Neville has become the second longest Cruiserweight Champion in the entirety of the title's history, including the belt's previous iterations.
Current Cruiserweight Champion, and self-proclaimed "King of the Cruiserweights", Neville, won the title from Rich Swann all the way back in January. Before then, the purple strap was hot shotted between Neville's fellow 205 Live Superstars, but it seems as if WWE has found a champion they have faith in with the British star. So much so, in fact, Neville is now the second longest reigning Cruiserweight champ in the title's 26-year history.
Neville's title reign currently stands at an impressive 165 days as of Thursday this week. What makes that number even more impressive is that it's longer than the latest version of the title's three other reigns combined, the holders being Swann, Brian Kendrick, and inaugural champ TJ Perkins (now going by TJP). The man Neville surpassed to claim second place is Tajiri, whose reign lasted 162 days in 2001. Interestingly enough, Tajiri actually competed for the returning championship in last summer's Cruiserweight Classic before getting eliminated by Gran Metalik.
The current champion still has a long way to go if he plans on toppling the man who sits in first place as the longest reigning Cruiserweight Champion of all time, however. Gregory Helms, the man formerly known in WWE as The Hurricane, holds that accolade with a pretty incredible 385 days, and as it stands "The King of the Cruiserweights" is only a little over a third of the way to overtaking that number.
Despite this being a pretty big accolade, many are wondering why WWE hasn't mentioned Neville's latest accomplishment. The likelihood is that Vince McMahon and the company don't see this latest version of the Cruiserweight Championship as a continuation of the one that they inherited from WCW during the early 2000s. After all, when TJP won the belt last summer, WWE hammered home that he was the first Cruiserweight Champion when, in actuality, he was just the first to win the latest version of it.
The 205 Live roster desperately needed a boost when Neville arrived, and the former NXT Champion has certainly given it that. With his familiar foe Austin Aries being released, the division is now going to need something, or rather someone, else to give it another much-needed boost. There is no one on the Cruiserweight roster with enough legitimacy to take that title from Neville as of typing this, so his already long reign is only going to continue getting longer for the time being.
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