The WCW World Cruiserweight Championship began as the WCW Light Heavyweight Championship in World Championship Wrestling (WCW) 1991. During its existence as the Light Heavyweight Championship it was vacated by Brad Armstrong in September 1992 due to injury. The title remained in limbo until early 1996 as in March of 96 WCW decided to rename and re-establish the title as a Cruiserweight Championship Tournament was held in NJPW. It was won by Shinjiro Otani when he defeated Chris Benoit in the finals. As such Otani was recognized as the new WCW World Cruiserweight Champion.
- World Championship Wrestling
- Title history - History of the championship.
- Champion history - History of the wrestlers who have held the belt.
- Title matches - Matches in which the title was defended.