Dr. Wagner Jr., one of two men to hold the CMLL World Light Heavyweight Championship twice.
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 current, reigning, CMLL World Light Heavyweight Champion is Niebla Roja who won the championship on June 10, 2017.[3] 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. 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
No. Overall reign number
Reign Reign number for the specific champion
Days Number of days held
Days recog. Number of days held recognized by the promotion
N/A Unknown information
+ Current reign is changing daily
No. Champion Championship change Reign statistics Notes Ref.
Date Event Location Reign Days Days recog.
 1  Jerry Estrada  September 26, 1991  Live event Cuernavaca, Mexico  1  175  175  Defeated Pierroth Jr. in a tournament final [G]
 2  Pierroth Jr.  March 19, 1992  Live event Cuernavaca, Mexico  1  379  379    [G]
 3  Dr. Wagner Jr.  April 2, 1993  Live event Mexico City, Distrito Federal  1  334  334    [G]
 4  Atlantis  March 2, 1994  Live event Acapulco, Mexico  1  655  655    [G]
 5  Dr. Wagner Jr.  December 17, 1995  Live event Mexico City, Distrito Federal  2  215 1,240    [G]
 Aquarius  July 19, 1996  Live event Tokyo, Japan  1  8  Title change is not officially recognized by CMLL [G]
 Dr. Wagner Jr.  July 27, 1996  Live event Sapporo, Japan  3  1,017  CMLL does not recognize Dr. Wagner Jr. as a three-time champion as they do not recognize Aquarius' title win. [G]
 6  Atlantis  May 10, 1999  Live event Puebla, Mexico  2  196  196    [G]
 7  Villano III  November 22, 1999  Live event Tampico, Mexico  1  685  685    [G]
 8  Shocker  October 7, 2001  Live event Guadalajara, Mexico  1  432  432    [4]
 9  Último Guerrero  December 13, 2002  Live event Mexico City, Distrito Federal  1  1,309  1,309    [5]
 10  Rey Bucanero  July 14, 2006  Live event Mexico City, Distrito Federal  1  1,047  1,047    [6]
 11  Ephesto  May 26, 2009  Live event Mexico City, Distrito Federal  1  637  637    [7]
 12  Rush  February 22, 2011  Live event Mexico City, Distrito Federal  1  693  693    [8]
Vacated  January 15, 2013  Live event Mexico City, Distrito Federal  Rush vacated the title to get a match for the CMLL World Heavyweight Championship. [9]
 13  Rey Escorpión  January 29, 2013  Live event Mexico City, Distrito Federal  1  637  637  Defeated Volador Jr. in a tournament final. [10]
 14  Ángel de Oro  October 28, 2014  Live event Mexico City, Distrito Federal  1  528  528    [11]
 15  La Máscara  April 8, 2016  Super Viernes Mexico City, Distrito Federal  1  409  409    [12]
Vacated  May 22, 2017  La Máscara was fired by CMLL [13][14]
 16  Niebla Roja  June 10, 2017  Sabado Arena Coliseo Mexico City, Distrito Federal  1  1,673+  1,673+  Won the championship by winning a 10-man torneo cibernetico elimination match, lastly eliminating Bárbaro Cavernario. [3]

Combined reigns

Atlantis, two time CMLL World Light Heavyweight Champion.
Atlantis, two time CMLL World Light Heavyweight Champion.

As of January 8, 2022.

Indicates the current champion
Rank Wrestler No. of
reigns
Combined
days
Ref(s).
1 Niebla Roja 1 1,673+ [3]
2 Dr. Wagner Jr. 2 1,574 [G]
3 Último Guerrero 1 1,309 [5][6]
4 Rey Bucanero 1 1,047 [6][7]
5 Atlantis 2 851 [G]
6 Rush 1 693 [8][9]
7 Villano III 1 685 [G][4]
8 Ephesto 1 637 [7][8]
9 Rey Escorpión 1 637 [10][11]
10 Ángel de Oro 1 528 [11]
11 Shocker 1 432 [4][5]
12 La Máscara 1 409 [12][14]
13 Pierroth Jr. 1 379 [G]
14 Jerry Estrada 1 175 [G]
15 Aquarius 1 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 c Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (June 10, 2017). "Niebla Roja ha cumplido su sueño esta noche en la Arena Coliseo! Es el nuevo Campeón Mundial Semicompleto del CMLL" [Niebla Roja has fulfilled his dream tonight at Arena Coliseum! He is the new CML World Lightweight Champion]. CMLL_Oficial (in Spanish). Twitter. Retrieved June 11, 2017.
  4. ^ a b c "CMLL World Light Heavyweight Championship > Title Reigns > 07.10.2001 - 13.12.2002: Shocker". CageMatch. Retrieved June 6, 2017.
  5. ^ a b c "CMLL World Light Heavyweight Championship > Title Reigns > 13.12.2002 - 14.07.2006: Ultimo Guerrero". CageMatch. Retrieved June 6, 2017.
  6. ^ a b c "CMLL World Light Heavyweight Championship > Title Reigns > 14.07.2006 - 26.05.2009: Rey Bucanero". CageMatch. Retrieved June 6, 2017.
  7. ^ a b c "CMLL World Light Heavyweight Championship > Title Reigns > 26.05.2009 - 22.02.2011: Ephesto Bucanero". CageMatch. Retrieved June 6, 2017.
  8. ^ a b c Ruiz Glez, Alex (February 23, 2011). "Arena México (resultados 22 de febrero) ¡Rush nuevo campeón mundial semicompleto del CMLL" (in Spanish). Super Luchas. Retrieved February 23, 2011.
  9. ^ a b "Rush renunció al Campeonato Semicompleto del CMLL". Medio Tiempo (in Spanish). January 16, 2013. Retrieved January 16, 2013.
  10. ^ a b Mexicool, Rey (January 29, 2013). "Rey Escorpión… ¡nuevo monarca mundial semicompleto del CMLL!" (in Spanish). Super Luchas. Retrieved January 30, 2013.
  11. ^ 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.
  12. ^ a b Salazar, Alexis (April 8, 2016). "Viernes 8 de Abril '16". Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (in Spanish). Archived from the original on 2016-04-09. Retrieved April 9, 2016.
  13. ^ 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.
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