WWE / NXT Cruiserweight Championship - Title History

On this page, you find the full Title History for the WWE / NXT Cruiserweight Championship, with all Championship Info, Statistics, the Belt Design changes through the years, and the full list of Title Reigns, along with dates, events, and reign durations.

The WWE / NXT Cruiserweight Championship was contested in World Wrestling Entertainment, by men wrestlers.

The championship was first established on September 14, 2016, and the inaugural champion was T.J. Perkins.

This is a newer version of the WCW / WWE Cruiserweight Championship, with its own distinct lineage.

The championship was created as the top prize in the Cruiserweight Division, featuring the best athletes in the world under 205 lbs. The title was introduced during the Finale of the 2016 Cruiserweight Classic, and presented to the winner of the 32-man tournament.

The WWE / NXT Cruiserweight Championship was retired on January 4, 2022, when it was unified into the NXT North American Championship, with the final champion being Carmelo Hayes.

WWE / NXT Cruiserweight Championship: Title History

  • Promotions / Brands
    Promotionfromto
    Promotion World Wrestling EntertainmentWWEBrand NXTNXT UK January 25, 2020 January 4, 2022
    Promotion World Wrestling EntertainmentWWEBrand NXT October 9, 2019 January 24, 2020
    Promotion World Wrestling EntertainmentWWEBrand 205 Live April 9, 2018 October 8, 2019
    Promotion World Wrestling EntertainmentWWEBrand Raw September 14, 2016 April 8, 2018
  • Championship Names & Belt Designs
    • NXT Cruiserweight Championship January 25, 2020 January 4, 2022
    • NXT Cruiserweight Championship October 2, 2019 January 24, 2020
    • WWE Cruiserweight Championship March 1, 2017 October 1, 2019
    • WWE Cruiserweight Championship September 14, 2016 February 28, 2017

For the Title History of the championship in which this title was unified into, see the page for the NXT North American Championship.

WWE / NXT Cruiserweight Championship: Title Reigns

  • N. Image Champion Reign

    Unified into the

    20
    Carmelo Hayes

    Carmelo Hayes 1

    0
    19
    Roderick Strong

    Roderick Strong 1

    105
    18
    Kushida

    Kushida 1

    161
    17
    Santos Escobar

    Santos Escobar 1

    314
    16
    Jordan Devlin

    Jordan Devlin 1

    130
    15
    Angel Garza

    Angel Garza 1

    45
    14
    Lio Rush

    Lio Rush 1

    63
    13
    Drew Gulak

    Drew Gulak 1

    108
    12
    Tony Nese

    Tony Nese 1

    77
    11
    Buddy Murphy

    Buddy Murphy 1

    183
    10
    Cedric Alexander

    Cedric Alexander 1

    181
    Vacant

    Vacant

    75
    9
    Enzo Amore

    Enzo Amore 2

    93
    8
    Kalisto

    Kalisto 1

    13
    7
    Enzo Amore

    Enzo Amore 1

    15
    6
    Neville

    Neville 2

    35
    5
    Akira Tozawa

    Akira Tozawa 1

    6
    4
    Neville

    Neville 1

    197
    3
    Rich Swann

    Rich Swann 1

    61
    2
    The Brian Kendrick

    The Brian Kendrick 1

    30
    1
    T.J. Perkins

    T.J. Perkins 1

    46

For the Title History of the previous version of this championship, see the page for the WCW / WWE Cruiserweight Championship.

WWE / NXT Cruiserweight Championship: Statistics

  • Promotion World Wrestling Entertainment
  • Gender Male
  • Title Type Tertiary Title
  • Preceded By WCW / WWE Cruiserweight ChampionshipWCW / WWE Cruiserweight Championship
  • Date Established September 14, 2016
  • Date Retired January 4, 2022
  • Unified Into NXT North American ChampionshipNXT North American Championship
  • Notes The championship was created as the top prize in the Cruiserweight Division, featuring the best athletes in the world under 205 lbs. The title was introduced during the Finale of the 2016 Cruiserweight Classic, and presented to the winner of the 32-man tournament.

Most Number of Reigns

RankWrestlerReigns
2
2
1
1
1

Most Combined Days

RankWrestlerDays
314
232
183
181
161

Longest Reigns

RankWrestlerReignDays
314
197
183
181
161
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