Mexican National Welterweight Championship

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Mexican National Welterweight Championship
A masked wrestler posing on the second turnbuckle during a wrestling event
Rey Misterio, Jr., the 52nd Mexican National Welterweight Champion
Details
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) Soberano Jr.[1]
Date won May 12, 2017[1]

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][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.[3] 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.[4] 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.[1] 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.

Title history[edit]

Key
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.
Date Event Location Reign Days
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   [5]
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" [6]
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   [7]
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   [8]
67 Sangre Azteca December 17, 2006 Live event Mexico City, Mexico 1 973   [9]
68 Valiente August 16, 2009 Live event Mexico City, Mexico 1 698   [10]
69 Pólvora July 15, 2011 Live event Mexico City, Mexico 1 417   [11]
70 Titán September 4, 2012 Live event Mexico City, Mexico 1 197   [12]
Vacated March 20, 2013 Championship vacated due to an injury to Titán. [13]
71 Averno April 26, 2013 Arena Mexico 57th Anniversary Show Mexico City, Mexico 1 219 Defeated Místico II in a tournament final [14]
72 Titán December 1, 2013 Live event Mexico City, Mexico 2 518   [15]
73 Bárbaro Cavernario May 3, 2015 Live event Mexico City, Mexico 1 404   [16]
74 Rey Cometa June 10, 2016 CMLL Super Viernes Mexico City, Mexico 1 336   [17]
75 Soberano Jr. May 12, 2017 CMLL Super Viernes Mexico City, Mexico 1 462+   [1]

List of combined reigns[edit]

Key
Symbol Meaning
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 Karloff Lagarde 4 2,731¤
[Note 9]
2 El Santo 2 1,361¤
[Note 7]
3 Huracán Ramírez 3 1,238¤
[Note 12]
4 Tarzán López 1 1,026¤
[Note 5]
5 Ciclón Ramírez 3 983
6 Alberto Muñoz 1 979
7 Fishman 3 968
8 Sangre Azteca 1 973
9 Doctor X 1 794
10 El Torero 1 792
11 Titán 2 715
12 Lizmark 1 711
13 Valiente 1 698
14 Tigre Blanco 1 693
15 Águila Solitaria 1 605
16 La Máscara 1 583
17 Astro Rey, Jr. 1 581
18 Jalisco Gonzalez 1 538
19 Jack O'Brien 2 525
20 El Hijo del Santo 1 475
21 Talismán 2 449
22 Heavy Metal 2 448
23 Américo Rocca 3 443
24 El Supremo 1 422
25 Pólvora 1 417
26 Blue Demon 3 416¤
[Note 8]
27 Bárbaro Cavernario 1 404
28 Bestia Salvaje 1 388
30 Chamaco Valaguez 1 357
Ciclón Veloz 1 357
31 Psicosis 2 338
32 Rey Cometa 1 336
33 Gory Guerrero 1 309
34 Rizado Ruiz 1 294¤
[Note 11]
35 Mocho Cota 1 265
36 Fuerza Guerrera 1 241¤
[Note 13]
37 Lobo Negro 1 231
38 Averno 1 219
39 Arkangel de la Muerte 1 178
40 Karloff Lagarde Jr. 1 176
41 Símbolo 1 173
42 Kung Fu 1 154
43 Rey Misterio Jr. 1 121
44 El Salsero 1 117
45 Franco Columbo 1 92
46 El Dandy 1 77
47 Ángel Azteca 1 61
Ultraman 2000 1 61
49 El Marquez 1 53
50 Javier Excobar 1 45¤
[Note 10]
51 Nygma 1 42
52 Fantasma de la Quebrada 1 28
53 El Felino 1 11
54 Soberano Jr. 1 462+
55 Bobby Arreola 1 1¤
[Note 6]
Mario Nuñez 1 1¤
[Note 4]

1992 Championship tournament[edit]

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
                           
Ciclón Ramírez W  
Águila Solitaria       Ciclón Ramírez W  
Kato Kung Lee, Jr.     Talisman, Jr.    
Talisman, Jr. W       Ciclón Ramírez W  
Pegasso[Note 14] W       El Contado    
Babe Richard       Pegasso W
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    
El Vencedor    

April 2013 Championship tournament[edit]

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.[13] 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.[18] 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.[19] 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.[14]

Torneo Cibernetico order of elimination
# Eliminated Eliminated by
1 Sangre Azteca Fuego
2 Guerrero Maya, Jr. Volador, Jr.
3 Fuego Tiger
4 Namajague Disqualification
5 Rey Cometa Averno
6 Tiger Valiente
7 Valiente Volador, Jr.
8 Volador, Jr. Místico La Nueva Era
9 Místico La Nueva Era Winner
10 Averno Winner

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ 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.
  2. ^ 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).
  3. ^ Bobby Arreola and Mario Nuñez have reigns that could potentially be shorter than two days, Psicosis two-day reign is the shortest documented reign.
  4. ^ a b The exact date on which the title was vacated is unknown, which means the title reign lasted between 1 and 632 days.
  5. ^ a b The exact date on which the title was vacated is unknown, which means the title reign lasted between 1,026 and 1,390 days.
  6. ^ a b The exact date on which the title was vacated is unknown, which means the title reign lasted between 1 and 332 days.
  7. ^ a b The exact date on which the title was vacated is unknown, which means the title reign lasted between 999 and 1,363 days.
  8. ^ a b The exact date on which the title was vacated is unknown, which means the title reign lasted between 1 and 97 days.
  9. ^ a b The exact date on which the title was vacated is unknown, which means the title reign lasted between 248 and 565 days.
  10. ^ a b The exact date on which the title was vacated is unknown, which means the title reign lasted between 45 and 147 days.
  11. ^ a b The exact date Ruiz lost the championship is unknown, placing his reign at between 294 and 321 days.
  12. ^ a b The exact date Ramirez won the championship is unknown, placing his reign at between 343 and 370 days.
  13. ^ a b The exact date on which the title was vacated is unknown, which means the title reign lasted between 241 and 271 days.
  14. ^ Not the same wrestler who works as Pegasso today.

References[edit]

General source for title history before December 2004
  • Royal Duncan and Gary Will (2000). "Mexico: National Welterweight Title". Wrestling Title Histories. Archeus Communications. p. 392. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4. 
Specific
  1. ^ a b c d Ocampo, Ernesto, ed. (May 13, 2017). "CMLL – Atlantis toma a Rush por los cuernos; Soberano Jr., nuevo campeon Welter". Súper Luchas (in Spanish). Mexico City, Mexico: Impresos Camsam, SA de CV. Retrieved May 13, 2017. 
  2. ^ Arturo Montiel Rojas (August 30, 2001). "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 September 5, 2009. Articulo 242: "Welter 77 kilos / Medio 87 kilos" 
  3. ^ Madigan, Dan (2007). ""Okay... what is Lucha Libre?"". Mondo Lucha a Go Go: the bizarre and honorable world of wild Mexican wrestling. HarperColins Publisher. pp. 29–40. ISBN 978-0-06-085583-3. 
  4. ^ Royal Duncan and Gary Will (2000). Wrestling Title Histories. Archeus Communications. pp. 8–438. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4. 
  5. ^ Centinela, Teddy (February 26, 2015). "En un día como hoy… 1993: Heavy Metal se corona como campeón venciendo a Rey Mysterio… Comienza el torneo por el título de parejas CMLL". SuperLuchas Magazine (in Spanish). Retrieved July 1, 2015. 
  6. ^ Hoops, Brian (February 26, 2017). "Daily pro wrestling history (02/26): Verne Gagne wins AWA title on his birthday". Wrestling Observer Figure Four Online. Retrieved February 27, 2017. 
  7. ^ "SLAM Wrestling International -- 2000: The Year-In-Review Mexico". Slam Wrestling. Canoe.ca. Retrieved July 31, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Mexican National Welterweight Championship > Title Reigns > 13.05.2005 - 17.12.2006: La Mascara". CageMatch. Retrieved June 6, 2017. 
  9. ^ "Mexican National Welterweight Championship > Title Reigns > 17.12.2006 - 16.07.2009: Sangre Azteca". CageMatch. Retrieved June 6, 2017. 
  10. ^ "Mexican National Welterweight Championship > Title Reigns > 16.07.2009 - 15.07.2011: Valiente". CageMatch. Retrieved June 6, 2017. 
  11. ^ Rodríguez, Édgar (July 16, 2011). "Pólvora, nuevo Campeón Welter". Récord. Archived from the original on July 18, 2011. Retrieved July 16, 2011. 
  12. ^ Salazar López, Alexis A. (September 5, 2012). "Martes 4 de Septiembre del 2012". Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (in Spanish). Archived from the original on September 5, 2012. Retrieved September 5, 2012. 
  13. ^ a b "Titan renuncia al cameponato nacional welter" (in Spanish). SuperLuchas Magazine. March 21, 2013. Retrieved March 22, 2013. 
  14. ^ a b "¡Averno… monarca tramposo". Superluchas (in Spanish). SuperLucha Magazine. April 26, 2013. Retrieved April 27, 2013. 
  15. ^ "Titán recuperó el Campeonato Nacional Welter". MedioTiempo (in Spanish). December 2, 2013. Retrieved December 2, 2013. 
  16. ^ "Bárbaro Cavernario, nuevo Campeón Nacional Welter". MedioTiempo (in Spanish). May 4, 2015. Retrieved May 4, 2015. 
  17. ^ "Rey Cometa, nuevo campeón nacional welter". MedioTiempo (in Spanish). MSN. June 11, 2016. Retrieved June 11, 2016. 
  18. ^ Valdés, Apolo (April 20, 2013). "Místico y Averno por el Campeonato Nacional Welter". MedioTiempo (in Spanish). MSN. Retrieved April 20, 2013. 
  19. ^ "57 Aniversario de la Arena México: Rey Cometa vs. Namajague – Místico (II) vs. Averno – Final del Torneo "La Gran Alternativa" 2013". Superluchas.com (in Spanish). SuperLuchas Magazine. April 20, 2013. Retrieved April 20, 2013.