List of WWE Cruiserweight Champions (1991–2007)

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The WWE Cruiserweight Championship was a professional wrestling championship in World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) and was originally a World Championship Wrestling (WCW) title. It was challenged by cruiserweights at a maximum weight of 225lbs. During the WWE brand extension, it was the only title to be exclusive to the SmackDown! brand during its entire tenure. There were a total of 40 recognized champions who had a combined 79 official reigns.[1] This is a chronological list of wrestlers that held the original WWE Cruiserweight Championship, listed by ring name, with the longest reign being 385 days by Gregory Helms, and the most reigns by Rey Mysterio with 8.

Title history[edit]

Names[edit]

Name Years
WCW Light Heavyweight Championship 1991–1992
WCW Cruiserweight Championship 1996–2001
WWF Cruiserweight Championship 2001–2002
WWE Cruiserweight Championship 2002–2007

Reigns[edit]

Key
No. Overall reign number
Reign Reign number for the specific champion
Days Number of days held
No. Champion Championship change Reign statistics Notes Ref.
Date Event Location Reign Days
World Championship Wrestling
 1  Brian Pillman  October 27, 1991  Halloween Havoc Chattanooga, Tennessee  1  59 Defeated Richard Morton in a tournament final to become the first WCW Light Heavyweight Champion.[2] WCW did not recognize Light Heavyweight reigns as being part of the Cruiserweight title's history. When WWE came into possession of the title in 2001, they were added to its history. [3]
 2  Jushin Thunder Liger  December 25, 1991  House show Atlanta, Georgia  1  66 [4]
 3  Brian Pillman  February 29, 1992  SuperBrawl II Milwaukee, Wisconsin  2  112 [5]
 4  Scotty Flamingo  June 20, 1992[6]  Beach Blast Mobile, Alabama  1  15 [7]
 5  Brad Armstrong  July 5, 1992  House show Atlanta, Georgia  1  59 [8]
Deactivated  September 2, 1992  Clash of the Champions XX Atlanta, Georgia Vacated due to knee injury. A tournament to decide the title was scheduled, but never occurred. [8]
 6  Shinjiro Otani  March 20, 1996  Hyper Battle 1996 Nagoya, Japan  1  43 Defeated Wild Pegasus in tournament final to determine the new WCW Cruiserweight Champion.
This was a New Japan Pro-Wrestling event.
[9][10]
 7  Dean Malenko  May 2, 1996  WorldWide Lake Buena Vista, Florida  1  67 Aired on May 18. [6][11]
 8  Rey Misterio Jr.  July 8, 1996  Monday Nitro Lake Buena Vista, Florida  1  111 [12]
 9  Dean Malenko  October 27, 1996  Halloween Havoc Las Vegas, Nevada  2  63 [6][13]
 10  Último Dragón  December 29, 1996  Starrcade Nashville, Tennessee  1  23 This match was also for Dragon's J-Crown.
WWE recognizes Dragón's reign as lasting 24 days.
[6][14]
 11  Dean Malenko  January 21, 1997  Clash of the Champions XXXIV Milwaukee, Wisconsin  3  33 [6]
 12  Syxx  February 23, 1997  SuperBrawl VII Daly City, California  1  125 WWE recognizes Syxx's reign as lasting 124 days. [15][16]
 13  Chris Jericho  June 28, 1997  Saturday Nitro[11] Inglewood, California  1  30 Jericho won the match at a house show that was broadcast over the Internet as Saturday Nitro. [6][11]
 14  Alex Wright  July 28, 1997  Monday Nitro Charleston, West Virginia  1  15 WWE recognizes Wright's reign as lasting 19 days. [6][17]
 15  Chris Jericho  August 12, 1997  Saturday Night Colorado Springs, Colorado  2  33 Aired on August 16.
WWE recognizes Jericho's reign as lasting 29 days.
[6]
 16  Eddie Guerrero  September 14, 1997  Fall Brawl Winston-Salem, North Carolina  1  42 [18]
 17  Rey Misterio Jr.  October 26, 1997  Halloween Havoc Las Vegas, Nevada  2  15 This was a Mask vs. Title match. [6][19]
 18  Eddie Guerrero  November 10, 1997  Monday Nitro Memphis, Tennessee  2  49 [6][17]
 19  Último Dragón  December 29, 1997  Monday Nitro Baltimore, Maryland  2  10 [6][17]
 20  Juventud Guerrera  January 8, 1998  Thunder Daytona Beach, Florida  1  7 [6][20]
 21  Rey Misterio Jr.  January 15, 1998  Thunder Lakeland, Florida  3  9 [6][20]
 22  Chris Jericho  January 24, 1998  Souled Out Dayton, Ohio  3  113 WWE recognizes Jericho's reign as lasting 144 days. [21]
 23  Dean Malenko  May 17, 1998  Slamboree Worcester, Massachusetts  4  25 Malenko won a battle royal earlier in the night, wearing a mask as Ciclope, to earn a title shot.
WWE recognizes Malenko's reign as lasting 26 days.
[22]
Vacated  June 11, 1998  Thunder Buffalo, New York Vacated due to Malenko not earning the title shot as himself. [1][22]
 24  Chris Jericho  June 14, 1998  The Great American Bash Baltimore, Maryland  4  55 Defeated Dean Malenko by disqualification.[23] On July 12 at Bash at the Beach, Rey Misterio Jr. defeated Jericho for the title due to interference from Malenko; Jericho was returned the title the following night.
WWE recognizes Jericho's reign as lasting 56 days.
[1]
 25  Juventud Guerrera  August 8, 1998  Road Wild Sturgis, South Dakota  2  37 Dean Malenko was the special guest referee. [6][24]
 26  Billy Kidman  September 14, 1998  Monday Nitro Greenville, SC  1  63 [6][25]
 27  Juventud Guerrera  November 16, 1998  Monday Nitro Wichita, Kansas  3  6 [6][25]
 28  Billy Kidman  November 22, 1998  World War 3 Auburn Hills, Michigan  2  113 [6][26]
 29  Rey Misterio Jr.  March 15, 1999  Monday Nitro Cincinnati, Ohio  4  35 [6][27]
 30  Psychosis  April 19, 1999  Monday Nitro Gainesville, Florida  1  7 This was a four-way match also involving Juventud Guerrera and Blitzkrieg. [6][27]
 31  Rey Misterio Jr.  April 26, 1999  Monday Nitro Fargo, ND  5  115 [6][27]
 32  Lenny Lane  August 19, 1999  Thunder Lubbock, TX  1  46 [28][29]
Vacated  October 4, 1999 Vacated due to Lenny Lane being stripped of the title after Turner Broadcasting did not approve of the publicity garnered through Lane's homosexual gimmick. [28]
 33  Psychosis  October 4, 1999 Monday Nitro Kansas City, Missouri  2  <1 Was awarded the title after the West Hollywood Blonde's angle was dropped.[30] [27][28]
 34  Disco Inferno  October 4, 1999  Monday Nitro Kansas City, Missouri  1  48 WWE recognizes Inferno's reign as lasting 49 days. [27][31]
 35  Evan Karagias  November 21, 1999  Mayhem Toronto, Ontario  1  28 [6][32]
 36  Madusa  December 19, 1999  Starrcade Washington, D.C.  1  28 Became the first female Cruiserweight Champion. [33]
 37  Oklahoma  January 16, 2000  Souled Out Cincinnati, Ohio  1  2 [6][34]
Vacated  January 18, 2000  Thunder Evansville, Indiana Vacated due to Oklahoma exceeding the weight limit. Aired on January 19. [1][35]
 38  The Artist  February 20, 2000  SuperBrawl 2000 Daly City, California  1  39 Defeated Lash LeRoux in a tournament final. [6][36][37]
 39  Billy Kidman  March 30, 2000  House show Baltimore, Maryland  3  1 [6]
 40  The Artist  March 31, 2000  House show Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania  2  10 [38]
Vacated  April 10, 2000  Monday Nitro Denver, Colorado Vacated by Eric Bischoff and Vince Russo, along with all other WCW titles. [1][38]
 41  Chris Candido  April 16, 2000  Spring Stampede Chicago, Illinois  1  29 Defeated The Artist, Juventud Guerrera, Shannon Moore, Lash LeRoux and Crowbar in a six-way match. [39]
 42  Crowbar and Daffney  May 15, 2000  Monday Nitro Biloxi, Mississippi  1  7 Defeated Candido and Tammy Lynn Sytch in a mixed tag team match to become co-champions [40][41]
 43  Daffney  May 22, 2000  Monday Nitro Grand Rapids, Michigan  1  15 Defeated Crowbar to become undisputed champion. [40][41]
 44  Lieutenant Loco  June 6, 2000  Thunder Knoxville, Tennessee  1  55 This was a triple threat match also involving Disco Inferno. Aired on June 7. [1]
 45  Lance Storm  July 31, 2000  Monday Nitro Cincinnati, Ohio  1  14 Simultaneously held WCW Cruiserweight, United States Heavyweight and Hardcore Championships. [6][41]
 46  Elix Skipper  August 14, 2000  Monday Nitro Kelowna, British Columbia  1  49 Skipper was awarded the title by his Team Canada partner Storm, who called it the "100 KG and Under Championship". [42]
 47  Mike Sanders  October 2, 2000  Monday Nitro Daly City, California  1  63 Sanders and Kevin Nash defeated Skipper in a Handicap Powerbomb match. [6][41][43]
 48  Chavo Guerrero Jr.  December 4, 2000  Thunder Lincoln, Nebraska  2  104 Aired on December 6. [6]
 49  Shane Helms  March 18, 2001  Greed Jacksonville, Florida  1  107 WCW was purchased by the World Wrestling Federation later that month.
WWE recognizes Helms's reign as lasting 109 days.
[6][44]
World Wrestling Federation/World Wrestling Entertainment
 50  Billy Kidman  July 3, 2001  SmackDown! Tacoma, Washington  4  27 Aired July 5.
WWE recognizes Kidman's reign as lasting 25 days. This was the first title change in the WWF.
[45]
 51  X-Pac (formerly Syxx)  July 30, 2001  Raw is War Philadelphia, Pennsylvania  2  71 X-Pac's WWF Light Heavyweight Championship was also on the line.
WWE recognizes X-Pac's reign as lasting 73 days.
[46]
 52  Billy Kidman  October 9, 2001  SmackDown! Moline, Illinois  5  13 Aired on October 11.
WWE recognizes Kidman's reign as lasting 11 days.
[47]
 53  Tajiri  October 22, 2001  Raw Kansas City, Missouri  1  162 The title became the WWF Cruiserweight Championship when the WWF defeated The Alliance at Survivor Series on November 18 and replaced the WWF Light Heavyweight Championship. The title became exclusive to SmackDown! on March 25, 2002.
WWE recognizes Tajiri's reign as lasting 164 days.
[48]
 54  Billy Kidman  April 2, 2002  SmackDown! Rochester, New York  6  19 Aired on April 4.
WWE recognizes Kidman's reign as lasting 17 days.
[49]
 55  Tajiri  April 21, 2002  Backlash Kansas City, Missouri  2  23 The title became the WWE Cruiserweight Championship on May 5 when the WWF became World Wrestling Entertainment.
WWE recognizes Tajiri's reign as lasting 25 days.
[50]
 56  The Hurricane (formerly Shane Helms)  May 14, 2002  SmackDown! Montreal, QC  2  40 This was a triple threat match that aired on May 16, also involving Billy Kidman.
WWE recognizes The Hurricane's reign as lasting 38 days.
[51]
 57  Jamie Noble  June 23, 2002  King of the Ring Columbus, Ohio  1  147 [52]
 58  Billy Kidman  November 17, 2002  Survivor Series New York, New York  7  98 [53]
 59  Matt Hardy  February 23, 2003  No Way Out Montreal, Quebec  1  100 WWE recognizes Hardy's reign as lasting 102 days. [54]
 60  Rey Mysterio
(formerly Rey Misterio Jr.)
 June 3, 2003  SmackDown! Anaheim, California  6  112 Aired on June 5. [55]
 61  Tajiri  September 23, 2003  SmackDown! Philadelphia, Pennsylvania  3  98 Aired on September 25. [56]
 62  Rey Mysterio  December 30, 2003  SmackDown! Laredo, Texas  7  47 Aired on January 1.
WWE recognizes Mysterio's reign as lasting 45 days.
[57]
 63  Chavo Guerrero (formerly Chavo Guerrero Jr.)  February 15, 2004  No Way Out Daly City, California  3  79 WWE recognizes Guerrero's reign as lasting 81 days. [58]
 64  Jacqueline  May 4, 2004  SmackDown! Tucson, AZ  1  12 Aired on May 6.
WWE recognizes Jacqueline's reign as lasting 10 days.
[59]
 65  Chavo Guerrero  May 16, 2004  Judgment Day Los Angeles, CA  4  2 Guerrero won the title with one hand tied behind his back, though his father Chavo Classic untied it during the match.
WWE recognizes Guerrero's reign as lasting 4 days.
[60]
 66  Chavo Classic  May 18, 2004  SmackDown! Las Vegas, Nevada  1  28 This was a triple threat match also involving Spike Dudley, which aired on May 20. [61]
 67  Rey Mysterio  June 15, 2004  SmackDown! Chicago, Illinois  8  42 Aired on June 17. [62]
 68  Spike Dudley  July 27, 2004  SmackDown! Cincinnati, Ohio  1  138 Aired on July 29.
WWE recognizes Dudley's reign as lasting 136 days.
[63]
 69  Funaki  December 12, 2004  Armageddon Atlanta, Georgia  1  70 [64]
 70  Chavo Guerrero  February 20, 2005  No Way Out Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania  5  37 Won the title in a six-man Cruiserweight Open, also including Paul London, Akio, Shannon Moore and Spike Dudley.
WWE recognizes Guerrero's reign as lasting 39 days.
[65]
 71  Paul London  March 29, 2005  SmackDown! Houston, Texas  1  126 Won an eight-man battle royal. Aired on March 31.
WWE recognizes London's reign as lasting 128 days.
[66]
 72  Nunzio  August 2, 2005  Velocity Bridgeport, Connecticut  1  68 WWE recognizes Nunzio's reign as lasting 64 days. [67]
 73  Juventud
(formerly Juventud Guerrera)
 October 9, 2005  No Mercy Houston, TX  4  37 [68]
 74  Nunzio  November 15, 2005  House show Rome, Italy  2  7 WWE recognizes Nunzio's reign as lasting 10 days. [69]
 75  Juventud  November 22, 2005  SmackDown! Sheffield, England  5  26 Aired on November 25.
WWE recognizes Juventud's reign as lasting 23 days.
[1][70]
 76  Kid Kash  December 18, 2005  Armageddon Providence, RI  1  42 [71]
 77  Gregory Helms (formerly The Hurricane)  January 29, 2006  Royal Rumble Miami, Florida  3  385 This was a six-way match also involving Funaki, Jamie Noble, Nunzio, Paul London, and Kid Kash. Helms, who was on the Raw roster at that time, moved to SmackDown! after winning the title. [72]
 78  Chavo Guerrero  February 18, 2007  No Way Out Los Angeles, California  6  154 This was an 8-man Cruiserweight Open, also involving Daivari, Shannon Moore, Funaki, Jamie Noble, Jimmy Wang Yang and Scotty 2 Hotty. [73]
 79  Hornswoggle  July 22, 2007  The Great American Bash San Jose, California  1  65 This was a six-man Cruiserweight Open also involving Jimmy Wang Yang, Shannon Moore, Funaki and Jamie Noble.
WWE recognizes Hornswoggle's reign as lasting 69 days.
[74]
Deactivated  September 25, 2007  SmackDown! Indianapolis, IN Vacated on the September 25, 2007 edition of SmackDown! (aired September 28) by acting General Manager Vickie Guerrero, citing that Hornswoggle's status as Mr. McMahon's son and his diminutive stature would eventually jeopardize his well-being. The title was then retired without an official announcement. A new WWE Cruiserweight Championship was introduced in September 2016, but despite sharing a name with this title, it does not share its lineage.

Combined reigns[edit]

Rank Champion No. of reigns Combined days Combined days
recognized by WWE
1 Hurricane Helms 3 532
2 Rey Misterio, Jr./Rey Mysterio 8 486 484
3 Lieutenant Loco/Chavo Guerrero Jr./Chavo Guerrero 6 431 437
4 Billy Kidman 7 334 328
5 Tajiri 3 283 287
6 Chris Jericho 4 231 259
7 X-Pac/Syxx 2 196 197
8 Dean Malenko 4 188 189
9 Brian Pillman 2 171
10 Jamie Noble 1 147
11 Spike Dudley 1 138 136
12 Paul London 1 126 128
13 Juventud Guerrera 5 113 110
14 Matt Hardy 1 100 102
15 Eddie Guerrero 2 91
16 Nunzio 2 75 71
17 Funaki 1 70
18 Jushin Thunder Liger 1 66
19 Hornswoggle 1 65 69
20 Mike Sanders 1 63
21 Brad Armstrong 1 59
22 Elix Skipper 1 49
The Artist 2 49
24 Disco Inferno 1 48 49
25 Lenny Lane 1 46
26 Shinjiro Otani 1 43
27 Kid Kash 1 42
28 Último Dragón 2 33 34
29 Chris Candido 1 29
30 Evan Karagias 1 28
Madusa 1 28
Chavo Classic 1 28
33 Daffney 1 22
34 Scotty Flamingo 1 15
Alex Wright 1 15
36 Lance Storm 1 14
37 Jacqueline 1 12 10
38 Crowbar 1 7
Psychosis 2 7
40 Oklahoma 1 2

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