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5 WCW wrestlers who went and became bigger in WWE

A look at 5 WWE superstars who had lesser beginnings in WCW

Top 5 / Top 10 22 Jan 2018, 01:59 IST

Monday Night Wars
Monday Night Wars

World Championship Wrestling (WCW) was a big deal back in the late 90s due to popular superstars such as Goldberg, Sting, Hollywood Hogan and of course, their enigmatic front-man Eric Bischoff. There were, however, some superstars that jumped ship either before, during or after WCW's height and became huge in the WWE.

#5 Rey Mysterio Jr.

The ultimate underdog
The ultimate underdog

From his cruiserweight upbringing on WCW and ECW against the likes of Juventud Guerrero, Psicosis, Dean Malenko and Chris Jericho, Rey Mysterio managed to take his diminutive stature and become a megastar in his later career. Although being a 5-time WCW Cruiserweight Champion, Rey was never seen as anything more than a cruiserweight in WCW and would struggle to get TV time against the heavyweights. A hair vs mask match against 'The Outsiders' (Nash and Hall) in 1999 started to spell the end for Rey in WCW as he was made to unmask and lose his identity.

Fast forward a few years and Rey became part of the new WWE after WCW was purchased by Vince, McMahon. Rey was now feuding higher up the card with the likes of Eddie Guerrero and Rob Van Dam. He later Tag Champion with both of them on separate occasions. His biggest break came with the unfortunate death of his longtime best friend Eddie Guerrero. After honouring him and receiving the crowd adulation in Eddie's place, Rey went on to win the 2006 Royal Rumble, and eventually onto WrestleMania 22 to face and beat Randy Orton for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. Rey would go on and become a 3 time World Champion across the two WWE brands and also win the Intercontinental title.

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