||Astro Rey, Jr.||March 22, 1999||Live event||Puebla, Puebla||1||581|
|63||Karloff Lagarde, Jr.||October 23, 2000||Live event||Puebla, Puebla||1||176|||
|64||Tigre Blanco||April 17, 2001||Live event||Mexico City, Mexico||1||693|
|65||Doctor X||March 11, 2003||Live event||Mexico City, Mexico||1||794|
|66||La Máscara||May 13, 2005||Live event||Mexico City, Mexico||1||583|||
|67||Sangre Azteca||December 17, 2006||Live event||Mexico City, Mexico||1||973|||
|68||Valiente||August 16, 2009||Live event||Mexico City, Mexico||1||698|||
|69||Pólvora||July 15, 2011||Live event||Mexico City, Mexico||1||417|||
|70||Titán||September 4, 2012||Live event||Mexico City, Mexico||1||197|||
|—||Vacated||March 20, 2013||—||—||—||—||Championship vacated due to an injury to Titán.|||
|71||Averno||April 26, 2013||Arena Mexico 57th Anniversary Show||Mexico City, Mexico||1||219||Defeated Místico II in a tournament final|||
|72||Titán||December 1, 2013||Live event||Mexico City, Mexico||2||518|||
|73||Bárbaro Cavernario||May 3, 2015||Live event||Mexico City, Mexico||1||404|||
|74||Rey Cometa||June 10, 2016||CMLL Super Viernes||Mexico City, Mexico||1||336|||
|75||Soberano Jr.||May 12, 2017||CMLL Super Viernes||Mexico City, Mexico||1||462+|||
List of combined reigns
|†||Indicates the current champion|
|¤||The exact length of at least one title reign is uncertain, so the shortest possible length is used.|
|+||Indicates that the date changes daily for the current champion|
|Rank||Wrestler||No. of reigns||Combined days|
|17||Astro Rey, Jr.||1||581|
|20||El Hijo del Santo||1||475|
|39||Arkangel de la Muerte||1||178|
|40||Karloff Lagarde Jr.||1||176|
|43||Rey Misterio Jr.||1||121|
|52||Fantasma de la Quebrada||1||28|
|54||Soberano Jr. †||1||462+|
1992 Championship tournament
On July 16, 1992, then-reigning Mexican National Welterweight Champion El Felino defeated América to win his first ever CMLL World Heavyweight Championship. After winning the title El Felino vacates the Mexican National title to focus on his CMLL World Welterweight Championship. CMLL held a 16-man tournament over two days, starting on August 9 with the finals of the tournament the following week on August 15. All matches took place at the Pista Arena Revolucion in Mexico City, Mexico
|First round||Second round||Semifinals||Final|
|Águila Solitaria||Ciclón Ramírez||W|
|Kato Kung Lee, Jr.||Talisman, Jr.|
|Talisman, Jr.||W||Ciclón Ramírez||W|
|Pegasso[Note 14]||W||El Contado|
|El Cortado||W||El Contado|
|Ludwig Star||Ciclón Ramírez|
|Fantasma de la Quebrada||W||Fantasma de la Quebrada|
|Guerrero Samurai II||Fantasma de la Quebrada||W|
|Apolo Chino||W||Apolo Chino|
|El Mestizo||Fantasma de la Quebrada||W|
|Solar II||W||El Solar II|
|Bello Incognito||El Solar II||W|
|Gran Apache I||W||Gran Apache I|
April 2013 Championship tournament
The Mexican National Welterweight Championship was vacated on March 20, 2013 when the then-champion Titán was unable to defend the championship due to a long term injury. CMLL announced that they would hold a tournament for the vacant championship starting on April 19, 2013. 10 wrestlers would compete in a Torneo cibernetico elimination match with the last two wrestlers meeting at a later date in a match to determine the next champion. CMLL announced that Místico La Nueva Era, Valiente, Rey Cometa, Guerrero Maya, Jr., Fuego, Volador, Jr., Averno, Tiger, Sangre Azteca and Namajague. Of the group Valiente and Sagre Azteca had held the Welterweight championship before. The tournament saw Averno and Místico La Nueva Era outlast everyone to earn the rights to wrestle for the title on April 26, 2013 as the main event of CMLL's Arena Mexico 57th Anniversary Show. In the finals Averno, with the help of his cornerman Mephisto was able to defeat La Nueva Era to win the championship for the first time.
- Torneo Cibernetico order of elimination
|2||Guerrero Maya, Jr.||Volador, Jr.|
|8||Volador, Jr.||Místico La Nueva Era|
|9||Místico La Nueva Era||Winner|
- In this statement, "control" refers to the everyday use of the championship, determining which storylines the championship is being used in, who gets to challenge for it and how to use it in a public relations sense.
- The most recent case of this is Mephisto's holding the NWA World Welterweight Championship, a belt with an 87 kg (192 lb) upper limit, despite weighing 90 kg (200 lb).
- Bobby Arreola and Mario Nuñez have reigns that could potentially be shorter than two days, Psicosis two-day reign is the shortest documented reign.
- The exact date on which the title was vacated is unknown, which means the title reign lasted between 1 and 632 days.
- The exact date on which the title was vacated is unknown, which means the title reign lasted between 1,026 and 1,390 days.
- The exact date on which the title was vacated is unknown, which means the title reign lasted between 1 and 332 days.
- The exact date on which the title was vacated is unknown, which means the title reign lasted between 999 and 1,363 days.
- The exact date on which the title was vacated is unknown, which means the title reign lasted between 1 and 97 days.
- The exact date on which the title was vacated is unknown, which means the title reign lasted between 248 and 565 days.
- The exact date on which the title was vacated is unknown, which means the title reign lasted between 45 and 147 days.
- The exact date Ruiz lost the championship is unknown, placing his reign at between 294 and 321 days.
- The exact date Ramirez won the championship is unknown, placing his reign at between 343 and 370 days.
- The exact date on which the title was vacated is unknown, which means the title reign lasted between 241 and 271 days.
- Not the same wrestler who works as Pegasso today.
- General source for title history before December 2004
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Articulo 242: "Welter 77 kilos / Medio 87 kilos"
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- "Bárbaro Cavernario, nuevo Campeón Nacional Welter". MedioTiempo (in Spanish). May 4, 2015. Retrieved May 4, 2015.
- "Rey Cometa, nuevo campeón nacional welter". MedioTiempo (in Spanish). MSN. June 11, 2016. Retrieved June 11, 2016.
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