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In WCW or WWE, have any Cruiserweight or Light-Heavyweight Champions gone on to become World Champions? The only one I can remotely think of is Chris Jericho (1st WWE Undisputed Champ), and I don't even remember him actually holding the WCW Cruiserweight belt, just feuding with Rey Mysterio over it.

I was just thinking about Hurricane, Matt Hardy, and Eddie Guerrero and whether being former CW champs would give them a glass ceiling (or gold anchor) in their hopes of rising to the WWE or World Heavyweight Championships.
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Chris Jericho was WCW cruiserweight champion and went on to become the undisputed world champion. Aside from him, I don't see any (unless you count the X championship as lightweight championship...that way, AJ Styles would also count).



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#3 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.46
    Originally posted by lagboyz_jfk
    In WCW or WWE, have any Cruiserweight or Light-Heavyweight Champions gone on to become World Champions? The only one I can remotely think of is Chris Jericho (1st WWE Undisputed Champ), and I don't even remember him actually holding the WCW Cruiserweight belt, just feuding with Rey Mysterio over it.



Jericho was actually a four time CW champ. See here for details.
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Depending on your views on certain titles, Chris Benoit could qualify as he held the WWF LHW title in 1991 as Pegasus Kid and held the WCW title for a day in 2000 after defeating Sid before leaving for WWE.



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Should you count Jerry Lynn who did it in reverse? He was ECW champ and six months later lightheavy champ of WWE



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#6 Posted on | Instant Rating: 10.00
If you threw in guys who challenged for the title (specifically the WCW/WWF/WWE Cruiserweight Title, because I don't have another list) you could add
- Chris Benoit (WCW)
- Jerry Lynn (ECW)
- Yuji Nagata (IGWP)
- Silver King (CMLL - but that was previous to his title shots)
- Mikey Whipwreck (ECW - but that was previous to his title shots)
- K-Kwik (NWA)

I think counting guys who did it reverse doesn't help if you're looking at this as "Crusierweight success leads to Heavyweight success."



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