Mexican National Welterweight Championship
|Mexican National Welterweight Championship|
Rey Misterio, Jr., the 52nd Mexican National Welterweight Champion
|Promotion||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)||Rey Cometa|
|Date won||June 10, 2016|
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 in 1934, making it one of the oldest titles still promoted and older than any title promoted in the United States, Canada or Japan. 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] Rey Cometa is the current champion, having defeated Bárbaro Cavernario on June 10, 2016, to win the championship. It is Rey Cometa's first Welterweight Championship reign, he is the 74th overall champion and the 55th person to hold the title.
|#||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|
|—||Used for vacated reigns|
|N/A||The specific information is not known.|
|(n)||Used to indicate that the title change took place "no later than"[Note 4]|
|+||Indicates that the date changes daily for the current champion|
|1||Mario Nuñez||1||June 17, 1934||[Note 5]||Mexico City, Mexico||Live event||Defeated Tony Canales to become the first champion|
|—||Vacated||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||Championship vacated for unknown reasons.|
|2||López, TarzánTarzán López||1||March 11, 1936||[Note 6]||Mexico City, Mexico||Live event||Defeated Dientes Hernández.|
|—||Vacated||N/A||1939||N/A||N/A||N/A||Championship vacated for unknown reasons.|
|3||Bobby Arreola||1||February 3, 1940||[Note 7]||Mexico City, Mexico||Live event||Won a tournament final|
|—||Vacated||N/A||1940||N/A||N/A||N/A||Arreola was stripped of the title due to injury|
|4||Lobo Negro||1||April 6, 1941||231||Mexico City, Mexico||Live event||Defeated Bobby Bonales in a tournament final|
|5||Jack O'Brien||1||November 23, 1941||98||Mexico City, Mexico||Live event|
|6||Ciclón Veloz||1||March 1, 1942||357||Puebla, Puebla||Live event|
|7||Santo, ElEl Santo||1||February 21, 1943||362||Mexico City, Mexico||Live event|
|8||Jack O'Brien||2||February 18, 1944||427||Mexico City, Mexico||Live event|
|9||Guerrero, GoryGory Guerrero||1||April 20, 1945||309||Mexico City, Mexico||Live event|
|—||Vacated||N/A||February 23, 1946||N/A||N/A||N/A||Championship vacated after Guerrero won the NWA World Middleweight Championship|
|10||Santo, ElEl Santo||2||1950 (n)||[Note 8]||N/A||Live event||Records unclear as to who Santo defeated, as well as when and where|
|11||Blue Demon||1||September 25, 1953||[Note 9]||Mexico City, Mexico||Live event|
|—||Vacated||N/A||1953||N/A||N/A||N/A||Championship vacated for unknown reasons|
|12||Jalisco Gonzalez||1||April 6, 1956||538||Guadalajara, Jalisco||Live event||Defeated El Enfermero in a tournament final|
|13||Lagarde, KarloffKarloff Lagarde||1||March 2, 1957||1,859||Mexico City, Mexico||Live event|
|14||Blue Demon||2||April 4, 1962||24||Mexico City, Mexico||Live event|
|15||Lagarde, KarloffKarloff Lagarde||2||April 28, 1962||[Note 10]||Pachuca, Hidalgo||Live event|
|—||Vacated||N/A||1963||N/A||N/A||N/A||Championship vacated, as Lagarde already held the NWA World Welterweight Championship|
|16||Javier Escobedo||1||November 15, 1963||[Note 11]||Mexico City, Mexico||Live event||Defeated Halcón Dorado in a tournament final|
|—||Vacated||N/A||1964||N/A||N/A||N/A||Championship vacated after Escobedo died in an automobile accident|
|17||Rizado Ruiz||1||April 13, 1964||[Note 12]||Mexico City, Mexico||Live event||Defeated Black Shadow in a tournament final|
|18||Ramírez, HuracánHuracán Ramírez||1||February 1965||[Note 13]||Acapulco, Guerrero||Live event|||
|19||Muñoz, AlbertoAlberto Muñoz||1||February 6, 1966||979||Guadalajara, Jalisco||Live event|
|—||Vacated||N/A||October 20, 1968||N/A||N/A||N/A||Championship vacated after Muñoz won the Mexican National Middleweight Championship|
|20||Ramírez, HuracánHuracán Ramírez||2||June 14, 1969||87||Mexico City, Mexico||Live event|
|21||Lagarde, KarloffKarloff Lagarde||3||September 9, 1969||329||Guadalajara, Jalisco||Live event|
|22||Ramírez, HuracánHuracán Ramírez||3||August 4, 1970||808||N/A||Live event|
|23||Lagarde, KarloffKarloff Lagarde||4||October 20, 1972||295||Mexico City, Mexico||Live event|
|24||El Marquez||1||August 11, 1973||53||Mexico City, Mexico||Live event|
|25||Fishman||1||October 3, 1973||577||Acapulco, Guerrero||Live event|
|—||Vacated||N/A||May 3, 1975||N/A||N/A||N/A||Championship vacated for reasons that have not been documented.|
|26||Fishman||1||October 12, 1975||180||Guadalajara, Jalisco||Live event||Defeated Alberto Muñoz in a tournament final.|
|—||Vacated||N/A||April 9, 1976||N/A||N/A||N/A||Championship vacated after Fishman won the NWA World Welterweight Championship|
|27||Blue Demon||3||July 30, 1976||212||Mexico City, Mexico||Live event||Defeated Mano Negra in a tournament final|
|28||Fishman||3||February 27, 1977||211||Guadalajara, Jalisco||Live event|
|29||Kung Fu||1||September 26, 1977||154||Guadalajara, Jalisco||Live event|
|30||Rocca, AméricoAmérico Rocca||1||February 7, 1978||70||Mexico City, Mexico||Live event|
|31||Lizmark||1||April 18, 1978||711||Acapulco, Guerrero||Live event|
|32||Rocca, AméricoAmérico Rocca||2||March 29, 1980||217||Mexico City, Mexico||Live event|
|33||Columbo, FrancoFranco Columbo||1||November 1, 1980||92||Mexico City, Mexico||Live event|
|34||El Supremo||1||February 1, 1981||422||Guadalajara, Jalisco||Live event|
|35||Talismán||1||March 30, 1982||227||Mexico City, Mexico||Live event|
|36||Cota, MochoMocho Cota||1||November 12, 1982||265||Mexico City, Mexico||Live event|
|37||Valaguez, ChamacoChamaco Valaguez||1||August 4, 1983||357||Cuernavaca, Morelos||Live event|
|—||Vacated||N/A||July 26, 1984||N/A||N/A||N/A||Championship vacated after Valaquez won the NWA World Welterweight Championship.|
|38||Talismán||2||August 19, 1984||222||Mexico City, Mexico||Live event||Defeated Rocca, AméricoAmérico Rocca in a tournament final.|
|39||Rocca, AméricoAmérico Rocca||3||March 29, 1985||156||Mexico City, Mexico||Live event|
|40||Dandy, ElEl Dandy||1||September 1, 1985||77||Guadalajara, Jalisco||Live event|
|—||Vacated||N/A||November 17, 1985||N/A||N/A||N/A||Championship vacated after El Dandy won the NWA World Welterweight Championship|
|41||Fuerza Guerrera||1||December 3, 1985||[Note 14]||Mexico City, Mexico||Live event||Defeated Javier Cruz|
|—||Vacated||N/A||August 1986||N/A||N/A||N/A||Championship vacated after Fuerza Guerrera left EMLL|
|42||Símbolo||1||January 27, 1987||173||Mexico City, Mexico||Live event||Defeated Solar II in a tournament final|
|43||Águila Solitaria||1||July 19, 1987||605||Mexico City, Mexico||Live event|
|44||Bestia Salvaje||1||September 3, 1988||388||Mexico City, Mexico||Live event|
|45||Ángel Azteca||1||February 26, 1989||61||N/A||Live event|
|—||Vacated||N/A||April 28, 1989||N/A||N/A||N/A||Championship vacated after Ángel Azteca won the NWA World Middleweight Championship|
|46||Ramírez, CiclónCiclón Ramírez||1||May 21, 1989||430||Mexico City, Mexico||Live event||Defeated Bestia Salvaje in a tournament final|
|47||Canelo Casas||1||July 25, 1990||203||Cuernavaca, Morelos||Live event|||
|48||Ramírez, CiclónCiclón Ramírez||2||February 13, 1991||508||Acapulco, Guerrero||Live event|
|49||Felino, ElEl Felino||1||July 5, 1992||11||Mexico City, Mexico||Live event|
|—||Vacated||N/A||July 16, 1992||N/A||N/A||N/A||Championship vacated after El Felino won the CMLL World Welterweight Championship|
|50||Ramírez, CiclónCiclón Ramírez||3||August 16, 1992||45||Mexico City, Mexico||Live event||Defeated Fantasma de la Quebrada in the finals of a 16-man tournament.|
|51||Fantasma de la Quebrada||1||September 30, 1992||28||Acapulco, Guerrero||Live event|
|52||Rey Misterio, Jr.||1||October 28, 1992||121||Aguascalientes, Aguascalientes||Live event|
|53||Heavy Metal||2||February 26, 1993||245||Mexico City, Mexico||Live event||Previously held the title as "Canelo Casas"|
|54||Hijo del Santo, ElEl Hijo del Santo||1||October 29, 1993||475||Mexico City, Mexico||Live event||El Hijo del Santo's WWA World Welterweight Championship was also at stake|
|55||Psicosis||1||February 16, 1995||336||Aguascalientes, Aguascalientes||Live event|
|56||Ultraman 2000||1||January 18, 1996||61||Tijuana, Baja California||Live event|
|—||Vacated||N/A||March 19, 1996||N/A||N/A||N/A||Championship vacated when Ultraman 2000 changed his identity to Damián 666|
|57||Psicosis||2||February 14, 1997||2||Xochimilco, Mexico||Live event||Defeated Super Elektra in a tournament final|
|58||El Salsero||1||February 16, 1997||117||Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua||Live event|
|59||Nygma||1||June 13, 1997||42||Xochimilco, Mexico||Live event|
|60||Torero, ElEl Torero||1||July 25, 1997||427||Cuautitlán, Mexico||Live event|
|61||Arkangel de la Muerte||1||September 25, 1998||178||Acapulco, Guerrero||Live event|
|62||Astro Rey, Jr.||1||March 22, 1999||581||Puebla, Puebla||Live event|
|63||Lagarde, Jr., KarloffKarloff Lagarde, Jr.||1||October 23, 2000||176||Puebla, Puebla||Live event|||
|64||Tigre Blanco||1||April 17, 2001||693||Mexico City, Mexico||Live event|
|65||Doctor X||1||March 11, 2003||794||Mexico City, Mexico||Live event|
|66||La Máscara||1||May 13, 2005||583||Mexico City, Mexico||Live event|||
|67||Sangre Azteca||1||December 17, 2006||973||Mexico City, Mexico||Live event|||
|68||Valiente||1||August 16, 2009||698||Mexico City, Mexico||Live event|||
|69||Pólvora||1||July 15, 2011||417||Mexico City, Mexico||Live event|||
|70||Titán||1||September 4, 2012||197||Mexico City, Mexico||Live event|||
|—||Vacated||N/A||March 20, 2013||N/A||N/A||N/A||Championship vacated due to an injury to Titán.|||
|71||Averno||1||April 26, 2013||219||Mexico City, Mexico||Arena Mexico 57th Anniversary Show||Defeated Místico II in a tournament final|||
|72||Titán||2||December 1, 2013||518||Mexico City, Mexico||Live event|||
|73||Bárbaro Cavernario||1||May 3, 2015||404||Mexico City, Mexico||Live event|||
|74||Rey Cometa||1||June 10, 2016||137+||Mexico City, Mexico||CMLL Super Viernes|||
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|
|1||Lagarde, KarloffKarloff Lagarde||4||2,731¤
|2||Santo, ElEl Santo||2||1,361¤
|3||Ramírez, HuracánHuracán Ramírez||3||1,238¤
|4||López, TarzánTarzán López||1||1,026¤
|5||Ramírez, CiclónCiclón Ramírez||3||983|
|6||Muñoz, AlbertoAlberto Muñoz||1||979|
|10||Torero, ElEl Torero||1||792|
|17||Astro Rey, Jr.||1||581|
|20||Hijo del Santo, ElEl Hijo del Santo||1||475|
|23||Rocca, AméricoAmérico Rocca||3||443|
|30||Valaguez, ChamacoChamaco Valaguez||1||357|
|32||Guerrero, GoryGory Guerrero||1||309|
|34||Cota, MochoMocho Cota||1||265|
|38||Arkangel de la Muerte||1||178|
|39||Lagarde Jr., KarloffKarloff Lagarde Jr.||1||176|
|42||Rey Misterio Jr.||1||121|
|43||Salsero, ElEl Salsero||1||117|
|44||Columbo, FrancoFranco Columbo||1||92|
|45||Dandy, ElEl Dandy||1||77|
|51||Fantasma de la Quebrada||1||28|
|52||Felino, ElEl Felino||1||11|
|53||Rey Cometa †||1||137+|
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 15]||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 the 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 regin is the shortest documented reign.
- This is indicated when no specific date of the title change is found but a record of the new champion defending the championship.
- 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.
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