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The NWA World Light Heavyweight Championship is a currently inactive professional wrestling championship promoted by the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA). For the majority of its existence it has been promoted by Mexican promotion Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL), where it was known as the Campeonato Mundial Semi Completo de NWA. It began as an official National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) title and was given to the NWA's Mexican affiliate, Empresa Mexicana de Lucha Libre (EMLL), to control. The title was also promoted in NWA's Los Angeles, California circuit until its closure in 1981. The title remained under the control of EMLL even after EMLL pulled out of the Alliance and changed its name to Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre. Due to its history, it was considered the most important title in EMLL/CMLL. Being 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 200 lbs and 210 lbs, but is not always strictly enforced.

The first champion was Gypsy Joe, who won the title on November 6, 1952. In 1957 the NWA stripped Frank Stojack of the title for lack of NWA-mandated title defenses, but Stojack kept the physical belt and defended the title for over a year until the NWA regained possession of the actual Championship belt. After Stojack was stripped of the title, the NWA Executive board decided to give Salvador Lutteroth and Empressa Mexican de Lucha Libre control of the championship in 1958. The first champion under Lutteroth's authority was Dory Dixon, who had worked for EMLL for many years. During the late 1970s and early 1980s the title was also defended in the Los Angeles area until that promotion closed in the mid-1980s; from then on the title has only been defended in Mexico.

In March 2010 Blue Demon, Jr., the president of NWA Mexico, sent letters to CMLL, telling them to stop promoting the NWA-branded championships since they were not part of the NWA. NWA Mexico had previously tried to reclaim the three NWA-branded championships promoted by CMLL, but was ignored by CMLL. The promotion did not directly respond to the latest claim either; the NWA Welterweight Champion, Mephisto, commented, simply stating that the titles belonged to CMLL. Finally, on August 12, 2010, CMLL debuted the new NWA World Historic Light Heavyweight Championship and returned the old title to NWA. NWA has not determined a new champion since receiving the belt back.

There have been a total of 64 reigns shared between 39 wrestlers. Ray Mendoza has held the Championship the highest number of times with six title reigns; Gory Guerrero's two reigns combined come to 1,963 days, the highest total of any champion. Roddy Piper is the champion with the shortest reign, 2 days; while the longest title reign belongs to Frank Stojack with 1,573 days.

Title history

Key
Symbol Meaning
# 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 is not known
Used for vacated reigns so as not to count it as an official reign
[Note] Indicates that the exact length of the title reign is unknown, with a note providing more details
# Wrestler Reign Date Days
held
Location Event Notes
1


Gypsy Joe


1


01952-11-06November 6, 1952


277 Des Moines, Iowa Live event Gypsy Joe defeated Johnny Balbo in a decision match to become the inaugural champion.
2


Stojack, FrankFrank Stojack


1


01953-08-10August 10, 1953


1573 Spokane, Washington Live event  


Vacated



01957-11-30November 30, 1957



N/A


N/A


Stojack was stripped of the title due to inactivity.
3


Dixon, DoryDory Dixon


1


01958-02-13February 13, 1958


575 Mexico City, Mexico Live event Dixon defeated Al Kashley to win the vacant championship.
4


Mendoza, RayRay Mendoza


1


01959-09-11September 11, 1959


323 Guadalajara, Jalisco Live event  
5


Guerrero, GoryGory Guerrero


1


01960-07-30July 30, 1960


1102 Mexico City, Mexico Live event  
6


Ali Bey


1


01963-08-06August 6, 1963


49 El Paso, Texas Live event  
7


Guerrero, GoryGory Guerrero


2


01963-09-24September 24, 1963


861 Mexico City, Mexico Live event  


Vacated



01966-02-01February 1, 1966



N/A


N/A


Guerrero was stripped of the title after leaving the promotion; Guerrero kept the physical belt for nine years after being stripped of the championship.
8


Mendoza, RayRay Mendoza


2


01967-08-04August 4, 1967


289 Mexico City, Mexico Live event Mendoza defeated Dory Dixon in a tournament final to win the vacant title.
9


Ángel Blanco


1


01968-05-19May 19, 1968


220 Torreón, Coahuila Live event  
10


Mendoza, RayRay Mendoza


3


01968-12-25December 25, 1968


359 Mexico City, Mexico Live event  
11


Colosetti, ColosoColoso Colosetti


1


01969-12-19December 19, 1969


91 Mexico City, Mexico Live event  
12


Mendoza, RayRay Mendoza


4


01970-03-20March 20, 1970


252 Mexico City, Mexico Live event  
13


Solitario, ElEl Solitario


1


01970-11-27November 27, 1970


476 Mexico City, Mexico Live event  
14


David Morgan


1


01972-03-17March 17, 1972


35 Mexico City, Mexico Live event  
15


Mendoza, RayRay Mendoza


5


01972-04-21April 21, 1972


53 Mexico City, Mexico Live event  
16


Dantés, AlfonsoAlfonso Dantés


1


01972-06-13June 13, 1972


381 Tijuana, Baja California Live event  
17


Kim Sung Ho


1


01973-06-29June 29, 1973


175 Mexico City, Mexico Live event  
18


Mendoza, RayRay Mendoza


6


01973-12-21December 21, 1973


? Los Angeles, California Live event  


Vacated



01974-02-01February 1974



N/A


N/A


The championship was vacated when Mendoza left EMLL to form the Universal Wrestling Association.
19


Wagner, Dr.Dr. Wagner


1


01974-09-22September 22, 1974


523 Mexico City, Mexico EMLL 41st Anniversary Show Dr. Wagner defeated El Halcon in a tournament final to win the vacant title.
20


Adorable Rubí 1


01976-02-27February 27, 1976


231 Mexico City, Mexico Live event  
21


Carlos Plata


1


01976-07-16July 16, 1976


100 Mexico City, Mexico Live event  
22


Dantés, AlfonsoAlfonso Dantés


2


01976-10-24October 24, 1976


110 Guadalajara, Jalisco Live event  
23


Chavo Guerrero


1


01977-02-11February 11, 1977


30 Los Angeles, California Live event  
24


Piper, RoddyRoddy Piper


1


01977-03-13March 13, 1977


2 California Live event  
25


Chavo Guerrero


2


01977-03-15March 15, 1977


6 Los Angeles, California Live event  
26


Dantés, AlfonsoAlfonso Dantés


3


01977-04-21April 21, 1977


407 Mexico City, Mexico Live event  
27


Faraón, ElEl Faraón


1


01978-06-02June 2, 1978


193 Mexico City, Mexico Live event  
28


Pak Choo


1


01978-12-08December 8, 1978


145 Mexico City, Mexico Live event  
29


Dantés, AlfonsoAlfonso Dantés


4


01979-04-30April 30, 1979


265 Mexico City, Mexico Live event  
30


Mata, RaulRaul Mata


1


01980-01-20January 20, 1980


330 Guadalajara, Jalisco Live event  
31


Dantés, AlfonsoAlfonso Dantés


5


01980-12-15December 15, 1980


112 Mexico City, Mexico Live event  
32


Salazar, TonyTony Salazar


1


01981-04-03April 3, 1981


353 Mexico City, Mexico Live event  
33


David Morgan


2


01982-03-22March 22, 1982


11 Mexico City, Mexico Live event  
34


Máscara Año 2000 1


01982-04-02April 2, 1982


228 Mexico City, Mexico Live event  
35


Faraón, ElEl Faraón


2


01982-11-16November 16, 1982


60 Mexico City, Mexico Live event  
36


Mendoza, RingoRingo Mendoza


1


01983-01-15January 15, 1983


194 Guadalajara, Jalisco Live event  
37


Satánico, ElEl Satánico


1


01983-07-28July 28, 1983


87 Mexico City, Mexico Live event  
38


Mendoza, RingoRingo Mendoza


2


01983-10-23October 23, 1983


479 Guadalajara, Jalisco Live event  
39


MS-1 1


01985-02-13February 13, 1985


39 Acapulco, Guerrero Live event  
40


Rayo de Jalisco, Jr. 1


01985-06-21June 21, 1985


637 Mexico City, Mexico Live event  
41


MS-1 2


01987-03-20March 20, 1987


65 Mexico City, Mexico Live event  
42


Cien Caras 1


01987-06-24June 24, 1987


270 Nezahualcóyotl, Mexico State Live event  
43


Lizmark 1


01988-03-20March 20, 1988


96 Mexico City, Mexico Live event  
44


Fabuloso Blondy


1


01988-06-24June 24, 1988


168 Mexico City, Mexico Live event  
45


Lizmark 2


01988-12-09December 9, 1988


224 Mexico City, Mexico Live event  
46


Satánico, ElEl Satánico


2


01989-07-21July 21, 1989


92 Mexico City, Mexico Live event  
47


Pirata Morgan 1


01989-10-21October 21, 1989


116 Cuernavaca, Morelos Live event  
48


Fabuloso Blondy


2


01990-02-14February 14, 1990


35 Mexico City, Mexico Live event  
49


Lizmark 3


01990-03-21March 21, 1990


249 Acapulco, Guerrero Live event  
50


Satánico, ElEl Satánico


3


01990-11-25November 25, 1990


157 León, Guanajuato Live event  
51


Lizmark 4


01991-05-01May 1, 1991


340 Acapulco, Guerrero Live event  
52


Satánico, ElEl Satánico


4


01992-04-05April 5, 1992


111 Mexico City, Mexico CMLL Domingos Arena Mexico  
53


Dantés, ApoloApolo Dantés


1


01992-07-25July 25, 1992


243 Puebla, Puebla Live event  
54


Jaque Mate 1


01993-03-25March 25, 1993


619 Cuernavaca, Morelos Live event  
55


Dandy, ElEl Dandy


1


01994-12-04December 4, 1994


681 Mexico City, Mexico Live event  
56


Black Warrior 1


01996-10-15October 15, 1996


201 Mexico City, Mexico Live event  
57


Shocker


1


01997-05-04May 4, 1997


310 Mexico City, Mexico Live event  
58


Black Warrior 2


01998-03-10March 10, 1998


727 Mexico City, Mexico Live event  
59


Tarzan Boy 1


02000-03-06March 6, 2000


? Puebla, Puebla Live event  


Vacated



02003-01-012003



N/A


N/A


The championship was vacated when Tarzan Boy was unable to defend the championship due to injury.
60


Vampiro Canadiense 1


02003-02-09February 9, 2003


450 Mexico City, Mexico Live event Vampiro defeated Tarzan Boy in a decision match for the vacant title.
61


Shocker


2


02004-05-03May 3, 2004


? Puebla, Puebla Live event


Vacated



02005-01-012005



N/A


N/A


CMLL stripped Shocker of the title when he did not appear for a scheduled title defense.
62


Wagner, Jr., Dr.Dr. Wagner, Jr.


1


02005-04-17April 17, 2005


461 Mexico City, Mexico CMLL Domingos De Coliseo Dr. Wagner, Jr. defeated Último Guerrero in a decision match for the vacant title.
63


Atlantis 1


02006-07-22July 22, 2006


988 Mexico City, Mexico CMLL Super Viernes
64


El Texano, Jr.


1


02009-04-05April 5, 2009


494 Guadalajara, Jalisco CMLL Guadalajara Domingos Title renamed the NWA World Historic Light Heavyweight Championship on August 12, 2010.


Vacated



02010-08-12August 12, 2010



N/A


N/A


The championship was vacated when CMLL returned it to NWA.

Reigns by combined length

Key
Symbol Meaning
Indicates the current champion
¤ The exact length of at least one title reign is uncertain, so the shortest possible length is used.
+ Indicates that the date changes daily for the current champion.
Rank Wrestler # Of Reigns Combined Days
1 Guerrero, GoryGory Guerrero |2 1,963


2 Mendoza, RayRay Mendoza 6 1,318¤


3 Dantés, AlfonsoAlfonso Dantés |5 1,275


4 Dantés, ApoloApolo Dantés |1 1,098


5 Tarzan Boy 1 1,031¤


6 Atlantis 1 988


7 Black Warrior 2 928


8 Lizmark 4 909


9 Dandy, ElEl Dandy |1 681


10 Mendoza, RingoRingo Mendoza |2 673


11 Rayo de Jalisco, Jr. 1 637


12 Jaque Mate 1 619


13 Dixon, DoryDory Dixon |1 575


14 Shocker 3 553

¤

15 Wagner, Dr.Dr. Wagner |1 523


16 Fabuloso Blondy |2 511


17 Texano, Jr., ElEl Texano, Jr. |1 494


18 Solitario, ElEl Solitario |1 476


19 Wagner, Jr., Dr.Dr. Wagner, Jr. |1 461


20 Vampiro Canadiense 1 450


21 Satánico, ElEl Satánico |4 447


22 Salazar, TonyTony Salazar |1 353


23 Mata, RaulRaul Mata |1 330


24 Gypsy Joe |1 277


25 Cien Caras 1 270


26 Faraón, ElEl Faraón |2 253


27 Adorable Rubí 1 231


28 Máscara Año 2000 |1 228


29 Ángel Blanco |1 220


30 Kim Sung Ho |1 175


31 Pak Choo |1 145


32 Pirata Morgan 1 116


33 MS-1 1 104


34 Carlos Plata |1 100


35 Colosetti, ColosoColoso Colosetti |1 91


36 Ali Bey |1 49


37 David Morgan |2 46


38 Chavo Guerrero |2 36


39 Piper, RoddyRoddy Piper |1 2


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