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The NWA World Middleweight 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 Peso Medio de NWA. The title, being a professional wrestling championship, it is not won legitimately: it is instead won via a scripted ending to a wrestling match. The official definition of the middleweight weight class in Mexico is between 82 kg (180 lbs) and 87 kg (190 lbs), but is not always strictly enforced.

The Championship was originally called the "World Middleweight Championship", and was created by Salvador Lutteroth, owner of Empresa Mexicana de Lucha Libre (EMLL). Lutteroth awarded the title to Gus Kallio, a five-time National Wrestling Association World Middleweight Champion and the "king of the middleweights" in the United States. The title was created at an unknown point before March 29, 1939. When Octavio Gaona defeated Kallio on March 29, 1939 he also won Kallio's other World Middleweight Championship. Kallio's original world middleweight title was retired in 1940 to keep the focus on the Mexican version of the championship. When EMLL became a member of the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) in 1952 the belt was given the "NWA" prefix. In the early 1990s EMLL withdrew from the NWA and changed their name to Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre in order to create a clean break from their past NWA association. While they withdrew from the NWA, they retained the ownership of three NWA-labelled championships that all originated in EMLL. The other two titles were the NWA World Welterweight Championship and the NWA World Light Heavyweight Championship. The titles are still promoted as "NWA Championships" by CMLL despite not being officially recognized by the NWA since the early 1990s. In 1994 Último Dragón paid CMLL for the rights to the NWA World Middleweight Championship, giving him control of the Championship. Dragón won the title from Corazón de León on November 8, 1994, after which he began promoting the belt in Japan; where it and the title remained in Japan for almost ten years. In 2003 Último Dragón signed with World Wrestling Entertainment and sold the title back to CMLL. Averno defeated Zumbido to win the vacant title in the first CMLL-based title match since 1994. 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 has 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 Middleweight Championship and returned the old belt to NWA. NWA has not determined a new champion since getting the title back from CMLL. There have been 84 reigns between 45 different wrestlers. René Guajardo has held the championship on six separate occasions, the most by any wrestler. Tarzán López's four reigns combine for 2,977 days, the longest of any champion, while the Great Sasuke's single reign is the longest individual reign with 1,487 days. Oro is the person who has held the title the shortest time, 41 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 in order to not 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


Kallio, GusGus Kallio


1


Unknown


N/A


Live event Gus Kallio was awarded the championship in late 1938 or early 1939 due to the fact that he already held the World Middleweight Championship in the United States.
2


Gaona, OctavioOctavio Gaona


1


01939-02-19February 19, 1939


350 Mexico City, Distrito Federal Live event Octavio Gaona won the championship to permanently establish it as an EMLL title. He also won Kallio's other World Middleweight Championship.
3


Tarzán López


1


01940-02-04February 4, 1940


681 Mexico City, Distrito Federal Live event López won both versions of the World Middleweight Championship. After this title change only the Mexican version remained active.
4


Guzmán, BlackBlack Guzmán


1


01941-12-16December 16, 1941


57 Mexico City, Distrito Federal Live event  
5


Tarzán López


2


01942-02-11February 11, 1942


1473 Mexico City, Distrito Federal Live event  
6


Guerrero, GoryGory Guerrero


1


01946-02-23February 23, 1946


782 Mexico City, Distrito Federal Live event  
7


Mike Kelly


1


01948-04-12April 12, 1948


411 Mexico City, Distrito Federal Live event  
8


Tarzán López


3


01949-05-28May 28, 1949


481 N/A


EMLL 15th Anniversary Show  
9


Sito, SugiSugi Sito


1


01950-09-21September 21, 1950


368 N/A


Live event  
10


Llanes, EnriqueEnrique Llanes


1


01951-09-24September 24, 1951


132 Mexico City, Distrito Federal EMLL 18th Anniversary Show  


Vacated



01952-02-03February 3, 1952



N/A


N/A


EMLL vacated the championship for unknown reasons.
11


Tarzán López


4


01952-07-13July 13, 1952


342 Mexico City, Distrito Federal Live event Tarzán López won a tournament to win the vacant title.
12


Sito, SugiSugi Sito


2


01953-06-20June 20, 1953


195 Mexico City, Distrito Federal Live event  
13


Santo, ElEl Santo


1


01954-01-01January 1, 1954


1021 Mexico City, Distrito Federal Live event  
14


Vera, RolandoRolando Vera


1


01956-10-19October 19, 1956


1455 Monterrey, Nuevo León Live event  
15


Guajardo, RenéRené Guajardo


1


01960-10-13October 13, 1960


415 Monterrey, Nuevo León Live event  
16


Antonio Posa


1


01961-12-02December 2, 1961


140 Mexico City, Distrito Federal Live event  
17


Guajardo, RenéRené Guajardo


2


01962-04-18April 18, 1962


190 Mexico City, Distrito Federal Live event  
18


Rayo de Jalisco 1


01962-10-25October 25, 1962


583 Mexico City, Distrito Federal Live event  
19


Benny Galant


1


01964-05-30May 30, 1964


118 Mexico City, Distrito Federal Live event  
20


Rayo de Jalisco 2


01964-09-25September 25, 1964


196 N/A


Live event  
21


Guajardo, RenéRené Guajardo


3


01965-04-09April 9, 1965


400 Mexico City, Distrito Federal Live event  
22


Jerry London


1


01966-05-14May 14, 1966


48 Mexico City, Distrito Federal Live event  
23


Guajardo, RenéRené Guajardo


4


01966-07-01July 1, 1966


253 Monterrey, Nuevo León Live event  
24


Mendoza, RayRay Mendoza


1


01967-03-11March 11, 1967



Mexico City, Distrito Federal Live event  


Vacated



01967-05-01May 1967



N/A


N/A


EMLL vacated the championship for unknown reasons.
25


Guajardo, RenéRené Guajardo


5


01967-07-29July 29, 1967


629 N/A


Live event Guajardo won a decision match for the vacant title.
26


Rayo de Jalisco 3


01969-04-18April 18, 1969


119 Mexico City, Distrito Federal Live event  
27


Solitario, ElEl Solitario


1


01969-08-15August 15, 1969


378 Mexico City, Distrito Federal Live event  
28


Mashio Koma


1


01970-06-28June 28, 1970


161 Mexico City, Distrito Federal Live event  
29


Aníbal 1


01970-12-06December 6, 1970


845 Mexico City, Distrito Federal Live event  
30


Guajardo, RenéRené Guajardo


6


01973-03-30March 30, 1973



Mexico City, Distrito Federal Live event  


Vacated



01974-01-011974



N/A


N/A


EMLL vacated the championship for unknown reasons.
31


Aníbal 2


01974-09-20September 20, 1974



Mexico City, Distrito Federal EMLL 41st Anniversary Show Aníbal defeated El Cobarde in a decision match to win the title.


Vacated



01975-05-01May 1975



N/A


N/A


The championship was vacated when Aníbal left EMLL to work for the Universal Wrestling Association.
32


Aguayo, PerroPerro Aguayo


1


01975-07-04July 4, 1975


476 Mexico City, Distrito Federal Live event Perro Aguayo won a tournament to claim the vacant championship.
33


Faraón, ElEl Faraón


1


01976-10-22October 22, 1976


140 Mexico City, Distrito Federal Live event  
34


Aguayo, PerroPerro Aguayo


2


01977-03-11March 11, 1977


114 Mexico City, Distrito Federal Live event  
35


Mendoza, RingoRingo Mendoza


1


01977-07-03July 3, 1977


101 Guadalajara, Jalisco Live event  
36


Joe Plardy


1


01977-10-12October 12, 1977


44 Acapulco, Guerrero Live event  
37


Faraón, ElEl Faraón


2


01977-11-25November 25, 1977


84 Mexico City, Distrito Federal Live event  
38


Mendoza, RingoRingo Mendoza


2


01978-02-17February 17, 1978


51 Los Angeles, California Live event  
39


Aguayo, PerroPerro Aguayo


3


01978-04-09April 9, 1978


75 Guadalajara, Jalisco Live event  
40


Mendoza, RingoRingo Mendoza


3


01978-06-23June 23, 1978


51 Mexico City, Distrito Federal Live event  
41


Salazar, TonyTony Salazar


1


01978-08-13August 13, 1978


174 Mexico City, Distrito Federal Live event  
42


Mendoza, RingoRingo Mendoza


4


01979-02-03February 3, 1979


218 Acapulco, Guerrero Live event  
43


Sayama, SatoruSatoru Sayama


1


01979-09-09September 9, 1979


201 Guadalajara, Jalisco Live event  
44


Satánico, ElEl Satánico


1


01980-03-28March 28, 1980


20 Mexico City, Distrito Federal Live event  
45


Mendoza, CachorroCachorro Mendoza


1


01980-04-17April 17, 1980


59 Monterrey, Nuevo León Live event  
46


Sangre Chicana 1


01980-06-15June 15, 1980


217 Monterrey, Nuevo León Live event  
47


Salazar, TonyTony Salazar


1


01981-01-18January 18, 1981


54 Monterrey, Nuevo León Live event  
48


Sangre Chicana 2


01981-03-13March 13, 1981


21 Mexico City, Distrito Federal Live event  
49


Mendoza, RingoRingo Mendoza


5


01981-04-03April 3, 1981


240 Mexico City, Distrito Federal Live event  
50


Faraón, ElEl Faraón


3


01981-11-29November 29, 1981


124 Guadalajara, Jalisco Live event  
51


César Curiel


1


01982-04-02April 2, 1982


206 Mexico City, Distrito Federal Live event  
52


Satánico, ElEl Satánico


2


01982-10-25October 25, 1982


0 Mexico City, Distrito Federal Live event  
53


El Jalisco


1


01982-10-25October 25, 1982


139 Guadalajara, Jalisco Live event  
54


Satánico, ElEl Satánico


3


01983-03-13March 13, 1983


82 N/A Live event  
55


Lizmark 1


01983-06-03June 3, 1983


182 Mexico City, Distrito Federal Live event  
56


Satánico, ElEl Satánico


4


01983-12-02December 2, 1983


250 Mexico City, Distrito Federal Live event  
57


Gran Cochisse 1


01984-08-08August 8, 1984


37 Mexico City, Distrito Federal Live event  
58


Satánico, ElEl Satánico


5


01984-09-14September 14, 1984


16 Mexico City, Distrito Federal Live event  
59


Gran Cochisse 2


01984-09-30September 30, 1984


49 Guadalajara, Jalisco Live event  
60


Gran Hamada 1


01984-11-18November 18, 1984


138 Mexico City, Distrito Federal Live event  
61


Fiera, LaLa Fiera


1


01985-04-05April 5, 1985


106 Mexico City, Distrito Federal Live event  
62


Valaguez, ChamacoChamaco Valaguez


1


01985-07-20July 20, 1985


302 Puebla, Puebla Live event  
63


Gran Cochisse 3


01986-05-18May 18, 1986


152 N/A


Live event  
64


Kung Fu 1


01986-10-17October 17, 1986


273 Mexico City, Distrito Federal Live event  
65


Dandy, ElEl Dandy


1


01987-07-17July 17, 1987


81 Mexico City, Distrito Federal Live event  
66


Kung Fu 2


01987-10-06October 6, 1987


248 Mexico City, Distrito Federal Live event  
67


Atlantis 1


01988-06-10June 10, 1988


37 Mexico City, Distrito Federal Live event  
68


Charles, Jr., EmilioEmilio Charles, Jr.


1


01988-07-17July 17, 1988


11 N/A


Live event  
69


Atlantis 2


01988-07-28July 28, 1988


15 N/A


Live event  
70


Charles, Jr., EmilioEmilio Charles, Jr.


2


01988-08-12August 12, 1988


259 Mexico City, Distrito Federal Live event  
71


Ángel Azteca


1


01989-04-28April 28, 1989


400 N/A


Live event  
72


Dandy, ElEl Dandy


2


01990-06-02June 2, 1990


60 Mexico City, Distrito Federal Live event  
73


Atlantis 3


01990-08-01August 1, 1990


945 Acapulco, Guerrero Live event  
74


Mano Negra 1


01993-03-03March 3, 1993


81 Acapulco, Guerrero Live event  
75


Oro 1


01993-05-23May 23, 1993


41 N/A


Live event  
76


Mano Negra 2


01993-07-03July 3, 1993


155 Puebla, Puebla Live event  
77


Corazón de León


1


01993-12-04December 4, 1993


339 Mexico City, Distrito Federal Live event  
78


Último Dragón


1


01994-11-08November 8, 1994



Tokyo, Japan Live event  


Vacated



01998-01-011998



N/A


N/A


Último Dragón was forced to vacate the championship due to an arm injury.
79


Great Sasuke


1


01999-02-07February 7, 1999


1487 Yokohama, Japan Live event Great Sasuke defeated Tokyo Magnum in tournament final to win the championship.
80


Último Dragón


2


02003-03-05March 5, 2003



Sendai, Miyagi, Japan Live event


Vacated



02003-04-01April 2003



N/A


N/A


The championship was vacated when Último Dragon began to work for World Wrestling Entertainment.
81


Averno 1


02004-09-03September 3, 2004


161 Mexico City, Distrito Federal Live event Averno defeated Zumbido in a decision match for the vacant championship.
82


Místico


1


02005-02-11February 11, 2005


455 Mexico City, Distrito Federal CMLL Super Viernes
83


Black Warrior 1


02006-05-12May 12, 2006


474 Mexico City, Distrito Federal CMLL Super Viernes
84


Místico


2


02007-04-29April 29, 2007


215 Mexico City, Distrito Federal Dia de los Niños
85


Averno 2


02007-11-30November 30, 2007


986 Mexico City, Distrito Federal CMLL Super Viernes Title renamed the NWA World Historic Middleweight 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 Tarzán López align="center"| 4 align="center"| 2,977


2 Guajardo, RenéRené Guajardo align="center"| 5 style="background-color:#bbeeff" align="center"| 1,938¤


3 Great Sasuke align="center"| 1 align="center"| 1,487


4 Vera, RolandoRolando Vera align="center"| 1 align="center"| 1,455


5 Último Dragón align="center"| 2 style="background-color:#bbeeff" align="center"| 1,177¤


6 Aníbal 2 style="background-color:#bbeeff" align="center"| 1122¤


7 Santo, ElEl Santo align="center"| 1 align="center"| 1,021


8 Atlantis 3 align="center"| 997


9 Averno 2 align="center"| 986


10 Rayo de Jalisco 3 align="center"| 898


11 Guerrero, GoryGory Guerrero align="center"| 1 align="center"| 782


12 Místico 2 align="center"| 670


13 Aguayo, PerroPerro Aguayo align="center"| 3 align="center"| 665


14 Mendoza, RingoRingo Mendoza align="center"| 5 align="center"| 661


15 Sito, SugiSugi Sito align="center"| 2 align="center"| 564


16 Kung Fu 2 align="center"| 521


17 Black Warrior 1 align="center"| 474


18 Mike Kelly align="center"| 1 align="center"| 411


19 Ángel Azteca align="center"| 1 align="center"| 400


20 Satánico, ElEl Satánico align="center"| 5 align="center"| 388


21 Solitario, ElEl Solitario align="center"| 1 align="center"| 378


22 Gaona, OctavioOctavio Gaona align="center"| 1 align="center"| 350


23 Faraón, ElEl Faraón align="center"| 3 align="center"| 348


24 Corazón de León align="center"| 1 align="center"| 339


25 Valaguez, ChamacoChamaco Valaguez align="center"| 1 align="center"| 302


26 Charles, Jr., EmilioEmilio Charles, Jr. align="center"| 2 align="center"| 270


27 Gran Cochisse 3 align="center"| 238


28 Sangre Chicana 2 align="center"| 237


29 Mano Negra 2 align="center"| 236


30 Salazar, TonyTony Salazar align="center"| 2 align="center"| 228


31 César Curiel align="center"| 1 align="center"| 206


32 Sayama, SatoruSatoru Sayama align="center"| 1 align="center"| 201


33 Lizmark 1 align="center"| 182


34 Mashio Koma align="center"| 1 align="center"| 161


35 Dandy, ElEl Dandy align="center"| 2 align="center"| 141


36 Antonio Posa align="center"| 1 align="center"| 140


37 El Jalisco align="center"| 1 align="center"| 139


38 Gran Hamada 1 align="center"| 138


39 Llanes, EnriqueEnrique Llanes align="center"| 1 align="center"| 132


40 Benny Galant align="center"| 1 align="center"| 118


41 Fiera, LaLa Fiera align="center"| 1 align="center"| 106


42 Mendoza, CachorroCachorro Mendoza align="center"| 1 align="center"| 59


43 Guzmán, BlackBlack Guzmán align="center"| 1 align="center"| 57


44 Mendoza, RayRay Mendoza align="center"| 1 style="background-color:#bbeeff" align="center"| 51¤


45 Jerry London align="center"| 1 align="center"| 48


46 Joe Plardy align="center"| 1 align="center"| 44


47 Oro 1 align="center"| 41


48 Gus Kallio 1 style="background-color:#bbeeff" align="center"| Unknown¤


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