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WWE Cruiserweight Title History

Champion Won From Date City/Event
Taka Michinoku Brian Christopher 12/7/1997 IYH:
D-Generation X[1]
Christian Cage Taka Michinoku 10/18/1998 Judgment Day
Gillberg Christian Cage 11/17/1998 Raw is War
Essa Rios Gillberg 2/13/2000 HeAt
Dean Malenko Essa Rios 3/13/2000 Raw is War
Scotty 2 Hotty Dean Malenko 4/17/2000 Raw is War
Dean Malenko (2) Scotty 2 Hotty 4/27/2000 Smackdown
Crash Holly Dean Malenko 3/13/2001 HeAt
Jerry Lynn Crash Holly 4/29/2001 HeAt
Jeff Hardy Jerry Lynn 6/7/2001 Smackdown!
X-Pac Jeff Hardy 6/25/2001 Raw is War
Tajiri X-Pac 8/6/2001 Raw is War
X-Pac (2) Tajiri 8/19/2001 SummerSlam
Billy Kidman X-Pac 10/11/2001 Smackdown!
Tajiri (2) Billy Kidman 10/22/2001 Raw[2]
Billy Kidman (2) Tajiri 4/4/2002 Smackdown!
Tajiri (3) Billy Kidman 4/21/2002 Backlash
The Hurricane Tajiri 5/16/2002 Smackdown![3]
Jamie Noble The Hurricane 6/23/2002 King of the Ring
Billy Kidman (3) Jamie Noble 11/17/2002 Survivor Series
Matt Hardy Billy Kidman 2/23/2003 No Way Out
Rey Mysterio Matt Hardy 6/3/2003 Smackdown!
Tajiri (4) Rey Mysterio 9/25/2003 Smackdown!
Rey Mysterio (2) Tajiri 1/1/2004 Smackdown!
Chavo Guerrero Rey Mysterio 2/15/2004 No Way Out
Jacqueline Chavo Guerrero 5/6/2004 Smackdown
Chavo Guerrero
Jacqueline 5/16/2004 Judgment Day
Chavo Classic Chavo Guerrero 5/20/2004 Smackdown![4]
Rey Mysterio (3) Chavo Classic 6/17/2004 Smackdown!
Spike Dudley Rey Mysterio 7/29/2004 Smackdown!
Funaki Spike Dudley 12/12/2004 Armageddon
Chavo Guerrero
Funaki 2/20/2005 No Way Out[5]
Paul London Chavo Guerrero 3/31/2005 Smackdown![6]
Nunzio Paul London 8/6/2005 Velocity
Juventud Nunzio 10/9/2005 No Mercy
Nunzio (2) Juventud 11/15/2005 Rome, Italy
Juventud (2) Nunzio 11/25/2005 Smackdown!
Kid Kash Juventud 12/18/2005 Armageddon
Gregory Helms (2) Kid Kash 1/29/2006 Royal Rumble[7]
Chavo Guerrero
Gregory Helms 2/18/2007 No Way Out[8]
Hornswoggle Chavo Guerrero 7/22/2007 Great
American Bash[9]

[1]: This was a tournament final.
[2]: After Survivor Series, the WWF Light Heavyweight title would be abandoned, as the WCW Cruiserweight title becomes adopted by the WWF. After the draft on March 25, 2002, the title becomes exclusive to Smackdown.
[3]: This was a triple-threat match which also involved Billy Kidman.
[4]: This was a triple-threat match which also featured Spike Dudley.
[5]: This was a six-man Cruiserweight Open which also involved Paul London, Akio, Shannon Moore and Spike Dudley.
[6]: London won an eight-man battle royal to win the title.
[7]: This was a six-man Cruiserweight Open which also featured Funaki, Jamie Noble, Nunzio and Paul London. Helms, who was part of the Raw roster, moved to Smackdown after winning the title.
[8]: This was an 8-man Cruiserweight Open which also involved Daivari, Shannon Moore, Funaki, Jamie Noble, Jimmy Wang Yang and Scotty 2 Hotty.
[9]: On September 28, 2007, SmackDown General Manager Vickie Guerrero stated that Hornswaggle’s status as Mr. McMahon’s (kayfabe) son and his dimunitive stature would eventually jeopardize his well-being. On March 4, 2008, the WWE put the title on the retired section with the other past titles.

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