UWA World Welterweight Championship

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UWA World Welterweight Championship
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El Oriental, the 30th UWA World Welterweight Champion
Details
Promotion Universal Wrestling Association
Mexican independent circuit
Japanese Independent circuit
Date established December 14, 1975
Date retired October 14, 2004

The UWA World Welterweight Championship is a championship in professional wrestling that is primarily contested for in various Lucha Libre promotions in Mexico. In 1993, the championship was recognized by the Japanese professional wrestling promotion Michinoku Pro, following Super Delfin's victory over then champion Celestial. In 1995, Gran Hamada was stripped of the championship, because he exceeded the weight limit. The championship returned to being primarily contested for in Mexico, and it wasn't until Taiji Ishimori's victory over Super Crazy in 2003 that a Japanese wrestler would hold the championship again.

Championship History[edit]

Key
Reign The reign number for the specific set of wrestlers listed.
Event The event promoted by the respective promotion in which the titles were won
N/A The specific information is not known
Used for vacated reigns in order to not count it as an official reign
Indicates Championship reigns after the UWA closed down
No. Champion Reign Date Days held Location Event Notes Ref.
1 Villano III 1 December 14, 1975 532 Mexico City, Mexico Live event Defeated Huracán Ramírez to become the first UWA World Welterweight Champion. [2][3][4]
2 Solar, ElEl Solar 1 May 29, 1977 413 Mexico City, Mexico Live event   [2][3][5]
3 Bobby Lee 1 July 16, 1978 343 Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico Plaza de Toros UWA Show   [2][3]
4 Signo, ElEl Signo 1 June 24, 1979 294 Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico Live event   [2][3][5]
5 Garringo 1 April 13, 1980 147 Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico Live event   [2][3]
6 Texano, ElEl Texano 1 September 7, 1980 521 Mexico City, Mexico Live event   [2][3]
Vacated February 10, 1982 N/A N/A The Championship was vacated for undocumented reasons. [2][3]
7 Lobo Rubio 1 May 30, 1982 140 Mexico City, Mexico Live event Defeated El Matematico to win the championship. [2][3]
8 Matematico, ElEl Matematico 1 October 17, 1982 791 Mexico City, Mexico Live event   [2][3]
9 Blue Panther 1 December 16, 1984 420 Mexico City, Mexico UWA Carnaval de Campeones   [2][3][6][7]
10 Black Man 1 February 9, 1986 571 Mexico City, Mexico Live event   [1][2][3]
11 Ray Richard 1 September 3, 1987 330 Mexico City, Mexico Live event   [2][3]
12 Yoshihiro Asai 1 July 29, 1988 103 Mexico City, Mexico Live event   [2][3][8]
13 Charles Lucero 1 November 9, 1988 534 Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico Live event   [2][3]
14 Hijo del Santo, ElEl Hijo del Santo 1 April 27, 1990 746 Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico Live event   [2][3][9]
15 Espanto, Jr. 1 May 12, 1992 44 Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico Live event   [2][3]
16 Celestial 2 June 25, 1992 326 Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico Live event Previously held the championship under the name "Black Man" [1][2][3]
17 Super Delfin 1 May 17, 1993 68 Tokyo, Japan Live event   [2][3]
18 Great Sasuke 1 July 24, 1993 31 Moioka, Japan Live event   [2][3]
19 Super Delfin 2 August 24, 1993 4 Tokyo, Japan Live event   [2][3]
20 Celestial 3 August 28, 1993 155 Mexico City, Mexico Live event   [1][2][3]
21 Lagarde, Jr., KarloffKarloff Lagarde, Jr. 1 January 30, 1994 115 Naucalpan, México Live event   [2][3]
22 Hijo del Santo, ElEl Hijo del Santo 2 May 25, 1994 177 Tlalnepantla de Baz, Mexico Live event   [2][3][9]
23 Honaga, NorioNorio Honaga 1 November 18, 1994 25 Hiroshima, Japan Live event   [2][3]
24 Otani, ShinjiroShinjiro Otani 1 December 13, 1994 124 Osaka, Japan Live event   [2][3]
25 Kanemoto, KojiKoji Kanemoto 1 April 16, 1995 159 Hiroshima, Japan Live event   [2][3]
26 Gran Hamada 1 September 22, 1995 52 Nagoya, Japan Live event   [2][3]
Vacated November 13, 1995 N/A N/A Gran Hamada is stripped of the championship, after exceeding the weight limit. The UWA Closed shortly afterwards [2][3][10]
27 Super Crazy 1 November 17, 1995 [Note 1] Nezahualcóyotl, Mexico State Live event It is unclear how the physical UWA World Welterweight Championship belt returned to Mexico. Super Crazy defeated Rey Bucanero to win the vacant championship [2][3]
28 Kid Guzmán 1 October 1997 [Note 2] Nezahualcóyotl, Mexico State Live event   [2][3]
29 Super Crazy 2 June 15, 1998 851 Hakata, Japan Live event   [2][3]
30 Oriental, ElEl Oriental 1 October 13, 2000 111 Torreon, Mexico Live event   [3][11]
Vacated February 1, 2001 N/A N/A El Oriental was stripped of the Championship due to injury. [3][12]
31 Nemesis 1 September 23, 2001 203 Tulancingo, Hidalgo, Mexico Live event Teamed with Crazy Boy and Rey Cuvero against El Impostor, El Cazador and Poder Gitano, captain of the team won the championship. [3][12]
32 Rey Cuervo † 1 April 14, 2002 1115 Tulancingo, Hidalgo, Mexico Live event   [3][13]
Vacated May 3, 2003 N/A N/A [3][14]
33 Ishimori, TaijiTaiji Ishimori 1 May 11, 2003 476 Mexico City, Mexico Live event Defeated Super Crazy to win the vacant championship [3][14]
Vacated August 29, 2004 N/A N/A The Championship was held up, after an inconclusive match against Takeshi Minamino [3]
34 Minamino, TakeshiTakeshi Minamino 1 September 9, 2004 35 Tokyo, Japan Live event Defeated Pinapple Hanai and Mango Fukuda to win the vacant championship [3]
Abandoned October 14, 2004 N/A N/A The Championship was vacated and later abandoned [3]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ The exact date in October 1997 where Kid Guzmán won the championship has not been documented. Which means that the title reign lasted between 411 and 775 days.
  2. ^ The exact date in October 1997 where Kid Guzmán won the championship has not been documented. Which means that the title reign lasted between 227 and 257 days.

References[edit]

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  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag ah ai aj ak al am an "UWA World Welterweight Title". Wrestling-Titles.com. Retrieved June 18, 2015. 
  4. ^ Luchas 2000 staff. "Luchas 2000". Villano III: El Ultimo Rey (in Spanish). Juárez, Mexico: Publicaciones citem, S.A. de C.V. pp. 1–35. Especial 37. 
  5. ^ a b Enciclopedia staff (December 1, 2007). "Enciclopedia de las Mascaras". El Solar (in Spanish). Mexico. p. 19. Tomo V. 
  6. ^ Luchas 2000 staff. "Luchas 2000". Blue Panther 30 Años: La Historia (in Spanish). Juárez, Mexico: Publicaciones citem, S.A. de C.V. pp. 1–35. Especial 34. 
  7. ^ Centinela, Teddy. "En un día como hoy… Carnaval de Campeones en El Toreo". SuperLuchas Magazine (in Spanish). 
  8. ^ Hoops, Brian (July 29, 2015). "On this day in pro wrestling history (July 29): Ric Flair vs. Bobo Brazil, Nick Bockwinkel vs. Mil Mascaras". Wrestling Observer Figure Four Online. Retrieved February 18, 2017. 
  9. ^ a b L.L. Staff (2008). "Lucha Libre: Conoce la historia de las leyendas de cuadrilátero". El Hijo del Santo (1963) (in Spanish). Mexico. p. 31. Grandes Figuras de la Lucha Libre. 
  10. ^ Kristen Leoce. "The Mexican Peso Crisis". The Mexican Peso Crisis. The Mexican Peso Crisis. p. 1. 
  11. ^ "2000 Especial!". Box y Lucha Magazine (in Spanish). January 9, 2001. pp. 2–28. issue 2488. 
  12. ^ a b "2001 Especial!". Box y Lucha Magazine (in Spanish). January 13, 2002. pp. 2–28. Issue 2540. 
  13. ^ "2002: considerar detrás". Box y Lucha Magazine (in Spanish). January 19, 2003. Issue 2593. 
  14. ^ a b "Número Especial - Lo mejor de la lucha libre mexicana durante el 2003". SuperLuchas (in Spanish). January 5, 2003. Issue 40.