List of CMLL World Light Heavyweight Champions

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Dr. Wagner Jr., one of two men to hold the CMLL World Light Heavyweight Championship twice.

The CMLL World Light Heavyweight Championship (Campeonato Mundial Semi Completo de CMLL in Spanish) is a singles professional wrestling world championship promoted by Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL) since 1991. 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 Light Heavyweight weight class in Mexico is between 92 kg (203 lb) and 97 kg (214 lb), but is not always strictly enforced.[Note 1][1] Because Lucha Libre emphasizes the lower weight classes, this division is considered more important than the normally more prestigious heavyweight division of a promotion.[2] All title matches take place under two out of three falls rules.

The first champion to be recognized by CMLL was Jerry Estrada, who defeated Pierroth Jr. in the finals of a 16-man tournament that took place between September 15 and September 26, 1991. There is currently no CMLL World Light Heavyweight Champion as then-champion La Máscara was fired by CMLL on May 20, 2017.[3][4] Overall, there have been fifteen reigns shared among fourteen wrestlers. Dr. Wagner Jr. and Atlantis are the only two wrestlers to have held the title twice; Dr. Wagner Jr. is listed as an unofficial three-time champion, but he is not recognized as such by CMLL.[Note 2] Jerry Estrada's 175 da reign is currently the shortest reign in history, while Último Guerrero has held it for the longest period, at 1,309 days. Aquarius' unofficial title reign is the shortest on record, 8 days, but is not acknowledged by CMLL.

Title history

Key
# The overall championship reign
Reign The reign number for the specific wrestler listed
Event The event promoted by the respective promotion in which the title changed hands
+ Indicates that the number of days held by this individual changes every day
No. Champion Reign Date Days held Location Event Notes Ref(s)
1 Estrada, JerryJerry Estrada 1 September 26, 1991 175 Cuernavaca, Mexico Live event Defeated Pierroth Jr. in a tournament final [G]
2 Pierroth Jr. 1 March 19, 1992 379 Cuernavaca, Mexico Live event   [G]
3 Wagner Jr., Dr.Dr. Wagner Jr. 1 April 2, 1993 334 Mexico City, Distrito Federal Live event   [G]
4 Atlantis 1 March 2, 1994 655 Acapulco, Mexico Live event   [G]
5 Wagner Jr., Dr.Dr. Wagner Jr. 2 December 17, 1995 1,240 Mexico City, Distrito Federal Live event   [G]
# Aquarius # July 19, 1996 8 Tokyo, Japan Live event Title change is not officially recognized by CMLL [G]
5 Dr. Wagner Jr. 2 July 27, 1996 1,240 Sapporo, Japan Live event CMLL does not recognize Dr. Wagner Jr. as a three-time champion as they do not recognize Aquarius' title win. [G]
6 Atlantis 2 May 10, 1999 196 Puebla, Mexico Live event   [G]
7 Villano III 1 November 22, 1999 685 Tampico, Mexico Live event   [G]
8 Shocker 1 October 7, 2001 432 Guadalajara, Mexico Live event   [5]
9 Último Guerrero 1 December 13, 2002 1,309 Mexico City, Distrito Federal Live event   [6]
10 Rey Bucanero 1 July 14, 2006 1,263 Mexico City, Distrito Federal Live event   [7]
11 Ephesto 1 May 26, 2009 1,002 Mexico City, Distrito Federal Live event   [8]
12 Rush 1 February 22, 2011 693 Mexico City, Distrito Federal Live event   [9]
Vacated January 15, 2013 Mexico City, Distrito Federal Live event Rush vacated the title to get a match for the CMLL World Heavyweight Championship. [10]
13 Rey Escorpión 1 January 29, 2013 637 Mexico City, Distrito Federal Live event Defeated Volador Jr. in a tournament final. [11]
14 Ángel de Oro 1 October 28, 2014 528 Mexico City, Distrito Federal Live event   [12]
15 La Máscara 1 April 8, 2016 409 Mexico City, Distrito Federal Super Viernes   [13]
Vacated May 22, 2017 N/A B/A La Máscara was fired by CMLL [3][4]

Championship reigns by length

Atlantis, two time CMLL World Light Heavyweight Champion.
Key
Indicates the current champion
+ Indicates that the number of days held by this individual changes every day.
Rank Wrestler # of reigns Combined days Ref(s).
1 Wagner Jr., Dr.Dr. Wagner Jr. 2 1,574 [G]
2 Último Guerrero 1 1,309 [6][7]
3 Rey Bucanero 1 1,263 [7][8]
4 Ephesto 1 1,002 [8][9]
5 Atlantis 2 851 [G]
6 Rush 1 693 [9][10]
7 Villano III 1 685 [G][5]
8 Rey Escorpión 1 637 [11][12]
9 Ángel de Oro 1 528 [12]
10 Shocker 1 432 [5][6]
11 La Máscara 1 409 [13][4]
12 Pierroth Jr. 1 379 [G]
13 Estrada, JerryJerry Estrada 1 175 [G]
14 Aquarius # 8 [G]

Footnotes

  1. ^ The most recent case of this is Mephisto's holding the NWA World Welterweight Championship, a belt with a 78 kg (172 lb) upper limit despite weighing 90 kg (200 lb).
  2. ^ Before the Internet made information readily available on a global scale, it was not uncommon for championships to be lost and won back during a tour of a foreign country without being recognized by the promotion.

References

General source

[G] -Royal Duncan and Gary Will (2000). "MEXICO: CMLL EMLL Light Heavyweight Title". Wrestling Title Histories. Archeus Communications. p. 395. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4. 

Specific sources
  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: "Super medio 92 kilos / Semi Completo 97 kilos" 
  2. ^ Madigan, Dan (2007). ""Okay... what is Lucha Libre?"". Mondo Lucha a Go Go: the bizarre& honorable world of wild Mexican wrestling. HarperColins Publisher. pp. 29–40. ISBN 978-0-06-085583-3. 
  3. ^ a b Ocampo, Ernest (May 20, 2017). Ocampo, Ernesto, ed. "Máximo y La Máscara fuera del CMLL — El Sindicato de Luchadores, nido de corrupción". Súper Luchas (in Spanish). Mexico City, Mexico: Impresos Camsam, SA de CV. Retrieved May 20, 2017. 
  4. ^ a b c "Comuniado Oficial: CMLL". Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (in Spanish). May 22, 2017. Retrieved May 22, 2017. 
  5. ^ a b c Luchas 2000 staff. "Luchas 2000". Villano III: El Ultimo Rey (in Spanish). Ciudad Juárez, Mexico: Publicaciones citem, S.A. de C.V. pp. 1–35. Especial 37. 
  6. ^ a b c Enciclopedia staff (December 2007). "Enciclopedia de las Mascaras". Último Guerrero (in Spanish). Mexico. pp. 55–56. Tomo V. 
  7. ^ a b c Arturo Rosas Plata (May 26, 2009). "Lleva 15 defensas". Ovaciones (in Spanish). Mexico, D.F.: Editorial Ovaciones, S. A. de C.V. p. 22. Número 21598 Año LXII. Retrieved June 22, 2009. 
  8. ^ a b c Autorito Rosas Plata (May 27, 2009). "Ephesto aplasta a Bucanero". Ovaciones (in Spanish). Mexico, D.F.: Editorial Ovaciones, S. A. de C.V. p. 24. Número 21599 Año LXII. Retrieved May 28, 2009. 
  9. ^ a b c Ruiz Glez, Alex (February 23, 2011). "Arena México (resultados 22 de febrero) ¡Rush nuevo campeón mundial semicompleto del CMLL" (in Spanish). SuperLuchas Magazine. Retrieved February 23, 2011. 
  10. ^ a b "Rush renunció al Campeonato Semicompleto del CMLL". Medio Tiempo (in Spanish). January 16, 2013. Retrieved January 16, 2013. 
  11. ^ a b Mexicool, Rey (January 29, 2013). "Rey Escorpión… ¡nuevo monarca mundial semicompleto del CMLL!" (in Spanish). SuperLuchas Magazine. Retrieved January 30, 2013. 
  12. ^ a b c Granados, Sandra (October 29, 2014). "Resultados Arena México Martes 28 de Octubre '14". Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (in Spanish). Archived from the original on October 29, 2014. Retrieved October 29, 2014. 
  13. ^ a b Salazar, Alexis (April 8, 2016). "Viernes 8 de Abril '16". Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (in Spanish). Archived from the original on April 9, 2016. Retrieved April 9, 2016. 
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