WWE Cruiserweight Championship
|WWE Cruiserweight Championship|
Matt Hardy as Cruiserweight Champion
|Promotion||WCW (1991 - 2001)
WWF/E (2001 - 2007)
|Date established||October 27, 1991|
|Date retired||March 3, 2008|
The World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) Cruiserweight Championship was a professional wrestling championship in World Wrestling Entertainment and was originally a World Championship Wrestling (WCW) title. It was challenged by cruiserweights at a maximum weight of 220 lbs. After the WWE Brand Extension, it was exclusive to the SmackDown! brand.
The WWE Cruiserweight Championship is recognized as formerly being the WCW Light Heavyweight Championship; a title that was considered separate from the WCW Cruiserweight Championship at the time by WCW. Following the Light Heavyweight title's introduction in 1991, a tournament was held to determine the inaugural champion. On October 27, Brian Pillman defeated Richard Morton in the tournament final to win the title. However, when Brad Armstrong was forced to relinquish the title due to injury on September 2, 1992, it became inactive. Then, on March 20, 1996, Shinjiro Otani defeated The Pegasus Kid (Chris Benoit) in a decision match to win what then became known as the WCW Cruiserweight Championship.
In March 2001, the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) purchased World Championship Wrestling. Soon after, "The Invasion" took place, in which The Alliance was ultimately dismantled. Following Survivor Series 2001, the title was renamed the WWF Cruiserweight Championship, replacing the WWF Light Heavyweight Championship.
After a six month absence, on March 3, 2008, WWE removed the championship from the active championship web page, where originally the title was listed as "vacant." Afterward, the title was removed from the active titles list on WWE's title histories web page to the defunct championship list. In this way, the title was quietly retired.
Gregory Helms has had the longest title reign, with 385 days. Psychosis has had the shortest title reign, holding it for approximately an hour. Rey Mysterio Jr. has had the most title reigns with eight (five reigns in WCW, three in WWE). Three women have held the championship; Madusa and Daffney both had reigns with WCW while Jacqueline Moore is the only female to win the Cruiserweight Championship in its WWE incarnation.
See also 
- "Hornswoggle wins a Cruiserweight Open (new champion)". WWE. July 22, 2007. Retrieved May 16, 2012. "Needless to say, Hornswoggle falls well within the 220-pound weight limit that’s stipulated in Cruiserweight rules, so there was no reason why he couldn’t participate in Sunday's contest."
- Cruiserweight Championship - Brian Pillman
- WWE: Inside WWE > Title History > Light Heavyweight
- "Hornswoggled". WWE. Retrieved 2007-11-12.
- "WWE Superstars". World Wrestling Entertainment. Retrieved 2008-03-04.
- "WWE title histories". World Wrestling Entertainment. Retrieved 2008-03-04.