The WWE Cruiserweight Championship is a professional wrestling championship created and promoted by the American professional wrestling promotion WWE on the Raw brand. Unveiled on September 14, 2016 as the award for the inaugural Cruiserweight Classic, it is contested in WWE's cruiserweight division by wrestlers at a maximum weight of 205lbs. The championship shares its name with the previous Cruiserweight Championship in WWE that originated in World Championship Wrestling, however, it does not share the same title history. The current champion is Neville, who is in his first reign.
The Cruiserweight Classic, was a professional wrestling WWE Network series and tournament produced by WWE with all participants billed at a weight of 205 lbs. or less. 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.
The final of the Cruiserweight Classic came down to T.J. Perkins and Gran Metalik. Originally, the winner was to receive a trophy and be crowned the first winner of WWE's Cruiserweight Classic. However, before the final match began, Triple H announced that the winner would also be crowned the inaugural WWE Cruiserweight Champion for the new cruiserweight division on the Raw brand. Perkins defeated Metalik to become the inaugural champion.
The title shares its name with the previous WWE Cruiserweight Championship that originated in World Championship Wrestling and was retired in 2007. The new championship, however, does not share the same title history.
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- WWE Cruiserweight Championship at CAGEMATCH.net
- Official WWE Cruiserweight Championship Title History