The CMLL World Welterweight Championship (Campionato Mundial Peso Welter de CMLL in Spanish) is a professional wrestling world championship in the Mexican wrestling promotion Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL). The official definition of a Welterweight in Mexico is a person between 150 lbs and 170 lbs but is not strictly adhered to these days. Because the championship is a professional wrestling championship, it is not won or lost competitively but instead by the decision of the bookers of a wrestling promotion. The title is awarded after the chosen champion "wins" a match to maintain the illusion that professional wrestling is a competitive sport.
In 1991 CMLL decided to create a series of World Championships, one of which was the for the Welterweight division. Fuerza Guerrera won a tournament to become the first Welterweight champion. In 1996 the Championship vacated after then champion El Pantera lost the title to Super Delfin while on tour in Japan, after which he was planning to leave CMLL for Asistencia Asesoría y Administración (AAA). CMLL, knowing Pantera was leaving, nullified and did not recognize the title change. Subsequently, CMLL put together a 16-man tournament crown a new champion, the tournament saw Mascara Magica defeat El Felino in the tournament final to become the Seventh official CMLL World Welterweight Champion. Mascara Magica would later defeat Super Delfin to put an end to any speculation about the lineage of the championship. Since then the title had only changed hands in Mexico City, until January 2011, when Ryusuke Taguchi won the title in Tokyo, Japan.
1996 World Welteryweight tournament
After CMLL stripped La Pantera of the title in 1996 they held a 16-man tournament from May 7 to May 21, 1996 in order to crown a new champion.
|5||Astro Rey, Jr.||W|
|Astro Rey, Jr.|
|6||Karloff Lagarde, Jr.||W|
|Karlof Lagarde, Jr.|
|10||Alacrán De Durango|