May 20, 2010
Matt Peddycord
The Powerdriver Review

WCW World Cruiserweight Champion Billy Kidman vs. Juventud Guerrera Ė (Nitro 11/16/98)
After regaining the belt at Road Wild, Juvi quickly makes a star out of Kidman the night after he was set free from Ravenís Flock on the September 14 edition of Nitro in a great match that cost him the Cruiserweight title. Rey Mysterio actually beat Juventud Guerrera for a Cruiserweight title shot at World War 3, so Kidman defending the Cruiserweight title against the LOSER of that match FIRST would only happen in WCW. Well, maybe TNA. Basic feeling out process to start over a headlock. Tony informs us that this crowd is JACKED. Juvi charges into a Sitout Spinebuster, which I believe he calls a BK Bomb now since heís too bulky to do the Shooting Star Press these days. Juvi takes a breather on the floor after that one. Back in, Kidman hits a slingshot legdrop and then cranks on a chinlock. Guerrera elbows out and headscissors Kidman out of the corner. He gives Kidman another tilt-a-whirl headscissors and goes to the corner for a ten-count punch. Flying bodypress gets 1-2-NO! Kidman backdrops Juvi on the apron and dropkicks him to the floor for a plancha. Back inside, Kidman covers for two. Back to the chinlock. Itís odd seeing Kidman play the heel in this match. When Juvi starts to fight out, Kidman levels him with forearms up against the ropes. He charges, but Juvi hits the mat and that causes Kidman to go flying over the top rope to the floor. Juvi flies down on top of Kidman just for fun. Back in the ring, Guerrera delivers a tail-bone bruising springboard legdrop. Delayed cover gets two. Kidman charges into a spinebuster and then takes a wheelbarrow face slam. Next up, YOU CANíT POWERBOMB KIDMAN! That gets two. Juvi tries another wheelbarrow, but Kidman counters into a release German! Another nearfall for Kidman. Guerrera flips out of a German and drills Kidman with a Juvi Driver! Cover, 1-2-NO! Juventud cannot believe it. Kidman lowblows Juvi off a top rope hurracanrana attempt and deliver the Super Sitout Spinebuster! Oh man. SHOOTING STAR PRESS? Nope. Juvi trips up Kidman and sets him in place for the 450 SPLASH! That connects and gets the 1-2-3! (12:09) And Juventud Guerrera wins his third and final WCW World Cruiserweight championship. These two just really had a great chemistry together. Six days later, Kidman would get his rematch at World War 3 and regained the belt to pick up right where he left off the week before. ***ĺ

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