Top 10 WCW/WWE Cruiserweight Champions in History

FONTANA, CA - MARCH 17: Professional wrestler Rey Mysterio attends pace car training during the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway on March 17, 2019 in Fontana, California. (Photo by Robert Laberge/Getty Images)
FONTANA, CA - MARCH 17: Professional wrestler Rey Mysterio attends pace car training during the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway on March 17, 2019 in Fontana, California. (Photo by Robert Laberge/Getty Images) /

When it comes to the WWE, it is no secret that Vince McMahon has a special look that he likes for the wrestlers he wants to push. The type of wrestler that Vince usually pushes is the larger athletic wrestler. The WWE has never had a cruiserweight division as good as WCW cruiserweight division or even TNA Wrestling X- division, but they have had a locker room of smaller stars who have found success in the cruiserweight division.

For many WCW wrestling fans, the cruiserweight division was a breath of fresh air, especially when WCW shoved the NOW storyline in fans’ faces every week. Rather if it was in WCW or WWE, the cruiserweight wrestlers have proven that they are just as important as the wrestlers who close the show because they are the ones that get the fan’s attention from all the high fly moves that they do. In this article, I will be discussing the ten greatest cruiserweight wrestlers of all time.

10. Syxx

When it comes to Syxx, he is one of the most underrated wrestlers of all time and was one of the most popular wrestlers in the NWO and DX during the peak of both companies. When Syxx came to WCW, he became a member of the NOW and made his presence known in the Cruiserweight division. Syxx would have some great matches with Eddie Guerrero, Dean Malenko, Chris Jericho, and Rey Mysterio Jr.

9. Shane Helms

When he became The Hurricane, Shane Helms became a star, but he was already on his way to becoming a star during WCW’s final years. Shane Helms went from being in a boy band stable to becoming a successful cruiserweight wrestler.

8. Chavo Guerrero Jr.

When Wrestling fans think of Chavo, they always think of Eddie because of the two being paired together in WCW and WWE, But Chavo was a great cruiserweight champion in the WWE and WCW. Chavo Guerrero has proven that he is one of the greatest cruiserweight wrestlers of all time by wrestling the best wrestlers in WCW and WWE.

7. Billy Kidman

Billy Kidman was an original member of Raven’s Flock and was wrestling as a heroin addict gimmick. Billy Kidman as a heel was good, but when he broke away from Raven’s heel group, fans could see that Billy was a star. Billy would establish himself as an essential piece in the WCW Cruiserweight division. When it comes to wrestling finishing moves, the shooting star press is one of the most significant moves.

6. Jamie Noble

Jamie Noble was one of the first breakout stars for the Cruiserweight division when the Cruiserweight title was on Smackdown. Jamie Noble’s gimmick was perfect for that era because he seemed like an everyday trailer park guy whom fans wanted to see. Jamie Noble set the tone for the division by having memorable feuds with Billy Kidman, The Hurricane, and Tajiri.

5. Cedric Alexander

Cedric Alexander was a star in Ring of Honor, but when he came to WWE in 2016, he was the wrestler that many people wanted to see in the Cruiserweight classic. Alexander had a great match with Kota Ibushi in the second round of the Cruiserweight classic but would lose this match. Cedric Alexander’s effort wouldn’t go unnoticed because he would sign with the WWE in the reborn Cruiserweight division. Wrestling fans were able to see Alexander put on some great matches with superstars such as Buddy Murphy, Ali, and Kalisto.

4. Neville

When it comes to Neville, wrestling fans might say he was the best Cruiserweight WWE had when they brought the title back. A lot of high flyers get the audience’s attention by doing amazing flips, but Neville had aerial moves and could be a hard striker when he needed to be. Neville is one of the many stars that WWE wasted because he didn’t fit what they wanted. Neville’s first great run in WWE was in 2014 when he became NXT champion and held the belt for 287 days. Neville’s next great run in WWE was when he was the Cruiserweight champion and started calling himself the Cruiserweights king.

3. Eddie Guerrero

Before he became a megastar in WWE, the late great Eddie Guerrero put on great matches in WCW. Eddie Guerrero being in the Cruiserweight division was great for wrestling fans because we were able to see him put on some amazing matches. Eddie would hold the Cruiserweight title twice, but both times are memorable.

2. Dean Malenko

Dean Malenko was the most underrated wrestler in WCW, and that’s a shame because he could have been a huge star in WCW. Dean Malenko was a technical genius in the ring. He made sure that fans knew that he didn’t need flips to get the job done. Malenko would capture the Cruiserweight title four times and would have a classic feud with Chris Jericho.

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1. Rey Mysterio Jr.

Rey Mysterio Jr. is the most influential Cruiserweight of all time because what he could do at his size in the ring was extraordinary. When it comes to Rey, he wanted fans to fall in love with the Cruiserweight division and teach them Lucha libre as well. Rey Mysterio put on classic matches with wrestlers like Ultimo Dragon, Chris Jericho, and Eddie Guerrero.