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X-Pac was the final WWF Light Heavyweight Champion.
The WWF Light Heavyweight Championship was a professional wrestling cruiserweight championship operated by the World Wrestling Federation (WWF). Only wrestlers that weighed less than , called cruiserweights in professional wrestling, were allowed to challenge for the title. From 1981 to 1995, the WWF had a business partnership with the Universal Wrestling Association (UWA), a Mexican lucha libre based promotion, which resulted in the creation of the Light Heavyweight Championship for the UWA. When the UWA ceased operations in 1995, the WWF lent the title to the Japanese New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) promotion; however, the WWF ended their partnership with NJPW in 1997. As a result of the WWF owning the copyrights to the championship, NJPW returned the title back to the WWF. One month later, the WWF began operating the title in the United States. World Championship Wrestling (WCW) and its assets were acquired by the WWF in March 2001, which included the copyrights to their championships. The WCW Cruiserweight Championship, a counterpart to the Light Heavyweight Championship, was one of these titles. After acquiring WCW, the WWF used the Cruiserweight Title, among other WCW championships, during The Invasion storyline, which featured former WCW wrestlers feuding with original WWF wrestlers before WCW's purchase. After The Invasion narrative ended in December 2001, the WWF replaced the Light Heavyweight Title with the Cruiserweight Championship, which had the WWF acronym added to its name. World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), the successor of the WWF, operated the Cruiserweight Championship until 2007, when the title was deactivated.

Title reigns were determined by professional wrestling matches that involved wrestlers in pre-existing scripted feud, plot, and storyline or were awarded the title due to scripted circumstances. Wrestlers were portrayed as either villains or heroes as they followed a series of tension-building events, which culminated in a match or series of matches for the championship. The title was won in Japan, Mexico, and 11 American states. The first champion to be recognized by the UWA was Perro Aguayo, who won the title in a tournament final in March 1981. Shinjiro Otani was the final champion recognized by the UWA before the title was returned to the WWF; he had won the title in August 1997. The first champion recognized by the WWF was Taka Michinoku, who won the title in a tournament final in August 1997. After winning the championship in August 2001, X-Pac was the final wrestler to have held the title before it was replaced by the Cruiserweight Championship. Aguayo and Villano III held the title the most amount of times, with eight. At 826 days, Villano III's reign from 1984 to 1986 was the longest in the title's history. Aguayo's reign in 1981 and Scotty 2 Hotty's reign in 2000 were the shortest reigns, at eight days. Overall, there were 45 title reigns.

Key

Reign # The number of the wrestler's reign as champion
Event The event promoted by the respective promotion in which the titles were won
N/A The information is not available or is unknown
Used for vacated reigns in order to not count it as an official reign


Title history

Recognition by the UWA/NJPW

# Wrestlers Reign # Date Days
held
Location Event Notes
Shimizu, Japanmarker Live event Aguayo defeated Gran Hamada in a tournament final for the title.
Fishman Los Angeles, CAmarker Live event
Los Angeles, CAmarker Live event
Chris Adams Mexico City, Mexicomarker Live event
Mexico City, Mexicomarker Live event
Tokyo, Japanmarker Live event
Mexico City, Mexicomarker Live event
Mexico City, Mexicomarker Live event
Mexico City, Mexicomarker Live event
10 Tokyo, Japanmarker Live event
11 Mexico City, Mexicomarker Live event
12 Fishman Mexico City, Mexicomarker Live event
13 Mexico City, Mexicomarker Live event
Vacated 0 N/A N/A The UWA forced Aguayo to relinquish the championship after a title defense against Villano III ended in controversy.
14 Mexico City, Mexicomarker Live event Villano III defeated Perro Aguayo in a rematch for the title.
15 Rambo Mexico City, Mexicomarker Live event
16 Mexico City, Mexicomarker Live event
17 Mexico City, Mexicomarker Live event
18 Mexico City, Mexicomarker Live event
19 Mexico City, Mexicomarker Live event
20 Naucalpan, Mexicomarker Live event
21 Pegasus Kid Naucalpan, Mexicomarker Live event
22 Naucalpan, Mexicomarker Live event
23 El Signo Nezahualcóyotl, Mexicomarker Live event
24 Puebla, Mexicomarker Live event
Vacated 0 N/A N/A After Villano III signed a contract with the PROMELL promotion, he was forced to vacate the championship by the UWA.
25 Aero Flash Nezahualcóyotl, Mexicomarker Live event Aero Flash won the title in a tournament final.
26 The Great Sasuke Shirakawa, Japan Live event
27 El Samurai Naruko, Japan Live event
28 The Great Sasuke Tokyo, Japanmarker Live event
29 Último Dragón Osaka, Japan Live event
30 Jushin Liger Tokyo, Japanmarker Wrestling World
31 El Samurai Sapporo, Japan Live event
32 Nagoya, Japan Live event Otani was the final wrestler in the UWA to hold the title before it was returned to the WWF.


Recognition by the WWF

# Wrestler Reigns Date Days
held
Location Event Notes
33 Springfield, MAmarker In Your House: D-Generation X Michinoku defeated Brian Christopher in a tournament final to win the title.
34 Chicago, ILmarker Judgment Day: In Your House This was Christian's first match

35 Columbus, OHmarker Raw is War Longest reigning champion under the WWF/WWE Banner
36 Austin, TXmarker Sunday Night Heat
37 East Rutherford, NJmarker Raw is War
38 State College, PAmarker Raw is War
39 Charlotte, NCmarker SmackDown! This title change aired on tape delay
40 Anaheim, CAmarker Sunday Night Heat
41 Chicago, ILmarker Sunday Night Heat
42 Grand Forks, NDmarker SmackDown! This title change aired on tape delay
43 New York City, NYmarker Raw is War
44 Anaheim, CAmarker Raw is War
45 San Jose, CAmarker SummerSlam X-Pac was the final wrestler to hold the title before it was replaced by the WWF Cruiserweight Championship. A title unification match at Survivor Series between WCW Cruiserweight Champion Tajiri and WWF Light Heavyweight Champion X-Pac was canceled because X-Pac was injured; shortly after the Light Heavyweight Championship became inactive.


List of top combined reigns

This lists the combined reigns of wrestlers who have held the championship over 100 days.
Rank Wrestler # of reigns Combined days
1 Villano III 7 2,301
2 Perro Aguayo 7 948
3 El Signo 1 563
4 The Pegasus Kid 1 560
5 Gillberg 1 453
6 Dean Malenko 2 357
7 TAKA Michinoku 1 315
8 Aero Flash 1 282
9 Rambo 1 280
10 Sangre Chicana 2 237
11 Masanori Murakawa 2 188
12 Jushin Liger 1 183
13 Gran Hamada 2 163
14 Fishman 2 137
15 X-Pac 2 133
16 Último Dragón 1 115


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