List of NXT Cruiserweight Champions
The NXT Cruiserweight Championship is a professional wrestling championship created and promoted by the American professional wrestling promotion WWE on the 205 Live and NXT brands. It is defended on NXT and the cruiserweight-exclusive 205 Live by wrestlers with a maximum weight of 205 lb (93 kg), the only active WWE championship with a weight limit.
Established as the WWE Cruiserweight Championship, the title was originally part of the Raw brand and defended on Monday Night Raw until the premiere of 205 Live, after which, it was defended on both shows until WrestleMania 34. Following this event, 205 Live became its own brand and the title became exclusive to 205 Live until October 2019 when it began to be defended on NXT. The title was subsequently renamed to NXT Cruiserweight Championship, being shared between 205 Live and NXT.
The championship is generally contested in professional wrestling matches, in which participants execute scripted finishes rather than contend in direct competition. The inaugural champion was T.J. Perkins, who was awarded the title for winning the Cruiserweight Classic on September 14, 2016. The title is currently held by Lio Rush, who is in his first reign. He won the title by defeating Drew Gulak on NXT in Winter Park, Florida on October 9, 2019.
Overall, there have been fourteen reigns between twelve champions and one vacancy. Neville and Enzo Amore have the most reigns at two. Neville's first reign is the longest reign at 197 days and he also has the longest combined reign at 232 days (196 days and 231 days, respectively, as recognized by WWE). Akira Tozawa has the shortest reign at 6 days (5 days as recognized by WWE). The oldest champion is The Brian Kendrick, winning the title at 37 years old, while the youngest champion is Lio Rush when he won it at 24.
|WWE Cruiserweight Championship||September 14, 2016 – October 2, 2019|
|NXT Cruiserweight Championship||October 2, 2019 – present|
|No.||Overall reign number|
|Reign||Reign number for the specific champion|
|Days||Number of days held|
|Days recog.||Number of days held recognized by the promotion|
|+||Current reign is changing daily|
|No.||Champion||Championship change||Reign statistics||Notes||Ref.|
|1||T.J. Perkins||September 14, 2016||Cruiserweight Classic Finale||Winter Park, FL||1||46||45||Before the finale of the Cruiserweight Classic, WWE Chief Operating Officer Triple H revealed that the winner would also win the inaugural WWE Cruiserweight Championship for WWE's revived cruiserweight division exclusive to the Raw brand. T.J. Perkins defeated Gran Metalik in the tournament final to become the inaugural champion.|||
|2||The Brian Kendrick||October 30, 2016||Hell in a Cell||Boston, MA||1||30||30|||
|3||Rich Swann||November 29, 2016||205 Live||Columbia, SC||1||61||60||This was the inaugural episode of 205 Live.|||
|4||Neville||January 29, 2017||Royal Rumble||San Antonio, TX||1||197||196|||
|5||Akira Tozawa||August 14, 2017||Raw||Boston, MA||1||6||5|||
|6||Neville||August 20, 2017||SummerSlam
|7||Enzo Amore||September 24, 2017||No Mercy||Los Angeles, CA||1||15||15|||
|8||Kalisto||October 9, 2017||Raw||Indianapolis, IN||1||13||12||This was a lumberjack match.|||
|9||Enzo Amore||October 22, 2017||TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs||Minneapolis, MN||2||93||92|||
|—||Vacated||January 23, 2018||—||—||—||—||—||The title was vacated due to Enzo Amore's release following publicized accusations of sexual assault and harassment.|||
|10||Cedric Alexander||April 8, 2018||WrestleMania 34
|New Orleans, LA||1||181||180||Defeated Mustafa Ali in a tournament final to win the vacant championship.
The title then became exclusive to the 205 Live brand.
|11||Buddy Murphy||October 6, 2018||Super Show-Down||Melbourne, Australia||1||183||183|||
|12||Tony Nese||April 7, 2019||WrestleMania 35
|East Rutherford, NJ||1||77||77|||
|13||Drew Gulak||June 23, 2019||Stomping Grounds
|Tacoma, WA||1||108||108||This was a triple threat match also involving Akira Tozawa, who Gulak pinned to win the championship.
In October 2019, the title became shared between 205 Live and NXT, and it was renamed the NXT Cruiserweight Championship.
|14||Lio Rush||October 9, 2019||NXT||Winter Park, FL||1||9+||9+|||
As of October 18, 2019.
|†||Indicates the current champion|
|Combined days||Combined days|
recognized by WWE
|9||The Brian Kendrick||1||30|
|11||Lio Rush †||1||9+|
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