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The NWA World Welterweight Championship is a professional wrestling championship governed by the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA). For the majority of its existence, the title has been promoted by Mexican promotion Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL), where it was known as the Campeonato Mundial Welter de NWA. It has also been used by New Japan Pro Wrestling, and was part of its J-Crown Championship. After the J-Crown was discontinued the title remained in Japan being promoted by the Toryumon promotion up until 2007 where it returned to Mexico and CMLL. As with the NWA World Light Heavyweight Championship and NWA World Middleweight Championship, it is not currently recognized by the National Wrestling Alliance, having ceased to acknowledge it when CMLL withdrew from the NWA in the late-1980s. Being a professional wrestling championship, it is not won legitimately; it is instead won via a scripted ending to matches. The official definition of the Welterweight weight class in Mexico is between 150 lbs (70 kg) and 170 lbs (78 kg), but is not always strictly enforced.

The championship predates the creation of the National Wrestling Alliance in 1948 and was initually just known as the "World Welterweight Championship", promoted by Empressa Mexicana de Lucha Libre (EMLL). When EMLL joined the National Wrestling Alliance in 1952, the title was given the prefix "NWA". In the late 1980s EMLL withdrew from the NWA, changing their name to Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre at the same time, to create a clean break from their past NWA association. CMLL retained three NWA-labeled titles, the Welterweight championship, the NWA World Middleweight Championship and the NWA World Light Heavyweight Championship, despite none of them being officially recognized by the NWA. In 1992 the then-champion Misterioso left CMLL to join the newly formed Asistencia Asesoría y Administración, vacating the championship. CMLL had recently created their own Welterweight Title and thus decided not to use the NWA championship for the time being. It would be three years before the NWA Welterweight title was used again, when Negro Casas won the title. A few months later Casas lost the title to Shinjiro Ohtani in the first round of the J-Crown Unification tournament. The title would switch hands in each round of the tournament as Último Dragón won it the next night and then Great Sasuke, who won the tournament. In 1996 and 1997 the title was defended as part of the J-Crown until the J-Crown was broken up into the original individual titles and vacated by the end of 1997. Just over a year later the championship resurfaced in Toryumon where Dragon Kid won it. For the next several years the title became the exclusive property of Toryumon, being defended mainly in Japan and occasionally in Torymon's Mexican branch. It was not until November 27, 2007 that the title returned to its country of origin as La Sombra won the title from Hajime Ohara and brought it back to CMLL. 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. On August 12, 2010, CMLL debuted the new NWA World Historic Welterweight Championship and returned the old belt to NWA.

El Santo became the first Welterweight Champion on March 15, 1946 by winning an eight man tournament. Cassandro is the current NWA World Welterweight champion having defeated Dr. Cerebro for the vacant title on June 25, 2011. This is Cassandro's first run with the title; he is the 57th overall champion and the 44th person to hold the Championship. Karloff Lagarde holds the record for both the most title reigns, with three, and the longest individual title reign, 2,742 days. Two men have held the title for just one day: Shinjiro Otani and Último Dragón.

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


Santo, ElEl Santo


1


01946-03-15March 15, 1946


337 Mexico City Live event Defeated Pete Pancoff to become the first champion.
2


Jack O'Brien


1


01947-02-15February 15, 1947


804 Mexico City Live event  
3


Guerrero, GoryGory Guerrero


1


01949-04-29April 29, 1949


803 Mexico City Live event  
4


Bonales, BobbyBobby Bonales


1


01951-07-11July 11, 1951


443 N/A


Live event  
5


Santo, ElEl Santo


2


01952-09-26September 26, 1952


302 N/A


Live event  
6


Blue Demon 1


01953-07-25July 25, 1953


1912 Mexico City Live event  
7


Lagarde, KarloffKarloff Lagarde


1


01958-01-31January 31, 1958


2743 Mexico City Live event  
8


Ramírez, HuracánHuracán Ramírez


1


01965-08-05August 5, 1965


50 Cuernavaca, Morelos Live event  
9


Lagarde, KarloffKarloff Lagarde


2


01965-09-24September 24, 1965


590 Mexico City EMLL 32nd Anniversary Show  
10


Vento Castella


1


01967-05-07May 7, 1967


57 Mexico City Live event  
11


Lagarde, KarloffKarloff Lagarde


3


01967-07-03July 3, 1967


1469 Mexico City Live event  
12


Muñoz, AlbertoAlberto Muñoz


1


01971-07-11July 11, 1971


837 Mexico City Live event  


Vacated 1


01973-01-011973


N/A


N/A


EMLL vacated the championship for unknown reasons.
13


Mano Negra 1


01973-12-14December 14, 1973


562 Mexico City Live event Mano Negra defeated Karloff Lagarde to win the vacant title.
14


Blue Demon 2


01975-06-29June 29, 1975


285 Mexico City Live event  
15


Fishman 1


01976-04-09April 9, 1976


224 Mexico City Live event  
16


Mano Negra 2


01976-01-19January 19, 1976


1197 Mexico City Live event  
17


Rocca, AméricoAmérico Rocca


1


01979-04-30April 30, 1979


264 Mexico City Live event  
18


Kung Lee, KatoKato Kung Lee


1


01980-01-19January 19, 1980


106 Mexico City Live event  
19


El Supremo


1


01980-05-04May 4, 1980


31 Mexico City Live event  
20


Lizmark 1


01980-06-04June 4, 1980


506 Acapulco, Guerrero Live event  
21


Fiera, LaLa Fiera


1


01981-10-23October 23, 1981


268 Mexico City Live event  
22


Rocca, AméricoAmérico Rocca


2


01982-07-18July 18, 1982


558 Guadalajara, Jalisco Live event  
23


Cota, MochoMocho Cota


1


01984-01-27January 27, 1984


181 Mexico City Live event  
24


Valaguez, ChamacoChamaco Valaguez


1


01984-07-26July 26, 1984


359 Cuernavaca, Morelos Live event  


Vacated 1


01985-07-20July 20, 1985


N/A


N/A


EMLL vacated the championship for unknown reasons.
25


Dandy, ElEl Dandy


1


01985-11-17November 17, 1985


141 Mexico City Live event  
26


Monarca Cruz


1


01986-04-07April 7, 1986


78 Monterrey, Nuevo León Live event  
27


Dandy, ElEl Dandy


2


01986-08-24August 24, 1986


70 N/A


Live event  
28


Javier Rocca


1


01986-11-02November 2, 1986


636 Mexico City Live event  
29


Solar II 1


01988-07-30July 30, 1988


66 Cuernavaca, Morelos Live event  
30


Fuerza Guerrera 1


01988-10-04October 4, 1988


241 Mexico City Live event  
31


Águila Solitaria


1


01989-06-02June 2, 1989


111 Mexico City Live event  
32


Fuerza Guerrera 2


01989-09-21September 21, 1989


806 Puebla, Puebla Live event  
33


Misterioso 1


01991-12-06December 6, 1991


{{sort|147 Mexico City Live event  


Vacated 1


01992-05-01May 1992


N/A


N/A


The championship was vacated when Misterioso left CMLL.
34


Casas, NegroNegro Casas


1


01995-12-01December 1, 1995


246 Mexico City Live event Negro Casas defeated El Hijo del Santo in a tournament final to win the vacant title.
35


Otani, ShinjiroShinjiro Otani


1


01996-08-03August 3, 1996


1 Tokyo, Japan Live event  
36


Último Dragón


1


01996-08-04August 4, 1996


1 Tokyo, Japan Live event  
37


Great Sasuke 1


01996-08-05August 5, 1996


67 Tokyo, Japan Live event The championship became one of eight championships comprising New Japan Pro Wrestling's J-Crown Championship.
38


Último Dragón


2


01996-10-11October 11, 1996


85 Osaka, Japan Live event  
39


Liger, JushinJushin Liger


1


01997-01-04January 4, 1997


183 Tokyo, Japan Live event  
40


Samurai, ElEl Samurai


1


01997-07-06July 6, 1997


35 Sapporo, Japan Live event  
41


Otani, ShinjiroShinjiro Otani


2


01997-08-10August 10, 1997


56 Nagoya, Japan Live event  


Vacated 1


01997-10-05October 5, 1997


N/A


N/A


Otani vacated five of the six remaining J-Crown titles after being forced by the World Wrestling Federation to return their Light Heavyweight Championship belt, ending the J-Crown Championship.
41


Dragon Kid 1


01999-02-06February 6, 1999


78 Nagoya, Japan Toryumon Japan show Dragon Kid defeated Dr. Cerebro to win the vacant title.
42


Judo Suwa


1


01999-04-25April 25, 1999


454 Kawasaki, Japan Toryumon Japan show  
43


Arai, Keni'chiroKeni'chiro Arai


1


02000-07-22July 22, 2000


152 Tokyo, Japan Toryumon Japan show  


Vacated 1


02000-12-21December 21, 2000


N/A


N/A


The championship vacated due after outside interference during a match on December 15 in Kawasaki, Japan, in which Susumu Mochizuki defeated Arai.
44


Arai, Keni'chiroKeni'chiro Arai


2


02001-01-29January 29, 2001


118 Tokyo, Japan Toryumon Japan show Arai defeated Yasushi Kanda in a tournament final to win the vacant title.
44


Mochizuki, SusumuSusumu Mochizuki


1


02001-05-27May 27, 2001


126 Kobe, Japan Toryumon Japan show
46


Saito, RyoRyo Saito


1


02001-09-30September 30, 2001


210 Tokyo, Japan Toryumon Japan show
47


Horiguchi, GenkiGenki Horiguchi


1


02002-04-28April 28, 2002


56 Kobe, Japan Toryumon Japan show


Vacated 1


02002-06-23June 23, 2002


N/A


N/A


The championship was vacated following a no-contest between Horiguchi and Dragon Kid.
48


Marvin, RickyRicky Marvin


1


02002-07-07July 7, 2002


17 Kobe, Japan Toryumon Japan show Ricky Marvin defeated Super Nova to win the vacant championship.
49


Horiguchi, GenkiGenki Horiguchi


2


02002-07-24July 24, 2002


4 Kumamoto, Japan Toryumon Japan show
50


Darkness Dragon


1


02002-07-28July 28, 2002


236 Shimonoseki, Japan Toryumon Japan show


Vacated 1


02003-03-21March 21, 2003


N/A


N/A


The championship was vacated due to an injury to Darkness Dragon.
51


YOSSINO


1


02003-03-22March 22, 2003


456 Sapporo, Japan Toryumon Japan show YOSSINO defeated Genki Horiguchi to win the vacant title.


Vacated 1


02004-06-20June 20, 2004


N/A


N/A


The championship was vacated BY YOSSINO in order to for him to concentrate on the Toryumon Último Dragón Gym Championship.
52


Ohara, HajimeHajime Ohara


1


02006-05-13May 13, 2006


252 Mexico City Toryumon Mexico show Ohara defeated La Máscara to win the vacant title.
53


Super Delfin


1


02007-01-20January 20, 2007


21 Osaka, Japan Toryumon Japan show
54


Ohara, HajimeHajime Ohara


2


02007-02-10February 10, 2007


290 Osaka, Japan Toryumon Japan show
55


La Sombra


1


02007-11-27November 27, 2007


547 Mexico City CMLL show This victory brought the championship back under CMLL's control.
56


Mephisto 1


02009-05-27May 27, 2009


442 Acapulco, Guerrero CMLL show


Vacated


02010-08-12August 12, 2010


N/A


N/A


The championship was vacated when CMLL returned it to NWA.
57


Cassandro


1


02011-06-25June 25, 2011


1988+ London, United Kingdom NWA Mexico UK Tour live event Defeated Dr. Cerebro to win the vacant title.

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