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The CMLL World Welterweight Championship (Campionato Mundial Peso Welter de CMLL in [Spanish) is a professional wrestling world championship in the Mexican wrestling promotion Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL). The official definition of a Welterweight in Mexico is a person between 150 lbs and 170 lbs but is not strictly adhered to these days. Because the championship is a professional wrestling championship, it is not won or lost competitively but instead by the decision of the bookers of a wrestling promotion. The title is awarded after the chosen champion "wins" a match to maintain the illusion that professional wrestling is a competitive sport.

Championship history

In 1991 CMLL decided to create a series of World Championships, one of which was the for the Welterweight division. Fuerza Guerrera won a tournament to become the first Welterweight champion. In 1996 the Championship vacated after then champion El Pantera lost the title to Super Delfin while on tour in Japan, after which he was planning to leave CMLL for AAA. CMLL, knowing Pantera was leaving, nullified and did not recognize the title change. Subsequently, CMLL put together a 16-man tournament crown a new champion, the tournament saw Mascara Magica defeat El Felino in the tournament final to become the Seventh official CMLL World Welterweight Champion. Mascara Magica would later defeat Super Delfin to put an end to any speculation about the lineage of the championship. Since then the title had only changed hands in Mexico City, until January 2011, when Ryusuke Taguchi won the title in Tokyo, Japan.

1996 World Welteryweight tournament

After CMLL stripped La Pantera of the title in 1996 they held a 16-man tournament from May 7 to May 21, 1996 in order to crown a new champion.

  First round Semifinals Final Finals
                                     
1  Rey Bucanero W  
16  Fantastik    
     Rey Bucanero    
     Black Panther W  
8  Black Panther W
9  Olímpico    
     Black Panther    
     Mascara Magica W  
5  Astro Rey, Jr. W  
12  Atlantico    
     Astro Rey, Jr.  
     Mascara Magica W  
4  Mascara Magica W
13  Guerrero Maya    
     Mascara Magica W
     El Felino  
6  Karloff Lagarde, Jr. W  
11  Ultimatum    
     Karlof Lagarde, Jr.  
     Ciclón Ramírez W  
3  Ciclón Ramirez W
14  Yone Genjin    
     Ciclón Ramírez  
     El Felino W  
7  El Felino W  
10  Alacrán De Durango    
     El Felino W
     Ángel Azteca    
2  Ángel Azteca W
15  Zumbido    

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