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One of the best things to come out of the Monday Night Wars was the cruiserweight division. The competition between the WWE and WCW forced each company to come up with new ways to retrain their viewership and gain new followers. WCW completely one-upped the WWE with its cruiserweight division. Even as the WWE tried to compete with its own Light Heavyweight Division, their roster paled in comparison to WCW’s. Whereas WCW at the time had Rey Mysterio Jr, Dean Malenko, Eddie Guerrero, Chris Jericho, and Ultimo Dragon tearing down the house on the undercard, the WWE had its poster boy for the division Taka Michinoku, who was just as exciting as his WCW counterparts, but they also had wrestlers like Brian Christopher, Scott Putski, and a handful of leftover luchadores they did very little with.

During the Invasion storyline the WWE made the Cruiserweight Title its go-to title after unifying it with their Light Heavyweight Championship, but the WWE was never able to capture the same magic WCW had during the Monday Night Wars. However, not all was lost as many of these cruiserweights were able to break from the sometimes pigeonholing shadow of such a division and leave their mark in the WWE by going on to bigger and better things. This list will look at the top 10 Cruiserweights who defined the division, redefined it, and used it as a stepping stone on their way to becoming breakout stars. The only requirement for this list was that they must have held the Cruiserweight Title at one point in their career and wrestled at one time for the WWE. Sorry, Disco Inferno and Lenny Lane.

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This article was first posted on February 12, 2013