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The WWE Cruiserweight Championship is a professional wrestling championship created and promoted by the American professional wrestling promotion WWE on the 205 Live brand. 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 Drew Gulak, who is in his first reign.

WWE Cruiserweight Championship
WWE Cruiserweight Championship.png
The Cruiserweight Championship belt with default side plates
Details
PromotionWWE
Brand205 Live
Date establishedSeptember 14, 2016
Current champion(s)Drew Gulak
Date wonJune 23, 2019

The championship was originally defended on Monday Night Raw as part of the Raw brand before the premiere of the cruiserweight-exclusive 205 Live, after which, it was defended on both shows. In early 2018, 205 Live went through a restructuring and following WrestleMania 34, the title became exclusively defended on the 205 Live brand, though still part of the main roster.[1][2] 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 share the same name, they do not share the same title history.[3]

HistoryEdit

 
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 is exclusively defended.[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.

Inaugural tournamentEdit

 
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 –
 
 
  Kenneth JohnsonPin
 
August 17 –
 
  Akira Tozawa09:46[14]
 
  Akira TozawaPin
 
August 3 –
 
  Jack Gallagher11:38[18]
 
  Jack GallagherPin
 
August 31 -
 
  Fabian Aichner06:45[15]
 
  Akira TozawaPin
 
July 20 –
 
  Gran Metalik15:49[21]
 
  TajiriPin
 
August 10 –
 
  Damian Slater05:28[14]
 
  TajiriPin
 
July 13 –
 
  Gran Metalik10:53[19]
 
  Alejandro SaezPin
 
September 14 –
 
  Gran Metalik04:04[16]
 
  Gran MetalikPin
 
July 27 –
 
  Zack Sabre, Jr.13:13[7]
 
  Harv SihraSub
 
August 24 –
 
  Drew Gulak05:18[17]
 
  Drew GulakPin
 
July 27 –
 
  Zack Sabre, Jr.08:27[20]
 
  Zack Sabre, Jr.Sub
 
September 7 -
 
  Tyson Dux08:28[17]
 
  Zack Sabre, Jr.Sub
 
August 3 –
 
 /  Noam Dar15:46[22]
 
 /  Noam DarSub
 
August 17 –
 
  Gurv Sihra05:26[15]
 
 /  Noam DarSub
 
July 13 –
 
  Ho Ho Lun07:02[18]
 
  Ariya DaivariPin
 
September 14 –
 
  Ho Ho Lun05:03[16]
 
  Gran MetalikSub
 
July 27 –
 
  T.J. Perkins 17:47[7]
 
  Raul MendozaSub
 
August 17 –
 
  The Brian Kendrick07:35[17]
 
  The Brian KendrickSub
 
July 27 –
 
  Tony Nese13:42[18]
 
  Anthony BennettPin
 
August 31 -
 
  Tony Nese06:34[17]
 
  The Brian KendrickPin
 
July 13 –
 
  Kota Ibushi13:58[21]
 
  Kota IbushiPin
 
August 10 –
 
  Sean Maluta09:40[16]
 
  Kota IbushiPin
 
July 13 –
 
  Cedric Alexander15:00[19]
 
  Cedric AlexanderPin
 
September 14 –
 
  Clement Petiot05:58[16]
 
  Kota IbushiSub
 
July 20 –
 
  T.J. Perkins14:52[7]
 
  T.J. PerkinsSub
 
August 24 –
 
  Da Mack06:32[14]
 
  T.J. PerkinsSub
 
August 3 –
 
  Johnny Gargano12:18[20]
 
  Johnny GarganoPin
 
September 7 -
 
  Tommaso Ciampa10:47[15]
 
  T.J. PerkinsSub
 
July 20 –
 
  Rich Swann17:03[22]
 
  Mustafa Ali Pin
 
August 24 –
 
  Lince Dorado05:55[14]
 
  Lince DoradoPin
 
August 3 –
 
  Rich Swann08:14[20]
 
  Rich Swann Pin
 
 
  Jason Lee03:47[15]
 

ReignsEdit

As of September 20, 2019, there have been thirteen reigns between eleven 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 Rich Swann when he won it at 25. 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).

Drew Gulak is the current champion in his first reign. He won the title on June 23, 2019 in Tacoma, Washington on the Stomping Grounds pre-show by defeating former champion Tony Nese and Akira Tozawa in a triple threat match by pinning Tozawa.

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

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

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ McMahon, Vince (November 30, 2016). "Vince McMahon on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved December 12, 2016.
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  6. ^ "WWE Cruiserweight Classic: TJ Perkins becomes Raw's first WWE Cruiserweight Champion". WWE. Retrieved September 14, 2016.
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  8. ^ 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.
  9. ^ HHH discusses 205 Live...and more - 411 Mania.com
  10. ^ 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.
  11. ^ WWE.com Staff. "Enzo Amore suspended". WWE. Retrieved January 22, 2018.
  12. ^ "Enzo Amore released". WWE. Retrieved January 23, 2018.
  13. ^ "Daniel Bryan addresses the state of WWE 205 Live". WWE. Retrieved February 2, 2018.
  14. ^ 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.
  15. ^ 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.
  16. ^ 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.
  17. ^ 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.
  18. ^ 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.
  19. ^ 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.
  20. ^ 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.
  21. ^ 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.
  22. ^ 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.

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