Today in Pro Wrestling History (July 8): Rey Mysterio Wins First Cruiserweight Title

Today in Pro Wrestling History: On July 8th, 1996, Mysterio defeats Dean Malenko on Monday Nitro to win the WCW Cruiserweight Championship for the first time.

Today in Pro Wrestling History (July 8): Rey Mysterio Wins First Cruiserweight Title

Today In Pro Wrestling History July 8

Mysterio, then a relative newcomer to fans in the United States, would go on to hold the Cruiserweight championship (between both WCW and WWE) a total of eight times.

Here’s another great piece we have about Rey Mysterio right here: Rey Mysterio: Secret Tale Behind WWE Championship Win

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