The WWE Cruiserweight Championship was created in September 2016 as the top prize in Monday Night Raw’s 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 Cruiserweight Championship was renamed as the NXT Cruiserweight Championship on October 2, 2019.
- Who is the current cruiserweight champion?
- Who was the first ever cruiserweight champion?
Who is the current cruiserweight champion?
Due to a travel ban as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, an interim champion was crowned until Jordan Devlin could return. El Hijo del Fantasma defeated Drake Maverick in a tournament final to become interim champion. Fantasma’s win aired on tape delay on June 3, 2020. Later on, Fantasma unmasked himself, formed an alliance with Raul Mendoza and Joaquin Wilde (Legado del Fantasma) and took the name of Santos Escobar.
Current Champion: Santos Escobar
Who was the first ever cruiserweight champion?
The inaugural champion was T.J. Perkins, who was awarded the title for winning the Cruiserweight Classic on September 14, 2016.
*updated on July 12, 2020