NWA World Welterweight Championship
|NWA World Welterweight Championship|
|Promotion||Empresa Mexicana de Lucha Libre
Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre
New Japan Pro Wrestling
Toryumon Japan / Mexico
NWA Mexico (2010–present)
|Date established||March 15, 1946[A]|
|Date won||April 24, 2016|
World Welterweight Championship (1946–1952)[A]
The NWA World Welterweight Championship (Spanish: Campeonato Mundial Welter de NWA) is a professional wrestling championship governed by the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) and currently promoted by NWA Mexico. The championship was originally created by the Mexican promotion Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL) in 1949. The promotion had control of the championship from 1946 until 1996 and again from 2007 until 2010. From 1996 until 2007 the championship was promoted mainly in Japan, first as one of eight championships that made up the New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) J-Crown Championship. After the J-Crown was discontinued the title remained in Japan being promoted by the Toryumon promotion up until 2007 when it returned to Mexico and CMLL. CMLL was a member of the National Wrestling Alliance up until the late 1980s, but chose to keep the championship and the NWA prefix after leaving the NWA. As it is a professional wrestling championship, its holders are determined by promoters or promotions, not by athletic competition. The official definition of the welterweight weight limit in Mexico is 70 kg (150 lb) to 78 kg (172 lb), but promotions have ignored the weight limit at times and crowned champions both heavier and lighter than the rules defined.[Note 3]
The championship predates the creation of the National Wrestling Alliance in 1948 and was initially known simply as the "World Welterweight Championship", promoted by Empresa Mexicana de Lucha Libre (EMLL). When EMLL joined the National Wrestling Alliance in 1952, the title was given the NWA prefix. In the late 1980s, EMLL withdrew from the NWA and changed its name to Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL). CMLL retained ownership of three NWA-branded championships which originated in the promotion.[A] The other two were the NWA World Middleweight Championship and the NWA World Light Heavyweight Championship. All continued to be billed as "Campeonatos de NWA".
In 1992, the then-champion Misterioso left CMLL to join the newly formed Asistencia Asesoría y Administración (AAA), vacating the championship as a result. CMLL had recently created the CMLL World Welterweight Championship and thus did not promote the championship for three years.[A] Negro Casas defeated El Hijo del Santo in a tournament final as CMLL brought the championship back in the winter of 1995. The following August Casas was one of eight champions to compete in a NJPW-promoted tournament to unify the championships into the "J-Crown" championship. Casas lost in the first round to Shinjiro Ohtani, marking the first time the championship changed hands outside of Mexico. The championship would switch hands in each round of the tournament as Último Dragón won it the next night and then Great Sasuke, who won the tournament. In 1996 and 1997 the championship was defended as part of the J-Crown until the J-Crown was broken up into the original individual championships, after which it was once again inactive until early 1999 when Dragon Kid became the first Toryumon-promoted champion. From 1999 until 2007 the championship was promoted exclusively by Toryumon, mainly in Japan and occasionally in Torymon's Mexican branch. On November 27, 2007 CMLL wrestler La Sombra won the title from Hajime Ohara on a Toryumon Mexico show, bringing the championship back under the control of CMLL.
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. 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 championships belong to CMLL", thus the NWA could not vacate them. On August 12, 2010, CMLL unveiled the new NWA World Historic Welterweight Championship to replace the original championship, which it conceded to NWA Mexico CMLL made the last CMLL-promoted NWA World Welterweight champion, Averno, the first NWA World Historic Welterweight Champion. On June 22, 2011, Cassandro became the first NWA Mexico-promoted Welterweight Champion as he defeated Dr. Cerebro on a show in London, England.
El Santo became the first NWA World Welterweight Champion by winning an eight man tournament when he defeated Pete Pancoff in the finals. Akantus is the current NWA World Welterweight champion, having defeated Impostor Jr. to win the title on April 24, 2016. Akantus is the 63rd overall champion and the 47th person to hold the Championship. Karloff Lagarde and Américo Rocca are tied for the most title reigns, a total of three, while Lagarde holds the record for the longest individual title reign, 2,742 days from 1958 until 1965. Two men have held the title for just one day: Shinjiro Otani and Último Dragón, both held the championship for one day as part of the J-Crown tournament.[A]
|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|
|§||Indicates that the title reign was part of the J-Crown Championship at the time|
|$||Indicates that the championship was controlled by Toryumon in Japan at the time|
|±||Indicates that the title was promoted by NWA Mexico at the time|
|[Note #]||Indicates that the exact length of the title reign is unknown, with a note providing more details.|
|+||Indicates that the date changes daily for the current champion.|
|1||Santo, ElEl Santo||1||March 15, 1946||337||Mexico City||Live event||Defeated Pete Pancoff to become the first champion.||[A]|
|2||O'Brien, JackJack O'Brien||1||February 15, 1947||804||Mexico City||Live event||[A]|
|3||Guerrero, GoryGory Guerrero||1||April 29, 1949||805||Mexico City||Live event||[A]|
|4||Bonales, BobbyBobby Bonales||1||July 13, 1951||441||N/A||Live event||[A]|
|5||Santo, ElEl Santo||2||September 26, 1952||302||Mexico City||EMLL 19th Anniversary Show||[A]|
|6||Blue Demon||1||July 25, 1953||1,912||Mexico City||EMLL 20th Anniversary Show||[A]|
|7||Lagarde, KarloffKarloff Lagarde||1||January 31, 1958||2,743||Mexico City||Live event||[A]|
|8||Ramírez, HuracánHuracán Ramírez||1||August 5, 1965||50||Cuernavaca, Morelos||Live event||[A]|
|9||Lagarde, KarloffKarloff Lagarde||2||September 24, 1965||590||Mexico City||EMLL 32nd Anniversary Show||[A]|
|10||Vento Castella||1||May 7, 1967||57||Mexico City||Live event||[A]|
|11||Lagarde, KarloffKarloff Lagarde||3||July 3, 1967||1,469||Mexico City||Live event||[A]|
|12||Muñoz, AlbertoAlberto Muñoz||1||July 11, 1971||715||Mexico City||Live event||[A]|
|—||Vacated||1||June 25, 1973||—||N/A||N/A||EMLL vacated the championship after Muñoz suffered a near fatal injury.||[A]|
|13||Mano Negra||1||December 14, 1973||562||Mexico City||Live event||Mano Negra defeated Karloff Lagarde to win the vacant title.||[A]|
|14||Blue Demon||2||June 29, 1975||285||Mexico City||Live event||[A]|
|15||Fishman||1||April 9, 1976||224||Mexico City||Live event||[A]|
|16||Mano Negra||2||January 19, 1976||1,197||Mexico City||Live event||[A]|
|17||Rocca, AméricoAmérico Rocca||1||April 30, 1979||264||Mexico City||Live event||[A]|
|18||Kato Kung Lee||1||January 19, 1980||106||Mexico City||Live event||[A]|
|19||El Supremo||1||May 4, 1980||31||Mexico City||Live event||[A]|
|20||Lizmark||1||June 4, 1980||506||Acapulco, Guerrero||Live event||[A]|
|21||Fiera, LaLa Fiera||1||October 23, 1981||268||Mexico City||Live event||[A]|
|22||Rocca, AméricoAmérico Rocca||2||July 18, 1982||558||Guadalajara, Jalisco||Live event||[A]|
|23||Cota, MochoMocho Cota||1||January 27, 1984||181||Mexico City||Live event||[A]|
|24||Valaguez, ChamacoChamaco Valaguez||1||July 26, 1984||359||Cuernavaca, Morelos||Live event||[A]|
|—||Vacated||—||July 20, 1985||—||N/A||N/A||EMLL vacated the championship for unverified reasons.||[A]|
|25||Dandy, ElEl Dandy||1||November 17, 1985||141||Mexico City||Live event||[A]|
|26||Monarca Cruz||1||April 7, 1986||78||Monterrey, Nuevo León||Live event||[A]|
|27||Dandy, ElEl Dandy||2||August 24, 1986||70||N/A||Live event||[A]|
|28||Rocca, AméricoAmérico Rocca||3||November 2, 1986||636||Mexico City||Live event||[A]|
|29||Solar II||1||July 30, 1988||66||Cuernavaca, Morelos||Live event||[A]|
|30||Fuerza Guerrera||1||October 4, 1988||241||Mexico City||Live event||[A]|
|31||Águila Solitaria||1||June 2, 1989||111||Mexico City||Live event||[A]|
|32||Fuerza Guerrera||2||September 21, 1989||806||Puebla, Puebla||Live event||[A]|
|33||Misterioso||1||December 6, 1991||[Note 4]147||Mexico City||Live event||[A]|
|—||Vacated||—||May 1992||—||N/A||N/A||The championship was vacated when Misterioso left CMLL.||[A]|
|34||Casas, NegroNegro Casas||1||December 1, 1995||246||Mexico City||Live event||Negro Casas defeated El Hijo del Santo in a tournament final to win the vacant title.||[A]|
|35||Otani, ShinjiroShinjiro Otani||1||August 3, 1996||1||Tokyo, Japan||Live event||[A]|
|36||Último Dragón||1||August 4, 1996||1||Tokyo, Japan||Live event||[A]|
|37||Great Sasuke, TheThe Great Sasuke §||1||August 5, 1996||67||Tokyo, Japan||Live event||The championship became one of eight championships comprising New Japan Pro Wrestling's J-Crown Championship.||[A]|
|38||Último Dragón §||2||October 11, 1996||85||Osaka, Japan||Live event||[A]|
|39||Liger, Jushin ThunderJushin Thunder Liger §||1||January 4, 1997||183||Tokyo, Japan||Live event||[A]|
|40||Samurai, ElEl Samurai §||1||July 6, 1997||35||Sapporo, Japan||Live event||[A]|
|41||Otani, ShinjiroShinjiro Otani §||2||August 10, 1997||87||Nagoya, Japan||Live event||[A]|
|—||Vacated||—||November 5, 1997||—||N/A||N/A||Otani vacated five of the six remaining J-Crown titles after being forced by the World Wrestling Federation to return their Light Heavyweight Championship belt, ending the J-Crown Championship.||[A]|
|42||Dragon Kid $||1||February 6, 1999||78||Nagoya, Japan||Toryumon Japan show||Dragon Kid defeated Dr. Cerebro to win the vacant title.||[A]|
|43||Judo Suwa $||1||April 25, 1999||454||Kawasaki, Japan||Toryumon Japan show||[A]|
|44||Arai, KenichiroKenichiro Arai $||1||July 22, 2000||152||Tokyo, Japan||Toryumon Japan show||[A]|
|—||Vacated||—||December 21, 2000||—||N/A||N/A||The championship was vacated after outside interference during a match on December 15 in Kawasaki, Japan, in which Susumu Mochizuki defeated Arai.||[A]|
|45||Arai, KenichiroKenichiro Arai $||2||January 29, 2001||118||Tokyo, Japan||Toryumon Japan show||Arai defeated Yasushi Kanda in a tournament final to win the vacant title.|||
|46||Mochizuki, SusumuSusumu Mochizuki $||1||May 27, 2001||126||Kobe, Japan||Toryumon Japan show|||
|47||Saito, RyoRyo Saito $||1||September 30, 2001||210||Tokyo, Japan||Toryumon Japan show|||
|48||Horiguchi, GenkiGenki Horiguchi $||1||April 28, 2002||56||Kobe, Japan||Toryumon Japan show|||
|—||Vacated||—||June 23, 2002||—||N/A||N/A||The championship was vacated following a no contest between Horiguchi and Dragon Kid.|||
|49||Marvin, RickyRicky Marvin $||1||July 7, 2002||17||Kobe, Japan||Toryumon Japan show||Ricky Marvin defeated Super Nova to win the vacant championship.|||
|50||Horiguchi, GenkiGenki Horiguchi $||2||July 24, 2002||4||Kumamoto, Japan||Toryumon Japan show|||
|51||Darkness Dragon $||1||July 28, 2002||236||Shimonoseki, Japan||Toryumon Japan show|||
|—||Vacated||—||March 21, 2003||—||N/A||N/A||The championship was vacated due to an injury to Darkness Dragon.|||
|52||YOSSINO $||1||March 22, 2003||456||Sapporo, Japan||Toryumon Japan show||YOSSINO defeated Genki Horiguchi to win the vacant title.|||
|—||Vacated||—||June 20, 2004||—||N/A||N/A||The championship was vacated by YOSSINO to focus on winning the Toryumon Último Dragón Gym Championship.|||
|53||Ohara, HajimeHajime Ohara $||1||May 13, 2006||252||Mexico City||Toryumon Mexico show||Ohara defeated La Máscara to win the vacant title.|||
|54||Super Delfin $||1||January 20, 2007||21||Osaka, Japan||Osaka Pro show|||
|55||Ohara, HajimeHajime Ohara $||2||February 10, 2007||290||Osaka, Japan||Osaka Pro show|||
|56||La Sombra||1||November 27, 2007||547||Mexico City||CMLL show||This victory brought the championship back under CMLL's control.|||
|57||Mephisto||1||May 27, 2009||442||Acapulco, Guerrero||CMLL show||CMLL replaced the championship with the NWA World Historic Welterweight Championship on August 12, 2010.|||
|—||Vacated||—||August 12, 2010||—||N/A||N/A||The championship was vacated when CMLL returned it to NWA.|||
|58||Cassandro ±||1||June 25, 2011||1,331||London, United Kingdom||NWA Mexico UK Tour||Defeated Dr. Cerebro to win the vacant Championship.|||
|59||Magno ±||1||February 15, 2015||70||El Paso, Texas||Live event||This was a three-way match that also included Boby Zavala.|||
|—||Vacated||—||April 26, 2015||—||El Paso, Texas||N/A||Magno was stripped of the championship after signing a full time contract with WWE.|||
|60||Impostor Jr. ±||1||May 31, 2015||661||El Paso, Texas||Live event||Defeated Boby Zavala to win the vacant championship.|||
|61||Ultimo Samuray ±||1||December 6, 2015||472||El Paso, Texas||Live event|||
|62||Impostor Jr ±||2||December 25, 2015||453||El Paso, Texas||Live event|||
|63||Akantus ±||1||April 24, 2016||332+||El Paso, Texas||Live event|||
Reigns by combined length
|†||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||Ref(s).|
|1||Lagarde, KarloffKarloff Lagarde||3||4,802||[A]|
|8||Guerrero, GoryGory Guerrero||1||805||[A]|
|9||Muñoz, AlbertoAlberto Muñoz||1||715||[A]|
|10||Santo, ElEl Santo||2||639||[A]|
|12||Ohara, HajimeHajime Ohara||2||542|||
|16||Bonales, BobbyBobby Bonales||1||441||[A]|
|19||Valaguez, ChamacoChamaco Valaguez||1||359||[A]|
|20||Arai, KenichiroKenichiro Arai||2||270|||
|21||Fiera, LaLa Fiera||1||268||[A]|
|22||Casas, NegroNegro Casas||1||246||[A]|
|25||Dandy, ElEl Dandy||2||211||[A]|
|26||Saito, RyoRyo Saito||1||210|||
|28||Liger, Jushin ThunderJushin Thunder Liger||1||183||[A]|
|29||Cota, MochoMocho Cota||1||181||[A]|
|30||Misterioso||1||147¤ [Note 4]||[A]|
|31||Mochizuki, SusumuSusumu Mochizuki||1||126||[A]|
|33||Kato Kung Lee||1||106||[A]|
|34||Otani, ShinjiroShinjiro Otani||2||88||[A]|
|39||Great Sasuke, TheThe Great Sasuke||1||67||[A]|
|41||Horiguchi, GenkiGenki Horiguchi||2||60|||
|43||Ramírez, HuracánHuracán Ramírez||1||50||[A]|
|44||Samurai, ElEl Samurai||1||35||[A]|
|47||Marvin, RickyRicky Marvin||1||17|||
- The official weight of some of the champions have not been documented, making it possible that there was a lighter champion
- The official weights of some of the champions have not been documented, making it possible that there was a heavier champion
- One example of the weight limit being ignored was when Mephisto won the championship despite weighing 90 kg (200 lb), 12 kg (26 lb) over the weight limit.
- The exact date in May 1992 on which Misterioso left CMLL and thus was stripped of the championship is not certain, which means the championship reign lasted between 147 and 177 days.
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