List of CMLL World Middleweight Champions

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Averno, the 13th CMLL World Middleweightweight Champion

The CMLL World Middleweight Championship (Campeonato Mundial Peso Medio de CMLL in Spanish) is a professional wrestling world championship promoted by the Mexican Lucha Libre wrestling-based promotion Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL). 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 middleweight weight class in Mexico is between 82 kg (181 lb) and 87 kg (192 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.

Blue Panther was officially recognized as the first champion in 1991, after winning a 16-man tournament. The championship's history was interrupted in 1992 with its only vacancy, when Blue Panther left CMLL to work for rival promotion Asistencia Asesoría y Administración (AAA). El Dandy defeated Negro Casas in a singles match to decide the new champion. Ángel de Oro is the current CMLL World Middleweight Champion, having defeated Dragón Rojo Jr. for the championship on March 25, 2017.[3] He is the 18th overall champion and the 14th person to hold the championship. El Dandy has had the most reigns as champion, with three; he also has the shortest reign, at 63 days, although Ángel de Oro's current, ongoing reign is shorter at the moment. Dragón Rojo Jr.'s single championship reign is the longest reign, at 1,954 days.

Title history

Key
Symbol Meaning
No. 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
N/A The specific information has not been found
Used for vacated reigns in order to not count it as an official reign
+ 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 Blue Panther 1 December 18, 1991 184 Acapulco, Mexico Live event Defeated El Satánico in a tournament final.  
Vacated 1 June 19, 1992 N/A N/A N/A Championship vacated when Blue Panther left CMLL for Asistencia Asesoría y Administración  
2 Dandy, ElEl Dandy 1 July 3, 1992 63 Mexico City, Distrito Federal Live event Defeated Negro Casas in a tournament finals.  
3 Bestia Salvaje 1 September 4, 1992 103 Mexico City, Distrito Federal Live event    
4 Dandy, ElEl Dandy 2 December 16, 1992 147 Naucalpan, Mexico Live event    
5 Charles Jr., EmilioEmilio Charles Jr. 1 May 12, 1993 146 Acapulco, Mexico Live event    
6 Dandy, ElEl Dandy 3 October 5, 1993 140 Mexico City, Distrito Federal Live event    
7 Llanes, JavierJavier Llanes 1 February 22, 1994 201 Mexico City, Distrito Federal Live event    
8 Dantés, ApoloApolo Dantés 1 September 11, 1994 77 Mexico City, Distrito Federal Live event    
9 Satánico, ElEl Satánico 1 November 27, 1994 1,561 Guadalajara, Mexico Live event    
10 Mendoza, RingoRingo Mendoza 1 March 7, 1999 742 Mexico City, Distrito Federal Live event    
11 Charles, Jr., EmilioEmilio Charles, Jr. 2 March 18, 2001 1,135 Mexico City, Distrito Federal Live event   [4]
12 Casas, NegroNegro Casas 1 April 26, 2004 874 Puebla, Mexico Live event   [5]
13 Averno 1 September 17, 2006 1,038 Mexico City, Distrito Federal Live event   [6]
14 Hijo del Fantasma, ElEl Hijo del Fantasma 1 July 21, 2009 208 Mexico City, Distrito Federal Live event   [7]
15 Negro Casas 2 February 14, 2010 78 Mexico City, Mexico Live event   [8][9]
16 Liger, Jushin ThunderJushin Thunder Liger 1 May 3, 2010 564 Fukuoka, Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan Wrestling Dontaku 2010   [10]
17 Dragón Rojo Jr. 1 November 18, 2011 1,954 Mexico City, Mexico Live event   [11]
18 Ángel de Oro 1 March 25, 2017 91+ Mexico City, Mexico Live event   [3]

Reigns by combined length

Key
Symbol Meaning
Indicates the current champion
+ Indicates that the number of days held by this individual changes every day.
Rank Wrestler No. of reigns Combined days
1 Dragón Rojo Jr. 1 1,954
2 Satánico, ElEl Satánico 1 1,561
3 Charles, Jr., EmilioEmilio Charles, Jr. 2 1,281
4 Averno 1 1,038
5 Casas, NegroNegro Casas 1 879
6 Mendoza, RingoRingo Mendoza 1 742
7 Liger, Jushin ThunderJushin Thunder Liger 1 564
8 Dandy, ElEl Dandy 3 350
9 Hijo del Fantasma, ElEl Hijo del Fantasma 1 208
10 Llanes, JavierJavier Llanes 1 201
11 Blue Panther 1 184
12 Bestia Salvaje 1 103
13 Dantés, ApoloApolo Dantés 1 77
14 Ángel de Oro 1 91+

Footnotes

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

References

General source for title changes before 2000
  • Royal Duncan and Gary Will (2000). "Mexico: EMLL CMLL Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre Middleweight Title". Wrestling Title Histories. Archeus Communications. p. 395. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4. 
Specific
  1. ^ Montiel Rojas, Arturo (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 April 3, 2009. Articulo 242: "Super welter 82 kilos / Medio 87 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 "Resultados Sabado Aarena Coliseo: ¡Ángel de Oro Acabo con un historico reinado!" (in Spanish). Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre. March 26, 2017. Retrieved March 28, 2017. 
  4. ^ "CMLL World Middleweight Championship > Title Reigns > 18.03.2001 - 26.04.2004: Emilio Charles Jr. (2)". CageMatch. Retrieved June 6, 2017. 
  5. ^ "CMLL World Middleweight Championship > Title Reigns > 26.04.2004 - 17.09.2006: Averno". CageMatch. Retrieved June 6, 2017. 
  6. ^ "CMLL World Middleweight Championship > Title Reigns > 17.09.2006 - 21.07.2009: El Hijo del Fantasma". CageMatch. Retrieved June 6, 2017. 
  7. ^ "Ahora es doble monarca" (in Spanish). Esto, OEM Online. July 22, 2009. Retrieved July 22, 2009. 
  8. ^ Ruiz Glez, Alex (February 15, 2010). "Negro Casas nuevo campeón Mundial Medio del CMLL". SuperLuchas (in Spanish). Retrieved February 16, 2010. 
  9. ^ Centinela, Teddy (February 14, 2015). "En un día como hoy… 2010: Místico vence a Volador Jr… 1960: Duelo de regiomontanos y españoles". SuperLuchas Magazine (in Spanish). Retrieved July 1, 2015. 
  10. ^ Flores, Manuel (May 3, 2010). "Jushin Liger, nuevo campeón mundial medio del CMLL – Nakamura pierde el título IWGP". SuperLuchas (in Spanish). Retrieved May 3, 2010. 
  11. ^ González, Fernando (2011-11-19). "Dragón Rojo Jr., nuevo Campeón peso Medio del CMLL". Récord (in Spanish). Archived from the original on 2013-10-19. Retrieved 2011-11-20. 

External links

  • wrestling-titles.com
  • Cagematch.net
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