June 21, 2009
Matt Peddycord
The Powerdrive Review

Eddie Guerrero vs. Chris Benoit – WCW Saturday Night (11/18/95)
Benoit and Guerrero were putting on some great matches during the early days of Nitro and even on the muthaship Saturday Night show. This is one of those matches and in my opinion, the best of the series. Huge “Eddie” chants go up to begin things as he had already gained a decent audience inside WCW considering the short span of time since he had left ECW back when all he really did to get over was wrestle. I was one of those people. Of course I was only nine years old, but still. Benoit had just recently been chosen to join the 4 Horsemen along with Flair, AA and Pillman. Definitely a notch up from when Roma held up the four fingers. Can I get a witness? Amen. Some nice mat wrestling to start from these two. Benoit really works the arms during that exchange. They go into a great rollup sequence. Benoit wants a powerbomb, but Eddie counters and armdrags Benoit to the floor. Finally, Tony and Dusty are getting into the match. Eddie follows him out with a pescado. “Eddie! Eddie! Eddie!” Back in they go, Eddie hits a Hilo for two. Guerrero applies his daddy’s hold – the Gory Special. Eddie goes from that to a camel clutch for more stretching. Fisherman suplex into a floatover gets two. Guerrero delivers a headscissors out of the corner, but gets DRILLED with a Benoit clothesline. Benoit dares the crowd to chant “Eddie” some more as he delivers a back suplex. Swandive Headbutt is forthcoming, but Eddie moves! Eddie wants a torso rollup, but they botch it and Eddie still manages to get two. Benoit gets a rollup of his own for two. They do a standing switch which gets another two for Benoit. Eddie then slips out of a powerbomb and delivers Splash Mountain for 1-2-NO! Uh oh, Brainbuster connects! Cover, 1-2-NO! Eddie heads up top, but gets crotched. Benoit brings Eddie down to the mat with a back superplex! That knocks them both out as the ref counts ten on both guys. (11:56) Excellent back and forth match. I don’t even really mind the ending because it shows just how spent both guys were and how much of themselves they gave here. ****¼

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