NWA World Middleweight Championship

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Current Champion

Averno, 85th Champion

El Averno was the 85th champion, having won it on November 30, 2007 in Arena Mexico. The championship is current inactive.


History of Championship

The NWA World Middleweight Championship dated back to the early 1920s. The NWA name only existed to establish it as a world championship; since the 30s, it has been property of EMLL (much later CMLL.) It's one of the oldest active wrestling championships in the world.

Corazon de Leon won the championship on December 7, 1993 by defeating Mano Negra. Negra had defeated Bestia Salvaje in a hair match the night prior, but suffered an ankle injury during the match. Leon attacked the hurt ankle, beating Negra in the same straight falls via anklelock. This would be the last time this title would change hands in a CMLL ring for over a decade.

For most of it's existence, the NWA World Middleweight Championship been held by Mexican wrestlers and defended in Mexico. In 1994, the title was sold to Ultimo Dragon, who brought it to Japan to be defended first by himself, and later as a championship belt for his promotions. When Ultimo Dragon left Japan to join WWE in 2003, he sold the belt back to CMLL. CMLL did nothing with it for a year, before doing a decision match with no particular build up.

On 01/01/05, Mistico beat Averno for the NWA World Middleweight Championship, using it as a launch point for his rise to the top of the promotion. Mistico winning was not an upset, but it signaled his transition from a momentarily favored young wrestler to a new permanent star. The match was well received, and the two met many times the rest of the year in rematches of the initial title match (which has never been shown on television.)

Black Warrior won the belt from Mistico, as part of the lead up to their mask match, and to provide big rematches after Mistico won the mask. Mistico was finally able to get the belt back on Kid's Day, 2007.

Averno won the belt back from Mistico in November of 2007. Despite holding the belt for almost 3 years, defenses were rare and the championship was rarely considered.

On August 12, 2010, CMLL announced a change with the NWA group of championships. The current physical title belts were all retired, replaced by newly belts with a different design. The old belts are now part of CMLL's mobile museum, though copies of them have turned up elsewhere.

CMLL referred to the new championships as the CMLL Historic Championships and said the former NWA champions would be the first champions of the new belts. Outside not getting the physical belt back, that appeared to satisfy the NWA's complaints about using their trademarks. However, since within weeks of that press conference, CMLL had changed course. The championships were referred to as NWA World Historic Championships.

This title has not been revived by NWA Mexico.

Champions Listing

# Champion(s) Defeated Date Location
reigning National Wrestling Association champion declared first champion
1 Gus Kallio (awarded) 1939 n/a [1]
national champion versus local champion; EMLL's entry into the NWA
2 Octavio Gaona Gus Kallio 1939.02.19 Mexico City
1 Bobby Arreola 1939.??.?? Mexico City
3 Tarzan Lopez Octavio Gaona 1940.02.04 Mexico City
4 Black Guzman Tarzan Lopez 1941.12.16 Mexico City
5 Tarzan Lopez [2] Black Guzman 1942.02.11 Mexico City
1 El Santo 1943.04.02 Arena Coliseo [2]
2 Gorila Ramos 1944.11.17 Arena Coliseo [3]
6 Gory Guerrero Tarzan Lopez 1946.02.15 Arena Coliseo [4]
1 Rito Romero 1947.09.26 Arena Coliseo
7 Mike Kelly Gory Guerrero 1948.04.12 Old Arena Mexico [5]
1 Rito Romero 1948.05.08 Arena Coliseo [6]
8 Tarzan Lopez [3] Mike Kelly 1949.05.28 Old Arena México ?[7]
9 Sugi Sito Tarzan Lopez 1950.09.23 Arena Coliseo [8]
10 Enrique Llanes Sugi Sito 1951.09.24 Arena México [9]
Llanes leaves EMLL on 1951.12.27, giving up this championship. [10]
tournament for vacant championship
11 Tarzan Lopez [4] Sugi Sito 1952.06.13 Arena Coliseo [11]
tournament to determine #1 contender
12 Sugi Sito [2] Tarzan Lopez 1953.07.10 Arena Coliseo [12]
13 El Santo Sugi Sito 1954.01.01 Arena Coliseo [13]
1 Blue Demon 1954.09.12 Parque Oro, Guadalajara, Jalisco [14]
2 Black Shadow 1954.09.23 Arena Coliseo
? Rolando Vera 1956.06.22 Arena Mexico [15]
? Rolando Vera ? ?
championship vacant quickly after 1956.08.19 when commission invalidates title change; rematch held two months later [16]
14 Rolando Vera El Santo 1956.10.19 Arena Mexico [17]
1 El Enfermero 1957.02.17 Arena Canada Dry [18]
2 Sugi Sito 1957.04.26 Arena Mexico [19]
3 El Espectro 1957.09.15 Plaza de Toros el Progreso, Guadalajara, Jalisco [20]
4 Black Shadow 1958.09.26 Arena México
5 Alejandro Cruz 1959.07.19 Plaza de Toros el Progreso, Guadalajara, Jalisco [21]
15 Rene Guajardo Rolando Vera 1960.10.13 Monterrey
16 Antonio Posa Rene Guajardo 1962.04.27 Arena Mexico [22]
1 Karloff Lagarde 1962.09.21 Arena Mexico [23]
17 Rene Guajardo [2] Antonio Posa ? Mexico City [24]
1 El Gladiador 1963.05.26 Arena Coliseo Monterrey [25]
18 Rayo de Jalisco Rene Guajardo 1963.10.25 Arena México
tournament for title championship
19 Benny Galant Rayo de Jalisco 1964.05.01 Arena México [26]
1 Rayo de Jalisco 1964.06.21 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [27]
2 Rayo de Jalisco 1964.09.?? Reynosa [28]
8 man tournament to determine #1 contender
20 Rayo de Jalisco [2] Benny Galant 1964.09.25 Arena México [29]
1 Rene Guajardo 1964.11.27 Arena México [30]
21 Rene Guajardo [3] Rayo de Jalisco 1965.03.26 Arena México [31]
1 Rayo de Jalisco 1965.07.24 Arena Puebla [32]
2 Antonio Montoro 1965.07.30 Arena Mexico [33]
3 El Santo 1965.09.26 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [34]
4 Rayo de Jalisco 1965.10.04 Tampico [35]
5 Black Shadow 1965.10.24 Arena Coliseo Monterrey [36]
6 Benny Galant 1965.12.25 Arena Mexico [37]
22 Jerry London Rene Guajardo 1966.05.22 Arena Coliseo Monterrey [38]
23 Rene Guajardo [4] Jerry London 1966.07.01 Arena México [39]
1 El Santo 1966.09.06 Arena Puebla [40]
2 Ray Mendoza 1966.10.01 Tampico [41]
3 Jerry London 1966.10.21 Arena Mexico [42]
4 Ray Mendoza 1966.12.09 Arena Mexico [43]
5 El Santo 1967.01.16 Tampico [44]
24 Ray Mendoza Rene Guajardo 1967.03.10 Arena México [45]
1 Rene Guajardo 1967.07.22 Puebla [46]
Ray Mendoza vacates on 1967.08.25 after winning the NWA World Light Heavyweight Championship three weeks prior [47]
16 man tournament for vacant championship
25 Rene Guajardo [5] Apolo Curiel 1967.09.29 Arena Mexico [48]
1 Rayo de Jalisco 1967.12.17 Arena Coliseo Monterrey [49]
2 Karloff Lagarde 1967.12.22 Arena Mexico [50]
3 Manolo Polman 1968.03.31 Plaza de Toros Valente Arellano, Torreón, Coahuila [51]
4 Ciclon Veloz Jr. 1968.07.31 Matamoros [52]
5 Tony Oxford 1968.09.20 Arena Mexico [53]
6 Blue Demon 1968.10.27 Monterrey [54]
26 El Santo [2] Rene Guajardo 1968.12.13 Arena Mexico [55]
27 Rayo de Jalisco [3] El Santo 1969.04.25 Arena México [56]
1 El Solitario 1969.07.06 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [57]
2 René Guajardo 1969.07.25 Arena México [58]
28 El Solitario Rayo de Jalisco 1969.08.15 Arena Mexico [59]
1 Rayo de Jalisco 1969.10.05 Auditorio del Estado, Guadalajara, Jalisco [60]
2 Rayo de Jalisco 1970.02.13 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [61]
29 Masio Koma El Solitario 1970.08.28 Mexico City
1 Anibal 1970.10.08 Arena México [62]
30 Anibal Masio Koma 1970.12.06 Arena México [63]
1 Rene Guajardo 1970.03.26 Arena México [64]
2 Motoyuki Kitazawa 1971.08.06 Arena México
3 Rene Guajardo 1972.12.08 Arena México [65]
31 Rene Guajardo [6] Anibal 1973.03.30 Arena México [66]
1 Steve Wright 1973.04.27 Arena México [67]
2 Blue Demon 1973.05.01 Auditorio Benito Juarez, Cuautitlan [68]
3 El Halcon 1973.09.21 Arena Mexico [69]
NWA strips Guajardo on July 17th, 1974, for unauthorized championship defense [70]
final of a tournament for vacant championship
32 Anibal [2] El Cobarde 1974.09.20 Arena México [71]
1 Adorable Rubi 1974.12.13 Arena México [72]
Anibal leaves EMLL late January 1974 to jump to UWA, continues to bill himself as champion to 'unify' the title with Guajardo
tournament for vacant championship
33 Perro Aguayo Ringo Mendoza 1975.07.04 Arena Mexico [73]
1 Ciclón Veloz Jr. 1975.07.13 Arena Coliseo Monterrey [74]
2 Riki Starr 1975.07.18 Arena México [75]
3 Alberto Muñoz 1975.07.26 Puebla [76]
4 Ringo Mendoza 1975.09.03 Arena Coliseo Acapulco [77]
5 El Santo 1975.09.26 Arena México [78]
6 Blue Demon 1975.10.12 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [79]
7 El Santo 1975.12.05 Arena Mexico [80]
8 Ciclón Veloz Jr. 1975.12.11 Monterrey [81]
9 Ringo Mendoza 1976.02.08 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [82]
10 Ringo Mendoza 1976.02.22 Arena Coliseo Monterrey [83]
11 El Santo 1976.04.10 Arena Puebla [84]
12 Ringo Mendoza 1976.04.21 Arena Coliseo Acapulco [85]
13 Ringo Mendoza 1976.04.23 Arena México [86]
14 Ringo Mendoza 1976.05.23 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [87]
15 El Faraón 1976.06.11 Arena México [88]
34 El Faraón Perro Aguayo 1976.10.22 Arena México [89]
1 Perro Aguayo 1976.11.14 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [90]
2 Adorable Rubi 1976.12.05 Arena Coliseo [91]
3 Adorable Rubi 1976.12.15 Arena Coliseo Acapulco [92]
5 Adorable Rubi 1976.12.26 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [93]
6 Tony Salazar 1977.02.09 Arena Coliseo Acapulco [94]
7 Tony Salazar 1977.02.18 Arena Mexico [95]
35 Perro Aguayo [2] El Faraon 1977.03.11 Arena Mexico [96]
1 Ringo Mendoza 1977.04.10 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [97]
2 Blue Demon 1977.04.30 Pista Arena Revolución [98]
3 El Faraon 1977.05.04 Arena Coliseo Acapulco [99]
4 Mano Negra 1977.05.15 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [100]
5 El Faraon 1977.06.05 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [101]
36 Ringo Mendoza Perro Aguayo 1977.07.03 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [102]
1 Adorable Rubi 1977.08.20 Pista Arena Revolución [103]
2 Fishman 1977.09.17 Arena Xochimilco [104]
3 Adorable Rubi 1977.10.06 Arena Isabel, Cuernavaca, Morelos [105]
37 Joe Palardy Ringo Mendoza 1977.10.12 Arena Coliseo Acapulco [106]
1 El Faraon 1977.11.06 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [107]
2 Ringo Mendoza 1977.11.25 Arena Mexico [108]
38 El Faraon [2] Joe Palardy 1977.12.02 Arena México [109]
39 Ringo Mendoza [2] El Faraon 1978.02.10 Los Angeles [110]
1 El Faraon 1978.02.17 Los Angeles [111]
2 Carlos Plata 1978.03.17 Arena México [112]
3 Sangre Chicana 1978.03.29 Acapulco [111]
40 Perro Aguayo [3] Ringo Mendoza 1978.04.09 Guadalajara [111]
1 Ringo Mendoza 1978.05.85 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [113]
1 Ringo Mendoza 1978.06.05 Monclova [111]
41 Ringo Mendoza [3] Perro Aguayo 1978.06.23 Arena México [114]
1 Sangre Chicana 1978.07.01 Puebla [111]
2 Sangre Chicana 1978.07.27 Cuernavaca [111]
42 Tony Salazar Ringo Mendoza 1978.08.18 Arena Mexico [115]
1 Ringo Mendoza 1978.08.18 Mexico City [116]
2 Satoru Sayama 1978.09.22 Arena Mexico [117]
2 Cachorro Mendoza 1978.10.08 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [118]
3 Satoru Sayama 1978.12.17 Monterrey [111]
43 Ringo Mendoza [4] Tony Salazar 1979.02.07 Arena Coliseo Acapulco [119]
1 Sangre Chicana 1979.04.20 Arena México [120]
2 Carlos Plata 1979.05.06 Pista Arena Revolucion [121]
3 Tony Salazar 1979.06.15 Arena México [122]
4 Tony Salazar 1979.07.14 Puebla [123]
5 Sangre Chicana 1979.08.26 Arena Coliseo [124]
8 man tournament for title match
44 Satoru Sayama Ringo Mendoza 1979.09.09 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [125]
1 Ringo Mendoza 1979.09.21 Arena México [126]
2 Ringo Mendoza 1979.09.23 Arena Coliseo [127]
3 Tony Salazar 1979.10.13 Arena Puebla [128]
4 Sangre Chicana 1979.11.04 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [129]
5 Tony Salazar 1979.11.16 Arena México [130]
6 Tony Salazar 1980.01.18 Arena Coliseo [131]
7 Satanico 1980.02.20 Arena Coliseo Acapulco [132]
8 Sangre Chicana 1980.02.29 Arena México [133]
45 Satanico Satoru Sayama 1980.03.28 Mexico City
1 El Faraón 1980.04.18 Arena Mexico [134]
46 Cachorro Mendoza Satanico 1980.04.27 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [135]
1 Carlos Plata 1980.05.18 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [136]
2 Sangre Chicana 1980.05.24 Pista Arena Revolucion [137]
47 Sangre Chicana Cachorro Mendoza 1980.06.15 Monterrey
1 Cachorro Mendoza 1980.07.04 Arena México [138]
2 Ringo Mendoza 1980.07.13 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [139]
3 El Faraón 1980.08.06 Arena Coliseo Acapulco [140]
4 Ringo Mendoza 1980.08.29 Arena México
3 El Faraón 1980.09.07 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [141]
4 Fantasma 1980.09.26 Arena México [142]
5 Kato Kung Lee 1980.10.12 Pista Arena Revolución [143]
6 Fantasma 1980.11.15 Arena Puebla [144]
7 Lizmark 1980.11.19 Arena Coliseo Acapulco [145]
8 Tony Salazar 1980.12.14 Pista Arena Revolución [146]
48 Tony Salazar [2] Sangre Chicana 1981.01.18 Monterrey
49 Sangre Chicana [2] Tony Salazar 1981.03.13 Arena México
50 Ringo Mendoza [5] Sangre Chicana 1981.04.03 Mexico City
1 Sangre Chicana 1981.05.03 Pista Arena Revolucion [147]
2 El Faraon 1981.06.12 Arena México [148]
3 Sangre Chicana 1981.06.26 Arena México
4 Sangre Chicana 1981.08.16 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [149]
51 El Faraon [3] Ringo Mendoza 1981.11.29 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [150]
1 Lizmark 1982.02.14 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [151]
52 Cesar Curiel El Faraon 1982.04.02 Arena México [152]
53 Satanico [2] Cesar Curiel 1982.10.15 Arena Mexico [153]
54 El Jalisco Satanico 1983.02.20 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [154]
55 Satanico [3] El Jalisco 1983.04.13 Arena Neza [155]
56 Lizmark Satanico 1983.06.03 Arena México [156]
1 Sangre Chicana 1983.06.25 Estadio Moctezuma, Torreón, Coahuila [157]
2 El Enfermero Jr. 1983.09.09 Arena México [158]
57 Satanico [4] Lizmark 1983.12.02 Arena Mexico [159]
1 Lizmark 1984.03.09 Arena México [160]
2 Kamikaze Misawa 1984.04.05? Arena México
3 Mogur 1984.06.24 Arena México [161]
58 Gran Cochisse Satanico 1984.08.18 Mexico City
59 Satanico [5] Gran Cochisse 1984.09.14 Mexico City
60 Gran Cochisse [2] Satanico 1984.09.30 Guadalajara
61 Gran Hamada Gran Cochisse 1984.11.18 Toreo de Cuatro Caminos
1 Kato Kung Lee 1984.12.16 Toreo de Cuatro Caminos [162]
62 La Fiera Gran Hamada 1985.04.05 Arena México
63 Chamaco Valaguez La Fiera 1985.07.20 Arena Puebla
1 El Satanico 1985.11.30 Palacio de los Deportes DF [163]
64 Gran Cochisse [3] Chamaco Valaguez 1986.05.18 ?
1 Chamaco Valaguez 1986.06.19 Arena Isabel de Cuernavaca [164]
1 Atlantis 1986.07.13 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [165]
2 Solar I 1986.08.19 Arena Coliseo [166]
65 Kung Fu Gran Cochisse 1986.10.17 Mexico City
1 Talisman 1986.12.12 Arena México [167]
66 El Dandy Kung Fu 1987.07.17 Arena México
67 Kung Fu [2] El Dandy 1987.10.07 Carpa Astro, Mexico City [168]
1 Javier Cruz 1988.02.19 Arena Coliseo
68 Atlantis Kung Fu 1988.06.10 Arena México
69 Emilio Charles Jr. Atlantis 1988.07.17 Pista Arena Revolucion
1 Atlantis 1988.07.28 Arena Isabel De Cuernavaca
70 Atlantis [2] Emilio Charles Jr. 1988.07.29 Arena México
71 Emilio Charles Jr. [2] Atlantis 1988.08.12 Mexico City
1 Atlantis 1988.09.24 Arena Puebla
2 Ringo Mendoza 1988.10.02 Pista Arena Revolucion
72 Angel Azteca Emilio Charles Jr. 1989.04.28 Arena Coliseo
1 Hombre Bala 1989.09.13 San Luis Potosi
2 Emilio Charles Jr. 1990.01.12 Arena Coliseo
3 Emilio Charles Jr. 1990.01.28 Pista Arena Revolucion [169]
4 El Hijo del Gladiador 1990.05.13 Pista Arena Revolucion
73 El Dandy [2] Angel Azteca 1990.06.01 Arena Coliseo
74 Atlantis [3] El Dandy 1990.08.01 Arena Coliseo De Acapulco
1 El Dandy 1990.08.30 Arena Isabel De Cuernavaca
2 El Dandy 1990.09.05 Arena Coliseo De Acapulco
3 Emilio Charles Jr. 1990.09.21 Arena México
4 El Dandy 1990.10.24 Pista Arena Revolucion
5 Satanico 1990.11.20 Pista Arena Revolucion
6 Satanico 1990.11.28 Arena Coliseo De Acapulco
7 Jerry Estrada 1991.01.28 Arena Isabel De Leon
8 Jerry Estrada 1991.02.13 Arena Coliseo De Acapulco
9 Emilio Charles Jr. 1991.03.22 Arena México
10 Espectro De Ultratumba 1991.04.12 Arena Altavilla
11 Huracan Sevilla 1991.05.01 Pista Arena Revolucion
12 Kung Fu 1991.06.13 Arena San Juan Pantitlan
13 Emilio Charles Jr. 1991.06.18 Plaza De Toros, El Cortijo
14 Satanico 1991.07.05 Arena Altavilla
15 Blue Panther 1991.08.09 Arena México
16 Blue Panther 1991.10.19 Arena Coliseo De Acapulco
17 Sangre Chicana 1991,11.16 Puebla
18 Javier Cruz 1992.03.17 Arena Coliseo
19 La Fiera 1992.04.03 Arena México
20 La Fiera 1992.05.30 Arena Puebla [170]
21 Bestia Salvaje 1992.06.16 Arena Coliseo
22 El Dandy 1992.06.23 Arena Isabel De Cuernavaca [171]
23 Emilio Charles Jr. 1992.08.14 Arena Coliseo [172]
24 America 1992.08.15 Pista Arena Revolucion [173]
25 Emilio Charles Jr. 1993.01.31 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
75 Mano Negra Atlantis 1993.03.03 Arena Coliseo De Acapulco [174]
1 Atlantis 1993.03.24 Arena Naucalpan
2 Oro 1993.04.02 Arena México
76 Oro Mano Negra 1993.05.23 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
77 Mano Negra [2] Oro 1993.07.03 Arena Puebla
1 El Dandy 1993.08.01 Pista Arena Revolucion
78 Corazon de Leon Mano Negra 1993.12.07 Pista Arena Revolucion
1 Black Magic 1993.12.15 Arena Coliseo De Acapulco
2 Ultimo Dragon 1994.11.07 Chiiba, Japan
79 Ultimo Dragon Corazon de Leon 1994.11.08 Korakuen Hall - Tokyo
1 Corazon de Leon 1995.01.06 Shizuoka, Japan
2 Corazon de Leon 1995.03.17 Arena México
Negro Casas announced to challenge on 1995.04.01 in Japan, but he was hurt two days prior
3 Bestia Salvaje 1995.05.23 Arena Coliseo
4 Scorpio Jr. 1997.03.14 Arena México
5 Dr. Wagner Jr. 1997.12.06 Arena Naucalpan
Ultimo Dragon vacates title 1998 due to arm injury
6 man tournament for vacant championship
80 The Great Sasuke Tokyo Magnum 1999.02.07 Yokohama, Japan
1 Sumo FUJI 1999.05.15 Arena Naucalpan
2 Ultimo Guerrero 1999.05.21 Arena México
3 Bret Como 2000.12.03 Canada [175]
4 Solar I 2000.12.10 Kyoto [176]
81 Ultimo Dragon [2] the Great Sasuke 2003.05.05 Sendai, Japan
Ultimo Dragon vacates title May 2003 due to WWE jump
decision match for vacant championship
82 El Averno Zumbido 2004.09.03 Arena México
1 Volador Jr. 2004.10.04 Arena Puebla
2 Satanico 2004.11.17 Arena Coliseo De Guadalajara
83 Mistico El Averno 2005.01.01 Arena Coliseo
1 El Averno 2005.01.30 Arena Coliseo De Guadalajara
2 El Averno 2005.02.11 Arena México
3 El Averno 2005.02.21 Arena Puebla
4 El Averno 2005.10.16 Arena Coliseo De Guadalajara
5 El Averno 2005.12.29 Arena Isabel De Cuernavaca
6 El Averno 2006.01.16 Arena Puebla
84 Black Warrior Mistico 2006.05.12 Arena México
1 Mistico 2006.05.14 Balneario Olimpico de Pantitlan - Mexico City
2 Mistico 2006.06.10 Cd. Madero
3 Heavy Metal 2006.08.16 Arena Lopez Mateos
4 Mistico 2006.08.26 Plaza de Toros - Cancun
5 Mistico 2006.09.04 Arena Puebla
6 Mistico 2006.10.01 Arena Neza
85 Mistico [2] Black Warrior 2007.04.29 Arena México
1 El Averno 2007.06.24 Poliforum Zamna - Merida, Yucatan
2 El Averno 2007.06.30 Arena Solidaridad
3 El Averno 2007.09.30 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
4 El Averno 2007.11.22 Palenque Expomex de Nuevo Laredo
86 El Averno [2] Mistico 2007.11.30 Arena México
1 Mistico & Vangelis 2007.12.04 Queretaro
2 Heavy Metal 2008.01.01 Arena Puebla
3 Mistico 2008.01.28 Arena Puebla
4 Negro Casas 2008.03.18 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
5 Sagrado 2008.04.19 Poliforum, Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Chiapas
6 Blue Panther 2009.09.06 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
7 Volador Jr. 2009.10.23 Arena México
8 Volador Jr. 2009.11.30 Arena Puebla
CMLL drops recognition of this championship; Averno given NWA World Historic Middleweight Championship instead
 
 
title change
successful title defense
championship matches which were announced, but results were not found

Sources:

  1. a repint article in Lucha Libre (dated 1939-01-10) talks about Kallio defending the title against Gaona soon, says he's been champ seven years
  2. Lucha Libre 19
  3. Matt Farmer, title for title for the Mexican National Light Heavyweight Championship
  4. CMLL
  5. Lucha Libre 338
  6. Halcon 44
  7. Punk 58 has this as September 28?
  8. Lucha Libre 309
  9. Matt Farmer
  10. Lucha Libre 310
  11. Lucha Libre 310
  12. Lucha Libre 101
  13. Lucha Libre 310
  14. El Informador 1954-09-12
  15. Lucha Libre 149
  16. Rolando Vera defeated El Santo in Arena Coliseo Monterrey on 1956.08.19, but the Mexico City commission rules it not to be a title match after the fact, declaring Santo had defended the title too many times recently and Vera had lost in two previous title challenges. The commission attempted to return the belt to Santo, who refused it. The title was vacant going into a rematch two months later - SuperLuchas
  17. [Lucha Libre 310]
  18. SuperLuchas
  19. Box Y Lucha 869
  20. El Informador 1957-09-15
  21. El Informador 1959-07-19
  22. Arena 193
  23. Lucha Libre 125
  24. previously listed as 1962.04.18, which cannot be accurate given the correct date for the previous title change
  25. Lucha Libre 166
  26. Lucha Libre 28 lists May 1 (not May 30th) as the title match, though does not list a result
  27. Lucha Libre 36, Superluchas
  28. Lucha Libre 48 - no date is specified, but possibly the 7th
  29. Lucha Libre 50
  30. Lucha Libre 59, may be off a week
  31. Lucha Libre 76
  32. Lucha Libre 93, date could be off a week
  33. Lucha Libre 94
  34. Lucha Libre 103
  35. Lucha Libre 104
  36. Lucha Libre 107
  37. Lucha Libre 120
  38. Lucha Libre 167; Lucha Libre 311 also has the date and specifies it was in Arena Coliseo Monterrey
  39. SuperLuchas
  40. Lucha Libre 152
  41. Lucha Libre 311; Lucha Libre 157 has it as 10.10
  42. Lucha Libre 158
  43. Lucha Libre 165; Guajardo first won by DQ, match was restarted, Guajarado won agian
  44. Lucha Libre 220; 170 seems to imply a 01.12 date
  45. SuperLuchas - previously listed as 03.11
  46. Lucha Libre 220
  47. Lucha Libre 202
  48. Date listed as 07.29 previously, Lucha Libre 205 has it as September
  49. SuperLuchas
  50. Lucha Libre 220
  51. El Siglo de Torreon 1968-04-41
  52. Lucha Libre 311
  53. Lucha Libre 311
  54. Lucha Libre 311; likely in Arena Coliseo Monterrey
  55. DJ Spectro, Lucha Libre 311; win by DQ
  56. Lucha Libre 289
  57. El Informador 1969-07-06
  58. SuperLuchas
  59. Lucha Libre 305
  60. El Informador 1969-10-05
  61. Lucha Libre 351 lists this location, but match isn't listed on the poster for this date
  62. [1]
  63. DJ Spectro
  64. CMLL
  65. Box Y Lucha 1052, Halcon 29
  66. Halcon 44, Halcon 63
  67. Box Y Lucha 1071, Halcon 42, Halcon 43
  68. Halcon 43
  69. Halcon 63; match went to a draw
  70. Matt Farmer; Guajardo quits EMLL in April 1974 to start a rival promotion but attempts to continue defending this title following the precedent of Gori Guerrero a decade prior with the NWA World Light Heavyweight Championship. A Guajardo defense on July 5th in Monterrey leads to NWA stripping the title 12 days later. Guajardo continues defending the belt until the introduction of the UWA championships
  71. Matt Farmer, Halcon 117
  72. SuperLuchas
  73. Halcon 159
  74. Halcon 159
  75. Arena Box y Lucha 719
  76. Halcon 161
  77. Halcon 167
  78. Matt Farmer, Punch 58
  79. Informador 1975-10-12, Halcon 173
  80. The Gladiatores
  81. Halcon 181
  82. El Informador 1976-02-08
  83. Halcon 192
  84. a draw, DJ Spectro
  85. Halcon 201
  86. Luchas 2000 668, Punch 87, Halcon 201
  87. El Informador 1976-05-23
  88. Punch 95
  89. Matt Farmer
  90. El Informador 1976-11-14
  91. Box Y Lucha 1260
  92. Box Y Lucha 1262
  93. El Informador 1976-12-26
  94. Halcon 242, Halcon 245
  95. Halcon 245
  96. Halcon 248
  97. El Informador 1977-04-10, Mendoza apparently beat Adorable Rubi the previous shot to win a title shot.
  98. Box Y Lucha 1280
  99. Halcon 257
  100. El Informador 1977-05-15, Halcon 257
  101. El Informador 1977-06-05
  102. El Informador 1977-07-03 lists title match, Halcon 265 confirms title change
  103. Halcon 271
  104. Box Y Lucha 1301
  105. Halcon 278
  106. Halcon 278
  107. El Informador 1977-11-06
  108. Halcon 286; date is a guess
  109. SuperLuchas; previously listed as 11/25]
  110. LA Times
  111. 111.0 111.1 111.2 111.3 111.4 111.5 111.6 Halcon 347
  112. Arena 1021
  113. Halcon 347, El Informador 1978-05-28
  114. Matt Farmer
  115. previously listed as 08.13. Listed as a title match with Ringo defending on the lineup, title change date not confirmed
  116. Halcon 347, Box Y Lucha 1347
  117. Matt Farmer, Arena 1048
  118. El Informador 1978-10-08
  119. Box Y Lucha
  120. SuperLuchas
  121. Lucha Libre 800
  122. Cronicas Y Leyendas de Lucha Libre
  123. Box y Lucha 1394
  124. Matt Farmer
  125. El Informador 1979-09-09
  126. Cronicas Y Leyendas, Box Y Lucha 1214
  127. Box y Lucha 1404
  128. Box Y Lucha 1406
  129. El Informador 1979-11-04
  130. Matt Farmer
  131. Box y Lucha 1420
  132. Box y Lucha 1426
  133. ricardo aguilar hidalgo
  134. Halcon 404
  135. El Informador 1980-04-27; this had been listed as 04.17 in Monterrey, but the poster for 04.27 indicates Satanico is still champion
  136. El Informador 1980-05-18
  137. Box Y Lucha 1437
  138. Arena 1142, Box Y Lucha
  139. El Informador 1980-07-13
  140. Box y Lucha 1448
  141. El Informador 1980-09-07
  142. a draw; Arena 1154, Box Y Lucha 1455, Box Y Lucha 1456, Lucha Libre 874
  143. Box y Lucha 1457, Box y Lucha 1458
  144. Arena 1161, Box y Lucha 1462, Box y Lucha 1463
  145. Arena 1161, Box y Lucha 1463, Box y Lucha 1464
  146. Box y Lucha 1466, Box y Lucha 1467
  147. ricardo aguilar hidalgo @ box y lucha
  148. luchablog photolog (2013-09-16 00.26.32)
  149. El Informador 1981-08-16
  150. El Informador 1981-11-29
  151. El Informador 1982-02-14
  152. luchablog photolog (20130915_234949)
  153. Matt Farmer
  154. El Informador 1983-02-20
  155. Cronicas y Leyendas
  156. Matt Farmer
  157. El Siglo de Torreon
  158. Matt Farmer
  159. Box Y Lucha 1618
  160. Matt Farmer
  161. Matt Farmer
  162. SuperLuchas
  163. Matt Farmer
  164. Box Y Lucha 1746
  165. El Informador 1986-07-13
  166. Matt Farmer
  167. luchablog photolog (20130916_021147)
  168. luchablog photolog (2013-09-16 03.25.29)
  169. SuperLuchas
  170. billed as Atlantis' 33rd defense
  171. billed as Atlantis' 35th defense
  172. billed as Atlantis' 36th defense - Lucha Libre Weekly #26
  173. billed as Atlantis' 38th defense - Lucha Libre Weekly #26
  174. billed as Atlantis' potential 42nd defense
  175. WON 2000-12-18, a match for western Canada promotion ECCW, city not listed
  176. WON 2000-12-18

Rene Guajardo & Anibal branch

Guajardo left EMLL in 1974 to work as an independent, a decision that would eventually lead to LLI. Guajardo was NWA Middleweight Championship at the time, though the championship had basically become an in-house EMLL title. Guajardo, following the precedent set by Gori Guerrero over the NWA World Light Heavyweight Championship a decade prior, declared only the NWA could decide when he was no longer champion and kept the physical belt. He proceeded to defend the championship against fellow recent EMLL departure El Solitario multiple times. The NWA eventually ruled Guajardo invalidated his claim on the NWA championship by defending the belt on non-NWA shows. That ruling means Guajardo technically vacated the championship by accepting the first defense on July 5th, though he continued to promote champion until a January 29, 1975 'unification' match.

NWA authorized EMLL to hold a tournament to determine a new champion. Anibal won the vacant championship on September 20, 1974. He was given a new championship belt, Guajardo still holding on to the previous one. Anibal himself quit EMLL around January 24, 1975, signing with Promociones Mora to immediately face Guajarado in a "champion" versus "champion". Like Guajardo, Anibal held onto the belt and proclaimed himself still champion. The precedent set with Guajardo meant Anibal was automatically stripped for the 'unification' match, and it is not considered an official defense. (The reality was the show drew an estimated 21,000 fans to see who was the real champion.) Anibal defeated Guajardo by disqualification when Guajardo knocked out Anibal with an illegal punch.

Guajardo didn't honor that as a title change due to the finish and defended it once more before losing the title in Monterrey two months later. Guajardo later regained it in October.

Despite losing, Rene Guajardo would again defend his version of the title again on March 3rd against Dory Dixon in Ciudad Juarez.


# Champion(s) Defeated Date Location
- Rene Guajardo
- El Solitario 1974.07.05 Plaza de Monumental, Monterey, Nuevo Leon [1]
- El Solitario 1974.07.?? Nuevo Laredo [2]
- El Solitario 1974.11.10 Arena Lopez Mateos [3]
- El Solitario 1974.11.20 Tampico [4]
"unification" match with Anibal's claim
DQ LOSS Anibal 1975.01.29 Palacio de los Deportes, Iztacalco, Distrito Federal [5]
- Dory Dixon 1975.03.03 Ciudad Juarez
2nd "unification" match with Anibal's claim
- Anibal Rene Guajardo 1975.03.21 Plaza de Toros La Monumental, Monterrey, Nuevo León [6]
- El Vikingo 1975.04.27 Ciudad Juarez [7]
- Ángel Blanco 1975.05.18 Arena KO [8]
- Cesar Valentino 1975.10.09 Xalapa [9]
- León Negro 1975.10.12 Neza [10]
- Rene Guajardo Anibal 1975.10.19 Plaza de Toros La Monumental, Monterrey, Nuevo León [11]
 
 
title change
successful title defense
championship matches which were announced, but results were not found

Sources:

  1. KO 1112
  2. KO 1112
  3. Box Y Lucha 1151
  4. KO 1127
  5. Box Y Lucha 1164, Halcon 185
  6. Halcon 142, Halcon 185
  7. Halcon 150
  8. KO 1152
  9. Halcon 172
  10. Halcon 172 mentions the match, does not give a location
  11. Halcon 174

The UWA World Middleweight Championship was announced soon after the last title change, supplanting the role for this unrecognized championship. Guajardo would again beat Anibal (though by countout), implicitly carrying the lineage of this championship into the new title.

Gallery of Champions

Gus Kallio, 1st Champion
Tarzan Lopez, 3rd, 5th, 8th & 11th Champion
Gory Guerrero, 6th Champion
Sugi Sito, 9th & 12th Champion
Enrique Llanes, 10th Champion
El Santo, 13th Champion


Rolando Vera, 14th Champion
Rene Guajardo, 15th, 17th, 21st, 23th, 25th & 31st champion
Antonio Posa, 16th Champion
Rayo de Jalisco, 18th, 20th & 27th Champion
Benny Galant, 19th Champion
Jerry London, 22nd Champion


Ray Mendoza, 24th Champion
El Solitario, 28th Champion
Masio Koma, 29th Champion
Anibal, as 30th Champion
Anibal, as 32st Champion
Perro Aguayo, 33rd, 35th & 40th Champion


El Faraon, 34th, 38th & 51st Champion
Ringo Mendoza, 36th, 39th, 41st, 43rd & 50th Champion
Joe Palardy‎, 37th Champion
Tony Salazar, 42nd & 48th Champion
Satoru Sayama, 44th Champion
Satanico, 45th, 53rd, 55th, 57th & 59th Champion


Cachorro Mendoza, 46th Champion
Sangre Chicana, 47th & 49th Champion
Cesar Curiel, 52nd Champion
El Jalisco, 54th Champion
Lizmark, 56th Champion
Gran Cochisse, 58th, 60th & 64th Champion


Gran Hamada, 61st Champion
Chamaco Valaguez, 63rd Champion
Kung Fu, 65th & 67th Champion
El Dandy, 66th & 73rd Champion
Atlantis, 68th, 70th & 74th Champion
Emilio Charles Jr., 69th & 71st Champion


Angel Azteca, 72nd Champion
Mano Negra, 75th & 77th Champion
Oro, 76th Champion
Corazon De Leon, 78th Champion
Ultimo Dragon, 79th & 81st Champion
The Great Sasuke, 80th Champion


El Averno, as 82nd Champion
Mistico, 83rd & 85th Champion
Black Warrior, 84td Champion
Mistico, as 85th Champion
El Averno, as 86th Champion, with old belt


Gallery of Title Belts

Original Belt
2nd Belt
3rd & 5th Belt
4th Belt


Sources


V National Wrestling Alliance Championships (with lucha libre history) E
World Welter (Akantus), NWA-Mexico: Mexico Light (Skayde), Mexico Welter (Vaquero Fantasma)
Dragon Gym: International Junior Heavy (Último Dragón)
Defunct: Middle, Light Heavy, Americas Tag
Reference: Jr. Heavy, Heavy
CMLL established titles: Historic Welter (Volador Jr.), Historic Middle (Carístico), Historic LH (Stuka Jr.)