NWA World Middleweight Championship

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NWA World Middleweight Championship
A close of up of a masked wrestler, wearing a blue fabric mask with white horns and white tassels from the back of the mask.
Averno, the 85th NWA World Middleweight Champion
Details
Date established 1939
Date retired August 12, 2010
Promotion Empresa Mexicana de Lucha Libre
(1939—1990)
Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre
(1990—1994, 2003—2010)
Último Dragón
(1994—2003)
Other name(s)
World Middleweight Championship (1939—1952)[G]

The NWA World Middleweight Championship was a professional wrestling championship in the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) between 1939 and 2010. For the majority of its existence, it was defended in the Mexican lucha libre promotion Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL), who called it the Campeonato Mundial Peso Medio de NWA. Like all professional wrestling championships, its holders were determined by promoters or promotions, not by athletic competition. The official middleweight limits in lucha libre are 82 kg (181 lb) to 87 kg (192 lb), but this rule is broken when convenient.[Note 3][2]

The championship was created as the "World Middleweight Championship" in early 1939, by Salvador Lutteroth, owner of Empresa Mexicana de Lucha Libre (EMLL).[G] He awarded it to Gus Kallio, a five-time National Wrestling Association World Middleweight Champion, nicknamed "The King of the Middleweights" in the United States.[G][3] When Octavio Gaona defeated Kallio on March 29, 1939, he won both middleweight championships. The National Wrestling Association title was retired in 1940, to give prominence to Lutteroth's creation.[4] When EMLL joined the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) in 1952, the belt was prefixed with "NWA".[5]

In the early 1990s, EMLL withdrew from the NWA and changed its name to Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL).[6] CMLL retained ownership of three NWA-branded championships which originated in the promotion.[G] The other two were the NWA World Welterweight Championship and the NWA World Light Heavyweight Championship. All continued to be billed as "Campeonatos de NWA". In 1994, Último Dragón bought the NWA World Middleweight Championship and its booking rights from CMLL.[G] He chose himself as the first champion, and won it in a Wrestle and Romance (WAR) match with Corazón de León on November 8, 1994, in Korakuen Hall, after which he began promoting the title exclusively in Japan, holding it himself until vacating it in 1998. In 2003, after ending The Great Sasuke's long reign, Dragón signed with World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) and returned the championship to CMLL. Averno defeated Zumbido to win the vacant title in its first CMLL match since 1994.[7]

In March 2010, Blue Demon Jr., the president of NWA Mexico, demanded that CMLL (a non-member of NWA Mexico) cease promoting the NWA-branded championships, declaring that all three championships had been vacated as far as the NWA was concerned.[8] NWA Mexico had already tried to reclaim CMLL's three NWA-branded titles on a previous occasion. CMLL ignored both requests; the NWA Welterweight Champion, Mephisto, commented instead that "the titles belong to CMLL", thus the NWA could not vacate them.[9] On August 12, 2010, CMLL unveiled the new NWA World Historic Middleweight Championship to replace the original championship, which it conceded to NWA Mexico.[10] The NWA has not determined a champion since.

Since 1939 45 wrestlers have shared 84 NWA Middleweight Championship reigns. René Guajardo held the championship a record six times. Tarzán López' four reigns totalled 2,948 days, the longest of any champion. The Great Sasuke had the longest single reign, at 1,548 days. Emilio Charles, Jr. had the shortest reign at 11 days.

Title history[edit]

Key
Symbol Meaning
No. The overall championship reign
Reign The reign number for the specific wrestler listed.
Event The event in which the championship changed hands
N/A The specific information is not known
Used for vacated reigns in order to not count it as an official reign
[Note] Indicates that the exact length of the title reign is unknown, with a note providing more details.
No. Champion Reign Date Days held Location Event Notes Ref.
1 Kallio, GusGus Kallio 1 N/A [Note 4] N/A Live event Gus Kallio was awarded the championship in late 1938 or early 1939 due to the fact that he already held the World Middleweight Championship in the United States. [G]
2 Gaona, OctavioOctavio Gaona 1 February 19, 1939 350 Mexico City, Distrito Federal Live event Octavio Gaona won the championship to permanently establish it as an EMLL title. He also won Kallio's other World Middleweight Championship. [G]
3 Tarzán López 1 February 4, 1940 681 Mexico City, Distrito Federal Live event López won both versions of the World Middleweight Championship. After this title change only the Mexican version remained active. [G]
4 Guzmán, BlackBlack Guzmán 1 December 16, 1941 57 Mexico City, Distrito Federal Live event   [G]
5 Tarzán López 2 February 11, 1942 1,473 Mexico City, Distrito Federal Live event   [G]
6 Guerrero, GoryGory Guerrero 1 February 23, 1946 782 Mexico City, Distrito Federal Live event   [G]
7 Mike Kelly 1 April 12, 1948 411 Mexico City, Distrito Federal Live event   [G]
8 Tarzán López 3 May 28, 1949 481 N/A Live event   [G]
9 Sito, SugiSugi Sito 1 September 21, 1950 368 Mexico City, Distrito Federal EMLL 17th Anniversary Show   [G][11]
10 Llanes, EnriqueEnrique Llanes 1 September 24, 1951 132 Mexico City, Distrito Federal EMLL 18th Anniversary Show   [G][11]
Vacated February 3, 1952 N/A N/A EMLL vacated the championship for undocumented reasons. [G]
11 Tarzán López 4 July 13, 1952 342 Mexico City, Distrito Federal Live event Tarzán López won a tournament to win the vacant title. [G]
12 Sito, SugiSugi Sito 2 June 20, 1953 195 Mexico City, Distrito Federal Live event   [G]
13 Santo 1 January 1, 1954 1,021 Mexico City, Distrito Federal Live event   [G]
14 Vera, RolandoRolando Vera 1 October 19, 1956 1,455 Monterrey, Nuevo León Live event   [G]
15 Guajardo, RenéRené Guajardo 1 October 13, 1960 415 Monterrey, Nuevo León Live event   [G]
16 Antonio Posa 1 December 2, 1961 140 Mexico City, Distrito Federal Live event   [G]
17 Guajardo, RenéRené Guajardo 2 April 18, 1962 190 Mexico City, Distrito Federal Live event   [G]
18 Rayo de Jalisco 1 October 25, 1962 583 Mexico City, Distrito Federal Live event   [G]
19 Benny Galant 1 May 30, 1964 118 Mexico City, Distrito Federal Live event   [G]
20 Rayo de Jalisco 2 September 25, 1964 196 Mexico City, Distrito Federal EMLL 31st Anniversary Show   [G][11]
21 Guajardo, RenéRené Guajardo 3 April 9, 1965 400 Mexico City, Distrito Federal Live event   [G]
22 Jerry London 1 May 14, 1966 48 Mexico City, Distrito Federal Live event   [G]
23 Guajardo, RenéRené Guajardo 4 July 1, 1966 253 Monterrey, Nuevo León Live event   [G]
24 Mendoza, RayRay Mendoza 1 March 10, 1967 [Note 5] Mexico City, Distrito Federal Live event   [G][12]
Vacated May 1967 N/A N/A EMLL vacated the championship for undocumented reasons. [G]
25 Guajardo, RenéRené Guajardo 5 July 29, 1967 629 N/A Live event Guajardo won a decision match for the vacant title. [G]
26 Rayo de Jalisco 3 April 18, 1969 119 Mexico City, Distrito Federal Live event   [G]
27 Solitario, ElEl Solitario 1 August 15, 1969 378 Mexico City, Distrito Federal EMLL 36th Anniversary Show   [G][11]
28 Mashio Koma 1 June 28, 1970 161 Mexico City, Distrito Federal Live event   [G]
29 Aníbal 1 December 6, 1970 845 Mexico City, Distrito Federal Live event   [G]
30 Guajardo, RenéRené Guajardo 6 March 30, 1973 [Note 6] Mexico City, Distrito Federal Live event   [G]
Vacated 1974 N/A N/A EMLL vacated the championship for undocumented reasons. [G]
31 Aníbal 2 September 20, 1974 [Note 7] Mexico City, Distrito Federal EMLL 41st Anniversary Show Aníbal defeated El Cobarde in a decision match to win the title. [G][11]
Vacated May 1975 N/A N/A The championship was vacated when Aníbal left EMLL to work for the Universal Wrestling Association. [G]
32 Aguayo, PerroPerro Aguayo 1 July 4, 1975 476 Mexico City, Distrito Federal Live event Perro Aguayo won a tournament to claim the vacant championship. [G]
33 Faraón, ElEl Faraón 1 October 22, 1976 140 Mexico City, Distrito Federal Live event   [G]
34 Aguayo, PerroPerro Aguayo 2 March 11, 1977 114 Mexico City, Distrito Federal Live event   [G]
35 Mendoza, RingoRingo Mendoza 1 July 3, 1977 101 Guadalajara, Jalisco Live event   [G]
36 Joe Plardy 1 October 12, 1977 44 Acapulco, Guerrero Live event   [G]
37 Faraón, ElEl Faraón 2 November 25, 1977 84 Mexico City, Distrito Federal Live event   [G]
38 Mendoza, RingoRingo Mendoza 2 February 17, 1978 51 Los Angeles, California Live event   [G]
39 Aguayo, PerroPerro Aguayo 3 April 9, 1978 75 Guadalajara, Jalisco Live event   [G]
40 Mendoza, RingoRingo Mendoza 3 June 23, 1978 51 Mexico City, Distrito Federal Live event   [G]
41 Salazar, TonyTony Salazar 1 August 13, 1978 174 Mexico City, Distrito Federal Live event   [G]
42 Mendoza, RingoRingo Mendoza 4 February 3, 1979 218 Acapulco, Guerrero Live event   [G]
43 Sayama, SatoruSatoru Sayama 1 September 9, 1979 201 Guadalajara, Jalisco Live event   [G]
44 Satánico, ElEl Satánico 1 March 28, 1980 20 Mexico City, Distrito Federal Live event   [G]
45 Mendoza, CachorroCachorro Mendoza 1 April 17, 1980 59 Monterrey, Nuevo León Live event   [G]
46 Sangre Chicana 1 June 15, 1980 217 Monterrey, Nuevo León Live event   [G]
47 Salazar, TonyTony Salazar 1 January 18, 1981 54 Monterrey, Nuevo León Live event   [G][13]
48 Sangre Chicana 2 March 13, 1981 21 Mexico City, Distrito Federal Live event   [G][13]
49 Mendoza, RingoRingo Mendoza 5 April 3, 1981 240 Mexico City, Distrito Federal Live event   [G][13]
50 Faraón, ElEl Faraón 3 November 29, 1981 124 Guadalajara, Jalisco Live event   [G][13]
51 César Curiel 1 April 2, 1982 206 Mexico City, Distrito Federal Live event   [G]
52 Satánico, ElEl Satánico 2 October 25, 1982 0 Mexico City, Distrito Federal Live event   [G]
53 El Jalisco 1 October 25, 1982 139 Guadalajara, Jalisco Live event   [G]
54 Satánico, ElEl Satánico 3 March 13, 1983 82 N/A Live event   [G]
55 Lizmark 1 June 3, 1983 182 Mexico City, Distrito Federal Live event   [G]
56 Satánico, ElEl Satánico 4 December 2, 1983 250 Mexico City, Distrito Federal Live event   [G]
57 Gran Cochisse 1 August 8, 1984 37 Mexico City, Distrito Federal Live event   [G][14]
58 Satánico, ElEl Satánico 5 September 14, 1984 16 Mexico City, Distrito Federal Live event   [G][14]
59 Gran Cochisse 2 September 30, 1984 49 Guadalajara, Jalisco Live event   [G][14]
60 Gran Hamada 1 November 18, 1984 138 Mexico City, Distrito Federal Live event   [G][14]
61 Fiera, LaLa Fiera 1 April 5, 1985 106 Mexico City, Distrito Federal Live event   [G]
62 Valaguez, ChamacoChamaco Valaguez 1 July 20, 1985 302 Puebla, Puebla Live event   [G]
63 Gran Cochisse 3 May 18, 1986 152 N/A Live event   [G]
64 Kung Fu 1 October 17, 1986 273 Mexico City, Distrito Federal Live event   [G]
65 Dandy, ElEl Dandy 1 July 17, 1987 81 Mexico City, Distrito Federal Live event   [G][15]
66 Kung Fu 2 October 6, 1987 248 Mexico City, Distrito Federal Live event   [G][15]
67 Atlantis 1 June 10, 1988 37 Mexico City, Distrito Federal Live event   [G]
68 Charles Jr., EmilioEmilio Charles Jr. 1 July 17, 1988 11 Mexico City, Distrito Federal[16] Live event   [G]
69 Atlantis 2 July 28, 1988 15 Mexico City, Distrito Federal[17] Live event   [G]
70 Charles Jr., EmilioEmilio Charles Jr. 2 August 12, 1988 259 Mexico City, Distrito Federal Live event   [G]
71 Ángel Azteca 1 April 28, 1989 400 Mexico City, Distrito Federal[18] Live event   [G][19]
72 Dandy, ElEl Dandy 2 June 2, 1990 60 Mexico City, Distrito Federal Live event   [G]
73 Atlantis 3 August 1, 1990 945 Acapulco, Guerrero Live event   [G]
74 Mano Negra 1 March 3, 1993 81 Acapulco, Guerrero Live event   [G][20]
75 Oro 1 May 23, 1993 41 N/A Live event   [G][20]
76 Mano Negra 2 July 3, 1993 155 Puebla, Puebla Live event   [G][20]
77 Corazón de León 1 December 4, 1993 339 Mexico City, Distrito Federal Live event   [G][20]
78 Último Dragón 1 November 8, 1994 [Note 8] Tokyo, Japan Live event Match promoted by WAR. Último Dragón stops defending the title around 1996. [G]
Vacated 1998 N/A N/A Último Dragón was forced to vacate the championship due to an arm injury. [G]
79 Great Sasuke, TheThe Great Sasuke 1 February 7, 1999 1,487 Yokohama, Japan Live event Great Sasuke defeated Tokyo Magnum in tournament final to win the championship. [G]
80 Último Dragón 2 March 5, 2003 [Note 9] Sendai, Miyagi, Japan Live event   [21]
Vacated April 2003 N/A N/A The championship was vacated when Último Dragon began to work for World Wrestling Entertainment.[21] [G]
81 Averno 1 September 3, 2004 120 Mexico City, Distrito Federal Live event Averno defeated Zumbido in a decision match for the vacant championship. [7]
82 Místico 1 January 1, 2005 496 Mexico City, Distrito Federal Super Viernes   [22][23]
83 Black Warrior 1 May 12, 2006 474 Mexico City, Distrito Federal Super Viernes   [24]
84 Místico 2 April 29, 2007 215 Mexico City, Distrito Federal Dia de los Niños   [25]
85 Averno 2 November 30, 2007 986 Mexico City, Distrito Federal Super Viernes CMLL replaced the championship with the NWA World Historic Middleweight Championship on August 12, 2010. [25]
Vacated August 12, 2010 N/A N/A The championship was vacated when CMLL returned it to NWA. [26]

Reigns by combined length[edit]

A color photograph of a Japanese man in a black mask with a white front and red and blue markings pointing at the camera
The Great Sasuke, who had the longest individual reign of any NWA World Middleweight Champion.
A color photograph of a Japanese wrestler wearing a light blue mask, cape and trunks posing on a turnbuckle with his hands in the air
Último Dragón, brought the championship to Japan
A color photograph of a Caucasian wrestler smiling as he leans back against the ropes.
Chris Jericho, who as Corazón de León, lost the championship in Japan to signal the transition from CMLL's control.
Key
Symbol Meaning
¤ The exact length of at least one title reign is uncertain, so the shortest possible length is used.
Rank Champion No. of reigns Combined days
1 Tarzán López 4 2,977
2 Guajardo, RenéRené Guajardo 6 1,937¤ [Note 6]
3 Great Sasuke 1 1,487
4 Vera, RolandoRolando Vera 1 1,455
5 Último Dragón 2 1,177¤ [Note 8][Note 9]
6 Aníbal 2 1122¤ [Note 7]
7 Averno 2 1,106
8 Santo, ElEl Santo 1 1,021
9 Atlantis 3 997
10 Rayo de Jalisco 3 898
11 Guerrero, GoryGory Guerrero 1 782
12 Místico 2 711
13 Aguayo, PerroPerro Aguayo 3 665
14 Mendoza, RingoRingo Mendoza 5 662
15 Sito, SugiSugi Sito 2 564
16 Kung Fu 2 521
17 Black Warrior 1 474
18 Mike Kelly 1 411
19 Ángel Azteca 1 400
20 Satánico, ElEl Satánico 5 388
21 Solitario, ElEl Solitario 1 378
22 Gaona, OctavioOctavio Gaona 1 350
23 Faraón, ElEl Faraón 3 348
24 Corazón de León 1 339
25 Valaguez, ChamacoChamaco Valaguez 1 302
26 Charles Jr., EmilioEmilio Charles Jr. 2 270
27 Gran Cochisse 3 238
28 Sangre Chicana 2 237
29 Mano Negra 2 236
30 Salazar, TonyTony Salazar 2 228
31 César Curiel 1 206
32 Sayama, SatoruSatoru Sayama 1 201
33 Lizmark 1 182
34 Mashio Koma 1 161
35 Dandy, ElEl Dandy 2 141
36 Antonio Posa 1 140
37 El Jalisco 1 139
38 Gran Hamada 1 138
39 Llanes, EnriqueEnrique Llanes 1 132
40 Benny Galant 1 118
41 Fiera, LaLa Fiera 1 106
42 Mendoza, CachorroCachorro Mendoza 1 59
43 Guzmán, BlackBlack Guzmán 1 57
44 Mendoza, RayRay Mendoza 1 51¤ [Note 5]
45 Jerry London 1 48
46 Joe Plardy 1 44
47 Oro 1 41
48 Gus Kallio 1 ¤ [Note 4]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ The official weight of some of the champions have not been documented, making it possible that there was a heavier champion
  2. ^ The official weight of some of the champions have not been documented, making it possible that there was a lighter champion
  3. ^ One example of the weight limits being ignored was El Satánico holding the title, despite weighing 97 kg (214 lb).
  4. ^ a b The length of Gus Kallio's title reign is too uncertain to calculate.
  5. ^ a b The exact date on which Ray Mendoza vacated the championship is unknown, which means the title reign lasted between 51 and 81 days.
  6. ^ a b The exact date on which René Guajardo vacated the championship during his sixth reign is unknown, which means the title reign lasted between 277 and 538 days.
  7. ^ a b The exact date on which Aníbal vacated the championship during his second reign is unknown, which means the title reign lasted between 223 and 253 days.
  8. ^ a b The exact date on which Último Dragon vacated the championship during his first reign is unknown, which means the title reign lasted between 1,150 and 1,514 days.
  9. ^ a b The exact date on which Último Dragon vacated the championship during his second reign is unknown, which means the title reign lasted between 27 and 57 days.

References[edit]

General source for title changes before 2000

[G] - Royal Duncan & Gary Will (2006). "Mexico: EMLL NWA World Middlweight Title". Wrestling Title Histories (4th ed.). Archeus Communications. pp. 389–390. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4. 

Specific
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  11. ^ a b c d e Ruiz Glez, Alex (September 7, 2010). "CMLL: 79 historias, 79 Aniversario, las 79 luchas estelares". SuperLuchas (in Spanish). Retrieved October 20, 2012. 
  12. ^ Centinela, Teddy (March 10, 2015). "En un día como hoy… 1967: Ray Mendoza vence a René Guajardo y conquista el Campeonato Mundial de Peso Medio NWA". SuperLuchas Magazine (in Spanish). Retrieved July 1, 2015. 
  13. ^ a b c d "1981 Especial!". Box y Lucha Magazine (in Spanish). January 7, 1982. pp. 2–28. issue 1501. 
  14. ^ a b c d "1984 Especial!". Box y Lucha Magazine (in Spanish). January 10, 1985. pp. 2–28. issue 1656. 
  15. ^ a b "1986 Especial!". Box y Lucha Magazine (in Spanish). January 8, 1987. pp. 2–28. issue 1760. 
  16. ^ "EMLL Super Viernes". Cagematch. July 17, 1988. Retrieved July 29, 2015. 
  17. ^ "EMLL Super Viernes". Cagematch. July 28, 1988. Retrieved July 29, 2015. 
  18. ^ "EMLL Super Viernes". Cagematch. April 28, 1989. Retrieved July 29, 2015. 
  19. ^ "1988 Especial!". Box y Lucha Magazine (in Spanish). January 10, 1989. pp. 2–28. issue 1864. 
  20. ^ a b c d "1992 Especial!". Box y Lucha Magazine (in Spanish). January 10, 1993. pp. 2–28. issue 2072. 
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  25. ^ a b "2007 Lo Mejor de la Lucha Mexicana". SuperLuchas (in Spanish). December 26, 2007. 244. Retrieved July 11, 2009. 
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