|Lucha Underground Championship|
Lucha Underground Championship belt
(2014 — present)
|Date established||October 5, 2014|
|Current champion(s)||Jake Strong|
|Date won||September 19, 2018|
(aired November 7, 2018)
The Lucha Underground Championship is a professional wrestling world heavyweight championship owned by the Lucha Underground. The championship is the top championship of the promotion and is generally contested in professional wrestling matches, in which participants execute scripted finishes rather than in direct competition. The championship was introduced in episode 8 ("A Unique Opportunity") taped on October 4, 2014, and broadcast on December 17, 2014, with the first champion being determined on episode 9 ("Aztec Warfare") which was taped on October 5, 2014, and broadcast on television on January 7, 2015. The championship is currently held by Jake Strong, who is in his first reign.
During Episode 8 ("A Unique Opportunity") of Lucha Underground's first season the storyline owner of Lucha Underground, Dario Cueto, announced that he was introducing the "top prize" in the promotion, the Lucha Underground Championship, revealing the belt to the audience in the arena and viewers at home. He explained that on the following week's show 20 wrestlers would compete in an Aztec Warfare match, featuring a mixture of male, female and Mini-Estrella competitors in the ring at the same time. During episode 8 Mil Muertes defeated Fénix in a match, earning him the number 20 spot, while forcing Fénix to be the first man in the match. Episode 9 ("Aztec Warfare") was dedicated to the championship match and saw Prince Puma pin Johnny Mundo to eliminate him from the match and become the inaugural Lucha Underground Champion. During the broadcast a couple weeks later ("They Call Him Cage") after Puma defeated Cage by disqualification to retain the championship, Cage tore the championship belt apart in a fit of anger, ripping the leather strap in half. As a result, Dario Cueto introduced a new Lucha Underground Championship belt in Episode 20 ("The Art of War") that was presented to Prince Puma.
On Episode 31 ("The Desolation of Drago") Drago defeated King Cuerno, Cage and Hernandez to earn a match against Prince Puma at Ultima Lucha, Lucha Underground's season finale. Afterwards Cueto announced that Drago would face Mil Muertes on episode 33 for the right to challenge the champion. Episode 33 was taped on April 11, 2015 and had Muertes defeat Drago to earn the match against Prince Puma. At Ultima Lucha Mil Muertes defeated Prince Puma to win the title and end the last episode of the first season as the champion.
Overall, Prince Puma and Pentagón Dark hold the record for most reigns, with two. With 622 days, Pentagón Dark's first reign is the longest in the title's history. Puma's second reign and Pentagón's second reign hold the record for shortest reign in the title's history at less than one day. The championship is currently held by Jake Strong. Overall, there have been 11 reigns shared among 9 wrestlers, with 0 vacancies.
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- "The Art of War". Lucha Underground. Season 1. March 25, 2015. El Rey Network (US), UniMás (MX).
- "The Desolation of Drago". Lucha Underground. Season 1. June 10, 2015. El Rey Network (US), UniMás (MX).
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