Wrestling is Awesome XXXVI: WCW Cruiserweights

Posted on November 25, 2013


When the Monday Night Wars were in full flow, I was probably at the height of my wrestling adoration. I was a WWF boy, all the way through, but had heard many whispers of this WCW thing, and found that I was able to watch it on the television, all be it at the same time as WWF Raw. Still, let’s have a look at it. I tuned in, and the first match I saw was Dean Malenko vs. Eddie Guerrero, both part of what was called the Cruiserweight division. What a way to start! A few weeks later, the show opened with a multi-man match full of masked wrestlers, one of whom was proper Super Calo and another was Juventud Guerrera, and holy hell I was sold. For the next few months, I would watch the cruiserweight segments of Nitro, and switch to Raw for the rest. I was entranced.

With a division built around some of the greatest technicians of all time in Dean Malenko, Chris Jericho and Eddie Guerrero, and thrills and spills added by way of masked luchadores such as Rey Mysterio, Juventud Guerrera, Ultimo Dragon and Psychosis. Constantly exciting matches that always seemed different, and the sort of crazy moves that 11 year old me had never even thought of, let alone seen. When I think of WCW in a positive manner, it is the cruiserweight division that I think of.

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