CMLL World Light Heavyweight Championship

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Current Champion

Bárbaro Cavernario, 16th Champion

Bárbaro Cavernario is the champion. He defeated Niebla Roja on July 15, 2022 in Arena Mexico.

History of Championship

Among the singles championships in CMLL, the CMLL Light Heavyweight championship is highly respected. It has a history of long title reigns by quality wrestlers in prestigious positions. Most of top stars are light heavyweights, or are close enough light heavyweights to reasonable challenge for this championship.

Shocker's championship reign was the first of a series of title changes designed to leverage the title into springboarding the new champion. Shocker defeating Villano III was part of his new role of top regular tecnico in the company. While the light heavyweight was not always the focus, the title reign and the aftermath appears to be the peak of Shocker's career.

While Shocker winning the title made him a bigger tecnico, Ultimo Guerrero winning it was to firmly position the new champion as one of the rudos in the company. Ultimo Guerrero was already respected as a wrestler and had been going toe to toe with the best CMLL had to offer, but his championship reign established Ultimo Guerrero himself as the best. It's not uncommon for lucha libre championship reigns to last three and half years, but rarely are they filled with as many defenses (and those of quality) as Ultimo Guerrero's.

Ultimo Guerrero lost the championship to former partner Rey Bucanero as a way to climax their split. Unfortunately, the story of the split never got over with the fans. In part because with the short turnaround from fallout to big match, the match didn't have the expected interest or level. Bucanero has been a credible champion, but when the promotion lost interest in Bucanero as a tecnico, the importance of this belt fell with him. The title has had a little more meaning since Bucanero returned to the rudo side, but still a bit off to the side, like all championships which do not involve Mistico.

In late May of 2009, as CMLL resumed running shows after the flu cancellations, Bucanero and Ephesto started feuding. Bucanero was not booked on the first show back, so he sat in the front row to watch the show. Ephesto bumped into Bucnaero during his match, Bucanero threw his beer at Ephesto, and the two began brawling. Ephesto's Hijo de Averno teammates pitched in and Bucanero took the worst of it. Bucanero struck back with the help of his Guerreros del Atlantida partners, and the two factions started feuding. Bucanero and Ephesto were still the center of the feud, with Ephesto scoring clean victories on Bucanero in trios matches during the short time between the feud and the title match.

The May 28th match had an usual outcome. Ephesto worked over Bucanero's left knee thru the third fall, and Bucanero was unable to continue after being thrown out of the ring onto the bad knee. The ringside doctor stopped the match, and Ephesto was awarded the win and the championship. Ephesto's title win was seen as a bit of an upset, as Bucanero had been booked at a level higher in recent years. This was also Ephesto's first major singles championship win.

Ephesto's championship reign was very quiet. Bucanero returned from his knee injury after nearly a year, but Ephesto was able to prove he was the rightful champion by winning in his rematch. Ephesto did not otherwise defend the championship, and lost in the first round of the first two CMLL Universal Tournaments.

Rising star Rush defeated Ephesto after a short month long feud. Rush is the most recent champion. He vacated the championship on January 15,2013 and a tournament was took place to determine a new champion.

Champions Listing

# Champion(s) Defeated Date Location
sixteen man tournament to determine first champion
1 Jerry Estrada Pierroth Jr. 1991.09.26 Arena Isabel De Cuernavaca
1 Lizmark 1991.12.15 Arena Mexico [1]
2 Pierroth Jr. Jerry Estrada 1992.03.19 Arena Isabel De Cuernavaca [2]
1 Mascara Sagrada 1992.04.11 Arena Coliseo De San Luis Potosi
2 Lizmark Sr. 1992.06.12 Arena Coliseo De San Luis Potosi
3 Brazo de Oro 1992.07.01 Arena Naucalpan [3]
4 Pirata Morgan 1992.07.11 Arena Puebla
5 Lizmark Sr. 1992.08.21 Auditroio Morelos, Morelia, Michoacán [4]
6 Love Machine 1992.09.16 Arena Coliseo De Acapulco [5]
7 MS-1 1992.09.19 Arena Puebla [6]
8 Pirata Morgan 1992.10.04 Arena Mexico [7]
9 Pirata Morgan 1992.12.17 Arena Isabel De Cuernavaca [8]
10 Pirata Morgan 1992.12.29 Arena Coliseo DF [9]
11 Fabuloso Blondy 1993.01.27 Arena Naucalpan
12 Pirata Morgan 1993.03.18 Arena Toluca
3 Dr. Wagner Jr. Pierroth Jr. 1993.04.02 Arena Mexico
1 Atlantis 1993.05.09 El Toreo De Naucalpan
2 Dos Caras 1993.06.28 Arena Puebla
3 El Dandy 1993.06.29 Arena Coliseo DF
4 Hector Garza 1993.10.24 Arena Obreros del Progreso, Saltillo, Coahuila [10]
5 Ringo Mendoza 1993.11.30 Arena Coliseo DF
4 Atlantis Dr. Wagner Jr. 1994.03.02 Arena Coliseo De Acapulco
1 Mano Negra 1994.04.17 Arena Coliseo DF
2 Dr. Wagner Jr. 1994.05.11 Arena Coliseo De Acapulco
3 Silver King 1994.08.03 Arena Naucalpan
4 Javier Cruz 1994.10.08 Jilotepec
5 Satanico 1994.11.17 Pista Arena Revolucion
6[11] Kraneo 1995.03.02 Pista Arena Revolucion
5 Dr. Wagner Jr. [2] Atlantis 1995.12.17 Arena Coliseo DF
1[12] Atlantis 1996.01.15 Arena Puebla
2 Hector Garza 1996.02.09 Arena Coliseo DF
3 El Texano 1996.03.03 Arena Coliseo DF
4 Silver King 1996.04.27 Pista Arena Revolucion
5[13] Hector Garza 1996.05.05 Plaza de Toros Valente Arellano, Torreón, Coahuila
6 Dos Caras 1996.05.26 Arena Coliseo DF
next two title changes are unapproved and believed to be unrecognized by CMLL
- Aquarius Dr. Wagner Jr. 1996.07.19 Tokyo
- Dr. Wagner Jr. [3] Aquarius 1996.07.27 Sapporo, Japan
7 Jushin Lyger 1996.11.15 Arena Mexico
8 Ricky Santana 1997.08.03 Arena Coliseo DF
9 Mr. Niebla 1997.09.02 Arena Coliseo DF
10 Atlantis 1997.11.23 Arena Coliseo DF
11 Emilio Charles Jr. 1998.02.27 Arena Mexico
12 Mr. Niebla 1998.12.27 Arena Coliseo DF [14]
6 Atlantis [2] Dr. Wagner Jr. 1999.05.10 Arena Puebla [15]
1 Blue Panther 1999.05.26 Arena Coliseo Acapulco [16]
2 Villano III 1999.06.13 Arena Coliseo DF
3 Villano III 1999.08.03 Arena Coliseo DF
4 Villano III 1999.09.27 Arena Puebla
7 Villano III Atlantis 1999.11.22 Tampico
1 Atlantis 1999.12.16 Arena Isabel De Cuernavaca
2 Atlantis 2000.02.11 Arena Mexico
3 Dr. Wagner Jr. 2000.05.10 Arena Coliseo De Acapulco
4 Blue Panther 2000.06.18 Arena Coliseo DF
5 Blue Panther 2000.11.19 Arena Coliseo De Reynosa
6 Scorpio Jr. 2001.05.09 Arena Coliseo De Acapulco
7 Blue Panther 2001.06.18 Arena Puebla
8 Shocker Villano III 2001.10.17 Arena Coliseo De Guadalajara
1 Emilio Charles Jr. 2001.11.08 Arena Neza
2 Tarzan Boy 2001.11.28 Arena Coliseo De Acapulco
3 Black Warrior 2001.12.10 Arena Puebla
4 Mr. Niebla 2002.01.06 Arena Coliseo DF
5 Tarzan Boy 2002.02.22 Arena Mexico
6 Dr. Wagner Jr. 2002.03.26 Arena Coliseo DF
7 Tarzan Boy 2002.04.18 Arena Isabel De Cuernavaca
8 Atlantis 2002.07.01 Arena Puebla
9 Ultimo Guerrero 2002.10.07 Arena Puebla
10 Dr. Wagner Jr. 2002.10.10 Arena Isabel De Cuernavaca
9 Ultimo Guerrero Shocker 2002.12.13 Arena Mexico
1 Shocker 2003.02.14 Arena Mexico
2 Shocker 2003.02.26 Arena Lopez Mateos
3 Shocker 2003.03.06 Arena Isabel De Cuernavaca
4 Shocker 2003.03.26 Arena Coliseo De Acapulco
5 Shocker 2003.06.24 Arena Coliseo DF
6 Atlantis 2003.07.13 Arena Coliseo DF
7 Lizmark Jr. 2003.08.19 Arena Coliseo DF
8 El Mephisto 2003.10.06 Arena Puebla
9[17] Mr. Guerrero 2003.10.16 Arena Olimpico Laguna - Gomez Palacio
10 Terrible 2004.02.18 Arena Lopez Mateos
11 Blue Panther 2004.02.23 Arena Puebla
12 Lizmark Jr. 2004.04.05 Arena Puebla
13 LA Park 2004.04.18 Arena Coliseo De Guadalajara
14 Vertigo 2004.05.08 Arena Iztapalpa
15 Blue Panther 2004.06.20 Arena Coliseo DF
16[18] El Astuto 2004.07.08 Arena Olimpico Laguna
17 Blue Panther 2004.07.25 Arena Coliseo De Guadalajara
18 Atlantis 2004.08.17 Arena Coliseo DF
19 LA Park 2004.09.17 Arena Mexico
20[19] Soberano Jr. 2004.09.30 Gimnasio Municipal Luis L. Vargas
21 Black Warrior 2004.10.31 Arena Coliseo DF
22[20] Blue Panther 2004.12.25 Gimnasio Municipal Luis L. Vargas
23 Shocker 2005.02.13 Arena Coliseo De Guadalajara
24 Dos Caras Jr. 2005.05.27 Arena Mexico
25 Atlantis 2005.05.31 Auditorio Benito Juarez - Cuautitlan
26 The Tiger 2005.07.19 Korakuen Hall
27 Soberano Jr. 2005.12.29 Arena Olimpico Laguna - Gomez Palacio
28 Soberano Jr. 2006.01.05 Arena Olimpico Laguna - Gomez Palacio
29 Dos Caras Jr. 2006.03.12 Arena Coliseo De Guadalajara
30 Hector Garza 2006.04.28 Arena Mexico
31 Dos Caras Jr. 2006.06.20 Arena Coliseo DF
32 Stuka I 2006.07.13 Arena Olimpico Laguna - Gomez Palacio
10 Rey Bucanero Ultimo Guerrero 2006.07.14 Arena Mexico
1 Ultimo Guerrero 2006.08.27 Gimnasio Nuevo Leon
2 Ultimo Guerrero 2006.09.18 Arena Puebla
3 Ultimo Guerrero 2006.10.01 Arena Coliseo De Guadalajara
4 Kenzo Suzuki 2006.11.20 Arena Puebla
5 Ultimo Guerrero 2007.01.21 Arena Coliseo De Guadalajara
6 Ultimo Guerrero 2007.02.15 Arena Isabel De Cuernavaca
7 Hector Garza 2007.04.30 Arena Puebla
8 Atlantis 2007.07.22 Arena Coliseo DF
9 Ultimo Guerrero 2007.09.16 Arena Coliseo De Guadalajara
10 Mr. Águila 2008.03.04 Arena Mexico
11 Alex Koslov 2008.05.25 Arena Coliseo
12 Hector Garza 2008.10.19 Arena Coliseo
13 Dr. Wagner Jr. 2008.11.10 Arena Puebla
14 Maximo 2009.01.06 Arena Coliseo De Guadalajara
15 Volador Jr. 2009.02.01 Arena Coliseo De Guadalajara
11 Ephesto Rey Bucanero 2009.05.26 Arena Mexico
1 Rey Bucanero 2010.06.15 Arena Mexico
12 Rush Ephesto 2011.02.22 Arena Mexico
1 Rey Bucanero 2011.04.03 Arena Coliseo
2 Psicosis 2011.05.10 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
3 Mr. Águila 2011.08.23 Arena Mexico
4 Terrible 2011.11.13 Arena Mexico
5 Terrible 2012.03.04 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
6 Yujiro 2012.06.07 Arena Mexico
7 Rey Bucanero 2012.09.09 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
Rush vacates championship on 2013.01.15 to challenge for the CMLL World Heavyweight Championship
16 man cibernetico with final 2 facing off the following week
13 Rey Escorpion Volador Jr. 2013.01.30 Arena Mexico
1 Stuka Jr. 2013.04.30 Arena Mexico
2 Gallo 2013.06.02 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
3 Ultimo Guerrero 2013.08.19 Arena Puebla
4 Rush 2013.12.01 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
5 Máximo 2013.12.17 Arena Mexico
6 Mascara Dorada 2013.12.28 Cancha German Evers, Mazatlan, Sinaloa
7 Máximo 2014.01.17 Shinkiba 1st Ring, Tokyo
8 Máximo 2014.04.20 Arena México
9 La Mascara 2014.05.05 Arena Puebla
10 Atlantis 2014.06.16 Arena Puebla
11 Hijo de Rey Misterio[21] 2014.09.14 Gimnasio Solidaridad, Hermosillo, Sonora
14 Angel de Oro Rey Escorpion 2014.10.28 Arena Mexico
1 Okumura 2015.01.17 Tokyo, Japan
2 Gran Guerrero 2015.03.01 Arena Mexico
3 Reaper 2015.06.01 Arena Puebla
4[22] Polvora 2015.07.28 Arena Mexico
5[23] Polvora 2015.08.10 Arena Puebla
15 La Máscara[24] Angel de Oro 2016.04.08 Arena Mexico
1 Atlantis 2016.12.17 Arena Coliseo
championship vacant on 2017.05.22 when Mascara is fired by CMLL
Torneo Cibernetico to decide new champion with final 2 competitors facing off in a one fall match
16 Niebla Roja Bárbaro Cavernario 2017.06.10 Arena Coliseo
1 Rey Bucanero 2017.10.14 Arena Coliseo
2 Bárbaro Cavernario 2017.10.24 Arena México
3 Gran Guerrero 2018.01.19 Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan
4 Sanson (II) 2018.07.17 Arena México
4 Luciferno 2019.01.28 Arena Puebla
5 Gran Guerrero 2019.10.14 Arena Puebla
6 Mephisto 2019.11.18 Arena Puebla
7 Forastero 2020.03.07 Arena Coliseo
8 Felino 2020.10.31 Arena Mexico [25]
17 Bárbaro Cavernario Niebla Roja 2022.07.15 Arena Mexico
1 Averno 2022.09.05 Arena Puebla
2 Esfinge 2023.09.29 Arena Mexico
3 Angel de Oro 2022.10.23 Arena Puebla
title change
successful title defense
championship matches which were announced, but results were not found


  1. draw in unification match with NWA World Light Heavyweight Championship, luchablog photolog (2013-09-17 17.32.40), Box y Lucha 2027
  2. image, WON
  3. Box y Lucha
  4. Lucha Libre Weekly 28
  5. Lucha Libre Weekly 32
  6. Lucha Libre Weekly 32
  7. Lucha Libre Weekly 32
  8. WON 01-04-1993
  9. Lucha Libre Weekly 44, Lucha Libre Weekly 46 (1)
  10. luchadb
  11. WON 1995-03-27
  12. WON 1996-02-12
  13. El Siglo de Torreon
  14. draw
  15. La Magia del Ring 14 (includes building)
  16. Box y Lucha
  17. billed as championship for championship with title billed as IWA Light Heavyweight Championship previously won from original Mascara Sagrada
  18. El Siglo de Torreon
  19. [El Siglo de Torreon
  20. El Siglo de Torreon
  21. the Hijo de Rey later known as Rey Horuz was pictured on the poster, but it's possible it was his replacement. The two were also advertised for a title match on 2014.11.09 in Denver prior to Escorpion losing his title
  22. PWInsider
  23. PWInsider
  25. air date, tape date unknown

Gallery of Champions

Jerry Estrada, 1st Champion
Pierroth, 2nd Champion
Dr. Wagner Jr., 3rd & 5th Champion
Villano III, 7th Champion
Shocker, 8th Champion
Ultimo Guerrero, 9th Champion

Rey Bucanero, 10th Champion
Rush, 12th Champion
Rey Escorpion, 13th Champion
Angel de Oro, 14th Champion
La Máscara, 15th Champion

Niebla Roja, 16th Champion


Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre Championships
CMLL: Micro: Micro Gemelo Diablo IMini: Ultimo Dragoncito
Super Light: StigmaWelter: TitánMiddle: Templario
Light Heavy: Barbaro CavernarioHeavy: Gran Guerrero
Tag: Ángel de Oro & Niebla RojaTrios: (Atlantis Jr., Star Jr., Volador Jr.)
Women: Stephanie VaquerWomen's Tag: Stephanie Vaquer & Zeuxis
Historic: Welter: Mascara DoradaMiddle: MisticoLight Heavy: Atlantis Jr.
National: Light: FuturoWelter: Magia BlancaMiddle: Guerrero Maya Jr.
Light Heavy: EsfingeHeavy: Star Black
Tag: Los Depredadores (Magnus & Rugido)Trios: Los Indestructibles (Apocalipsis, Disturbio, Cholo)
Women: Reyna IsisWomen's Tag: Jarochita & Lluvia
Occidente: Welter: ExplosivoMiddle: Zandokan Jr.
Light Heavy: EsfingeHeavy: Bestia Negra
Tag: Dulce Gardenia & La FashionTrios: Batallon de la Muerte (El Malayo, Rey Apocalipsis. Siki Osama Jr.)
Women: Dark SiluetaWomen's Tag: Vacant
Misc: Arena Coliseo Tag: La Ola Negra (Akuma & Dark Magic)Japan Women's: Dark Silueta
Tournaments: Leyenda de Azul HechiceroLeyenda de Plata: Mascara DoradaUniversal: Dragon Rojo Jr.Universal de Amazonas: La Catalina
Reyes del Aire: Dragon Rojo Jr.Gran Alternativa: Panterita del Ring Jr. & Mistico
La Copa Jr.: Soberano Jr.Parejas Increíbles: Mistico & Averno

Copa de Arena Mexico Tournament
Pequeño Reyes del AireEn Busca de un Ídolo
Japan Tag
DF: LightWelterMiddle
CMLL-REINA: Intl JuniorIntlTag Team