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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?


Roderick Strong is the current NXT Cruiserweight Champion after defeating Kushida.

Current Champion: Roderick Strong

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 September 21, 2021

NXT 2.0 Results: New Champion crowned; Mandy Rose and crew lays out challenge to titleholders
NXT 2.0 Results: New Champion crowned; Mandy Rose and crew lays out challenge to titleholders

NXT 2.0 Results: New Champion crowned; Mandy Rose and crew lays out challenge to titleholders

5 reasons why IMPACT Wrestling is the best promotion for Buddy Murphy
5 reasons why IMPACT Wrestling is the best promotion for Buddy Murphy

5 reasons why IMPACT Wrestling is the best promotion for Buddy Murphy

Kushida not cleared to compete tonight, updated WWE NXT preview
Kushida not cleared to compete tonight, updated WWE NXT preview

Kushida not cleared to compete tonight, updated WWE NXT preview

"I don’t do anything for 4 to 5 months" - Buddy Murphy on the transition from 205 Live to the main roster

"I don’t do anything for 4 to 5 months" - Buddy Murphy on the transition from 205 Live to the main roster

Kushida says he was considering retiring from professional wrestling in 2017
Kushida says he was considering retiring from professional wrestling in 2017

Kushida says he was considering retiring from professional wrestling in 2017

Diamond Mine debuts on WWE NXT by destroying Kushida
Diamond Mine debuts on WWE NXT by destroying Kushida

Diamond Mine debuts on WWE NXT by destroying Kushida

Kushida invites debuting wrestlers and retired stars to face him on WWE NXT
Kushida invites debuting wrestlers and retired stars to face him on WWE NXT

Kushida invites debuting wrestlers and retired stars to face him on WWE NXT

WWE NXT: May 11 episode viewership and ratings revealed with two title matches
WWE NXT: May 11 episode viewership and ratings revealed with two title matches

WWE NXT: May 11 episode viewership and ratings revealed with two title matches

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 

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

Kushida issues open challenge for tonight; updated WWE NXT preview
Kushida issues open challenge for tonight; updated WWE NXT preview

Kushida issues open challenge for tonight; updated WWE NXT preview

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

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

Kushida defeats Santos Escobar to become the new NXT Cruiserweight Champion

Santos Escobar issues an open challenge; updated WWE NXT preview
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

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

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

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

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

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

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