WWF Light Heavyweight Championship - Title History

On this page, you find the full Title History for the WWF Light Heavyweight 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 WWF Light Heavyweight Championship was contested in World Wrestling Entertainment, New Japan Pro Wrestling, Michinoku Pro Wrestling and Universal Wrestling Association, by men wrestlers.

The championship was first established on March 26, 1981.

The title was created for the Universal Wrestling Association (UWA) in a partnership between WWF and UWA. On June 16, 1995, the title moved to NJPW and MPW, but due to WWF's ownership of the title it was returned to WWF in 1997 (the year which WWE recognizes as the beginning of the championship's lineage).

The title was abandoned in 2001 when WWE finally put the WCW/ECW Alliance out of business. WWE then adopted the WCW Cruiserweight Championship as its version of the Cruiserweight Championship.

The WWF Light Heavyweight Championship was retired on March 8, 2002, with the final champion being X-Pac.

A similar championship, the WCW / WWE Cruiserweight Championship, has been later introduced, which does not share the lineage with this title.

WWF Light Heavyweight Championship: Title History

  • Promotions / Brands
    Promotionfromto
    Promotion World Wrestling EntertainmentWWF November 6, 1997 March 8, 2002
    Promotion New Japan Pro WrestlingNJPWMichinoku Pro WrestlingMICHINOKU June 16, 1995 November 5, 1997
    Promotion Universal Wrestling AssociationUWA March 26, 1981 June 15, 1995
  • Defended With
  • Championship Names & Belt Designs
    • WWF Light Heavyweight Championship April 25, 2000 March 8, 2002
    • WWF Light Heavyweight Championship November 6, 1997 April 24, 2000
    • WWF Light Heavyweight Championship March 26, 1981 November 5, 1997

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

WWF Light Heavyweight Championship: Title Reigns

  • N. Image Champion Reign

    Deactivated

    45
    X-Pac

    X-Pac 2

    201
    44
    Tajiri

    Tajiri 1

    13
    43
    X-Pac

    X-Pac 1

    42
    42
    Jeff Hardy

    Jeff Hardy 1

    18
    41
    Jerry Lynn

    Jerry Lynn 1

    39
    40
    Crash Holly

    Crash Holly 1

    42
    39
    Dean Malenko

    Dean Malenko 2

    325
    38
    Scotty 2 Hotty

    Scotty 2 Hotty 1

    10
    37
    Dean Malenko

    Dean Malenko 1

    35
    36
    Essa Ríos

    Essa Ríos 1

    29
    35
    Gillberg

    Gillberg 1

    447
    34
    Christian

    Christian 1

    36
    33
    TAKA Michinoku

    TAKA Michinoku 1

    315
    Vacant

    Vacant

    32
    32
    Shinjiro Otani

    Shinjiro Otani 1

    87
    31
    El Samurai

    El Samurai 2

    35
    30
    Jushin Thunder Liger

    Jushin Thunder Liger 1

    183
    29
    Ultimate Dragon

    Ultimate Dragon 1

    85
    28
    The Great Sasuke

    The Great Sasuke 2

    68
    27
    El Samurai

    El Samurai 1

    43
    26
    The Great Sasuke

    The Great Sasuke 1

    90
    25

    Aero Flash 1

    282
    Vacant

    Vacant

    157
    24

    Villano III 7

    176
    23

    El Signo 1

    563
    22

    Villano III 6

    110
    21
    Chris Benoit

    Chris Benoit 1

    560
    20

    Villano III 5

    280
    19

    Sangre Chicana 2

    175
    18

    Perro Aguayo 7

    49
    17

    Sangre Chicana 1

    62
    16

    Villano III 4

    399
    15

    Rambo 1

    281
    14

    Villano III 3

    109
    Vacant

    Vacant

    45
    13

    Perro Aguayo 6

    130
    12

    Fishman 2

    122
    11

    Villano III 2

    826
    10
    Gran Hamada

    Gran Hamada 2

    33
    9

    Perro Aguayo 5

    254
    8

    Villano III 1

    140
    7

    Perro Aguayo 4

    203
    6
    Gran Hamada

    Gran Hamada 1

    130
    5

    Perro Aguayo 3

    129
    4

    Chris Adams 1

    56
    3

    Perro Aguayo 2

    8
    2

    Fishman 1

    15
    1

    Perro Aguayo 1

    183

WWF Light Heavyweight Championship: Statistics

  • Promotion World Wrestling Entertainment, New Japan Pro Wrestling, Michinoku Pro Wrestling, Universal Wrestling Association
  • Gender Male
  • Title Type Tertiary Title
  • Date Established March 26, 1981
  • Date Retired March 8, 2002
  • Followed By WWF Cruiserweight ChampionshipWWF Cruiserweight Championship
  • Notes The title was created for the Universal Wrestling Association (UWA) in a partnership between WWF and UWA. On June 16, 1995, the title moved to NJPW and MPW, but due to WWF's ownership of the title it was returned to WWF in 1997 (the year which WWE recognizes as the beginning of the championship's lineage).

    The title was abandoned in 2001 when WWE finally put the WCW/ECW Alliance out of business. WWE then adopted the WCW Cruiserweight Championship as its version of the Cruiserweight Championship.

Most Number of Reigns

RankWrestlerReigns
2
2
2
2
2

Most Combined Days

RankWrestlerDays
560
447
360
315
243

Longest Reigns

RankWrestlerReignDays
Villano III826
El Signo563
560
447
Villano III399
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