WWF Light Heavyweight Championship
|WWF Light Heavyweight Championship|
The WWF Light Heavyweight Championship belt with the WWF scratch logo
|Promotion||Universal Wrestling Association (1981–1995)
New Japan Pro Wrestling (1995–1997)
World Wrestling Federation (1997–2001)
|Date established||March 26, 1981
December 7, 1997 (as per WWE's official title history)
|Date retired||November 2001|
The WWF Light Heavyweight Championship was a professional wrestling championship in the World Wrestling Federation (WWF, now WWE) promotion. The title was challenged by light heavyweights at a maximum weight of 215 lbs (before deactivation, the weight limit was changed to 220Ibs). It was created on March 26, 1981 for the Universal Wrestling Association (UWA) in a partnership between the WWF and UWA. In 1995, the title moved to New Japan Pro Wrestling, but due to WWF's ownership of the title, it was returned to the WWF in 1997, the year in which the WWE begins the championship's lineage. The inaugural champion in UWA was Perro Aguayo, however, the WWE considers the inaugural champion to be Taka Michinoku, with his reign beginning on December 7, 1997. It was retired in November 2001 with X-Pac as the final champion.
The WWF Light Heavyweight Championship was first introduced in Japan in a tournament which ended with Perro Aguayo defeating Gran Hamada to become the first recognized champion. It then migrated to the US West Coast before transitioning to Mexico and then later being defended once again in Japan by way of the New Japan Pro Wrestling promotion. The title would later become popularized and widely defended within the confines of the World Wrestling Federation in 1997, when a tournament was held in the United States to crown a champion. Before the tournament, the title was previously considered a part of the much venerated J-Crown.
(RAW is WAR)
(RAW is WAR)
(In Your House: D-Generation X)
|Nov. 10||Taka Michinoku||Pin|
|Dec. 7||Taka Michinoku||Pin|
|Nov. 111||Eric Shelley||Pin|
|Nov. 252||Scott Taylor||Forf3|
|Nov. 24||Brian Christopher||Pin|
1 This match aired on November 17.
2 These matches aired on December 1.
3 Christopher won by forfeit after Kane chokeslammed Taylor before Christopher made his way to the ring, leaving Taylor unable to compete.
In March 2001, the WWF purchased World Championship Wrestling. Following the conclusion of the Invasion angle at the 2001 Survivor Series pay-per-view, the WWF Light Heavyweight Championship was abandoned in favor of the WCW Cruiserweight Championship. Simultaneously, the WCW Cruiserweight Championship was rebranded as the WWF Cruiserweight Championship. It would become the WWE Cruiserweight Championship in accordance with the company's name change in May 2002, and it would be defended until September 2007.