I apologize in advance for this long post but I figured it would be good to talk about the current champions of CMLL. CMLL has fourteen individual championships. There are three sanctioning bodies that oversee CMLL’s titles. CMLL sanctions their own titles and the NWA World Historic titles, the Mexico City Boxing and Wrestling Commission sanctions the Mexican National titles and Reina a joshi or Japanese women’s wrestling promotion sanctions two titles that are co-promoted with CMLL.
CMLL has several of their own World titles includes in the Heavyweight, Light-Heavyweight, Middleweight, Welterweight, Super Lightweight, Tag Team, Trios, Women’s and Mini-estreallas (mini stars) division. CMLL’s earliest of titles have existed since Paco Alanso broke the then EMLL away from the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) in 1991. CMLL also sanctions the NWA World Historic branded belts after the NWA sent letters to CMLL to send the titles back to the NWA Mexico offices. In 2010 CMLL took the former NWA World Light Heavyweight, Middleweight and Welterweight titles and re-branded them under the NWA World Historic title. The second sanctioning body is the Mexico City Boxing and Wrestling Commission who over see the Mexican National branded titles. The Mexican National titles include titles in the Light Heavyweight, Middleweight, Welterweight, Trios, Women’s and Lightweight divisions. Interesting to note, a holder of a Mexican National title must be native to Mexico. The third is Japanese Joshi promotion Reina who co promote their International women’s and International Junior women’s titles under the CMLL banner. These titles have been defended in CMLL
I have divided the title into which divisions the belts fall into.
The heavyweight division weight limit starts off at 230 pounds and goes higher.
CMLL World Heavyweight Title was the first CMLL title created. Konnan became the first champion in June 1991 after winning a tournament and defeating Cien Caras in the finals. The current champion is Terrible after beating Rush following Hector Garza leaving CMLL to jump to AAA.
The light heavyweight division is between 200 pounds and 210 pounds.
CMLL World Light Heavyweight Title was created in September 1991. The first champion was Jerry Estrada after beating Pierroth Jr. Rush was the most recent champion before vacating the title in lead up to a match with Terrible for the CMLL World Heavyweight title.
NWA World Historic Light Heavyweight Title was created in August 2010 though it has ties to the NWA World Light Heavyweight Title. El Texano Jr. was the first champion after being the last NWA World Light Heavyweight champion recognized by CMLL. Rey Bucanero is the current champion after beating El Hijo de Fantasma in a decision match in June 2011 after Shocker had to vacate the title due to injury.
Mexican National Lightweight Title was introduced to CMLL when then CMLL World Welterweight Champion Mistico beat champion Vangelis in a title for title match. La Mascara is the current champion after beating Volador Jr. in October 2010.
The middleweight division is open to anyone under 190 pounds.
CMLL World Middleweight Title was created in December 1991. Blue Demon Jr. defeated Santanico in to become the first champion. The current champion is Dragon Rojo Jr. after beating Jushin Liger in November 2011.
NWA World Historic Middleweight Title was created in August 2010 though it has ties to the NWA World Middleweight title. Averno was the first champion after being the last NWA World Middleweight champion recognized by CMLL. Dragon Rojo Jr. is the current champion after beating Prince Devitt in September.
The welterweight division is for wrestlers between 150 pounds and 170 pounds.
CMLL World Welterweight Title was created in February 1992 with Fuerza Guerra crowned as the first champion beating El Khalifa. (Yes Fuerza Guerrera is Juventud Guerrera’s father.) Polvora is the current champion after beating Mascara Dorada in November.
NWA World Historic Welterweight Title was created in August 2010 though it has ties to the NWA World Welterweight title. The first champion was Mephisto who was the last NWA World Welterweight champion recognized by CMLL. The current champion is Negro Casas after beating La Sombra in February 2012.
Mexican National Welterweight Title is a title that was recgonized in CMLL up through 1992 and again since 1998. (AAA had the rights for the title from 1992 until 1998.) The current champion is Titan after beating Polvora in September 2011.
The weight limit for the Super Lightweight division is between 150 pounds and 160 pounds.
CMLL Super Lightweight Title is also interchangeably called the CMLL Lightweight Title despite the fact they follow two different weight classes. (See Mexican National Lightweight title under the minis section for the Lightweight weight division) The championship was created in September 2003. Rocky Romero was the first champion winning a cibernetico beating Volador Jr. in the finals. The current champion is Virus who beat Guerrero Maya in the finals of a cibernetico to determine the champion after Mascara Dorada vacated the title to move up into the middleweight division.
The tag team titles are not weight specific but defended in tag team matches.
CMLL World Tag Team Titles were created in 1993. Canek and Dr. Wagner Jr. beat Vampiro Canadiense and Pierroth Jr. in the finals of a 16-team tournament to determine the first champions in March 1993. The current champions are Terrible and Tama Tonga after beating the team of Atlantis and Diamante Azul in November.
CMLL Arena Coliseo Tag Team Titles are the lower ranked tag team titles of CMLL only being defended in Arena Coliseo which CMLL do Sunday shows in. The titles were created in November 2000 with Alan Stone and his brother Motocross/Chris Stone beating Fugaz and Virus in the finals of a tournament. The team would hold the titles until they jumped to AAA in 2005. In June 2008 the titles were brought back with Stuka Jr. and Flash/Fuego winning the titles after beating the team of Euforia and Nosfeartu who were known as Los Neuva Infernales in a tournament finals.
The trios titles are not weight specific but defended in trios (six-man tag) matches.
CMLL World Trios Titles were created in November 1991. The Los Infernales team of MS-1, Pirata Morgan and Satanico winning the titles after beating Los Brazos of El Brazo, Brazo de Oro and Brazo de Plata (Super Porky) in a tournament finals. the current champions are Marco Corelone (Mark Jindrak), Maximo and Rush known as El Bufete del Amor who beat the trio of Averno, Ephesto and Mephisto known as Los Hijos del Averno.
Mexican National Trios Titles were introduced in March 1985. From 1985 until sometime in 1993, the titles were defended in CMLL. From 1993 until 1996 AAA had the rights to the titles. After 1996, CMLL regained the rights to the titles Los Infernales becoming the first champions after beating Los Brazo. The current champions are Los Invasores members Kraneo, Mr. Aguila (Essa Rios) and Psicosis II who beat the team of Atlantis, Delta and Guerrero Maya Jr. otherwise known as Los Reyes de la Atlantida in December.
There are four titles that are dedicated women’s titles for CMLL. The titles are not weight specific.
CMLL World Women’s Title was created in 1992 after CMLL broke away from the NWA. The first champion was Bull Nakano after winning a 12 woman battle royal. The current champion is Marcela who defeated Ayumi (Kurihara) in March.
Mexican National Women’s Title is the secondary women’s title of CMLL. The title goes back to 1959 but the first recorded champion was in 1986 with Reyna Gallegos being the first champion. The current champion is Estrellita who beat Princesa Blanca in November ending her 1,000+ day reign of champion.
Renia-CMLL International Title is one of two titles co promoted with the joshi promotion Reina. The first champion was crowned at the finish of a four woman tournament. Leon defeated Tiffany in the finals after they beat Alex Lee and La Malcrida in Japan during August. The second champion was La Amapola after beating Leon in Mexico City in October but eventually La Amapola lost to the title back to Leon in Japan during November to be the third and current champion.
Reina-CMLL International Junior Title is a title that despite the name implies is not a weight class title but rather experience based. Wrestlers under 10 years of experience can fight for the title. Ray became the first champion in Septemeber 2011 after beating Zexuis in the finals of a seven woman tournament that took place in Japan also including Luscious Latasha, Mia Yim, Saya, Dama de Hierro and Sendai Sachiko. In October 2011 Silueta defeated Ray in Mexico City to become the second and current champion.
These titles are specificially regarded to the minis division. Wrestlers in the minis division are typically smaller guys who are 5’0″ and under though there are wrestlers are as tall as 5’6″ in the division. The minis are often not actually midgets unlike the typical smaller wrestlers in America. Minis are known for typically having gimmicks of full-sized wrestlers though some have their own names and gimmicks. Minis have wrestled in Mexico, WWF (during 97-98 and during Los Super Astros), WWE (in 05-06 under the Juniors banner) Lucha Va Voom, CHIKARA, Pro Wrestling Revolution and Lucha Libre USA. Sometimes a mini wrestler will be introduced into the full-sized division like Virus.
CMLL World Minis Title was created in 1992 to showcase the Mini-Estrellas division of CMLL . The first champion was Mascarita Sagrada after beating Espectrito in the finals of a four mini tournament in March 1992. Sagrada left and vacated the title in June 1992 to jump to AAA. Pequeno Olimpico is the current champion after beating Bam Bam in February 2011.
Mexican National Lightweight Title despite the name is a minis title. The weight division includes wrestlers within 140 and 150 pounds. Most of CMLL’s minis are below the upper bound of the weight limit. The title existed from 1934 until 2005 as a full sized weight class with form Guerrero Tureg Loco Max being the last champion. The title was reactivated for the minis division in September 2008 when Pierrothito beat Mascarita Dorada in a decision match to determine the first champion. Pierrothito has not lost the title yet.