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Top 15 Former WWE Cruiserweights: Where Are They Now?

When Stephanie McMahon announced that the cruiserweight division would return to Monday Night Raw, one couldn’t help but remember the amazing moments the division gave us in the old times. The cruiserweight division took flight in the mid-90s when the WWE introduced the WWE Light Heavyweight Championship and WCW introduced their own Cruiserweight title, as these got merged when WCW was bought by WWE and named into the WWE Cruiserweight Title. The best of athletes have competed in this division, which never disappoints on the entertainment front as these less weighted, more agile superstars seem to have given for some memorable matches in the past.

The cruiserweight division of the WWE gave birth to some of the most technical, exciting matches in it and was a pillar for the product becoming so popular, because the crazy moves of the light weighted competitors were exciting enough to reap even the most casual of wrestling fans. These super-talented, agile competitors proved that they can compete in terms of technical supremacy with the top level superstars as they continuously gave us some very impressive matches which were full of high-flying maneuvers as well as strong, hard-hitting action on the front. Who can forget matches like Rey Mysterio vs Tajiri or Tajiri vs Billy Kidman which set up the division extremely well and these superstars ushered a new, more exciting form of wrestling in the company after the original brand split.

The WWE Cruiserweight Classic tournament has ushered a new form of high-flying, technical wrestling in the company as many of the competitors in the tournament might be soon seen as part of the cruiserweight division on Monday Night Raw. But we must not forget the pioneers of the company’s original cruiserweight division, as the WWE took the talent from WCW to create their own exciting division of cruiserweights who put on exciting matches week in, week out to entertain the fans as well as elevating the “wrestling material” of the company.

30 SPIKE DUDLEY (THEN)

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29 SPIKE DUDLEY (NOW)

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28 FUNAKI (THEN)

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27 FUNAKI (NOW)

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26 PAUL LONDON (THEN)

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25 PAUL LONDON (NOW)

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24 JUVENTUD GUERRERA (THEN)

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23 JUVENTUD GUERRERA (NOW)

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22 ULTIMO DRAGON (THEN)

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21 ULTIMO DRAGON (NOW)

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20 CHAVO GUERRERO (THEN)

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19 CHAVO GUERRERO (NOW)

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18 TAKA MICHINOKU (THEN)

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17 TAKA MICHINOKU (NOW)

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16 MATT HARDY (THEN)

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15 MATT HARDY (NOW)

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14 TAJIRI (THEN)

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13 TAJIRI (NOW)

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12 GREGORY HELMS (THEN)

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11 GREGORY HELMS (NOW)

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10 JAMIE NOBLE (THEN)

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9 JAMIE NOBLE (NOW)

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8 BILLY KIDMAN (THEN)

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7 BILLY KIDMAN (NOW)

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6 DEAN MALENKO (THEN)

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“The Iceman” Dean Malenko is regarded by many to be one of the most technically sound wrestlers of all time, as he was known as “The Man of 1,000 Holds” because of his amazing ability inside the squared circle. So after an extremely successful career in the WCW, Malenko came to the WWE along with fellow wrestlers in Eddie Guerrero, Perry Saturn and Chris Benoit. He soon went on to win the WWF Light Heavyweight Championship from Essios Rios. He lost the title to Scotty 2 Hotty but quickly regained it back for his 2nd Light Heavyweight Championship reign. He would dominate the cruiserweight division for almost a year, as he defeated all the talented cruiserweights who came to defeat him and one could say that his amazing title reign was a factor into convincing the WWE to create a cruiserweight division later on. His 322 days title reign was ended by Crash Holly and would fall down the pecking order with the Invasion angle.

5 DEAN MALENKO (NOW)

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4 X-PAC (THEN)

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3 X-PAC (NOW)

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2 REY MYSTERIO (THEN)

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1 REY MYSTERIO (NOW)

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Mysterio would leave the WWE in 2015 after almost 13 years at the company, as his popularity was deterring which meant WWE didn’t regard him as a top guy anymore. Mysterio returned to Mexico after leaving the WWE as he would sign with AAA for the first time since 1995. Mysterio was the top superstar for the promotion and had a feud with Los Perros del Mal’s leader El Hijo del Perro Aguayo. During the match, Aguayo would suffer a freak accident while setting up for the 619, and would be later revealed to have died. But Mysterio somehow kept his calm and continued to wrestle for the promotion, also working for the promotion’s biggest pay-per-view in “Triplemania XXIII”. Mysterio has also wrestled against talented stars like The Amazing Red, Richochet, PJ Black and AJ Styles after leaving WWE as well as former WWE superstar Kurt Angle. Mysterio signed a deal to be a part of the exciting Lucha Underground last year and has appeared on the second season of the show. Mysterio won the Lucha Underground Trios Championship with Dragon Azteca Jr. and Prince Puma and has been one of the defining pillars of the promotion ever since joining. There have been many rumors floating around about Mysterio returning to the company, and with the cruiserweight division looming around the corner, we could see the master of the 619 return to become the face of that division and yet again elevate it to a top-level status.

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