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The Universal Wrestling Association (UWA) was a Mexican Lucha Libre or professional wrestling promotion based in Naucalpan, Mexico State that operated from 1975 until 1995. The name of the actual promotion was Lucha Libre Internacional (LLI) ("International wrestling") but outside of Mexico it is generally referred to as the UWA as it was the name of the fictional international sanctioning body that in storyline terms oversaw all championships promoted by the UWA. The company was founded by wrestler and trainer Ray Mendoza, promoter Francisco Flores and investor Benjamín Mora, Jr. as when they broke away from Empresa Mexicana de Lucha Libre to form their own promotion. The company had working agreements with wrestling promotions both in the United States and Japan as they worked with New Japan Pro Wrestling, the World Wrestling Federation and Japan Women's Pro-Wrestling (JWP).


The Universal Wrestling Association promoted a large number of wrestling championships, spread out over several weight classes like Boxing and even co-promoted championships with the WWF, Universal Lucha Libre and JPW in Japan. Some UWA titles are still being used today, some in Japanese promotions who bought the rights to the belts and the name to give them a lucha libre link, others are considered more "vanity" championships, owned by whoever holds them and are often used more as a storyline prop, although they are at times defended and even change hands. In some cases the UWA championship belts are bought and sold by the champions. At times both Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (previously known as EMLL) and Asistencia Asesoría y Administración have acknowledged and promoted UWA championships as recent as 2008.


  • UWA World Heavyweight Championship
  • UWA World Junior Heavyweight Championship
  • UWA World Junior Light Heavyweight Championship
  • UWA World Middleweight Championship
  • UWA World Tag Team Championship
  • UWA World Trios Championship


  • UWA World Light Heavyweight Championship
  • UWA World Welterweight Championship
  • UWA World Lightweight Championship
  • UWA World Featherweight Championship
  • UWA/UWF Intercontinental Tag Team Championship
  • UWA World Women's Championship
  • UWA World Women's Tag Team Championship
  • UWA Women's International Championship
  • UWA/JWP Junior Championship
  • WWF World Light Heavyweight Championship

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