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AAA Mega Championship

The AAA Mega Championship is a professional wrestling world heavyweight championship in the Mexican Lucha Libre AAA Worldwide (AAA) promotion. Known officially in Spanish as the Mega Campeonato AAA, it is sometimes referred to in the English-language press as the "AAA World Heavyweight Championship".[9] The title is the top championship of the AAA promotion. The current champion is Kenny Omega, who is in his first reign.

AAA Mega Championship
El Texano Jr. and Blue Demon Jr. holding the AAA Mega Championship belt in a wrestling ring
El Texano Jr. (right) and Blue Demon Jr. with the championship belt at the Rey de Reyes (2013)
Details
PromotionLucha Libre AAA Worldwide (AAA)
Date establishedSeptember 16, 2007[1]
Current champion(s)Kenny Omega
Date wonOctober 19, 2019
Other name(s)
AAA World Heavyweight Championship[2]
Mexican Heavyweight Championship (TNA)[3]

The title was established in 2007 via a single elimination tournament billed as the "Torneo Campeón de Campeones", or Champion of Champions Tournament, which effectively unified the International Wrestling Council (IWC) World Heavyweight Championship, the Grand Prix Championship Wrestling (GPCW) SUPER-X Monster Championship, the Mexican National Heavyweight Championship, and the Universal Wrestling Association (UWA) World Light Heavyweight Championship. The tournament field included the four reigning champions of the aforementioned titles as well as the number one contender to each championship. El Mesías, who entered the tournament as the IWC World Heavyweight Champion, became the inaugural AAA Mega Champion upon defeating the UWA World Light Heavyweight Champion entrant Chessman in the final round.[10]

El Texano Jr.'s first reign is the longest in history at 735 days. The shortest reigning champion was Jeff Jarrett, who held the title for 83 days. El Mesías has held the title the most, with four reigns. Overall, there have been 18 reigns shared among 11 wrestlers, with two vacancies. As it is a professional wrestling championship, it is won not by actual competition, but by a scripted ending to a match.[11]

Inaugural Championship Tournament bracketEdit

First round Semifinals Final
         
El Mesías [1]W
La Parka [2][12]
El Mesías W
Charly Manson [12]
Kenzo Suzuki [12]
Charly Manson [3]W
El Mesías W
Chessman [12]
Cibernético W
Mr. Niebla [12]
Cibernético [12]
Chessman W
Chessman [4]W
El Zorro [12]

ReignsEdit

Overall, there have been 18 AAA Mega Championship reigns and 11 total champions, and the title has been vacated twice. The inaugural champion was El Mesías, who defeated Chessman in the final of an eight-man tournament at the Verano de Escándalo event on September 16, 2007, to become champion. El Texano Jr. has the longest reign as champion with his first reign, from December 2, 2012, to December 7, 2014, lasting 735 days and gave the title World status when he defended it in the Mexico. Jeff Jarrett currently has the shortest reign at 83 days. El Mesías holds the record for the most reigns, with four.

In 2011, the then-AAA Mega Champion and Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) founder Jeff Jarrett appeared with a redesigned version of the title belt on TNA programming. TNA used the Mega Championship belt on their programming, but due to Spike TV, then TNA's broadcaster, not allowing TNA to refer to AAA by name, a silver hexagonal plate was used to cover the AAA faceplate.[3] While Jarrett appeared in TNA, the title was referred to as the "Mexican Heavyweight Championship".[13] On April 21, 2013, the title was defended outside AAA for the first time at Puerto Rico's World Wrestling League (WWL).[14] In March 2015, the AAA Mega Champion El Patrón Alberto defended the championship in Lucha Underground, made possible through AAA's joint ownership of Lucha Underground.[15][16]

In November 2019, the AAA Mega Champion Kenny Omega defended the championship in AEW Dark, through AAA's joint ownership of All Elite Wrestling.

Kenny Omega is the current champion in his first reign. He defeated Fénix at Héroes Inmortales XIII on October 19, 2019, in Orizaba, Veracruz, Mexico.

Title historyEdit

Key
No. Overall reign number
Reign Reign number for the specific champion
Days Number of days held
Defenses Number of successful defenses
+ Current reign is changing daily
No. Champion Championship change Reign statistics Notes Ref.
Date Event Location Reign Days Defenses
1 El Mesias September 16, 2007 Verano de Escándalo (2007) Guadalajara, Jalisco 1 182 1[17] El Mesías defeated Chessman in the final of an eight-man tournament to become the inaugural champion. This event aired on tape delay on October 7, 2007 [1][18]
2 Cibernético March 16, 2008 Rey de Reyes (2008) Monterrey, Nuevo León 1 222 3[17] This event aired on tape delay on March 30, 2008 [19]
Vacated October 24, 2008 Cibernético quit the company because Konnan took over AAA at the Antonio Peña Memorial Show. This event aired on tape delay on November 2, 2008 [20]
3 El Mesias December 6, 2008 Guerra de Titanes (2008) Orizaba, Veracruz 2 189 1[17] El Mesías defeated El Zorro in a ladder match to win the vacant title. This event aired on tape delay on December 21, 2008 [19]
4 Dr. Wagner Jr. June 13, 2009 Triplemanía XVII Mexico City 1 181 3[17]   [21]
5 El Mesias December 11, 2009 Guerra de Titanes (2009) Ciudad Madero, Tamaulipas 3 91 0[17] This event aired on tape delay on December 27, 2009 [22]
6 Electroshock March 12, 2010 Rey de Reyes (2010) Querétaro, Querétaro 1 86 0[17] Electroshock defeated El Mesías and Mr. Anderson in a three-way match to win the title. This event aired on tape delay on March 21, 2010 [23]
7 Dr. Wagner Jr. June 6, 2010 Triplemania XVIII Mexico City 2 182 2[17]   [7]
8 El Zorro December 5, 2010 Guerra de Titanes (2010) Zapopan, Jalisco 1 195 1[17] This event aired on tape delay on December 12, 2010 [24]
9 Jeff Jarrett June 18, 2011 Triplemanía XIX Mexico City 1 274 1[17] Jarrett also appeared on Total Nonstop Action Wrestling television with the title, referring to it as the "Mexican Heavyweight Championship" [25]
10 El Mesias March 18, 2012 Rey de Reyes (2012) Zapopan, Jalisco 4 259 1[17] This event aired on tape delay on April 1, 2012 [26]
11 El Texano Jr. December 2, 2012 Guerra de Titanes (2012) Zapopan, Jalisco 1 735 9[17] This event aired on tape delay on December 15, 2012 [5]
12 El Patrón Alberto December 7, 2014 Guerra de Titanes (2014) Zapopan, Jalisco 1 337 2[17] [27]
Vacated November 9, 2015 Title vacated due to El Patrón Alberto leaving AAA for WWE [28]
13 El Texano Jr. March 23, 2016 Rey de Reyes (2016) San Luis Potosí, San Luis Potosí 2 361 2[17] El Texano Jr. defeated El Mesías to win the vacant title [29]
14 Johnny Mundo March 19, 2017 Rey de Reyes (2017) Monterrey, Nuevo León 1 313 4 Defeated El Texano Jr. and El Hijo del Fantasma in a Winner Take All three-way match, that was also contested for the AAA Latin American and AAA World Cruiserweight Championships [30]
15 Rey Wagner January 26, 2018 Guerra de Titanes (2018) Mexico City 3 128 3 Vampiro was the Special Guest Referee. Rey Wagner was formerly known as Dr. Wagner Jr.
16 Jeff Jarrett June 3, 2018 Verano de Escándalo (2018) Monterrey, Nuevo León 2 83 0 Jarrett defeated Rey Wagner and Rey Mysterio Jr. in a three-way match to win the title [31]
17 Fénix August 25, 2018 Triplemanía XXVI Mexico City 1 420 2 Fénix defeated Jarrett, Brian Cage and Rich Swann in a fatal four way to win the title [32]
18 Kenny Omega October 19, 2019 Héroes Inmortales XIII Orizaba, Veracruz 1 56+ 2 [33]

Combined reignsEdit

As of December 14, 2019.

Indicates the current champion(s)
Rank Wrestler No. of
reigns
Combined
defenses
Combined
days
1 El Texano Jr. 2 11 1,096
2 El Mesias 4 3 721
3 Dr. Wagner Jr./Rey Wagner 3 8 491
4 Fénix 1 2 420
5 Jeff Jarrett 2 1 357
6 El Patrón Alberto 1 2 337
7 Johnny Mundo 1 4 313
8 Cibernético 1 3 222
9 El Zorro 1 1 195
10 Electroshock 1 0 86
11 Kenny Omega 1 2 56+

ReferencesEdit

General

  • "Mega Campeonato AAA". Lucha Libre AAA Worldwide. Archived from the original on September 30, 2015. Retrieved September 7, 2015.
  • "Asistencia Asesoria y Administracion World Heavyweight Title". Wrestling Titles.com. Retrieved September 7, 2015.

Specific

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  2. ^ "AAA World Heavyweight Championship". cagematch.net. Retrieved March 25, 2017.
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  6. ^ "Lucha Libre: Conoce la historia de las leyendas de cuadrilátero". Dr. Wagner Jr. (1965) (in Spanish). Mexico. 2008. p. 20. Grandes Figuras de la Lucha Libre.
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  19. ^ a b "Lo Mejor de la Lucha Libre Mexicana 2008". SuperLuchas (in Spanish). January 6, 2009. 296. Retrieved July 11, 2009.
  20. ^ "El Cibernético renuncia al campeonato" (in Spanish). SúperLuchas. October 27, 2008.
  21. ^ "Triplemania 17 (Resultados y cobertura 13 Junio 2009)" (in Spanish). SúperLuchas. June 13, 2009.
  22. ^ "Lo Mejor de la Lucha Libre Mexicana 2009". SuperLuchas (in Spanish). January 8, 2010. 348.
  23. ^ Rivera, Luis Manuel (March 15, 2010). "LA Park aparece en AAA". SuperLuchas (in Spanish). pp. 18–21. issue 355. Retrieved March 20, 2010.
  24. ^ Beltrán, William (December 5, 2010). "AAA Guerra de Titanes 2010 (Cobertura y resultados 05 de Diciembre de 2010) – Charly Manson aparece y se une a Los Bizzaros – El Zorro NUEVO Megacampeón AAA". SuperLuchas (in Spanish). Archived from the original on July 3, 2012. Retrieved December 5, 2010.
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  28. ^ "Habrá nuevo Megacampeón AAA en Guerra de Titanes". MedioTiempo (in Spanish). November 9, 2015. Retrieved November 9, 2015.
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  33. ^ "Kenny Omega Defeats Fenix, Wins AAA Mega Championship". Wrestlezone. October 19, 2019.

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