NXT Cruiserweight Championship

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NXT Cruiserweight Championship
WWE Cruiserweight Championship.png
The NXT Cruiserweight Championship belt with default side plates
Brand205 Live
Date establishedSeptember 14, 2016
Current champion(s)Lio Rush
Date wonOctober 9, 2019
Other name(s)
  • WWE Cruiserweight Championship
  • NXT Cruiserweight Championship

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. Unveiled on September 14, 2016, as the award for the 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 only active WWE championship with a weight limit. The current champion is Lio Rush, who is in his first reign.

Established as the WWE Cruiserweight Championship, it was originally defended on Monday Night Raw as part of the Raw brand's cruiserweight division before the premiere of the cruiserweight-exclusive 205 Live in November 2016, after which, it was defended on both shows. Following WrestleMania 34 in 2018, the title became exclusively defended on the 205 Live brand.[1][2] In October 2019, the title became shared between 205 Live and NXT and was renamed to NXT Cruiserweight Championship. The title is distinct from the previous WWE Cruiserweight Championship that originated in World Championship Wrestling and was retired in 2007. Although the two titles had shared the same name, they do not share the same title history.[3]


The inaugural Cruiserweight Champion T.J. Perkins

The Cruiserweight Classic was a WWE Network series and tournament for cruiserweights.[4] 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.[5]

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 revived cruiserweight division on the Raw brand. Perkins defeated Metalik to become the inaugural champion.[6][7] 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. During Neville's first reign, the color of the slash under the WWE logo on the center plate and default side plates were changed from purple to orange.[8].

Originally, the championship was defended exclusively on Monday Night Raw. On November 29, 2016, a cruiserweight-exclusive show on the WWE Network premiered called 205 Live.[9] On the premiere episode, Rich Swann defeated The Brian Kendrick for the championship.[10] The title then became defended on both Raw and 205 Live. In early 2018, Triple H was given creative control over 205 Live, as he has with the NXT brand, and began restructuring the show. Following WrestleMania 34, 205 Live became its own brand where the title became exclusively defended. Although the title became exclusive to 205 Live, it was still defended on WWE's main roster pay-per-views with Raw and SmackDown.[2]

After then-champion Enzo Amore was released from WWE on January 23, 2018, and the title was vacated,[11][12] it was announced that a general manager would be appointed for 205 Live and would address the championship.[13] On the January 30 episode of 205 Live, Drake Maverick (formerly known as Rockstar Spud in Impact Wrestling) was appointed as the 205 Live General Manager. Maverick announced that there would be a 16-man single elimination tournament to crown a new WWE Cruiserweight Champion, with the finals to occur on the WrestleMania 34 pre-show. The tournament came down to Cedric Alexander and Mustafa Ali where Alexander defeated Ali to win the vacant championship.[14]

Just prior to NXT moving to the USA Network in September 2019, NXT head Triple H spoke with Newsweek and said that "You'll start to see 205 [Live] begin to" become part of NXT. He said that 205 Live's talent would start moving towards NXT, that 205 Live had "become lost in [the] limbo", and that the Cruiserweight Championship would have more meaning on NXT where it could create more opportunities for the cruiserweight wrestlers.[15] It was then reported that the NXT Creative Team would be in charge of 205 Live.[16] The following month, the title was renamed to the NXT Cruiserweight Championship, becoming part of the NXT brand, and started being defended on the NXT show.[17]

Inaugural tournament[edit]

Round of 32
Taped June 23
Round of 16
Taped July 14
Taped August 26
Live on September 14
Live on September 14
July 20 –
United States Kenneth JohnsonPin
August 17 –
Japan Akira Tozawa09:46[18]
Japan Akira TozawaPin
August 3 –
United Kingdom Jack Gallagher11:38[22]
United Kingdom Jack GallagherPin
August 31 -
Italy Fabian Aichner06:45[19]
Japan Akira TozawaPin
July 20 –
Mexico Gran Metalik15:49[25]
Japan TajiriPin
August 10 –
Australia Damian Slater05:28[18]
Japan TajiriPin
July 13 –
Mexico Gran Metalik10:53[23]
Chile Alejandro SaezPin
September 14 –
Mexico Gran Metalik04:04[20]
Mexico Gran MetalikPin
July 27 –
United Kingdom Zack Sabre, Jr.13:13[7]
India Harv SihraSub
August 24 –
United States Drew Gulak05:18[21]
United States Drew GulakPin
July 27 –
United Kingdom Zack Sabre, Jr.08:27[24]
United Kingdom Zack Sabre, Jr.Sub
September 7 -
Canada Tyson Dux08:28[21]
United Kingdom Zack Sabre, Jr.Sub
August 3 –
United Kingdom/Israel Noam Dar15:46[26]
United Kingdom/Israel Noam DarSub
August 17 –
India Gurv Sihra05:26[19]
United Kingdom/Israel Noam DarSub
July 13 –
Hong Kong Ho Ho Lun07:02[22]
Iran Ariya DaivariPin
September 14 –
Hong Kong Ho Ho Lun05:03[20]
Mexico Gran MetalikSub
July 27 –
Philippines T.J. Perkins 17:47[7]
Mexico Raul MendozaSub
August 17 –
United States The Brian Kendrick07:35[21]
United States The Brian KendrickSub
July 27 –
United States Tony Nese13:42[22]
United States Anthony BennettPin
August 31 -
United States Tony Nese06:34[21]
United States The Brian KendrickPin
July 13 –
Japan Kota Ibushi13:58[25]
Japan Kota IbushiPin
August 10 –
American Samoa Sean Maluta09:40[20]
Japan Kota IbushiPin
July 13 –
United States Cedric Alexander15:00[23]
United States Cedric AlexanderPin
September 14 –
France Clement Petiot05:58[20]
Japan Kota IbushiSub
July 20 –
Philippines T.J. Perkins14:52[7]
Philippines T.J. PerkinsSub
August 24 –
Germany Da Mack06:32[18]
Philippines T.J. PerkinsSub
August 3 –
United States Johnny Gargano12:18[24]
United States Johnny GarganoPin
September 7 -
United States Tommaso Ciampa10:47[19]
Philippines T.J. PerkinsSub
July 20 –
United States Rich Swann17:03[26]
Pakistan Mustafa Ali Pin
August 24 –
Puerto Rico Lince Dorado05:55[18]
Puerto Rico Lince DoradoPin
August 3 –
United States Rich Swann08:14[24]
United States Rich Swann Pin
Hong Kong Jason Lee03:47[19]


As of October 18, 2019, there have been fourteen reigns between twelve champions and one vacancy. The inaugural champion was T.J. Perkins. 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. Neville and Enzo Amore have the most reigns at two. Neville also has the longest reign at 197 days (196 days as recognized by WWE), while Akira Tozawa has the shortest reign at 6 days (5 days as recognized by WWE). Neville also has the longest combined reign at 232 days (231 days as recognized by WWE).

Lio Rush is the current champion in his first reign. He won the title by defeating Drew Gulak on NXT on October 9, 2019 in Winter Park, Florida.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ WWE officially recognizes 196 days
  2. ^ WWE officially recognizes 5 days


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