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UWA World Junior Light Heavyweight Championship

The UWA World Junior Light Heavyweight Championship (Campeonato Mundia de Peso Semicompleto Junior UWA in Spanish) is a professional wrestling championship that was originally promoted by the Mexican lucha libre professional wrestling) promotion Universal Wrestling Association (UWA). the UWA operated from 1975 to 1995 but the title is still defended on the Mexican independent circuit after the UWA closed. The weight range for this championship is 97 kg (214 lb) to 107 kg (236 lb) but is not strictly enforced to these days.[Note 1][1] The UWA World Junior Heavyweight Championship has also been promoted by New Japan Pro-Wrestling and was at one time one of the eight championships that made up the J-Crown Championship. Following the breakup of the J-Crown, the championship was used by the Toryumon promotion but has since then returned to Mexico where it's defended on the independent circuit.

UWA World Junior Light Heavyweight Championship
Súper-Nova.jpg
Current champion Súper Nova
Details
PromotionUniversal Wrestling Association
New Japan Pro-Wrestling
Toryumon
Mexican independent circuit
Date establishedNovember 20, 1977
Current champion(s)Súper Nova
Date wonMay 17, 2013

Super Nova is the current holder of the UWA World Junior Light Heavyweight Championship, having defeated Operativo 209 for the title on May 17, 2013.[2]

Title historyEdit

Key
Reign The reign number for the specific set of wrestlers listed.
Event The event promoted by the respective promotion in which the titles were won
N/A The specific information is not known
Used for vacated reigns in order to not count it as an official reign
Indicates Championship reigns after the UWA closed down
§ Indicates that the title reign was part of the J-Crown Championship.
  Indicates that there was a period where the lineage is undocumented, could have been inactive
No. Champion Reign Date Days held Location Event Notes Ref.
1 Cesar Valentino 1 November 20, 1977 441 Mexico City, Mexico Live event Defeated Anibal America Salvaje to become the first champion.  
2 Gran Hamada 1 February 4, 1979 66 Mexico City, Mexico Live event    
3 Perro Aguayo 1 April 11, 1979 248 Mexico City, Mexico Live event    
Vacated December 15, 1979 N/A N/A Championship vacated when Perro Aguayo was unable to defend due to injury.  
5 El Solitario 1 January 27, 1980 428 Mexico City, Mexico Live event Defeated Masanobu Kurisu to win the vacant title.  
6 Eric Embry 1 March 30, 1981 119 Puebla, Puebla, Mexico Live event    
7 El Solitario 2 July 19, 1981 691 Mexico City, Mexico Live event    
8 El Signo 1 June 10, 1983 250 Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico Live event    
Vacated February 15, 1984 N/A N/A Championship vacated after El Signo makes an unauthorized title defense against Kato Kung Lee.  
9 Anibal 1 May 27, 1984 111 Mexico City, Mexico Live event Defeated El Texano in a tournament final to win the vacant title.  
10 Invader III 1 September 15, 1984 Unknown San Juan, Puerto Rico Live event    
11 Anibal 1 1984 Unknown Unknown Live event    
12 Negro Navarro 1 January 6, 1985 50 Mexico City, Mexico Live event    
13 Mano Negra 1 February 25, 1985 286 Puebla, Puebla, Mexico Live event    
14 El Cobarde II 1 December 8, 1985 86 Mexico City, Mexico Live event    
15 Gran Hamada 2 March 4, 1986 257 Querétaro, Querétaro, Mexico Live event    
16 Blue Panther 1 November 16, 1986 190 Mexico City, Mexico Live event    
17 Solar I 1 May 25, 1987 259 Puebla, Puebla, Mexico Live event    
18 Blue Panther 2 February 8, 1988 221 Puebla, Puebla, Mexico Live event    
19 Gran Cochisse 1 September 16, 1988 225 Mexico City, Mexico Live event    
20 Ringo Mendoza 1 April 29, 1989 423 Mexico City, Mexico Live event [3]
21 Perro Aguayo 1 June 29, 1990 Unknown Mexico City, Mexico Live event    
Vacated February 1992 N/A N/A Championship vacated when Perro Aguayo left the promotion.  
22 Gran Hamada 3 December 12, 1992 274 Mexico City, Mexico Live event Defeated Black Power II in a tournament final to win the vacant title.  
23 El Engendro 1 September 12, 1993 10 Naucalpan, México, Mexico Live event    
24 Gran Hamada 4 September 22, 1993 792 Pachuca, Hidalgo, Mexico Live event After the UWA closed in 1995, Gran Hamada brings the title with him to Japan.  
24 Sabu 1 November 23, 1995 8 Kawasaki, Japan Live event    
26 El Samurai 1 December 1, 1995 107 Niigata, Japan Live event    
27 Koji Kanemoto 1 March 17, 1996 Unknown Amagasaki, Japan Live event    
Vacated May 1996 N/A N/A Championship vacated when Kanemoto is unable to defend it due to injury.  
28 Shinjiro Otani 1 June 17, 1996 58 Tokyo, Japan Sky Diving J Defeated Kazushi Sakuraba to win the vacant title.  
29 Último Dragón § 1 August 4, 1996 1 Tokyo, Japan Live event Defeated Otani in the second round of the New Japan J-Crown Tournament.  
30 The Great Sasuke § 1 August 5, 1996 67 Tokyo, Japan Live event Defeated Dragón in the finals of the J-Crown Tournament to become the first J-Crown Champion.  
31 Último Dragón § 2 October 11, 1996 85 Tokyo, Japan Live event    
32 Jushin Thunder Liger § 1 January 4, 1997 183 Tokyo, Japan Wrestling World.    
33 El Samurai § 2 July 6, 1997 35 Sapporo, Japan Live event    
34 Shinjiro Otani § 2 August 10, 1997 87 Nagoya, Japan Live event    
Vacated November 5, 1997 N/A N/A Championship vacated after the J-Crown championship is divided back into the original championships.  
35 Gran Hamada 5 July 30, 1998 200 Ninohe, Japan Live event Defeated Convict I to win the vacant title.  
36 El Cobarde † 1 February 15, 1999 420 Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, Mexico Live event Defeated Perro Aguayo to win the title.  
37 Heavy Metal 1 April 10, 2000 Unknown Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, Mexico Live event   [4]
                 
38 Silver King 1 2006 Unknown Unknown Live event   [5]
39 Diluvio Negro II † 1 February 25, 2007 Unknown Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico Live event   [6]
                 
41 Histeria 1 Unknown Unknown Unknown Live event   [2]
42 El Pulpo † 1 June 16, 2011 Unknown Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico Live event   [2]
                 
44 Operativo 209 † 1 Unknown Unknown Unknown Live event   [2]
45 Super Nova 1 May 17, 2013 2,397+ Yakima, Washington, United States Live event   [6]

FootnotesEdit

  1. ^ The most recent case of this is Mephisto holding the NWA World Welterweight Championship, a belt with a 78 kg (172 lb) upper limit, despite weighing 90 kg (200 lb).

ReferencesEdit

General source on title changes before 2000
  • Royal Duncan and Gary Will (2000). "Mexico: Universal Wrestling Federation Junior Light Heavyweight Title". Wrestling Title Histories. Archeus Communications. p. 397. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4.
Specific
  1. ^ Arturo Montiel Rojas (2001-08-30). "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 2009-04-03. Articulo 242: "Ligero 70 kilos / Welter 77 kilos"
  2. ^ a b c d "Universal Wrestling Association World Junior Light Heavyweight Title". Wrestling-Titles.com. Retrieved January 18, 2014.
  3. ^ Centinela, Teddy (April 23, 2015). "En un día como hoy… 1989: Rayo de Jalisco Jr. desenmascara a Súper Halcón". SuperLuchas Magazine (in Spanish). Retrieved July 1, 2015.
  4. ^ "2000 Especial!". Box y Lucha Magazine (in Spanish). January 9, 2001. pp. 2–20. issue 2488.
  5. ^ "Lo Mejor de la Lucha Libre Mexicana duranted el 2006". SuperLuchas (in Spanish). December 23, 2006. issue 192.
  6. ^ a b "2007 Lo Mejor de la Lucha Mexicana". SuperLuchas (in Spanish). December 26, 2007. issue 244.