WWE Cruiserweight Championship

professional wrestling championship

The WWE Cruiserweight Championship is a wrestling title owned by WWE and on WWE's weekly TV show, 205 Live. Only wreslters under 205 lb (93 kg) can dispute it. The first champion was T.J. Perkins and the current is Buddy Murphy.

WWE Cruiserweight Championship
Brand205 Live
Date establishedSeptember 14, 2016
Current champion(s)Buddy Murphy
Date wonOctober 6, 2018

History change

In 2016, WWE created the Cruiserweight Classic, a 32-man tournament for cruiserweights.[1] When T.J. Perkins beat Gran Metalik in the final, Triple H gave him the new WWE Cruiserweight Championship for the new cruiserweight division on the Raw brand.[2][3]

After the show 205 Live was created, the Cruiserweight Championship also could be defended in this program.[4] When WWE fired the champion at the time, Enzo Amore in January 2018,[5] there was an announcement that there would be a general manager on 205 Live and he/she would decide what would happen to the championship.[6] Drake Maverick was chosen to be the general manager and he decided that there would be a 16-man tournament to decide a new WWE Cruiserweight Champion and that the final would happen at WrestleMania 34. In the final, Cedric Alexander beat Ali to win the title. After WrestleMania 34, 205 Live separated from Raw so the title is only defended on that show.

Reigns change

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 T.J. Perkins 1 September 14, 2016 46 Winter Park, FL Cruiserweight Classic Finale Beat Gran Metalik in the tournament final to become the first champion. [3]
2 The Brian Kendrick 1 October 30, 2016 30 Boston, MA Hell in a Cell [7]
3 Rich Swann 1 November 29, 2016 61 Columbia, SC 205 Live [8]
4 Neville 1 January 29, 2017 197 San Antonio, TX Royal Rumble [9]
5 Akira Tozawa 1 August 14, 2017 6 Boston, MA Raw [10]
6 Neville 2 August 20, 2017 35 Brooklyn, NY SummerSlam The match was part of the SummerSlam pre-show. [11]
7 Enzo Amore 1 September 24, 2017 15 Los Angeles, CA No Mercy [12]
8 Kalisto 1 October 9, 2017 13 Indianapolis, IN Raw This was a lumberjack match. [13]
9 Enzo Amore 2 October 22, 2017 93 MN WWE TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs [14]
- Vacated - January 23, 2018 - - - Nobody was holding the title because Enzo Amore was fired after he was accused of sexual harassment and assault. [15][16]
10 Cedric Alexander 1 April 8, 2018 181 New Orleans, LA WrestleMania 34 Beat Mustafa Ali in a tournament final to win the title. The match was part of the WrestleMania 34 pre-show. While he held the title, it became part of the new 205 Live brand. [17]
11 Buddy Murphy 1 October 6, 2018 140+ Melbourne, Australia Super Show-Down [18]
12 Tony Nese 1 April 7, 2019 1+ Wrestlemania 35

Combined reigns change

Indicates the current champion
Rank Wrestler No. of
Combined days
1 Neville 2 232
2 Cedric Alexander 1 181
3 Buddy Murphy † 1 140+
4 Enzo Amore 2 108
5 Rich Swann 1 61
6 T.J. Perkins 1 46
7 The Brian Kendrick 1 30
8 Kalisto 1 13
9 Akira Tozawa 1 6

Related pages change

Notes change

References change

  1. "WWE Network adds Global Cruiserweight Series to robust 2016 programming slate". wwe.com. Retrieved May 8, 2016.
  2. "WWE Cruiserweight Classic: T.J. Perkins becomes Raw's first WWE Cruiserweight Champion". WWE. Retrieved September 14, 2016.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Caldwell, James. "9/14 WWE Cruiserweight Tourney Finals – Caldwell's Complete Live Report". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved September 14, 2016.
  4. HHH discusses 205 Live...and more - 411 Mania.com
  5. "Enzo Amore released". WWE. Retrieved January 23, 2018.
  6. "Daniel Bryan addresses the state of WWE 205 Live". WWE. Retrieved February 2, 2018.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. Keller, Wade. "KELLER'S WWE RAW REPORT 7/14: Final episode before Summerslam with latest on Seth-Dean, Women's Title match, Fatal Four-way". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved August 14, 2017.
  11. Powell, Jason. "08/20 Powell's WWE SummerSlam Kickoff Show coverage: New Day vs. The Usos for the Smackdown Tag Titles, Akira Tozawa vs. Neville for the WWE Cruiserweight Championship, Matt Hardy, Jeff Hardy, and Jason Jordan vs. Miz, Bo Dallas, and Curtis Axel". Pro Wrestling Dot Net. Retrieved August 20, 2017.
  12. Powell, Jason. "Powell's WWE No Mercy 2017 live review: Brock Lesnar vs. Braun Strowman for the WWE Universal Championship, John Cena vs. Roman Reigns, Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins vs. Sheamus and Cesaro for the Raw Tag Titles". Pro Wrestling Dot Net. Retrieved September 24, 2017.
  13. Keller, Wade. "KELLER'S WWE RAW REPORT 10/9: Shield reunion continues, Miz TV with Sheamus & Cesaro, TLC build up continues". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved October 9, 2017.
  14. Powell, Jason. "Powell's WWE TLC 2017 live review: Kurt Angle, Dean Ambrose, and Seth Rollins vs. Braun Strowman, Kane, The Miz, Sheamus, and Cesaro in a TLC match, AJ Styles vs. Finn Balor, Asuka debuts, Alexa Bliss vs. Mickie James for the Raw Women's Championship". Pro Wrestling Dot Net. Retrieved October 22, 2017.
  15. "Enzo Amore released". WWE. Retrieved January 23, 2018.
  16. Enzo Amore released from WWE after Allegations of sexual assault - Sky Sports.com
  17. Powell, Jason. "Powell's WrestleMania 34 Kickoff Show live review: WrestleMania Women's Battle Royal, Cedric Alexander vs. Mustfa Ali for the WWE Cruiserweight Championship, Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal". Pro Wreslting Dot Net. Retrieved April 8, 2018.
  18. Powell, Jason. "Powell's WWE Super Show-Down live review: Undertaker vs. Triple H for the final time, AJ Styles vs. Samoa Joe in a no DQ, no count-out match for the WWE Title, The Shield vs. Braun Strowman, Drew McIntyre, and Dolph Ziggler, Becky Lynch vs. Charlotte for the Smackdown Women's Title". Pro Wrestling Dot Net. Retrieved October 6, 2018.

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