To be clear from the outset.... this is more accurately a list of NON-heavyweights than it is a list of specifically 205 pound or less wrestlers. It's meant to encapsulate the style of junior heavyweight, light heavyweight and cruiserweight wrestling that has seen renewed interest lately, courtesy of WWE's Cruiserweight Classic.
Cruiserweights -- and light heavyweights, for that matter, have been a staple in many wrestling promotions. WCW (and, to a lesser extent, the WWF) promoted them in the 1990s and TNA built its X Division around a cruiserweight style (though weight limit is not a prerequisite for competing for that particular championship). In addition, promotions in Japan, Mexico and others have often promoted a championship for those wrestlers hovering around the 200-pound mark.
One important consideration: a lot of wrestlers ranked on this list may appear as though they should perhaps higher or lower based on their overall career accomplishments in the ring. But for this particular study, we're looking at what they've accomplished AS a cruiserweight. Keep that in mind if, say, Eddie Guerrero or Chris Jericho don't rank as highly as you might figure they would.
Once again, we are not capping weight limits at 205 pounds (the way a traditional cruiserweight may qualify) to factor in periods where such championships had different requirements, such as the slightly-bulkier Light Heavyweight divisions that once existed.
In ranking the Top 50 Cruiserweights, Canadian Bulldog's World considered the following criteria:
How memorable were their cruiserweight runs?
Were they particularly innovative or unique?
Did they capture any prominent championships or other honors as a light heavyweight or cruiserweight?
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