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Mexican National Lightweight Championship

The Mexican National Lightweight Championship (Campeonato Nacional de Peso Ligero in Spanish) is a Mexican professional wrestling singles championship created and sanctioned by Comisión de Box y Lucha Libre Mexico D.F. ("the Mexico City Boxing and Wrestling Commission" in Spanish). Although the Commission sanctions the title, it does not promote the events in which the title is defended. As it is a professional wrestling championship, it is not won legitimately; it is instead won via a scripted ending to a match or awarded to a wrestler because of a storyline. The official definition of the lightweight weight class in Mexico is between 63 kg (139 lb) and 70 kg (150 lb), but the weight limits for the different classes are not always strictly enforced.[Note 1][1] Since the title was brought back after being inactive for approximately four years it has been contested for in the Mini-Estrellas division exclusively. All title matches take place under two out of three falls rules as is tradition in Mexico.[2]

Mexican National Lightweight Championship
A color photo of the front of a professional wresling championship
The face plate of the championship belt
Details
PromotionConsejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL)
Date establishedJune 28, 1934
Current champion(s)Eléctrico
Date wonAugust 13, 2013

The Mexican National Lightweight Championship was created in 1934, making it one of the oldest wrestling championships still active today.[3] Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL; Spanish for World Wrestling Council) has the promotional control of the championship while the Commission only serves to approve the champions and supervise championship matches.[Note 2] Jack O'Brien was recognized as the first champion in 1934, after winning a tournament sanctioned by Comisión de Box y Lucha Libre Mexico D.F. and promoted by CMLL.[G1][G2][Note 3] The championship has been vacated on a number of occasions, most notably four times because the champion moved up a weight class, once because the champion was not a Mexican citizen and once because the reigning champion, Guerrero Samurai, was killed in a car accident.[G1][G2]

Eléctrico is the current Mexican National Lightweight Champion, having defeated Pequeño Nitro in a tournament final on August 13, 2013.[4] He is the 49th overall champion and the 39th person to hold the title. Rodolfo Ruiz and Taro are tied for the most reigns as champion, with three in total; Mishima Ota has the shortest reign, at 1 day. Black Shadow holds the record for the longest individual reign, at over 1,901 days, while Juan Diaz held the championship 1,979 days divided over two reigns.

Title historyEdit

Key
No. Overall reign number
Reign Reign number for the specific champion
Days Number of days held
N/A Unknown information
+ Current reign is changing daily
No. Champion Championship change Reign statistics Notes Ref.
Date Event Location Reign Days
1 Jack O'Brien June 28, 1934 Live event N/A 1 1,096 O'Brien defeated Hernandez in the final a tournament to become first champion. [G1][G2]
2 Dientes Hernandez June 28, 1937 Live event Mexico City, D.F. 1 324   [G1][G2]
3 Jack O'Brien May 18, 1938 Live event Mexico City, D.F. 2 718   [G1][G2]
4 Bobby Bonales May 5, 1940 Live event Mexico City, D.F. 1 221   [G1][G2]
5 Dientes Hernandez December 12, 1940 Live event Mexico City, D.F. 2 666   [G1][G2]
6 Adolfo Bonales October 9, 1942 Live event Mexico City, D.F. 1 233   [G1][G2]
7 Joe Silva May 30, 1943 Live event Mexico City, D.F. 1 334   [G1][G2]
8 Raul Romero April 28, 1944 Live event Mexico City, D.F. 1 717   [G1][G2]
9 Emilio Charles April 15, 1946 Live event Mexico City, D.F. 1 [Note 4]   [G1][G2]
Vacated January 1, 19481948 Championship vacated for undocumented reasons [G1][G2]
10 Joe Marin August 5, 1948 Live event N/A 1 74   [G1][G2]
11 Black Shadow October 18, 1948 Live event Mexico City, D.F. 1 [Note 5]   [G1][G2]
Vacated January 1, 19541954 Championship vacated for undocumented reasons [G1][G2]
12 Juan Diaz March 30, 1957 Live event N/A 1 109 Defeated Orquidea to win the vacant title [G1][G2]
13 Mishima Ota July 17, 1957 Live event Mexicali, Baja California 1 1   [G1][G2]
Vacated July 18, 1957 Championship vacated by the commission as Mishima Ota was not a Mexican citizen. [G1][G2]
14 Juan Diaz May 17, 1958 Live event Mexico City, D.F. 2 1,979 Defeated Jesus Garcia. [G1][G2]
15 Chanoc October 17, 1963 Live event Acapulco, Guerrero 1 110   [G1][G2]
16 Ulises February 4, 1964 Live event Mexico City, D.F. 1 129   [G1][G2]
17 Chanoc June 12, 1964 Live event Acapulco, Guerrero 2 215   [G1][G2]
18 Rodolfo Ruiz January 13, 1965 EMLL Carnaval de Campeones Mexico City, D.F. 1 206   [G1][G2]
19 Alberto Muñoz August 7, 1965 Live event Mexico City, D.F. 1 183   [G1][G2]
Vacated February 6, 1966 Championship vacated when Alberto Muñoz won the Mexican National Welterweight Championship. [G1][G2]
20 Rolando Costa April 3, 1966 Live event N/A 1 28   [G1][G2]
21 Raul Rojas May 1, 1966 Live event Mexico City, D.F. 1 494   [G1][G2]
22 Raul Guerrero September 7, 1967 Live event Mexico City, D.F. 1 348   [G1][G2]
23 Estrella Blanca August 20, 1968 Live event Mexico City, D.F. 1 396   [G1][G2]
24 Rodolfo Ruiz September 20, 1969 Live event Mexico City, D.F. 2 690   [G1][G2]
25 Estrella Blanca August 11, 1971 Live event Acapulco, Guerrero 2 974   [G1][G2]
26 Tauro April 11, 1973 Live event Mexico City, D.F. 2 647   [G1][G2]
27 Dardo Aguilar January 18, 1975 Live event Mexico City, D.F. 1 134   [G1][G2]
28 Tauro June 1, 1975 Live event Mexico City, D.F. 3 517   [G1][G2][5]
29 Flama Azul October 30, 1976 Live event Mexico City, D.F. 1 162   [G1][G2]
30 Américo Rocca April 10, 1977 Live event Monterrey, Nuevo León 1 82   [G1][G2]
31 Flama Azul July 1, 1977 Live event Acapulco, Guerrero 2 82   [G1][G2]
32 Mario Valenzuela September 21, 1977 Live event Acapulco, Guerrero 1 343   [G1][G2]
33 Talismán August 30, 1978 Live event Acapulco, Guerrero 1 221   [G1][G2]
34 Rodolfo Ruiz April 8, 1979 Live event Cuernavaca, Morelos 3 431   [G1][G2]
35 Chamaco Valaguez June 12, 1980 Live event N/A 1 [Note 6]   [G1][G2]
Vacated February 1982 Championship vacated when Chamaco Valaguez moved up a weight class. [G1][G2]
36 Aristotle May 2, 1982 Live event Mexico City, D.F. 1 [Note 7] Defeated Negro Casas in a tournament final [G1][G2]
Vacated July 1983 Championship vacated when Aristotle moved up a weight class. [G1][G2]
37 Fuerza Guerrera November 6, 1983 Live event Mexico City, D.F. 1 [Note 8] Defeated Aguila Venezolana in tournament final. [G1][G2]
Vacated May 1984 Championship vacated when Fuerza Guerrera moved up a weight class. [G1][G2]
38 El Modulo August 18, 1984 Live event Mexico City, D.F. 1 211 Won a tournament. [G1][G2]
39 Pegasso I March 17, 1985 Live event Mexico City, D.F. 1 118   [G1][G2]
40 El Khalifa July 13, 1985 Live event Puebla, Puebla 1 277   [G1][G2]
41 Guerrero Samurai April 16, 1986 Live event Mexico City, D.F. 1 480   [G1][G2]
42 El Pantera II August 9, 1987 Live event Mexico City, D.F. 1 181   [G1][G2]
43 Guerrero Samurai February 6, 1988 Live event Xochimilco, D.F. 2 1,022   [G1][G2]
Vacated November 24, 1990 Championship vacated after Guerrero Samurai died in an automobile accident. [G1][G2]
44 Flash July 14, 1991 Live event Guadalajara, Jalisco 1 [Note 9] Defeated Guerrero Samurai II; [G1][G2]
Vacated 1993 Championship vacated for unknown reasons [G1][G2]
45 Damiancito el Guerrero/Virus May 7, 1998 Live event Guadalajara, Jalisco 1 937 Defeated El Oriental in a tournament final. Later changed ring name to Virus. [G1][G2]
46 Ricky Marvin November 29, 2000 Live event Acapulco, Guerrero 1 369 Also won the CMLL Japan Super Lightweight Championship [G2][6][7]
47 Loco Max December 3, 2001 Live event Puebla, Puebla 1 [Note 10]   [G2]
Vacated February 2005 Championship vacated for undocumented reasons. [G2]
48 Pierrothito September 23, 2008 Live event Mexico City, D.F. 1 1,765 Defeated Mascarita Dorada in tournament final. [8]
Vacated July 24, 2013 Championship vacated for unspecified reasons. [9]
49 Eléctrico August 13, 2013 Live event Mexico City, D.F. 1 2,272+ Defeated Pequeño Nitro in tournament final. [4]

Reigns by combined lengthEdit

 
Pierrothito (in blue), the 48th champion and the first Mini-Estrella to hold the championship.
Key
Symbol Meaning
Indicates the current champion
¤ The exact length of at least one title reign is uncertain, so the shortest possible length is used.
+ Indicates that the number of days held by this individual changes every day.
Rank Wrestler # of reigns Combined days Ref(s).
1 Juan Diaz 2 1,979 [G1][G2]
2 Black Shadow 1 1,901¤ [Note 5] [G1][G2]
3 Jack O'Brien 2 1,814 [G1][G2]
4 Pierrothito 1 1,765 [8][9]
5 Guerrero Samuari 2 1,502 [G1][G2]
6 Estrella Blanca 2 1,371 [G1][G2]
7 Rodolfo Ruiz 3 1,327 [G1][G2]
8 Tauro 2 1,164 [G1][G2]
9 Loco Max 1 1,156¤ [Note 10] [G2]
10 Eléctrico 1 2,272 + [4]
11 Damiancito El Guerrero/Virus 1 937 [G1][G2]
12 Raul Romero 1 717 [G1][G2]
13 Dientes Hernandez 2 666 [G1][G2]
14 Emilio Charles 1 629¤ [Note 4] [G1][G2]
15 Chamaco Valaguez 1 599¤ [Note 6] [G1][G2]
16 Flash 1 537¤ [Note 9] [G1][G2]
17 Raul Rojas 1 494 [G1][G2]
18 Aristotle 1 425¤ [Note 7] [G1][G2]
19 Ricky Marvin 1 369 [G2][G1][G2]
20 Raul Guerrero 1 348 [G1][G2]
21 Mario Valenzuela 1 343 [G1][G2]
22 Chanoc 2 325 [G1][G2]
23 Joe Silva 1 324 [G1][G2]
24 El Khalifa 1 277 [G1][G2]
25 Flama Azul 2 244 [G1][G2]
26 Adolfo Bonales 1 233 [G1][G2]
27 Bobby Bonales 1 221 [G1][G2]
El Talisman 1 221 [G1][G2]
29 El Modulo 1 211 [G1][G2]
30 Alberto Muñoz 1 183 [G1][G2]
31 El Pantera II 1 181 [G1][G2]
32 Fuerza Guerrera 1 177¤ [Note 8] [G1][G2]
33 Dardo Aguilar 1 134 [G1][G2]
34 Ulises 1 129 [G1][G2]
35 Pegasso I 1 118 [G1][G2]
36 Américo Rocca 1 82 [G1][G2]
37 Joe Marin 1 74 [G1][G2]
38 Rolando Costa 1 28 [G1][G2]
39 Mishima Ota 1 1 [G1][G2]

Championship tournamentsEdit

2008 Mexican National Lightweight TournamentEdit

 
Mini Damián 666 one of 24 competitors in the 2008 tournament.

In 2008 the Mexican National Lightweight Championship was reintroduced after being vacant since 2005. CMLL held two Torneo cibernetico elimination matches, one on September 9 and one on September 16 to determine the finalists. Pierrothito won the first torneo cibernetico by eliminating Pequeño Olimpico in the end.[10] Mascarita Dorada won the second torneo cibernetico, eliminating Pequeño Black Warrior in the last fall.[11] On September 23, 2009 Pierrothito defeated Mascarita Dorada to win the championship, becoming the first Mini-Estrella to win the Mexican National Lightweight Championship.[8]

Cibernetico – September 9, 2008[10]
# Eliminated Eliminated by
1 Pequeño Lizmark Mr. Aguilita
2 Pequeño Universo 2000 Bracito de Oro
3 Mr. Aguilita Niño de Acero
4 Bracito de Oro Fire
5 Cosmico Último Dragóncito
6 Fire Shockercito
7 Niño de Acero Pierrothito
8 Último Dragoncito Pequeño Olímpico
9 Mini Damián 666 Pequeño Olímpico
10 Shockercito Pierrothito
11 Pequeño Olímpico Pierrothito
12 Pierrothito Winner
Cibernetico – September 16, 2008[11]
# Eliminated Eliminated by
Bam Bam Unknown
2 Celestial Unknown
3 Pequeño Ninja Unknown
4 Pequeño Black Warrior Unknown
5 Pequeño Halloween Unknown
6 Fantasy Unknown
7 Sombrita Unknown
8 Electrico Unknown
9 Pequeño Black Warrior Mascarita Dorada
10 Mascarita Dorada Winner

2013 Mexican National Lightweight TournamentEdit

 
Último Dragóncito one of 12 competitors in the 2013 tournament.

On June 24, 2013 CMLL announced that the Mexican National Lightweight Championship had been vacated, without stating specifically why previous champion Pierrothito had been stripped of the championship.[9] They also announced a 12-man tournament to determine a new champion that would start on July 30 with a six-man torneo cibernetico elimination match and a second six-man cibernetico the following week.[12][13] The winners of each block faced off on August 13, 2013 to determine the new champion. The finals saw Eléctrico defeat Pequeño Nitro to win the championship.[4]

Cibernetico – July 30, 2013[12]
# Eliminated Eliminated by Time
1 Pequeño Halcón Shockercito 07:15
2 Shockercito Mercurio 08:04
3 Mercurio Bam Bam 10:58
4 Bam Bam Pequeño Violencia 13:27
5 Pequeño Violencia Eléctrico 16:24
6 Eléctrico Winner 16:24
Cibernetico – August 6, 2013[13]
# Eliminated Eliminated by
1 Pequeño Universo 2000  
X Aéreo Order of elimination not documented
X Pequeño Black Warrior Order of elimination not documented
X Fantasy Order of elimination not documented
5 Último Dragóncito Pequeño Nitro
6 Pequeño Nitro Winner

FootnotesEdit

  1. ^ One example of this is Mephisto once holding the NWA World Welterweight Championship, a belt with a 78 kg (172 lb) upper limit, despite weighing 90 kg (200 lb).
  2. ^ In this statement, "control" refers to the everyday use of the title, determining which storylines the title is being used in, who gets to challenge for the title and how to use it in a public relations sense.
  3. ^ At the time CMLL was known as Empresa Mexicana de Lucha Libre (EMLL), name changed in 1992
  4. ^ a b The exact date on which the title was vacated is not known, which means the title reign lasted between 626 and 842 days.
  5. ^ a b The exact date on which the title was vacated is not known, which means the title reign lasted between 1,901 and 2,265 days.
  6. ^ a b The exact date on which the title was vacated is not known, which means the title reign lasted between 599 and 626 days.
  7. ^ a b The exact date on which the title was vacated is not known, which means the title reign lasted between 425 and 455 days.
  8. ^ a b The exact date on which the title was vacated is not known, which means the title reign lasted between 177 and 207 days.
  9. ^ a b The exact date on which the title was vacated is not known, which means the title reign lasted between 537 and 901 days.
  10. ^ a b The exact date on which the title was vacated is not known, which means the title reign lasted between 1,156 and 1,183 days.

ReferencesEdit

General sources
  • [G1]Royal Duncan and Gary Will (2000). "Mexico: National Lightweight Title". Wrestling Title Histories. Pennsylvania: Archeus Communications. p. 393. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4.
  • [G2]"Mexican National Lightweight Championship". CageMatch. Retrieved June 6, 2017.
Specific
  1. ^ Arturo Montiel Rojas (August 30, 2001). "Reglamento de Box y Lucha Libre Professional del Estado de Mexico" (PDF) (in Spanish). Comisión de Box y Lucha Libre Mexico D.F. Archived from the original (PDF) on November 30, 2006. Retrieved July 11, 2009. Articulo 242: "Pluma 63 kilos / Ligero 70 kilos"
  2. ^ Madigan, Dan (2007). "Okay... what is Lucha Libre?". Mondo Lucha A Go-Go: the bizarre & honorable world of wild Mexican wrestling. New York, New York: HarperCollins. pp. 29–40. ISBN 978-0-06-085583-3.
  3. ^ Royal Duncan and Gary Will (2000). "19th Century and widely defended titles: NWA, WCW, WWF, AWA, IWA, ECW, NWA". Wrestling Title Histories. Pennsylvania: Archeus Communications. pp. 8–32. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4.
  4. ^ a b c d Salazar López, Alexis A. (August 14, 2013). "Resultados Arena México Martes 13 de Agosto '13". Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (in Spanish). Archived from the original on August 14, 2013. Retrieved August 14, 2013.
  5. ^ Hoops, Brian (June 1, 2015). "On this day in pro wrestling history (June 1): Rogers beats Gomez, Gordman & Goliath, Baba loses PWF Title, Flair Vs. KVE, Lawler Vs. Son, Undertaker Vs. Edge". Wrestling Observer Figure Four Online. Retrieved February 11, 2017.
  6. ^ "SLAM Wrestling International – 2000: The Year-In-Review Mexico". Slam Wrestling. Canoe.ca. Archived from the original on February 24, 2016. Retrieved July 31, 2015.
  7. ^ Meltzer, Dave (November 29, 2015). "Daily Update: Matt Hardy hospitalized, Santino married". Retrieved May 31, 2017. 2000 - Ricky Marvin beat Virus in Acapulco to win the CMLL super lightweight and Mexican national lightweight titles
  8. ^ a b c Alfredo Ascencio (September 24, 2008). "En honor a Panther" (in Spanish). ESTO, OEM Online. Retrieved July 12, 2009.
  9. ^ a b c "De última hora: El Campeonato Nacional de Peso Ligero ha quedado vacante..." Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (in Spanish). Twitter. July 24, 2013. Retrieved July 25, 2013.
  10. ^ a b Alfredo Ascencio (September 10, 2009). "Despachan rápido a los Guerreros" (in Spanish). ESTO, OEM online. Retrieved July 11, 2009.
  11. ^ a b Mario Licona (September 17, 2009). "Wagner se reivindica "en su casa"" (in Spanish). ESTO, OEM online. Retrieved July 11, 2009.
  12. ^ a b Salazar López, Alexis A. (July 30, 2013). "Vangelys en plan de ídolo en busca de la gloria" (in Spanish). Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre. Archived from the original on February 19, 2014. Retrieved September 3, 2014.
  13. ^ a b Salazar López, Alexis A. (August 6, 2013). "En duelo de rudos los Revolucionarios fueron más que Los Guerreros" (in Spanish). Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre. Archived from the original on February 19, 2014. Retrieved September 3, 2014.

External linksEdit

  • CMLL World Middleweight Title history at