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The World Wrestling Federation (WWF) Light Heavyweight Championship
was a professional wrestling
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. The title was challenged by light heavyweights
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at a maximum weight of 220 lbs.
The WWF Light Heavyweight Championship was first introduced in Mexico
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for the Universal Wrestling Association
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. It eventually migrated to Japan
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as well, although it wasn't considered as an official WWF title until after 1997, when a tournament was held in the United States
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to crown a champion. Before the tournament, the title was a part of the J-Crown
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In March 2001, World Wrestling Federation, Inc.
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purchased World Championship Wrestling. Following the conclusion of the Invasion angle at the 2001 Survivor Series
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pay-per-view, the WWF Light Heavyweight Championship was quietly abandoned in favor of the WCW Cruiserweight Championship. Simultaneously, the WCW Cruiserweight Championship was rebranded as the WWF Cruiserweight Championship. It would become the WWE Cruiserweight Championship
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in accordance with the company's name change in May 2002, and it would be defended until September 2007. The title will be in WWE '12
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