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 1939.01.19 Mexico City [2]
1 Bobby Arreola 1939.??.?? Mexico City
3 Tarzan Lopez Octavio Gaona 1939.02.09 Mexico City
1 John Nemenic 1940.09.12 Arena Modelo
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 [3]
2 Gorila Ramos 1944.11.17 Arena Coliseo [4]
6 Gory Guerrero Tarzan Lopez 1946.02.15 Arena Coliseo [5]
1 Tarzán López 1946.09.20 Arena Coliseo [6]
2 Rito Romero 1947.09.26 Arena Coliseo
7 Mike Kelly Gory Guerrero 1948.04.12 Old Arena Mexico [7]
1 Rito Romero 1948.05.08 Arena Coliseo [8]
8 Tarzan Lopez [3] Mike Kelly 1949.05.28 Old Arena México [9]
9 Sugi Sito Tarzan Lopez 1950.09.22 Arena Coliseo [10]
1 Tarzán López 1951.08.03 Arena Coliseo [11]
10 Enrique Llanes Sugi Sito 1951.09.24 Old Arena México [12]
1 Bobby Bonales 1951.11.23 [13]
Llanes leaves EMLL on 1951.12.27, giving up this championship. [14]
tournament for vacant championship
11 Tarzan Lopez [4] Sugi Sito 1952.06.13 Arena Coliseo [15]
tournament to determine #1 contender
12 Sugi Sito [2] Tarzan Lopez 1953.07.10 Arena Coliseo [16]
13 El Santo Sugi Sito 1954.01.01 Arena Coliseo [17]
1 Blue Demon 1954.09.12 Parque Oro, Guadalajara, Jalisco [18]
2 Black Shadow 1955.09.23 Arena Coliseo [19]
? Rolando Vera 1956.06.22 Arena Mexico [20]
? Rolando Vera ? ?
Santo vacates championship around 1956.10.06 over disputed match [21]
14 Rolando Vera El Santo 1956.10.19 Arena Mexico [22]
1 El Enfermero 1957.02.17 Arena Canada Dry [23]
2 Sugi Sito 1957.04.26 Arena Mexico [24]
3 El Espectro 1957.09.15 Plaza de Toros el Progreso, Guadalajara, Jalisco [25]
4 Black Shadow 1958.09.26 Arena México
5 Alejandro Cruz 1959.07.19 Plaza de Toros el Progreso, Guadalajara, Jalisco [26]
15 Rene Guajardo Rolando Vera 1960.10.13 Monterrey [27]
16 Antonio Posa Rene Guajardo 1962.04.27 Arena Mexico [28]
1 Karloff Lagarde 1962.09.21 Arena Mexico [29]
17 Rene Guajardo [2] Antonio Posa ? Mexico City [30]
1 El Gladiador 1963.05.26 Arena Coliseo Monterrey [31]
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 [32]
1 Rayo de Jalisco 1964.06.21 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [33]
2 Rayo de Jalisco 1964.09.?? Reynosa [34]
8 man tournament to determine #1 contender
20 Rayo de Jalisco [2] Benny Galant 1964.09.25 Arena México [35]
1 Rene Guajardo 1964.11.27 Arena México [36]
21 Rene Guajardo [3] Rayo de Jalisco 1965.03.26 Arena México [37]
1 Rayo de Jalisco 1965.07.24 Arena Puebla [38]
2 Antonio Montoro 1965.07.30 Arena Mexico [39]
3 El Santo 1965.09.26 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [40]
4 Rayo de Jalisco 1965.10.04 Tampico [41]
5 Black Shadow 1965.10.24 Arena Coliseo Monterrey [42]
6 Benny Galant 1965.12.25 Arena Mexico [43]
22 Jerry London Rene Guajardo 1966.05.22 Arena Coliseo Monterrey [44]
23 Rene Guajardo [4] Jerry London 1966.07.01 Arena México [45]
1 El Santo 1966.09.06 Arena Puebla [46]
2 Ray Mendoza 1966.10.01 Tampico [47]
3 Jerry London 1966.10.21 Arena Mexico [48]
4 Ray Mendoza 1966.12.09 Arena Mexico [49]
5 El Santo 1967.01.16 Tampico [50]
24 Ray Mendoza Rene Guajardo 1967.03.10 Arena México [51]
1 Rene Guajardo 1967.07.22 Puebla [52]
Ray Mendoza vacates on 1967.08.25 after winning the NWA World Light Heavyweight Championship three weeks prior [53]
16 man tournament for vacant championship
25 Rene Guajardo [5] Apolo Curiel 1967.09.29 Arena Mexico [54]
1 Rayo de Jalisco 1967.12.17 Arena Coliseo Monterrey [55]
2 Karloff Lagarde 1967.12.22 Arena Mexico [56]
3 Manolo Polman 1968.03.31 Plaza de Toros Valente Arellano, Torreón, Coahuila [57]
4 Ciclon Veloz Jr. 1968.07.31 Matamoros [58]
5 Tony Oxford 1968.09.20 Arena Mexico [59]
6 Blue Demon 1968.10.27 Monterrey [60]
26 El Santo [2] Rene Guajardo 1968.12.13 Arena Mexico [61]
27 Rayo de Jalisco [3] El Santo 1969.04.25 Arena México [62]
1 El Solitario 1969.07.06 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [63]
2 René Guajardo 1969.07.25 Arena México [64]
28 El Solitario Rayo de Jalisco 1969.08.15 Arena Mexico [65]
1 Rayo de Jalisco 1969.10.05 Auditorio del Estado, Guadalajara, Jalisco [66]
2 Rayo de Jalisco 1970.02.13 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [67]
29 Mr. Koma El Solitario 1970.08.28 Arena Mexico [68]
1 Anibal 1970.10.08 Arena México [69]
2 Rene Guajardo 1970.07.31 Arena Mexico [70]
3 Anibal 1970.10.02 Arena Mexico [71]
30 Anibal Masio Koma 1970.12.06 Arena México [72]
1 Shibata 1971.02.05 Arena Mexico [73]
2 Rene Guajardo 1971.03.26 Arena México [74]
3 Motoyuki Kitazawa 1971.08.06 Arena México
4 Rene Guajardo 1972.12.08 Arena México [75]
31 Rene Guajardo [6] Anibal 1973.03.30 Arena México [76]
1 Steve Wright 1973.04.27 Arena México [77]
2 Blue Demon 1973.05.01 Auditorio Benito Juarez, Cuautitlan [78]
3 El Halcon 1973.09.21 Arena Mexico [79]
NWA strips Guajardo on July 17th, 1974, for unauthorized championship defense [80]
final of a tournament for vacant championship
32 Anibal [2] El Cobarde 1974.09.20 Arena México [81]
1 Adorable Rubi 1974.12.13 Arena México [82]
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 [83]
1 Ciclón Veloz Jr. 1975.07.13 Arena Coliseo Monterrey [84]
2 Riki Starr 1975.07.18 Arena México [85]
3 Alberto Muñoz 1975.07.26 Puebla [86]
4 Ringo Mendoza 1975.09.03 Arena Coliseo Acapulco [87]
5 El Santo 1975.09.26 Arena México [88]
6 Blue Demon 1975.10.12 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [89]
7 El Santo 1975.12.05 Arena Mexico [90]
8 Ciclón Veloz Jr. 1975.12.11 Monterrey [91]
9 Ringo Mendoza 1976.02.08 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [92]
10 Ringo Mendoza 1976.02.22 Arena Coliseo Monterrey [93]
11 El Santo 1976.04.10 Arena Puebla [94]
12 Ringo Mendoza 1976.04.21 Arena Coliseo Acapulco [95]
13 Ringo Mendoza 1976.04.23 Arena México [96]
14 Ringo Mendoza 1976.05.23 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [97]
15 El Faraón 1976.06.11 Arena México [98]
34 El Faraón Perro Aguayo 1976.10.22 Arena México [99]
1 Perro Aguayo 1976.11.14 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [100]
2 Adorable Rubi 1976.12.05 Arena Coliseo [101]
3 Adorable Rubi 1976.12.15 Arena Coliseo Acapulco [102]
5 Adorable Rubi 1976.12.26 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [103]
6 Tony Salazar 1977.02.09 Arena Coliseo Acapulco [104]
7 Tony Salazar 1977.02.18 Arena Mexico [105]
35 Perro Aguayo [2] El Faraon 1977.03.11 Arena Mexico [106]
1 Ringo Mendoza 1977.04.10 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [107]
2 Blue Demon 1977.04.30 Pista Arena Revolución [108]
3 El Faraon 1977.05.04 Arena Coliseo Acapulco [109]
4 Mano Negra 1977.05.15 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [110]
5 El Faraon 1977.06.05 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [111]
36 Ringo Mendoza Perro Aguayo 1977.07.03 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [112]
1 Adorable Rubi 1977.08.20 Pista Arena Revolución [113]
2 Fishman 1977.09.17 Arena Xochimilco [114]
3 Adorable Rubi 1977.10.06 Arena Isabel, Cuernavaca, Morelos [115]
37 Joe Palardy Ringo Mendoza 1977.10.12 Arena Coliseo Acapulco [116]
1 El Faraon 1977.11.06 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [117]
2 Ringo Mendoza 1977.11.25 Arena Mexico [118]
38 El Faraon [2] Joe Palardy 1977.12.02 Arena México [119]
39 Ringo Mendoza [2] El Faraon 1978.02.10 Los Angeles [120]
1 El Faraon 1978.02.17 Los Angeles [121]
2 Carlos Plata 1978.03.17 Arena México [122]
3 Sangre Chicana 1978.03.29 Acapulco [121]
40 Perro Aguayo [3] Ringo Mendoza 1978.04.09 Guadalajara [121]
1 Ringo Mendoza 1978.05.85 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [123]
1 Ringo Mendoza 1978.06.05 Monclova [121]
41 Ringo Mendoza [3] Perro Aguayo 1978.06.23 Arena México [124]
1 Sangre Chicana 1978.07.01 Puebla [121]
2 Sangre Chicana 1978.07.27 Cuernavaca [121]
42 Tony Salazar Ringo Mendoza 1978.08.18 Arena Mexico [125]
1 Ringo Mendoza 1978.08.18 Mexico City [126]
2 Satoru Sayama 1978.09.22 Arena Mexico [127]
2 Cachorro Mendoza 1978.10.08 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [128]
3 Satoru Sayama 1978.12.17 Monterrey [121]
43 Ringo Mendoza [4] Tony Salazar 1979.02.07 Arena Coliseo Acapulco [129]
1 Sangre Chicana 1979.04.20 Arena México [130]
2 Carlos Plata 1979.05.06 Pista Arena Revolucion [131]
3 Tony Salazar 1979.06.15 Arena México [132]
4 Tony Salazar 1979.07.14 Puebla [133]
5 Sangre Chicana 1979.08.26 Arena Coliseo [134]
8 man tournament for title match
44 Satoru Sayama Ringo Mendoza 1979.09.09 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [135]
1 Ringo Mendoza 1979.09.21 Arena México [136]
2 Ringo Mendoza 1979.09.23 Arena Coliseo [137]
3 Tony Salazar 1979.10.13 Arena Puebla [138]
4 Sangre Chicana 1979.11.04 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [139]
5 Tony Salazar 1979.11.16 Arena México [140]
6 Tony Salazar 1980.01.18 Arena Coliseo [141]
7 Satanico 1980.02.20 Arena Coliseo Acapulco [142]
8 Sangre Chicana 1980.02.29 Arena México [143]
45 Satanico Satoru Sayama 1980.03.28 Mexico City
1 El Faraón 1980.04.18 Arena Mexico [144]
46 Cachorro Mendoza Satanico 1980.04.27 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [145]
1 Carlos Plata 1980.05.18 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [146]
2 Sangre Chicana 1980.05.24 Pista Arena Revolucion [147]
47 Sangre Chicana Cachorro Mendoza 1980.06.15 Monterrey
1 Cachorro Mendoza 1980.07.04 Arena México [148]
2 Ringo Mendoza 1980.07.13 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [149]
3 El Faraón 1980.08.06 Arena Coliseo Acapulco [150]
4 Ringo Mendoza 1980.08.29 Arena México
3 El Faraón 1980.09.07 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [151]
4 Fantasma 1980.09.26 Arena México [152]
5 Kato Kung Lee 1980.10.12 Pista Arena Revolución [153]
6 Fantasma 1980.11.15 Arena Puebla [154]
7 Lizmark 1980.11.19 Arena Coliseo Acapulco [155]
8 Tony Salazar 1980.12.14 Pista Arena Revolución [156]
48 Tony Salazar [2] Sangre Chicana 1981.01.18 Monterrey
1 El Faraon 1981.02.15 Arena México [157]
49 Sangre Chicana [2] Tony Salazar 1981.03.13 Arena México [158]
50 Ringo Mendoza [5] Sangre Chicana 1981.04.03 Arena México [159]
1 Sangre Chicana 1981.05.03 Pista Arena Revolucion [160]
2 El Faraon 1981.06.12 Arena México [161]
3 Sangre Chicana 1981.06.26 Arena México [162]
4 Satánico 1981.07.04 Arena Puebla [163]
5 Satánico 1981.07.15 Arena Coliseo Acapulco [164]
6 Sangre Chicana 1981.08.16 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [165]
7 Espectro Jr. 1981.10.14 Arena Coliseo Acapulco [166]
51 El Faraon [3] Ringo Mendoza 1981.11.29 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [167]
1 Lizmark 1981.12.18 Arena Coliseo Acapulco [168]
2 Ringo Mendoza 1982.01.28 Aguascalientes [169]
3 Lizmark 1982.02.14 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [170]
52 Cesar Curiel El Faraon 1982.04.02 Arena México [171]
1 Satánico 1982.07.17 Puebla [172]
2 Satánico 1982.08.17 Arena Coliseo [173]
53 Satánico [2] Cesar Curiel 1982.10.15 Arena Mexico [174]
1 Ringo Mendoza 1982.11.13 Pista Arena Revolución [175]
1 Ringo Mendoza 1983.01.15 Pista Arena Revolucion [176]
2 El Jalisco 1983.02.01 Arena Coliseo [177]
54 El Jalisco Satanico 1983.02.20 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [178]
55 Satanico [3] El Jalisco 1983.04.13 Arena Neza [179]
1 Sangre Chicana 1983.04.27 Arena Neza [180]
2 Lizmark 1983.05.05 Arena Isabel de Cuernavaca [181]
3 Solar II 1983.05.28 Estadio Moctezuma, Torreón, Coahuila
56 Lizmark Satanico 1983.06.03 Arena México [182]
1 Sangre Chicana 1983.06.25 Estadio Moctezuma, Torreón, Coahuila [183]
2 Espectro Jr. 1983.07.31 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [184]
3 El Supremo 1983.08.31 Arena Neza [185]
4 El Enfermero Jr. 1983.09.09 Arena México [186]
5 Espectro Jr. 1983.09.21 Arena Coliseo Acapulco [187]
57 Satanico [4] Lizmark 1983.12.02 Arena Mexico [188]
1 Lizmark 1983.12.14 Arena Neza [189]
2 Hombre Bala 1984.01.14 Pista Arena Revolucion [190]
3 El Faraón 1984.02.12 [191]
4 Lizmark 1984.03.09 Arena México [192]
5 Cachorro Mendoza 1984.03.31 Arena Puebla [193]
6 Kamikaze Misawa 1984.04.08 Arena México [194]
7 Mogur 1984.06.24 Arena México [195]
8 Samurai Shiro 1984.07.06 Arena México [196]
9 Tony Salazar 1984.07.21 Arena Puebla [197]
58 Gran Cochisse Satanico 1984.08.17 Arena Mexico [198]
59 Satanico [5] Gran Cochisse 1984.09.14 Arena Mexico [199]
60 Gran Cochisse [2] Satanico 1984.09.30 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [200]
61 Gran Hamada Gran Cochisse 1984.11.18 Toreo de Cuatro Caminos [201]
1 Kato Kung Lee 1984.12.16 Toreo de Cuatro Caminos [202]
2 La Fiera 1985.03.24 Toreo de Cuatro Caminos [203]}
62 La Fiera Gran Hamada 1985.04.05 Arena México [204]
1 Gran Cochisse 1985.04.14 Arena México [205]
2 Satánico 1985.04.24 Arena Coliseo Acapulco [206]
63 Chamaco Valaguez La Fiera 1985.07.20 Arena Puebla
1 El Supremo 1985.09.08 Plaza de Toros el Cortijo [207]
2 El Satanico 1985.11.30 Palacio de los Deportes DF [208]
3 Enfermero Jr. 1986.01.15 Arena Neza [209]
4 Mocho Cota 1986.02.18 Pista Arena Revolución [210]
5 El Supremo 1986.04.24 Arena Puebla [211]
64 Gran Cochisse [3] Chamaco Valaguez 1986.05.18 ?
1 Chamaco Valaguez 1986.06.19 Arena Isabel de Cuernavaca [212]
1 Atlantis 1986.07.13 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [213]
2 Solar I 1986.08.19 Arena Coliseo [214]
3 Lizmark 1986.08.27 Arena Neza [215]
4 Chamaco Valaguez 1986.09.14 Arena Mexico [216]
65 Kung Fu Gran Cochisse 1986.10.17 Arena Mexico [217]
1 Talisman 1986.12.12 Arena México [218]
2 Satanico 1987.07.04 Arena México [219]
66 El Dandy Kung Fu 1987.07.17 Arena México [220]
1 Jerry Estrada 1987.09.11 Arena México [221]
67 Kung Fu [2] El Dandy 1987.10.07 Carpa Astro, Mexico City [222]
1 Javier Cruz 1988.02.19 Arena Coliseo [223]
2 El Dandy 1988.02.26 Arena Coliseo [224]
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 Arena Mexico
1 Kung Fu 1988.09.02 Arena Mexico [225]
2 Atlantis 1988.09.24 Arena Puebla
3 Ringo Mendoza 1988.10.02 Pista Arena Revolucion
4 Súper Astro 1988.10.21 Arena México [226]
5 Ringo Mendoza 1988.10.29 Arena Puebla [227]
6 Blue Demon Jr. 1989.02.14 Arena Coliseo [228]
72 Angel Azteca Emilio Charles Jr. 1989.04.28 Arena Coliseo [229]
1 Emilio Charles Jr. 1989.07.27 Arena Isabel de Cuernavaca [230]
2 Hombre Bala 1989.09.13 San Luis Potosi [231]
3 Emilio Charles Jr. 1990.01.12 Arena Coliseo [232]
4 Emilio Charles Jr. 1990.01.28 Pista Arena Revolucion [233]
5 El Hijo del Gladiador 1990.05.13 Pista Arena Revolucion
73 El Dandy [2] Angel Azteca 1990.06.01 Arena Coliseo [234]
74 Atlantis [3] El Dandy 1990.08.01 Arena Coliseo De Acapulco [235]
1 El Dandy 1990.08.30 Arena Isabel De Cuernavaca [236]
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 [237]
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 [238]
9 Emilio Charles Jr. 1991.03.22 Arena México [239]
10 Huracan Sevilla 1991.05.01 Pista Arena Revolucion
11 Kung Fu 1991.06.13 Arena San Juan Pantitlan
12 Emilio Charles Jr. 1991.06.18 Plaza De Toros, El Cortijo
13 Blue Panther 1991.08.09 Arena México
14 Blue Panther 1991.10.19 Arena Coliseo De Acapulco [240]
15 Sangre Chicana 1991,11.16 Puebla [241]
16 Javier Cruz 1992.03.17 Arena Coliseo
17 La Fiera 1992.04.03 Arena México
18 La Fiera 1992.05.30 Arena Puebla [242]
19 Bestia Salvaje 1992.06.16 Arena Coliseo
20 El Dandy 1992.06.23 Arena Isabel De Cuernavaca [243]
21 Emilio Charles Jr. 1992.08.14 Arena Coliseo [244]
22 America 1992.08.15 Pista Arena Revolucion [245]
23 Emilio Charles Jr. 1993.01.31 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
75 Mano Negra Atlantis 1993.03.03 Arena Coliseo De Acapulco [246]
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 1993.12.04 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 [247]
4 Solar I 2000.12.10 Kyoto [248]
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. Box y Lucha 183A
  3. Lucha Libre 19
  4. Matt Farmer, title for title for the Mexican National Light Heavyweight Championship
  5. CMLL, Box y Lucha 1946
  6. Box y Lucha 175A
  7. Lucha Libre 338
  8. Halcon 44
  9. Punk 58 has this as September 28?
  10. Lucha Libre 309, Box y Lucha 215A, Box y Lucha 234A, Box y Lucha 250A
  11. Box y Lucha 237A, location unconfirmed
  12. Matt Farmer
  13. Box y Lucha 243A
  14. Lucha Libre 310
  15. Lucha Libre 310
  16. Lucha Libre 101
  17. Lucha Libre 310, Box y Lucha 980 (Santo title history)
  18. El Informador 1954-09-12
  19. SL
  20. Lucha Libre 149
  21. Rolando Vera defeated El Santo in Arena Coliseo Monterrey on 1956.08.19 with no controversy. Box y Lucha 236A lists a #1 contenders tournament on the 1956.09.28 Arena Mexico show. That becomes a normal tournament by the time it happens. The Box y Lucha 237A publishes a letter from the NWA declaring the 10.06 match invalid because the NWA had not approved Vera as a challenger, restoring the title to Santo and naming Vera as now the #1 contender. Santo refused to take the title back, and insisted he would not participate in a tournament for a vacant title - he would only accept a singles match with Vera to decide the championship.
  22. Lucha Libre 310
  23. SuperLuchas
  24. Box Y Lucha 869
  25. El Informador 1957-09-15
  26. El Informador 1959-07-19
  27. Lucha Libre 496 lists the date but not the location. Box y Lucha 985 'do you remember' column claims this was in Arena Mexico.
  28. Arena 193
  29. Lucha Libre 125
  30. previously listed as 1962.04.18, which cannot be accurate given the correct date for the previous title change; Lucha Libre 496 says 1962.04.03, which also seems wrong. Box y Lucha 951, recapping the 1960s, also has the 1962.04.30 date
  31. Lucha Libre 166
  32. Lucha Libre 28 lists May 1 (not May 30th) as the title match, though does not list a result
  33. Lucha Libre 36, Superluchas
  34. Lucha Libre 48 - no date is specified, but possibly the 7th
  35. Lucha Libre 50
  36. Lucha Libre 59, may be off a week
  37. Lucha Libre 76
  38. Lucha Libre 93, date could be off a week
  39. Lucha Libre 94
  40. Lucha Libre 103
  41. Lucha Libre 104
  42. Lucha Libre 107
  43. Lucha Libre 120
  44. Lucha Libre 167; Lucha Libre 311 also has the date and specifies it was in Arena Coliseo Monterrey
  45. SuperLuchas
  46. Lucha Libre 152
  47. Lucha Libre 311; Lucha Libre 157 has it as 10.10
  48. Lucha Libre 158
  49. Lucha Libre 165; Guajardo first won by DQ, match was restarted, Guajarado won agian
  50. Lucha Libre 220; 170 seems to imply a 01.12 date
  51. SuperLuchas - previously listed as 03.11
  52. Lucha Libre 220
  53. Lucha Libre 202
  54. Date listed as 07.29 previously, Lucha Libre 205 has it as September
  55. SuperLuchas
  56. Lucha Libre 220
  57. El Siglo de Torreon 1968-04-41
  58. Lucha Libre 311
  59. Lucha Libre 311
  60. Lucha Libre 311; likely in Arena Coliseo Monterrey
  61. DJ Spectro, Lucha Libre 311; win by DQ
  62. Lucha Libre 289
  63. El Informador 1969-07-06
  64. SuperLuchas
  65. Lucha Libre 305
  66. El Informador 1969-10-05
  67. Lucha Libre 351 lists this location, but match isn't listed on the poster for this date
  68. Box y Lucha 932
  69. [1]
  70. Box y Lucha 929
  71. Box y Lucha 937
  72. DJ Spectro
  73. Box y Lucha 955, Box y Lucha 956
  74. CMLL
  75. Box Y Lucha 1052, Halcon 29
  76. Halcon 44, Halcon 63
  77. Box Y Lucha 1071, Halcon 42, Halcon 43
  78. Halcon 43
  79. Halcon 63; match went to a draw
  80. 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
  81. Matt Farmer, Halcon 117
  82. SuperLuchas
  83. Halcon 159
  84. Halcon 159
  85. Arena Box y Lucha 719
  86. Halcon 161
  87. Halcon 167
  88. Matt Farmer, Punch 58
  89. Informador 1975-10-12, Halcon 173
  90. The Gladiatores
  91. Halcon 181
  92. El Informador 1976-02-08
  93. Halcon 192
  94. a draw, DJ Spectro
  95. Halcon 201
  96. Luchas 2000 668, Punch 87, Halcon 201
  97. El Informador 1976-05-23
  98. Punch 95
  99. Matt Farmer
  100. El Informador 1976-11-14
  101. Box Y Lucha 1260
  102. Box Y Lucha 1262
  103. El Informador 1976-12-26
  104. Halcon 242, Halcon 245
  105. Halcon 245
  106. Halcon 248
  107. El Informador 1977-04-10, Mendoza apparently beat Adorable Rubi the previous shot to win a title shot.
  108. Box Y Lucha 1280
  109. Halcon 257
  110. El Informador 1977-05-15, Halcon 257
  111. El Informador 1977-06-05
  112. El Informador 1977-07-03 lists title match, Halcon 265 confirms title change
  113. Halcon 271
  114. Box Y Lucha 1301
  115. Halcon 278
  116. Halcon 278
  117. El Informador 1977-11-06
  118. Halcon 286; date is a guess
  119. SuperLuchas; previously listed as 11/25]
  120. LA Times
  121. 121.0 121.1 121.2 121.3 121.4 121.5 121.6 Halcon 347
  122. Arena 1021
  123. Halcon 347, El Informador 1978-05-28
  124. Matt Farmer
  125. previously listed as 08.13. Listed as a title match with Ringo defending on the lineup, title change date not confirmed
  126. Halcon 347, Box Y Lucha 1347
  127. Matt Farmer, Arena 1048
  128. El Informador 1978-10-08
  129. Box y Lucha 1373
  130. SuperLuchas
  131. Lucha Libre 800
  132. Cronicas Y Leyendas de Lucha Libre
  133. Box y Lucha 1394
  134. Matt Farmer
  135. El Informador 1979-09-09
  136. Cronicas Y Leyendas, Box Y Lucha 1214
  137. Box y Lucha 1404
  138. Box Y Lucha 1406
  139. El Informador 1979-11-04
  140. Matt Farmer
  141. Box y Lucha 1420
  142. Box y Lucha 1426
  143. ricardo aguilar hidalgo
  144. Halcon 404
  145. 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
  146. El Informador 1980-05-18
  147. Box Y Lucha 1437
  148. Arena 1142, Box Y Lucha
  149. El Informador 1980-07-13
  150. Box y Lucha 1448
  151. El Informador 1980-09-07
  152. a draw; Arena 1154, Box Y Lucha 1455, Box Y Lucha 1456, Lucha Libre 874
  153. Box y Lucha 1457, Box y Lucha 1458
  154. Arena 1161, Box y Lucha 1462, Box y Lucha 1463
  155. Arena 1161, Box y Lucha 1463, Box y Lucha 1464
  156. Box y Lucha 1466, Box y Lucha 1467
  157. Halcon 457
  158. Box y Lucha 1480
  159. Halcon 465
  160. ricardo aguilar hidalgo @ box y lucha, Box y Lucha 1485
  161. luchablog photolog (2013-09-16 00.26.32)
  162. KO 1459, Lucha Libre 913
  163. Halcon 483, KO 1459
  164. Box y Lucha 1496, Halcon 483
  165. El Informador 1981-08-16
  166. Box y Lucha
  167. Box y Lucha 1516, El Informador 1981-11-29
  168. KO 1485
  169. Box y Lucha 1524
  170. El Informador 1982-02-14
  171. luchablog photolog (20130915_234949)
  172. Halcon Mensual 8
  173. Box y Lucha 1552, Box y Lucha 1553
  174. Matt Farmer, Box y Lucha 1560
  175. Box y Lucha 1564, Box y Lucha 1565
  176. Box y Lucha 1573, Box y Lucha 1574
  177. Lucha Libre 997
  178. El Informador 1983-02-20
  179. Cronicas y Leyendas, Box y Lucha 1586
  180. Box y Lucha 1587, Box y Lucha 1588
  181. Box y Lucha 1588
  182. Box y Lucha 1592, Box y Lucha 1593, Matt Farmer
  183. El Siglo de Torreon, Halcon 583
  184. Box y Lucha 1600, Box y Lucha 1601
  185. Box y Lucha 1605, Box y Lucha 1606
  186. Box y Lucha 1606, Matt Farmer
  187. Box y Lucha 1608, Box y Lucha 1609
  188. Box Y Lucha 1619
  189. Box y Lucha 1620, Box y Lucha 1621
  190. Arena 1325
  191. Box y Lucha 1627
  192. Matt Farmer, Box y Lucha 1630
  193. Box y Lucha 1633
  194. Box y Lucha 1634, Box y Lucha 1635
  195. Matt Farmer, Box y Lucha 1644
  196. Box y Lucha 1648
  197. Halcon 638
  198. Box y Lucha 1652, Box y Lucha 1653
  199. Arena 1361, Box y Lucha 1656
  200. Combates 468, El Informador 1984-09-30
  201. y Lucha 1665
  202. SuperLuchas, Box y Lucha 1669, Box y Lucha 1670
  203. Box y Lucha 1683
  204. Arena 1389, Arena 1390, DJ Spectro, KO 1655, luchablog photolog (2013-09-16 02.41.47), luchablog photolog (20130916_000946), Matt Farmer, RB
  205. Arena 1390, Arena 1391, Matt Farmer
  206. Box y Lucha 1687
  207. [Box y Lucha 1706
  208. Matt Farmer
  209. Box y Lucha 1725
  210. Box y Lucha 1730
  211. Box y Lucha 1738
  212. Box Y Lucha 1746
  213. El Informador 1986-07-13
  214. Matt Farmer, Box y Lucha 1756
  215. Box y Lucha 1756
  216. Box y Lucha 1758, KO 1729
  217. Box y Lucha 1764, RB
  218. luchablog photolog (20130916_021147)
  219. Box y Lucha, RL
  220. Miguel Reducindo
  221. Halcon 801
  222. luchablog photolog (2013-09-16 03.25.29), Box y Lucha 1814
  223. KO 1804, KO 1805, luchablog photolog (2013-09-16 02.02.31)
  224. KO 1804
  225. Box y Lucha
  226. Box y Lucha 1867, Halcon 860
  227. Box y Lucha 1867
  228. Box y Lucha 1883
  229. WON 1989-05-15
  230. Box y Lucha 1894
  231. luchablog photolog (2013-09-17 17.30.41)
  232. Halcon 924, Halcon 925, RB, WON 1990-01-22
  233. SuperLuchas
  234. WON 1990-07-16
  235. Box y Lucha 1958
  236. RB, WON 1990-10-29
  237. Box y Lucha 1970, WON 1990-11-12
  238. Box y Lucha 1984
  239. Halcon 986
  240. Box y Lucah 2018
  241. Box y Lucha 2022
  242. billed as Atlantis' 33rd defense
  243. billed as Atlantis' 35th defense, Lucha Libre Weekly 19
  244. billed as Atlantis' 36th defense - Lucha Libre Weekly #26
  245. billed as Atlantis' 38th defense, Lucha Libre Weekly #26
  246. billed as Atlantis' potential 42nd defense
  247. WON 2000-12-18, a match for western Canada promotion ECCW, city not listed
  248. 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.)