Gregory Helms won the Cruiserweight Championship in an Open Invitational Match at last January's Royal Rumble. Since then, he has become the longest reigning champion in sports-entertainment, and has eclipsed former WWE Champion JBL's mark of 10 months as the longest reign in SmackDown history. After defeating Jimmy Wang Yang at Armageddon Sunday night, Helms will continue to add to that mark as he heads into 2007.

Yang beat Jamie Noble two weeks ago for the right to face Helms at Armageddon, and he came close on several occasions to taking the Cruiserweight title away from the Superstar JBL insists is "SmackDown's best-kept secret." But every time the resident redneck started building up momentum, Helms shut him down. He also silenced the Richmond fans' boos at one point by delivering an impressive swinging neckbreaker off the top rope.

Moments later both Superstars went up top again, but this time Yang got the better of the exchange, bloodying Helms' nose and mouth before sending him crashing down to the canvas. But then Yang crashed and burned with a Corkscrew Moonsault that missed its moving target, dazing him long enough for Helms to drill his knees into the redneck's face. Rolling Yang up for the three-count, Helms exited the Richmond Coliseum—and the year 2006—the way he entered it: as the Cruiserweight Champion.

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Gregory Helms won the Cruiserweight Championship in an Open Invitational Match at last January's Royal Rumble. Since then, he has become the longest reigning champion in sports-entertainment, and has eclipsed former WWE Champion JBL's mark of 10 months as the longest reign in SmackDown history. After defeating Jimmy Wang Yang at Armageddon Sunday night, Helms will continue to add to that mark as he heads into 2007.

Yang beat Jamie Noble two weeks ago for the right to face Helms at Armageddon, and he came close on several occasions to taking the Cruiserweight title away from the Superstar JBL insists is "SmackDown's best-kept secret." But every time the resident redneck started building up momentum, Helms shut him down. He also silenced the Richmond fans' boos at one point by delivering an impressive swinging neckbreaker off the top rope.

Moments later both Superstars went up top again, but this time Yang got the better of the exchange, bloodying Helms' nose and mouth before sending him crashing down to the canvas. But then Yang crashed and burned with a Corkscrew Moonsault that missed its moving target, dazing him long enough for Helms to drill his knees into the redneck's face. Rolling Yang up for the three-count, Helms exited the Richmond Coliseum—and the year 2006—the way he entered it: as the Cruiserweight Champion.

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