WWF Light Heavyweight Championship | Wikipedia audio article

WWF Light Heavyweight Championship | Wikipedia audio article


The WWF Light Heavyweight Championship was
a professional wrestling championship in the World Wrestling Federation (WWF, now WWE)
promotion. The title was challenged by light heavyweights
at a maximum weight of 215 lbs (before deactivation, the weight limit was changed to 220Ibs). It was created on March 26, 1981 for the Universal
Wrestling Association (UWA) in a partnership between the WWF and UWA. On 16 June, 1995, the title moved to Michinoku
Pro Wrestling, but due to WWF’s ownership of the title, it was returned to the WWF in
1997, the year in which the WWE begins the championship’s lineage. The inaugural champion in UWA was Perro Aguayo,
however, the WWE considers the inaugural champion to be Taka Michinoku, with his reign beginning
on December 7, 1997. It was retired in November 2001 with X-Pac
as the final champion.==History==The WWF Light Heavyweight Championship was
first introduced in Japan in a tournament which ended with Perro Aguayo defeating Gran
Hamada to become the first recognized champion. It then migrated to the US West Coast before
transitioning to Mexico and then later being defended once again in Japan by way of the
Michinoku Pro Wrestling promotion. The title would later become popularized and
widely defended within the confines of the World Wrestling Federation in 1997, when a
tournament was held in the United States to crown a champion. Before the tournament, the title was previously
considered a part of the much venerated J-Crown.===1997 tournament===
Notes:1 This match aired on November 17.2 These matches aired on December 1.3 Christopher
won by forfeit after Kane chokeslammed Taylor before Christopher made his way to the ring,
leaving Taylor unable to compete.===Title deactivation===
In March 2001, the WWF purchased World Championship Wrestling. Following the conclusion of the Invasion angle
at the 2001 Survivor Series pay-per-view, the WWF Light Heavyweight Championship was
abandoned in favor of the WCW Cruiserweight Championship. Simultaneously, the WCW Cruiserweight Championship
was rebranded as the WWF Cruiserweight Championship. It would become the WWE Cruiserweight Championship
in accordance with the company’s name change in May 2002, and it would be defended until
September 2007.==See also==WCW Light Heavyweight Championship

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