NWA World Historic Welterweight Championship

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Current Champion

Rocky Romero, 10th/67th champion

Rocky Romero won the championship on January 20th, 2023 from Volador Jr. in Arena Mexico. He is the 10th championship in the 'Historic' era of this championship, and the 67th overall.

History of Championship

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, within weeks of that press conference, CMLL had changed course. The championships were called NWA World Historic Championships. It's even been casually referred to by it's old name by the promotion, but is now considered a separate championship with NWA Mexico reviving the original named championship.

The name further changed to only "World Historic Welterweight Championship" in early 2022; company officials just stopped using the NWA name with no explanation. The championship lineage itself did not change. (We're leaving the name of the page as is for the time being.)

Mephisto made a few defenses of his championship over his 20 month reign. He feuded with Hijo del Fantasma during the late stages, retaining his championship via an illicit brass knuckles punch. The two were expected to rematch down the line. Meanwhile, Mephisto, Averno and Ephesto challenged Generacion Dorada for their CMLL World Trios Championship in early March of 2011. The champions retained, Mephisto taking the final fall to the previous champion Sombra. Sombra immediately challenged for a singles title match, and Mephisto agreed the following week. The two had a reported thirty-minute match, with Sombra regaining the championship.

Champions Listing

# Champion(s) Defeated Date Location
Mephisto, the previous NWA World Welterweight Champion, was awarded the championship by CMLL
1 (58) Mephisto - 2010.08.12 Arena Mexico - Mexico City
1 El Hijo del Fantasma 2011.01.14 Arena Mexico - Mexico City
2 (59) La Sombra [2] Mephisto 2011.03.13 Arena Coliseo - Mexico City
1 Psicosis II 2011.04.10 Arena Mexico - Mexico City
2 Volador Jr. 2011.09.18 Arena Mexico - Mexico City
3 Volador Jr. 2012.01.22 Korakuen Hall - Tokyo, Japan
3 (60) Negro Casas [2] La Sombra 2012.02.13 Arena Puebla
1 Ángel de Oro 2012.04.29 Arena Mexico
2 Ángel de Oro 2012.09.02 Arena Mexico
3 Ángel de Oro 2012.12.11 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
4 Guerrero Maya Jr. 2012.12.25 Arena Mexico
5 Valiente 2013.02.04 Arena Puebla
6 Mascara Dorada 2013.04.07 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
7 Ultimo Dragon 2013.04.14 Sala de Armas Magdalena Mixhuca
4 (61) Mascara Dorada Negro Casas 2013.06.02 Arena Mexico
1 Averno 2013.06.18 Arena Mexico
5 (62) Volador Jr. Mascara Dorada 2013.11.19 Arena Mexico
1 Averno 2014.01.06 Arena Puebla
2 Mascara Dorada 2014.01.19 Korakuen Hall
3 Negro Casas 2014.04.07 Arena Puebla
4[1] Misterioso Jr. (Los Angeles) 2014.05.17 Boys and Girls Club, Pacoima, California
6 (63) La Sombra [3][2] Volador Jr. 2014.06.06 Arena Mexico
7 (64) Volador Jr. [2] La Sombra 2014.08.01 Arena Mexico
1 La Sombra 2014.10.06 Arena Puebla
2 Gran Guerrero 2015.01.18 Korakuen Hall
3[3] Negro Casas 2015.05.31 Arena México
4 Mephisto[4] 2015.10.12 Arena Puebla
5 La Sombra[5] 2015.10.30 Arena México
6 Negro Casas[6] 2015.11.17 Arena Coliseo de Guadalajara
7 Mephisto[7] 2016.01.24 Korakuen Hall
8 Negro Casas[8] 2016.02.15 Arena Puebla
9 Mephisto 2016.04.03 Arena Mexico
10 Kushida[9] 2016.07.08 Arena México
11 Barbaro Cavernario 2016.10.07 Arena Mexico
12 Mephisto 2016.11.22 Arena Mexico
13 La Mascara 2017.01.02 Arena Puebla
14 Ephesto 2017.02.21 Arena Mexico
15 Barbaro Cavernario 2017.06.20 Arena Mexico
16 Negro Casas 2017.11.13 Arena Puebla
17 Carístico 2017.12.29 Arena Mexico
18 Barbaro Cavernario 2018.01.21 Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan
19 Barbaro Cavernario 2018.03.12 Arena Puebla
8 (65) Matt Taven Volador Jr. 2018.03.30 Arena Mexico
9 (66) Volador Jr. [3] Matt Taven 2018.08.03 Arena Mexico
1 Barbaro Cavernario 2018.10.08 Arena Puebla
2 Dragón Lee 2019.08.05 Arena Puebla
3 Mephisto 2019.08.27 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
4 Templario 2020.03.02 Arena Puebla
5 Templario 2020.09.25 Arena Mexico
6 Bandido 2021.03.26 Arena Mexico
7 TJP 2021.11.26 Arena Mexico
8 Fugaz 2022.02.11 Arena Mexico
10 (67) Rocky Romero Volador Jr. 2023.01.20 Arena Mexico
1 Yuya Uemuera 2023.02.04 Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas [10]
title change
successful title defense
championship matches which were announced, but results were not found


  1. championship for championship match for the UIPW World Championship
  2. championship for championship match with the NWA World Historic Middleweight Championship
  3. SuperLuchas
  4. Lucha World
  5. Lucha World
  6. Lucha World
  7. Lucha World
  8. Lucha World
  9. Lucha World
  10. a defense as part of the Chris Jericho Cruise; location is where te boat was due to be docked that day as best guess

Gallery of Champions

Mephisto, 1st/58th & 6th/63rd Champion
La Sombra, 2nd/59th Champion
Negro Casas, 3rd/60th Champion
Mascara Dorada, 4th/61st Champion
Volador Jr., 5th/62nd Champion
La Sombra, 6th/63rd Champion

Volador Jr., 7th/64th Champion
Matt Taven, 8th/65th champion
Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre Championships
CMLL: Mini: MercurioSuper Light: Stigma
Welter: TitánMiddle: Dragón Rojo Jr.
Light Heavy: Barbaro CavernarioHeavy: Gran Guerrero
Tag: Ángel de Oro & Niebla RojaWomen: Princesa Sugehit
Trios: Los Infernales (Euforia, Hechicero, Mephisto)
NWA WH: Welter: Rocky RomeroMiddle: MisticoLight Heavy: Atlantis Jr.
National: Light: Panterita del Ring Jr.Welter: vacantMiddle: TemplarioLight Heavy: Ángel de Oro
Heavy: SagradoWomen: Dark Silueta
Tag: Esfinge & FugazWomen's Tag: Jarochita & Lluvia
Trios: Los Cancerberos del Infierno (Virus, Cancerbero, Raziel)
Tournaments: Leyenda de Azul Soberano Jr.Leyenda de Plata: TitánUniversal: Mistico
Reyes del Aire: FelinoGran Alternativa: Coyote & Euforia
La Copa Jr.: Angel de OroParejas Increíbles: Atlantis Jr. & Stuka.
Occidente: Welter: ExplosivoMiddle: Principe Daniel
Light Heavy: EsfingeHeavy: Bestia Negra
Tag: Flash & GalloTrios: Bárbaro Cavernario, Demonio Maya & Príncipe Daniel
Misc: Arena Coliseo Tag: vacant

Copa de Arena Mexico Tournament
Pequeño Reyes del AireEn Busca de un Ídolo
Japan TagJapan Women's
DF: LightWelterMiddle
CMLL-REINA: Intl JuniorIntlTag Team