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Rey Mysterio Jr. vs.
The Ultimate Dragon (Hog Wild)
Despite career parallels, this is the first meeting of
Mysterio and Dragon. In Ultimo's debut, he takes the
Cruiser champ the distance and laid the grounds for a
very good run in WCW. The size advantage really works
interesting for Dragon as all he's able to really have
his way with lil' Rey. Mysterio's flying is excellent as
always including a crazy plancha from the top rope to the
ground (the ring is elevated). The crowd doesn't really
go along with the psychology of Dragon, but dig the
highspots. The finish is sort of out-of-nowhere and not
that spectacular, but sufficed.
Chris Benoit vs. Dean
Malenko (Hog Wild)
A can't-miss match with a little angle going on, which
actually hurt it in my opinion. The
Benoit/Horsemen-Sullivan/Dungeon angle played out until
the next summer and unfortunately effected both
Benoit-Malenko PPV matches. The in-ring matches are
excellent though as these two go balls-to-the-wall with a
New Japan junior style that is just awesome. This baby
has so much great stuff in it: smooth cradle exchanges,
awesome display of the moves and holds, tight work and
classic junior psychology. This has a very similar feel
to Savage-Steamboat with outdoor atmosphere, dozens of
nearfalls and pacing. They go into overtime, the first of
which is outstanding as Benoit targets Malenko's knee,
which is sold very well. The fans are really dead and
even boo a second OT. Malenko controls this one, until
Woman's interference costs him. The match itself was
excellent, but the crowd was dead and the finish stunk.
Rey Mysterio Jr. vs.
Dean Malenko (Clash of the Champions XXXIII)
The third meeting of Malenko nd Mysterio and it's free
for to the world. Mysterio has that early technico
advantage, but Malenko fights back with nice technique.
There's a beautiful exchange mid-way through, which is
classic Mysterio improvising with sheer athleticism and
reflexes. Mysterio's stuff is so excellent and Malenko is
right there hanging with him. They have a false finish
and then Rey catches him from behind and
"steals" a win. Okay finish, it more
perpetuated their feud than anything. Malenko was average
for him, getting his stuff in, but mostly working the
transitions for Mysterio, whose spots were exceptional.
Chris Benoit vs.
Chris Jericho (Fall Brawl `96)
One of the WWF's vey best feuds for match quality, this
was one of a handful of their matches from WCW and it's a
personal favorite. Jericho was able to show a lot of his
talent in what was his first WCW pay-per-view. Benoit
plays almost a solid veteran and really has the crowd
behind him as 1) he's an awesome talent and 2) he's a
Horseman in North Carolina. The pyschology isn't superb,
but they really beat the hell out of each other, which
has to get you marking out.
Rey Mysterio Jr. vs.
Super Calo (Fall Brawl `96)
Calo was one of the few luchadors, who wasn't totally
misused as WCW at least threw him in a few good matches
before he headed back South. His offense is quite unique
and not just to the US, his missile dropkick suicida was
especially cool. Rey takes all of the moves well and
sells well as Calo even attacks the arm quite a bit,
which was interesting from a luchador. In the end,
Mysterio gets in most his stuff, which looks great as
always. The crowd wasn't really heated for much of this,
despite it's excellence. One of the lucha-style gems of
Ultimate Dragon vs.
Dean Malenko (Starrcade `96)
The J-Crown holder versus the Cruiserweight champion, the
later belt which could (but wouldn't either way) become
part of the Crown. The crowd really isn't into the match
for a while as it is largely Malenko working over
Ultimo's knee early on. They get into the highspots
big-time, but the heat is pretty inconsistant. The last
leg gets them going though with hot nearfalls, but the
finish is sort of flat as it is very New Japan. The match
itself was quite good with better matwork than many
cruiser matches and very limited highflying.
Jushin Lyger vs. Rey
Mysterio Jr. (Starrcade `96)
The sometimes-heavyweight Lyger plays the bigger veteran
to Mysterio's small underdog youngster role. Lyger uses a
lot of power moves to draw babyface heat for Rey, who
makes his comeback with his flying. The crowd get into
only the top highspots and really dead for what is a
superb match. The finish is really good, but the crowd's
unfamiliarity with Lyger's moveset doesn't make the Lyger
Bomb finale heated at all.
Dean Malenko vs.
Ultimate Dragon (Clash of the Champions XXXIV)
After a brief "USA" chant, things pick up right
were they left off at Starrcade. Dragon works on
Malenko's knee, which is funny because it was the other
way around before. After a s short offense, Dragon starts
with the kicks. The crowd is definitely into everything
Malenko does as he takes apart the knee again. They pick
it up with a fast sequence and then Dragon gets in his
highspots. Malenko comes back and slaps on his Texas
Cloverleaf to a huge pop and regains his Cruiserweight
Chris Jericho, Super
Calo, Chavo Guerraro Jr. vs. Konnan, La Parka, Mr. JL
(Clash of the Champions XXXIV)
Weird note, but this match has two future World
Heavyweight champions and a past one in Jericho, Mr. JL
and Konnan respectively. This is a lucha-style trios
match with only three men who have wrestled significantly
in Mexico. Chavo and JL open things up well enough, then
Konnan and Calo break out a lil' lucha, then Jericho and
Parka add some weird heavyweight stuff. After a little
messiness, Parka and Konnan give is some nice
double-teaming. Then they transition into the dive part,
La Parka hitting a crazy tope suicida and Calo coming out
last with a Slingshot Somersault Senton Suicida. During
the chaos on the floor, Jericho takes out JL with his
Jericho Spike (Top Rope Frankenstiener) for the hot win.
Not on par with lucha stuff, but this thing was a tornado
Syxx vs. Eddy
Guerraro (nWo Souled Out)
Before ladders were all the rage in the WWF came this
nice gem from a pretty weak, though unique pay-per-view.
Guerraro is really on the money early on with a
high-impact plancha and really amplifies Syxx's limited
offense (minus a sweet tope con hilo) with his selling
and bumping. The early later stuff is good, but pretty
generic. Then they do a great spot, where both are near
the top, until Syxx hits a crazy dropkick and falls to
his death. The end is good, but the finish itself is
better. Both men grab the belt, but Eddy uses it to KO
Syxx and reclaims his belt for the win. This seemed much
better in its day, but like the HBK-Razor ladder matches
it hasn't aged as well. The pre-ladder part of the match
was actually quite good, unfortunately the ladder hurt
the match more than it helped it. Once it was introduced,
the spots were good, but not overly creative, which
really makes a ladder match. The highspot of the
match was actually pretty cool, but didn't make up for
some of the shortcomings.
Dean Malenko vs. Syxx
The first time we really saw the intense Dean Malenko, a
character that was excellent because he was rarely used.
He opens up the match with mostly brawling and power
moves. He aggressively targets the knee, before Syxx gets
in his first bit of offense. The nWo's Cruiserweight goes
after Dean's neck fairly well. Then Eddy Guerraro gets
involved when Syxx tries to grab Malenko's belt. His help
backfires and the nWo picks up and belt they really have
no right to have. Syxx was really hit-and-miss in WCW and
Malenko saved this thing from being a bad match.
Konnan, La Parka,
Villano IV vs. Juventud Guerrara, Super Calo, Ciclope
A little too far North (San Francisco) to pull in good
lucha crowd, but I'm sure there are a few. Villano IV and
Ciclope have a nice early exchange, Konnan and Juvi do
some cat-and-mouse, until K-Dawg has enough of that and
brutalizes the whole smaller team. La Parka and Super
Calo have an awesome exchange with cool dives and hard
bumps. Ciclope and #4 check back in and really drag
things down with sloppiness. Guerrara after half-botching
a 450 Splash, goes into some smooth moves including a
nice springboard rana. Then they go into some weird team
submissions and then triple dives, but Konnan gets Juvi
back inside with the Powerdrop. Fast action with more
lucha influence than I've seen in other WCW six-mans, but
it also had it's share of sloppiness.
Eddy Guerraro vs.
Chris Jericho (SuperBrawl VII)
Two of the best heels WCW had in the years to come in
face roles having a clean match... weird. The early work
is pretty good, Jericho's proto-Liontamer/Walls of
Jericho is even applied an criticized by the announcers.
The crowd is really not into all the submissions, so Eddy
tries to pick it up with big moves. The mid-rift of the
match is actually quite good, but the crowd just doesn't
care. The crowd even seems to start booing before Eddy
gets a roll-up win. The beginning was sort of lackluster,
while the end was actually quite good. Aside from the
crowd reaction this was a very good match, just not a
Dean Malenko vs. Eddy
Guerraro (Uncensored `97)
One of the greatest feuds of the 90s finally comes to WCW
and not just because these two guys are great
Cruiserweights. In fact, they're wrestling for the US
title in a "No DQs" match nonetheless. Eddy had
been picking up his intensity and the fans began booing
him, while Dean's smooth work was making him a fan
favorite, much like Bret Hart in the WWF. Despite the
rules, they don't do much, other than Dean using the belt
and Syxx's camera briefly and Eddy using the heel tactics
(that he could've done otherwise). Eddy focuses on the
knee and does so very well. Dean sells it excellently
during, but it wears off as he comes back onto the
offensive, following a cool Guerraro Plancha miss. They
do the other's finisher, before Syxx comes out to steal
the US title. Eddy grabs it from him and tries to hit
Dean with it, but Malenko ducks him and pops him with
Syxx's camera for the win. Though it wasn't clean, the
finish was good for angle purposes and not illegal, which
makes it more acceptable. Not on par with their ECW
classics, but still quite good. The fluidity of th work
and organization of the match was just great and the fans
were into it.
Ultimo Dragon vs.
Psychosis (Uncensored `97)
Kind of two awesome cruisers thrown together for a PPV,
but really how can you miss? Ultimo had been becoming one
of the most popular cruiserweights, while Psychosis
hadn't been totally lost in the shuffle yet. Tenay
reminds us they were/are affiliated with different groups
in Mexico, so they are not familiar with each other. The
early work is pretty basic as they do generic lucha and
their own signature spots. Finally they pick it up,
Psycosis hit an awesome tope suicida and then a crazy
slingshot legdrop suicida, Ultimo not to be outdone does
his Asai Moonsault. That got the crowd into it finally
and than the last leg is reasonably well heated. It ends
up coming across like a Nitro match given more time, so
they have a stronger finish. While there were a few flaws
in execution, things were largely good and it was a nice
Rey Mysterio Jr. vs.
Ultimo Dragon (Spring Stampede `97)
The third PPV match between these two with two a piece.
The matwork early on is very good from Mysterio and
excellent from Ultimo. Then Dragon starts his usual
overpowering offense, which is executed by him as well as
it sold by Rey. After a Mysterio comeback tease, Ultimo
comesback with stiff kicks and lucha science. Rey's
comebacks elevate in content as he progresses into his
awesome highflying, but Dragon cuts him off time and time
again. The end is filled with hot nearfalls and a nice
springing huracanrana finish. The crowd was really hot
for this throughout and totally got into the nearfalls.
Excellent match, definitely one of the best.
Dean Malenko vs.
Chris Benoit (Spring Stampede `97)
A rematch of the classic Hog Wild match, half a year
later and this time for the US title. Instead of a weak
angle, this is a mutual respect match and means we'll see
more science than heated brawling. They go with nice
matwork and chain wrestling early on, slow and
methodical. The crowd seems kind of hushed by the pacing,
but when Benoit starts with the chopping, the fans love
it. There's the nice conflict of Malenko's precise
technique versus Benoit's grinding brutality. Benoit
seems to have things in orderr, until the angle crap
kicks in. Jacqueline comes and jumps Woman, Jimmy Hart
comes and steals the US title, Eddy Guerraro stops him
though as Benoit-Malenko spill onto the floor. The
referee is distracted by all the extra curricular
activity. Arn Anderson cheapshots Dean, Sullivan blasts
Benoit, Malenko knocks him onto Eddy and it ends in
disqualification. Malenko helps up Benoit and says,
"he was not supposed to be here," whoever he
was I still dunno. Excellent match, in many ways better
than the more highly acclaimed Hog Wild match. The finish
stunk, but is a stalemate better than a tainted win?
Rey Mysterio Jr. vs.
Yuji Yasuraoka (Slamboree `97)
The only trip over from WAR, which was too bad for this
talented, but early retired wrestler. The early work is
pretty basic and even, until Junior starts with his
stuff. He and referee Mark Curtis do cool spot, where Rey
tope con hilos over him. Mysterio looks really crispy and
Yuji is a good seller. His offense is kind of different
with nice strikes, a solid attack on Rey's arm and a cool
springing plancha. After Yasuraoka's Double-Arm DDT
doesn't get him the win, the communication breaks down
and the finish is kind of flat. Good lil' match, which
displayed Yuji's skills fairly well.
Ultimo Dragon vs.
Psychosis (Great American Bash `97)
After the Dragon-Onoo split, Sonny began focusing on
luchadors and Psychosis was the first he picked up and
sent after Ultimo. After an okay PPV match in March this
is rematch with an angle now. The fans are really hot for
this, which makes it super-cool. Psych is boo'd when he
plays to them and Ultimo's offense is cheered. They
really give it to Sonny, especially when he gets his
kicks in on the floor. The pacing by Psychosis is really
good as he has a well-rounded offense and really lays on
the taunting. Ultimo almost gets his hands on Sonny,
which has the crowd going crazy. We see a rare La Rueca
followed by an Asai Moonsault from the Dragon and an
insane tope suicida by Psychosis. The end is
back-and-fourth and very heated before Ultimo hooks the
Dragon Sleeper for the win. Awesome match with some of
the best heat I've ever seen in Cruiserweight match. This
had a lot of great offense out of both men, a bit of
innovation and no obvious flaws. A hidden gem for sure.
Chris Jericho vs.
Ultimo Dragon (Bash at the Beach `97)
Two real life friends, who've had good matches in Japan,
Mexico and the US. Jericho's best days were ahead of him,
while Dragon's career would be over sooner than it
should've been. The work is quite good with excellent
pacing, big moves and smart highflying. There is a lot of
counterattacks, which makes this seem really unusual. The
crowd is kind of baffled by the organization it seems as
neither really calls their spots as they mostly develop
out of counters. Appropriotely, the win comes from a
cradling sequence and the two have a handshake at the
end, which is even unusual for the Cruiserweights. This
seemed like a Guerraro-Malenko or Mysterio-Psychosis
match, where these two were just operating on another
level. I can't believe this doesn't stand out more in my
mind, but this is just awesome. Definitely one of the
classic Cruiserweight matches and a type of match you
Hector Garza, Lizmark Jr. vs. La Parka, Psychosis,
Villano IV (Bash at the Beach `97)
Psychosis and Lizmark do the feeling out, which is short.
Garza really shows off a lot of skill in mere minutes
against Villano with all the lucha jumps, flips and
takedowns. Juvi comes in again La Parka and gets some
excellent offense going, until Sonny Ono (the rudos'
manager) injects himself. We get a taste of lucha comedy
with La Parka fighting with his partners. The technicos
do the the triple tope spot, which gets the fans up.
Psychosis and Juvi, former AAA partners, go at it, Psych
hitting a vicious top rope sunset flip. The technicos
come back with some sweet highflying and then apply The
Star. Then they go into the flying misses spot. Things
get a little hectic as they transition into the
dive-after-dive sequence, ending with Garza's Corkscrew
Plancha. Then we see a run-in by Villano V, who messes up
and loses it for the rudos. Really, really good WCW lucha
match with just about all the typical spots and not some
of the sloppiness we often see. Perhaps the best of the
WCW Cruiserweight six-mans.
Chris Jericho vs.
Eddy Guerraro (Clash of the Champions XXXV)
The evolution of Guerraro turning into the world class
rudo he is and Jericho just playing the baby, which he's
good at. Jericho's early offense frustrates Eddy, who
cowers and stalls. Finally he gets an ambush on the
Cruiserweight champion and so it begins. Guerraro
arrogantly displays some good offense and expertly sells
Jericho's. They have a nice cradle sequence, which oddly
ends the match. Guerraro goes even more rudo on him with
a post-match attack, which really gets the fans booing
him. Awesome rudo stuff out of Eddy, who's one of the
best and Jericho was kind of just along for the ride.
King, Villano IV & V vs. Juventud Guerrara, Super
Calo, Hector Garza, Lizmark Jr. (Clash of the
After a handful of successful six-mans, WCW adds two men
and makes this a little more interesting. The rudos don't
have La Parka, but do have Silver King, which is a decent
exchange. Super Calo and Villano IV do the opening work,
which starts fast and keeps up a nice pace. Garza and
King have a great sequence, King playing the talented
rudo role he does so well. They do the dive sequence
first, which really gets some pops. Calo and Psychosis
end up inside and Sonny Onoo allows his man to get the
Guillotine Legdrop and the win. Too short, I mean a few
of the guys hardly did anything aside from a their dive.
No obvious mistakes and the crowd enjoyed it, but it just
didn't have the time.
Eddy Guerraro vs.
Chris Jericho (Fall Brawl `97)
A rematch after the Clash, which was a turning point for
Eddy and now he's coming in as a full-fledged rudo. He
complains to the ref early on to draw heat on himself.
Then they kick into wrestling. Guerraro roughs up Jericho
with chops and European uppercutts, while the champ uses
science. Then they transfer into a less lucha-style
psychology as Guerraro starts to grind away on
"Lionheart" and concentrates on the back
especially. Jericho has lots of neat little counters that
the crowd really get into moreso than Eddy's heel
tactics. The finish is really awesome with Jericho
hitting two powerbombs than setting up for the Superplex.
The fans stand for that, but Eddy evades his attempt and
follows up with Frog Splash for the clean win. The pace
of this was quite slow as Eddy used a lot of submissions
and they sold the big moves very well. The crowd seemed
to be really behind Jericho, but weren't booing Eddy,
which was too bad. This was third big show match and far
and away the best and a classic for sure.
Chris Jericho vs.
Gedo (Halloween Havoc `97)
Former partners and rivals in WAR and now Gedo and his
yellow pajamas come to WCW. How fitting that Dusty Rhodes
does commentary on at least 1 Gedo match, unfortunately
he doesn't mark out for him. This has a lot of brawling
in as Gedo tries to use it to play the heel, but the fans
don't really dig his schtick. There is a scary botch of a
top rope frakenstiener, which sees Jericho land right on
his forehead. They seem to cut things short with Jericho
going over in short, but fairly good match.
Rey Mysterio Jr. vs.
Eddy Guerraro (Halloween Havoc `97)
The culmination of Eddy's rudo days in WCW. After his
turn in late summer, he is finally the complete package:
the rugged, yet sleazy look, the perfect music and all
the rudo tactics that he and Art Barr used a few years
ago to get dangerous levels of heel heat. Mysterio is in
an uncharacteristic body suit that is connected to his
hood and looks the Phantom. Things start very well with
Eddy running his mouth then try a slap and being met with
a flurry of Mysterio offense, before stopping Junior
dead! Then we see arguably not only the best
Cruiserweight match, not only one of the best WCW match,
not only one of the best matches in the States, one of
the best ever. Rey pulls out a nice bit of innovation we
haven't seen since his early matches. Eddy goes into full
rudo mode with arrogant sneers, vicious offense and even
mask-ripping! The pacing is excellent, the crowd is
totally into it, we get a really well-rounded match, no
obvious mistakes and a great finish. This is a must see
match if there ever was one.
Eddy Guerraro vs. Rey
Mysterio Jr. (World War III)
How do you have a rematch that even compares to one of
the greatest matches ever? Misawa has done it with on
four different occasions, so it is possible. Can Rey and
Eddy do it? Guerraro has regained the title and it is
only a month later, so the potential is there. This one
is quite different from the first, which is makes it hard
to compare, but is decidedly not as good. Eddy drops Rey
hard with an early Release German Suplex and the style of
match may change because of that one move. Mysterio is
good, but not as flawless as he sometimes can be. They
use a slower pace with Junior selling a lot, which may be
to cover for the injury, but it works regardless. The
finish is good for the heel and clean. Good match,
interesting rematch, but obviously not as good.
Eddy Guerraro vs.
Dean Malenko (Starrcade `97)
After an excellent past few months on top of the
Cruiserweight heap, rudo Eddy Guerraro faces his greatest
rival (in ECW at least) in Dean Malenko. That seems to
make the match less of a contest and more of an angle
match for better or for worse. Dean's offense is crisp as
always, while Guerraro is being the rudo. The crowd seem
more into Eddy's antics than Dean's stuff, which is fine
as it at least gives the match heat. Guerraro targets the
knee, which Malenko sells very well throughout the match,
until the flat finish. Probably the worst of the
Guerraro-Malenko matches, but a sound match nonetheless.
We saw a little miscommunication, but nothing
catostrophic. On a side note, Malenko and his wife had
their first child only a few days prior and Malenko's
mind was not in having a barnburner with Eddy, which is
Super Calo, Lizmark Jr., Chavo Guerraro Jr. vs. La Parka,
Psychosis, Silver King, El Dandy (Souled Out `98)
Calo and Psychosis get this match started very well and
King and Lizmark take it to the next level. Chavo, the
only non-luchador, faces off with Dandy, who makes the
youngster look dynamite. Parka and Juvi do some comedy
and than Guerrara tries to pick it up with highflying,
until Psych cuts off a dive with a big lariat. The
mid-section of this has a lot of fast replacements and
faster action. Silver King and Juventud have a sloppy
exchange, due to the latter man, but it is quickly
forgetten with the pacing. Silver King misses his
Springing Body Press Suicida, which is pretty sickening
and that begins the dive after dive sequence. Chavo Jr.
and Psychosis are left in the ring, where Guerraro hits
his Tornado DDT for a big upset win. La Parka cleans
house taking out both the technicos and the rudos with
his chair, before dancing on it. Fast action and a hot
crowd, though the length and extra two men sort of hurt
things in my opinion.
Chris Jericho vs. Rey
Mysterio Jr. (Souled Out `98)
Jericho, who'd just begun his great heel run in WCW and
was just finding his legs. Mysterio was just coming back
from his first knee injury and has a brace on. Jericho
attacks the knee reasonably well, Rey sells it
wonderfully. Mysterio battles back with most of his
signauture spots, before Jericho counters a springing top
rope rana and slaps on the Liontamer. Junior taps
instantly and Jericho wins clean. He does a great
post-match promo talking about how the fans love him,
which they don't. He answers their boos by attacking
Rey's knee violently and that's that. This was a very
good match and really turned Jericho fully. Solid
psychology, good heat and it perpuated the story well.
Chris Jericho vs.
Juventud Guerrara (SuperBrawl VIII)
One of WCW's best heels, who had heat with the higher ups
because he was so good. Juventud here was forced into a
mask match and a poorly built up one at that, especially
for someone of Juvi's status. The early stuff is pretty
good with Jericho playing possum to get counted out.
Guerrara gets on the advantage and has a very good
offense, even hitting the Juvi Driver and 450 Splash,
which gets a three, but Jericho grabs the ropes. Juvi,
thinking he won, turns his back and Jericho attacks the
knee. Eventually the champ counters a rana into the
Liontamer and Juventud has to give up and lose his mask.
Inconsistant heat, especially for a match that should
have been a huge deal. Good though with sound psychology,
nice heat on Jericho and a decent finisher, though it was
Chris Jericho vs.
Dean Malenko (Uncensored `98)
The beginning of the heated Jericho-Malenko feud, the
heel champion has his "1,004" tights on to mock
Malenko's "Man of 1,000 Holds" gimmick. The
crowd really plays to Jericho's heel tactics as he
displays a nice offense, but does it arrogantly. Then
they get into the all the Malenko comeback teases.
Awesome finish with Jericho turning Malenko's leg lariat
into the Liontamer, then when Dean is almost to the ropes
he's dragged back to the center and has to tap. Crowd
heat helped this a lot as it was Jericho playing the heel
and Malenko trying to comeback again and again, but keeps
following short. That psychology was excellent and
started a story that would go longer and be hotter than
any other cruiserweight feud. Gene Okerland does a
post-match interview with a uncharacteristically
dispondant Dean Malenko and calls him a "bonafide
loser" and Dean says he's going "home."
Ultimo Dragon vs.
Chavo Guerraro Jr. (Spring Stampede `98)
A weird angle where Eddy used his heel heat to give his
nephew Chavo the babyface rub. The match starts with some
good matwork and then picks up before slowing back down.
Things eventually go to floor and Chavo hits an awesome
twisting tope con hilo. The last leg sees some good
offense out of Chavo, who accidently hits a low dropkick,
but he refuses to take advantage of it. Eddy is furious
about it and Ultimo goes on to counter Chavo's Swinging
DDT into the Dragon Sleeper for the win. Good match and
probably Chavo's best at this point in time. The clean
babyface thing doesn't get over like it used to, but the
fans hate Eddy's cheating, so it works. Good heat, hard
work by the youngster, nice finish.
Dean Malenko vs.
Chris Jericho (Slamboree `98)
After berating Malenko on WCW TV during his hiatus,
Jericho was perpared to face the winner of a 14-man
battle royal immediately after. Cocky and jovial, Jericho
did hilarious intros for all of the entrants. As the
battle royal drew to a close it wound up with Ciclope and
the recently unmasked Juventud Guerrara. Juvi lets
Ciclope win, but he unmasks as Dean to a big pop. Jericho
is forced to wrestle the man he wasn't expecting to see
and Malenko is running on emotions. A lot of intense
brawling early and the fans love it. Jericho finally
turns it around and seems to have things in tow. Dean
finally turns it around with a high-impact Super
Gutbuster and locks on the Texas Cloverleaf. Jericho
tries to fight it, but Malenko fights harder and gets the
win to a huge ovation. Not the same technique as a
regular Cruiserweight match, but a lot of intensity and
excitement foreign to the division. A very heated
fundamentally sound match and that's about it.
Eddy Guerraro vs.
Ultimo Dragon (Slamboree `98)
The Eddy-Chavo saga continues with Dragon being able to
free Chavo if he wins this match. Thw crowd is dead
during the opening, which include some lucha-style work,
Eddy's heel tactics and Ultimo's kicks all of which
regularly get good reactions. Both men use high-impact
stuff and slow stuff (Eddy continues his rudo-isms),
which is good. Ultimo's usually best received moves: Asai
Moonsault, Moonsault and Dragon Sleeper all get poor
reactions at best. Eddy uses Chavo's Tornado DDT and
Ultimo's own signature sleeper, grabbing the ropes during
the latter. Junior tries to stop him, but it backfires
and Eddy hits the Brainbuster and Frog Splash for the
flat victory. Chavo goes nuts and attacks the Dragon and
refuses to hit his uncle, who is begging for it.
Post-match stuff got a decent reaction, but that's being
generous. This was a sound match with no real flaws and a
nice angle to it, but the fans were deader than dead.
After all the heat for Jericho-Malenko, it seems really
weird, in fact Dean got a bigger pop than Goldberg did
later on the card. Good match, but the lack of heat
killed things and the preformances weren't elevated as
they might be for an exceptional crowd.
Chris Jericho vs.
Dean Malenko (Great American Bash `98)
Malenko vacated his title to get another shot at Jericho,
which was a cleverly and well-built up match and probably
the most angle-driven Cruiserweight feud. Jericho
complete in his "1,004" tights gets the heat
early and the feeling out is more heated. Dean grinds
away, while Jericho is arrogant when on the offensive.
Unfortunately the crowd seems to lose interest though the
psychology is very good: intense Malenko versus
overconfident Jericho. The pacing is almost nonchalant,
which is perfect, but doesn't tickle the crowd right. The
crowd digs the highspots and not the slow pace,
unfortunately this isn't into it, until Dean fights
through a Liontamer and when he applies the Cloverleaf.
The crowd is really up for the last leg as Jericho slaps
Malenko and says, "you're nothing just like your
dead father." Dean goes beserk and gets himself
DQ'd, which pisses off the fans. They battle up the
aisle, backstage and finally outside, where Jericho
escapes across the street and into a building. Terribly
inconsistant heat and an unsatisfactory finish after a
well organized match.
Eddy Guerraro vs.
Chavo Guerraro Jr. (Great American Bash `98)
The Guerraros finally go head-to-head with Chavo having
gone crazy making Uncle Eddy uneasy. A heated brawl early
and both guys get backdropped onto the turnbuckle
connectors, which is weird because you never see it. They
go into a nice style clash with Eddy being slower and
more conservative, while Chavo is doing the faster stuff,
namely highflying. Finally Eddy frustrates him and draws
him into making a mistake and Chavo's knee falls prey.
Uncle Eddy starts grinding away with submission, which
kills the crowd and even get some "boring"
chants. Chavo's comeback features some excellent offense,
before he gets an upset win out of nowhere for a
surprisingly big pop. A really good match with heat early
on, but the crowd were not into science at the least.
They were popping some, but I'd say the heat largely hurt
this. One of the best Chavo matches with Eddy giving a
lot and building him very well and putting him over.
Juventud Guerrara vs.
Billy Kidman (Bash at the Beach `98)
Kidman's big coming-of-age match in WCW as member of The
Flock taking on WCW's most dynamic luchador. The early
work is fast-paced and has the crowds into the match.
Lodi interferes, but is taken out by Air Juvi and things
can continue fairly. Kidman and Guerrara bump for each
other a lot and the ground stays into the start-stop
action fairly well. The finish is pretty good with Kidman
missing his Seven Year Itch (Shooting Star Press) and
Juvi hits his 450 Splash for the win. This was like a
really, really good indy match with all the highspots
being pretty much flawless and they try to cram as many
as they can into a 10-minute match. While the selling was
more exaustion from the tempo, they bumped quite a bit
and had the crowd going, which is very important.
Chris Jericho vs. Rey
Mysterio Jr. (No Counts Outs, No DQs) (Bash at the
After worming his way out of facing Dean Malenko at the
third straight PPV, Jericho comes to the ring with a cane
and top hat ready to sing and dance, but J.J. Dillion
interrupts him. It is a local guy, who hasn't wrestled in
six months and Jericho agress...it is Rey Mysterio Jr.
and he's bigger and badder. His early offense is quite
good, Jericho finally clips the knee though and starts
with the ready-made psychology. Rey hits a flying rana
off the lifeguard tower on the mini-beach near the
entrance. Back inside Jericho continues on the knee,
until Malenko comes down and Rey turns the Liontamer into
a cradle for the win! Big pop for that and Dean has his
way with Jericho afterwards, which the crowd enjoys as
well. Mysterio is back and the Cruiserweight champ.
Billy Kidman vs. Rey
Mysterio Jr. vs. Juventud Guerrara (Starrcade `98)
Interesting as we have several future Filthy Animals in a
rare three-way for the #1 contenders seat. Juvi has
joined Eddy Guerraro's LWO, while Mysterio was forced
into the group and Kidman has been free from the Flock
for some time. Guerrara is double-teamed early and rather
effectively, until Rey accidently elbows Kidman. They
brawl back fourth, until they realize Juvi's just
watching and then it becomes every man for himself.
Guerrara is so arrogant that it's almost comedic, but he
still draws heat. The match itself is well-paced and not
overly spotty, but it is still a three-way. The highspots
were really good and the transitions were good
considering those involved and their styles. Only flaw
was the inconsistant crowd heat, though they boo'd Eddy
huge when he swaggered out toward the end. The finish saw
Guerraro try to help buddy Guerrara, until Rey helps
Kidman get the win and keep the belt. Guerraro berates
his LWO partners afterwards and challenges Kidman, who
will take Eddy on right then.
Billy Kidman vs. Eddy
Guerraro (Starrcade `98)
After an excellent match and a big win for Kidman, he
must take one of the best wrestlers at the time. Guerraro
controls early and Juvi even gives him a hand
(literally), but Rey stops him. Eddy's abuse of Juvi is
actually quite funny, though it draws more heat on him
and in fact he gets riles some "Eddy sucks"
chants. The fans really get behind Kidman during the
comeback teases. Guerraro uses boot (he's still in street
clothes) and arrogant taunts to get some great heat.
There is some focus on the knee by Eddy and the
announcers say Kidman has had injury problems recently.
Eddy does his rope-assisted rana, but with one boot on,
which makes it that much cooler. The finish is hot too
with Rey tossing Eddy into Juvi and then Kidman executing
the Shooting Star Press for the win. Better heat then the
previous three-way, excellent psychology and Eddy was
just awesome and in street clothes nonetheless.
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