In order to compete with WCW and its luchadors, WWE debuted the Light Heavyweight Championship in December 1997.
Taka Michinoku won the title in a tournament at In Your House: D-Generation X. He held it for 315 days until he lost it to Christian in his first match.
The title had some credibility with the company as Superstars like Dean Malenko and Jerry Lynn were for champions. X-Pac, Jeff Hardy and Scotty 2 Hotty were also former champions.
In its short run, the Light Heavyweight division had some serious competition.
After the purchase of WCW, WWE now had even more talent to compete in the division. The Light Heavyweight and Cruiserweight titles were unified at the 2001 Survivor Series with X-Pac as the current Cruiserweight Champion.
The title became exclusive to Smackdown in 2002. During this time, Smackdown was filled with many cruiserweights such as Billy Kidman, Gregory Helms (Hurricane), Jamie Noble, Matt Hardy, Rey Mysterio, Chavo Guerrero, Tajiri and many others.
This was the highlight of the cruiserweight division. The matches were spectacular and each Superstar gave it their all. The match I remember most is Rey Mysterio vs. Matt Hardy at WrestleMania XIX.
The Cruiserweight Title was vacated in September of 2007, with Hornswoggle being the last champion. But at this point, the belt was a joke.
I feel that WWE could benefit from reviving the division. There are so many Superstars on the roster now with nothing to do.
Let's take a look at some of the WWE Superstars who could be in the division. I'll keep the weight limit at the standard 215lbs because Matt Hardy was a bigger champion.
On Raw, The Colons, Evan Bourne, Kofi Kingston and Rey Mysterio.
Even though Rey is older and injury prone, having a veteran like him as champ would bring instant credibility to the title. We've all seen Kofi's athletic ability. Just look at what he did during the Royal Rumble trying not to be eliminated.
As for Smackdown, they have many cruiserweights on their roster just like in previous years. Some of the Superstars that could compete for the title are Camacho, Heath Slater, Hunico, Justin Gabriel, Sin Cara, Tyson Kidd and Yoshi Tatsu.
With WWE showing little focus on the tag team division, the Colons, Hunico, Camacho, Slater, Gabriel, and Kidd could put on some entertaining matches.
What is Slater doing right now? Besides getting punked out by Flo Rida, nothing.
We saw Kidd and Gabriel team up at WrestleMania in the dark match. But like I said, WWE is putting little effort into their tag division.
I honestly would pay to see Tyson Kidd vs. Gabriel vs. Bourne vs. Kofi. Not a lot, but I would pay.
WWE has many talented stars, but it seems like we are getting the same 15 guys or show every week on Raw or Smackdown. There are too many promos and not enough wrestling.
WWE can dedicate six to eight minutes each show for these guys to showcase their talents. It will get these guys some air time and pay off in the long run.