The light history of the WWE Light Heavyweight Championship

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November 30, 2012

When WWE purchased WCW in 2001, it acquired that organization’s Cruiserweight Championship. X-Pac unified the Light Heavyweight and Cruiserweight Titles on two occasions. A third unification bout was scheduled for that year’s Survivor Series, but when X-Pac became unable to compete due to injury, the match was canceled.

The Cruiserweight Championship had been one of the signature attractions in WCW, and with its significantly richer lineage, WWE chose to adopt it as its own. The Light Heavyweight Title was never seen again and for all we know, X-Pac still has it stuffed in a duffle bag right next to a DX T-shirt and the boots he wore when he pinned Razor Ramon. (READ MORE)

The Light Heavyweight Title launched the WWE careers of exciting and talented competitors, while at the same time remaining a beacon of stability in a chaotic sports-entertainment landscape. Each of its champions achieved significant success beyond the Light Heavyweight Title, but the championship remains a significant accolade, and a reminder of lightweight athleticism that has since been passed by.

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