The 'CMLL Universal Championship (Campeonato Universal in Spanish) is an annual lucha libre tournament held by the Mexican professional wrestling promotion Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL) since 2009. The tournament format is a "tournament of champions" with all officially recognized male CMLL Champions at the time of the tournament participating. The Universal Championship is not defended throughout the year like a traditional tournament, but is a title akin to the FIFA World Cup that is held until the next tournament.

Tournament winners

Year Winner Championship held Date
2009 Último Guerrero CMLL World Heavyweight Championship 02009-06-22June 22, 2009

2010 Jushin Liger CMLL World Middleweight Championship 02010-08-13August 13, 2010

2011 La Sombra NWA World Historic Welterweight Championship 02011-09-16September 16, 2011

2012 El Terrible CMLL World Heavyweight Championship 02012-08-31August 31, 2012

2013 Tanahashi CMLL World Tag Team Championship 02013-09-06September 6, 2013

2014 Último Guerrero CMLL World Trios Championship 02014-08-29August 29, 2014

2015 Atlantis Mexican National Light Heavyweight Championship 02015-10-16October 16, 2015

2016 Valiente CMLL World Trios Championship 02016-10-28October 28, 2016

2017 Volador, Jr. CMLL World Trios Championship & NWA World Historic Welterweight Championship 02017-07-14July 14, 2017

2019 El Terrible Mexican National Heavyweight Championship 02019-02-15February 15, 2019

Tournament history

The Universal Championship tournament was created in 2009 to replace the Leyenda de Plata as CMLL's top tournament of the year. The Leyenda de Plata commemorated El Santo, a legend in lucha libre, but when CMLL and El Santo's son, El Hijo del Santo had a very public falling out in 2008 they decided to no longer run the annual Leyenda de Plata tournament. They came up with the concept of the Universal Championship tournament, a tournament exclusively for CMLL champions. The first Universal Championship tournament took place over three shows in June, with the June 5, 2009 Super Viernes and June 12, 2009 Super Viernes each hosting a three-round block of the tournament and the June 19, 2009 Super Viernes featuring the finals as its main event. On June 19, 2009 CMLL World Heavyweight Champion, and one of the tournament favorites, Último Guerrero defeated El Texano, Jr. the reigning NWA World Light Heavyweight Champion.