WWE Cruiserweight Championship

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This article is about the current championship. For the historical championship, see WWE Cruiserweight Championship (1991–2007).
WWE Cruiserweight Championship
WWE Cruiserweight Championship.png
The WWE Cruiserweight Championship belt with default side plates
Details
Promotion WWE
Brand Raw
Date established September 14, 2016
Current champion(s) Neville
Date won January 29, 2017

The WWE Cruiserweight Championship is a professional wrestling championship created and promoted by the American professional wrestling promotion WWE on the Raw brand. It is defended on Monday Night Raw and the cruiserweight-exclusive 205 Live.[1] The current champion is Neville, who is in his first reign.

Unveiled on September 14, 2016, as the award for the inaugural Cruiserweight Classic, which was won by T.J. Perkins, it is contested in WWE's cruiserweight division by wrestlers at a maximum weight of 205 lb (93 kg). The championship was exclusive to Monday Night Raw until the premiere of 205 Live in November 2016.

The title is distinct from the previous WWE Cruiserweight Championship that originated in World Championship Wrestling and was retired in 2007. The two titles share the name but not the title history.[2]

History[edit]

The inaugural Cruiserweight Champion T.J. Perkins

The Cruiserweight Classic was a WWE Network series and tournament for cruiserweights.[3] Tournament qualifying matches took place in various promotions of the independent circuit, including well known promotions such as Revolution Pro Wrestling, Progress Wrestling, and Evolve. Many cruiserweight wrestlers from around the world were given the chance to qualify for the 32-man tournament, which took place over four dates: June 23, July 13, August 26, and September 14, 2016.[4]

The final of the Cruiserweight Classic came down to T.J. Perkins and Gran Metalik. Before the final match, Triple H revealed that the winner would not only receive a trophy, but would also become WWE Cruiserweight Champion for the new cruiserweight division on the Raw brand. Perkins defeated Metalik to become the inaugural champion.[5][6] Like the WWE Championship's side plates, the Cruiserweight title's side plates include removable round sections, allowing the holder's personal logo to be added to the championship belt; the default sections show silver and purple world maps with the WWE logo over them.[7]

In addition to Monday Night Raw, the Cruiserweight Championship is defended on the new show 205 Live, a cruiserweight-exclusive show on the WWE Network that premiered on November 29, 2016.[8] On the premiere episode, Rich Swann defeated The Brian Kendrick for the championship.[9]

Inaugural tournament[edit]

 
Round of 32
Taped June 23
Round of 16
Taped July 14
Quarterfinals
Taped August 26
Semifinals
Live on September 14
Final
Live on September 14
 
                                   
 
July 20 –
 
 
United States Kenneth Johnson Pin
 
August 17 –
 
Japan Akira Tozawa 09:46[10]
 
Japan Akira Tozawa Pin
 
August 3 –
 
United Kingdom Jack Gallagher 11:38[14]
 
United Kingdom Jack Gallagher Pin
 
August 31 -
 
Italy Fabian Aichner 06:45[11]
 
Japan Akira Tozawa Pin
 
July 20 –
 
Mexico Gran Metalik 15:49[17]
 
Japan Tajiri Pin
 
August 10 –
 
Australia Damian Slater 05:28[10]
 
Japan Tajiri Pin
 
July 13 –
 
Mexico Gran Metalik 10:53[15]
 
Chile Alejandro Saez Pin
 
September 14 –
 
Mexico Gran Metalik 04:04[12]
 
Mexico Gran Metalik Pin
 
July 27 –
 
United Kingdom Zack Sabre, Jr. 13:13[6]
 
India Harv Sihra Sub
 
August 24 –
 
United States Drew Gulak 05:18[13]
 
United States Drew Gulak Pin
 
July 27 –
 
United Kingdom Zack Sabre, Jr. 08:27[16]
 
United Kingdom Zack Sabre, Jr. Sub
 
September 7 -
 
Canada Tyson Dux 08:28[13]
 
United Kingdom Zack Sabre, Jr. Sub
 
August 3 –
 
Scotland/Israel Noam Dar 15:46[18]
 
Scotland/Israel Noam Dar Sub
 
August 17 –
 
India Gurv Sihra 05:26[11]
 
Scotland/Israel Noam Dar Sub
 
July 13 –
 
Hong Kong Ho Ho Lun 07:02[14]
 
Iran Ariya Daivari Pin
 
September 14 –
 
Hong Kong Ho Ho Lun 05:03[12]
 
Mexico Gran Metalik Sub
 
July 27 –
 
Philippines/United States T.J. Perkins 17:47[6]
 
Mexico Raul Mendoza Sub
 
August 17 –
 
United States The Brian Kendrick 07:35[13]
 
United States The Brian Kendrick Sub
 
July 27 –
 
United States Tony Nese 13:42[14]
 
United States Anthony Bennett Pin
 
August 31 -
 
United States Tony Nese 06:34[13]
 
United States The Brian Kendrick Pin
 
July 13 –
 
Japan Kota Ibushi 13:58[17]
 
Japan Kota Ibushi Pin
 
August 10 –
 
American Samoa Sean Maluta 09:40[12]
 
Japan Kota Ibushi Pin
 
July 13 –
 
United States Cedric Alexander 15:00[15]
 
United States Cedric Alexander Pin
 
September 14 –
 
France Clement Petiot 05:58[12]
 
Japan Kota Ibushi Sub
 
July 20 –
 
Philippines/United States T.J. Perkins 14:52[6]
 
Philippines/United States T.J. Perkins Sub
 
August 24 –
 
Germany Da Mack 06:32[10]
 
Philippines/United States T.J. Perkins Sub
 
August 3 –
 
United States Johnny Gargano 12:18[16]
 
United States Johnny Gargano Pin
 
September 7 -
 
United States Tommaso Ciampa 10:47[11]
 
Philippines/United States T.J. Perkins Sub
 
July 20 –
 
United States Rich Swann 17:03[18]
 
Pakistan Mustafa Ali Pin
 
August 24 –
 
Puerto Rico Lince Dorado 05:55[10]
 
Puerto Rico Lince Dorado Pin
 
August 3 –
 
United States Rich Swann 08:14[16]
 
United States Rich Swann Pin
 
 
Hong Kong Jason Lee 03:47[11]
 

Reigns[edit]

As of March 24, 2017, there have been 4 reigns between 4 champions. The inaugural champion was T.J. Perkins. The oldest champion is The Brian Kendrick at 37 years old, and the youngest champion is Rich Swann at 25 years old, who is also the longest reigning champion at 61 days. Kendrick has the shortest reign at 30 days (though WWE says 31 days).

Neville is the current champion in his first reign. He won the title by defeating Rich Swann on January 29, 2017 in San Antonio, Texas at the Royal Rumble.

Reign The reign number for the specific champion listed
Location The city in which the title was won
Event The event promoted by the respective promotion in which the title was won
Used for vacated reigns so as not to count it as an official reign
+ Indicates the current reign is changing daily
No. Wrestler Reign Date Days held Location Event Notes Ref.
1 Perkins, T.J.T.J. Perkins 1 September 14, 2016 46 Winter Park, FL Cruiserweight Classic Finale Defeated Gran Metalik in the tournament final to become the inaugural champion. [6]
2 The Brian Kendrick 1 October 30, 2016 30 Boston, MA Hell in a Cell WWE recognizes Kendrick's reign as lasting 31 days. [19]
3 Swann, RichRich Swann 1 November 29, 2016 61 Columbia, SC 205 Live [9]
4 Neville 1 January 29, 2017 54+ San Antonio, TX Royal Rumble [20]

Combined reigns[edit]

The current Cruiserweight Champion Neville

As of March 24, 2017.

Indicates the current champion
Rank Wrestler No. of
reigns
Combined days Combined days
recognized by WWE
1 Rich Swann 1 61
2 Neville 1 54+
3 T.J. Perkins 1 46
4 The Brian Kendrick 1 30 31

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ WWE officially recognizes it as 31 days.

References[edit]

  1. ^ McMahon, Vince (November 30, 2016). "Vince McMahon on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved December 12, 2016. 
  2. ^ "WWE Cruiserweight Championship". WWE.com. 
  3. ^ "WWE Network adds Global Cruiserweight Series to robust 2016 programming slate". wwe.com. Retrieved May 8, 2016. 
  4. ^ "WWE Cruiserweight Classic tickets available starting Friday, May 20". WWE. Retrieved 2016-05-17. 
  5. ^ "WWE Cruiserweight Classic: T.J. Perkins becomes Raw's first WWE Cruiserweight Champion". WWE. Retrieved September 14, 2016. 
  6. ^ a b c d e Caldwell, James. "9/14 WWE Cruiserweight Tourney Finals – Caldwell's Complete Live Report". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved September 14, 2016. 
  7. ^ Hausman, Nick (December 21, 2016). "Rich Swann Gets Custom Plates On Cruiserweight Title (Video), Bubba Ray Hosting RAW Party In Freehold, NJ". Wrestle Zone. Retrieved December 24, 2016. 
  8. ^ HHH discusses 205 Live...and more - 411 Mania.com
  9. ^ a b Namako, Jason. "WWE 205 Live Results – 11/29/16 (Rich Swann wins the WWE Cruiserweight Championship on the premiere episode)". WreslteView. Retrieved November 29, 2016. 
  10. ^ a b c d Caldwell, James (2016-07-20). "7/20 WWE Cruiserweight Results – Caldwell's Week 2 Report on Akira Tozawa, Tajiri, TJP, excellent Dorado vs. Ali match". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved 2016-07-21. 
  11. ^ a b c d Caldwell, James (2016-08-03). "8/3 WWE Cruiserweight Tournament Results – Caldwell's Report on Week 4 to conclude First Round, including Gargano vs. Ciampa". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved 2016-08-04. 
  12. ^ a b c d Caldwell, James (2016-07-13). "7/13 WWE Cruiserweight Results – Caldwell's Week 1 Report on Ibushi, Cedric Alexander, more". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved 2016-07-14. 
  13. ^ a b c d Caldwell, James (2016-07-27). "7/27 WWE Cruiserweight Results – Caldwell's Week 3 Report on Zack Sabre, Brian Kendrick, more in action". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved 2016-07-28. 
  14. ^ a b c Caldwell, James (2016-08-17). "8/17 WWE Cruiserweight Results – Caldwell's Report on stellar Kendrick vs. Nese and Gallagher vs. Tozawa Sweet 16 matches". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved 2016-08-18. 
  15. ^ a b Caldwell, James (2016-08-10). "8/10 WWE Cruiserweight Tournament Results – Caldwell's Report on Ibushi vs. Alexander classic, Tajiri vs. Metalik in Sweet 16". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved 2016-08-11. 
  16. ^ a b c Caldwell, James (2016-08-24). "8/24 WWE Cruiserweight Tournament Week 7 – Caldwell's Report on Gargano vs. TJP, Sabre vs. Gulak, Swann vs. Dorado to finish Sweet 16". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved 2016-08-24. 
  17. ^ a b Caldwell, James (2016-08-31). "8/31 WWE Cruiserweight Tournament Week 8 – Caldwell's Report on Ibushi vs. Kendrick, Tozawa vs. Metalik Elite 8 matches". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved 2016-08-31. 
  18. ^ a b Caldwell, James (2016-09-07). "9/7 WWE Cruiserweight Tournament – Caldwell's Report on Sabre vs. Dar, Swann vs. Perkins to conclude Elite 8 Round". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved 2016-09-08. 
  19. ^ Powell, Jason. "Powell's WWE Hell in a Cell 2016 live review: Sasha Banks vs. Charlotte for the WWE Women's Championship, Kevin Owens vs. Seth Rollins for the WWE Universal Championship, Roman Reigns vs. Rusev for the U.S. Championship". Pro Wreslting Dot Net. Retrieved October 30, 2016. 
  20. ^ Powell, Jason. "1/29 Powell's WWE Royal Rumble 2017 live review: AJ Styles vs. John Cena for the WWE Championship, Kevin Owens vs. Roman Reigns in a No DQ match for the WWE Universal Championship with Chris Jericho in a shark cage". Pro Wreslting Dot Net. Retrieved January 29, 2017. 

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