5 Best Wrestling Matches of 1998

Modified 23 Sep 2018
Top 5 / Top 10

#4 Billy Kidman vs. Juventud Guerrera vs. Rey Mysterio – Triangle match

This cruiserweight triangle match was riddled with clever spots and interesting double-team moves. Alliances started and ended in seconds, creating a never-ending sense of suspense and unpredictability. Mysterio hit a wide variety of incredible moves, many of which he simply came up with on the fly as he was flying through the air. He also hit a picture-perfect Asai moonsault at one point, much to the crowd’s delight.No list of great matches is complete without crazy junior heavyweight action. In this case, Rey Mysterio continued his feud with a now unmasked Juventud Guerrera, while also having to deal with Billy Kidman, one of the unsung heroes of WCW’s dying days.

Kidman and Juventud were just as impressive, moving around the ring with lightning quickness. Kidman also hit a perfect Shooting Star Press from the top rope to the floor, which was simply outstanding. There were countless pinfalls throughout the match, which made it feel faster-paced. Finally, the ending was surprising with controversy arising thanks to Eddy Guerrero’s involvement.

Ironically, all three of these cruiserweights would end up in WWE by 2006, yet only Rey achieved anything resembling the same level of respect for his craft as he did in WCW. Even when WCW was going down the drain, they still had some degree of respect for the cruiserweights (at least until 1999), whereas WWE treated them more like jokes.

Published 23 Sep 2018, 10:18 IST
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