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[1999-03-29-WCW-Nitro] Chris Benoit & Dean Malenko vs Rey Misterio Jr & Billy Kidman

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Awesome match in front of a Toronto crowd with a “double heat” on Rey and Kidman and some really good false finish teases. Benoit and Rey are excellent against each other. Raven and Saturn attack Benoit and Malenko when the referee is distracted to give Rey and Kidman the tag titles! I could say way more about this as it was a sensational Southern tag mixed in with all of Rey’s great high-flying and the Benoit/Malenko suplexes and submissions.

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This was a cool classic tag match with the cruiserweight offense of Rey and Kidman mixed in. The opening stuff before Kidman's FIP is all really good and Kidman's comeback/hot tag to Rey was really good. Really cool move where Rey turns a flapjack into a guillotine on the ropes. Rey in general is great here and he and Kidman make a good team.

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Really good Nitro style match that harbored back to the early 90's and the Blondes vs. Babyface era. Bobby and Tony are really going after each other here and not in a friendly way. It is uncomfortable to listen to. The double FIP and the break give a good bookend to the entire match and the finish was actually intriguing with Raven and Saturn costing them the belts. ***1/2

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WCW World Tag Team Champions Chris Benoit & Dean Malenko vs. Rey Mysterio & Billy Kidman - WCW Nitro 3/29/99

 

So who is more pissed during this match Tony Schiavone or Chris Benoit? Schiavone is spewing venom on commentary and it is uncomfortable. Benoit is lighting muthafuckas up. Benoit usually hits pretty damn hard, but during this match he was really kicking the dogshit out of Kidman. The forearm blow to back of Kidman's head was hard to watch. Pretty much the entirety of the match is a Benoit offense display. He is on the warpath and it actually makes any hope spots look forced and artificial. Like Kidman's spinebuster just existed to get to the next part of the match. Rey's hurricanarana was a bit more organic. Once Benoit and Malenko settle more into a traditional heat segment it at least seems like Kidman and Rey have a chance, which I hope kinda makes sense. Rey & Kidman are still getting their asses kicked, but this time in a way more conducive to setting up a comeback. Rey gets the hot tag and looks to hit a Latino Frankensteiner (TM Michael Buffer) for the win, but Malenko catches him with a powerbomb and goes for the Cloverleaf, but Raven hits a DDT to allow Rey to win the tag belts. Lets recap the match Benoit & Malenko shine, Benoit & Malenko heat segment, Benoit & Malenko poised to win. Damn, did they kick their ass. I am oversimplifying a bit as Kidman & Rey got a few brief spots but this was the Benoit and Malenko show. It was still a damn good spotfest, but I don't think it ranks with some of the other really high end 1999 WCW stuff. ***1/2

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If Benoit and Malenko were midgets then what does that make the opposition? It seemed like it was going to be a standard quick match worked in the rushed TV style (Which I hate BTW, but won't go on about it). Instead they took it longer with a FIP segment. 10m shown plus the break. Action was good. With a clean finish this goes on my top matches of the year list. With a HSF it misses out. Guess which happened?

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The bickering announcers were really distracting--Schiavone and Heenan are clearly visibly losing it at this point, though they probably both checked out mentally ages ago. Anyway, let's not let that get in the way of a terrific tag bout, one that teases ending in your standard 3-5 minutes, but Kidman kicks out and we go into a long (for Monday night TV) finishing stretch. Is Nash delegating the tag team booking to somebody else? All of a sudden after ignoring the titles for years, in the midst of all the other chaos going on, WCW has put together a nifty little group of teams going after the belts.

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