Review: WWE Network’s Best 100 Matches: #87 Billy Kidman vs Rey Mysterio vs Juventud Guerrera (WCW Cruiserweight Title, Starrcade 1998)

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The Cruiserweight division was one of the many elements that made WCW a success in the mid to late 1990s. The wrestlers in this triple threat match, Billy Kidman, Rey Mysterio and Juventud Guerrera were key players in making the Cruiserweight division the wrestling highlight of WCW. Of course, the NWO gave the viewers a storyline to keep them tuning in next week. But in terms of wrestling, the main reason to watch was the Cruiserweight division. And, really, you need look no further than this incredible triple threat match.

The action is fast and furious right from the bell ring. The three wrestlers were at the peak of their abilities, and it shows as they barely take a second to breathe amongst the non-stop action. Sometimes, a match between light heavyweight competitors can turn into a hurrincanrana-fest. Although they are used plenty of times in this match, they don’t pollute the match. When they are used, they are used in spectacular fashion. At one point, Mysterio executes a hurricanrana onto Guerrera who is on Kidman’s shoulders. Mysterio laters peforms a hurricanrana onto a top-rope Guerrera to the outside! The highlight of the match, no doubt, is Kidman’s shooting star press to Mysterio and Guerrera from the top rope to the outside. It has to be seen to be believed!

Please catch me!
Please catch me!

It’s marred by outside interference, but only a little. From bell to bell, this is a fantastic triple threat match. Unbelievable high risk moves, fluid and rapid action, and plenty of near falls add up to a must-watch match. WWE watchers will be familiar with Mysterio, but Kidman and Guerrera are equal cruiserweights.

VERDICT: 8/10. The finish is marred by outside interference, but it’s a classic example of how brilliant and revolutionary the Cruiserweight division was in WCW.

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(Click here for my review of #87 The Nasty Boys vs Maxx Payne and Cactus Jack, Spring Stampede 1994)

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