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NXT Cruiserweight Championship

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.


  1. Who is the current cruiserweight champion?
  2. Who was the first ever cruiserweight champion?


NXT Cruiserweight Champion Kushida


Who is the current NXT Cruiserweight Champion?


Kushida is the current NXT Cruiserweight Champion after defeating Santos Escobar.

Current Champion: Kushida

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 April 13, 2021


Power Ranking: 5 best wrestlers from NXT (May 11, 2021)

Power Ranking: 5 best wrestlers from NXT (May 11, 2021)

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NXT Results: Former Undisputed Era member returns; Incredible finish to main event

NXT Results: Former Undisputed Era member returns; Incredible finish to main event

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Tag Team Champions MSK in action; Updated WWE NXT preview for May 11

Tag Team Champions MSK in action; Updated WWE NXT preview for May 11

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WWE NXT: April 27 episode viewership and ratings revealed as the show sees a surprising decline 

WWE NXT: April 27 episode viewership and ratings revealed as the show sees a surprising decline 

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Kushida issues open challenge for tonight; updated WWE NXT preview

Kushida issues open challenge for tonight; updated WWE NXT preview

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5 directions for Santos Escobar after losing the WWE NXT Cruiserweight Championship

5 directions for Santos Escobar after losing the WWE NXT Cruiserweight Championship

WWE NXT: April 13 episode viewership and ratings revealed as Tuesday nights become black and gold

WWE NXT: April 13 episode viewership and ratings revealed as Tuesday nights become black and gold

Kushida defeats Santos Escobar to become the new NXT Cruiserweight Champion

Kushida defeats Santos Escobar to become the new NXT Cruiserweight Champion

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Santos Escobar issues an open challenge; updated WWE NXT preview

Santos Escobar issues an open challenge; updated WWE NXT preview

NXT TakeOver: Stand & Deliver Night 2 - Top 5 performers

NXT TakeOver: Stand & Deliver Night 2 - Top 5 performers

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Best and Worst of NXT TakeOver: Stand & Deliver Night Two - Stage collapses during match; Missed opportunity with faction

Best and Worst of NXT TakeOver: Stand & Deliver Night Two - Stage collapses during match; Missed opportunity with faction

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NXT TakeOver: Stand & Deliver Night Two Results- Cole & O'Reilly tear each other apart; New Champion crowned

NXT TakeOver: Stand & Deliver Night Two Results- Cole & O'Reilly tear each other apart; New Champion crowned

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Chaotic finish sees Santos Escobar unify NXT Cruiserweight Championships

Chaotic finish sees Santos Escobar unify NXT Cruiserweight Championships

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5 Last-minute predictions for NXT TakeOver: Stand & Deliver Night 2

5 Last-minute predictions for NXT TakeOver: Stand & Deliver Night 2

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NXT TakeOver: Stand & Deliver - 5 finishes to Jordan Devlin vs Santos Escobar for the NXT Cruiserweight Championship

NXT TakeOver: Stand & Deliver - 5 finishes to Jordan Devlin vs Santos Escobar for the NXT Cruiserweight Championship

Triple H comments on NXT moving to Tuesday nights

Triple H comments on NXT moving to Tuesday nights

Shawn Michaels adds new stipulation to title match at NXT TakeOver: Stand & Deliver

Shawn Michaels adds new stipulation to title match at NXT TakeOver: Stand & Deliver

5 NXT stars who deserve a match at NXT TakeOver: Stand & Deliver

5 NXT stars who deserve a match at NXT TakeOver: Stand & Deliver

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NXT UK Results: Top Superstar confronts WALTER; Chaotic end to Championship match

NXT UK Results: Top Superstar confronts WALTER; Chaotic end to Championship match

"He is doing things his way" - WWE RAW star Angel Garza comments on current champion's reign

"He is doing things his way" - WWE RAW star Angel Garza comments on current champion's reign

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