By RJ Marceau
Hey guys don’t think I forgot about this new series that I decided to start. My #5 favorite superstar from the Ruthless Aggression Era was Carlito. When it comes to my top 3 I think 2 and 3 could flip. However #4 is another superstar that isn’t a huge name or did anything amazing in his career but I still liked him as a member of the SmackDown brand. This superstar made his name known with the enemy by starting his career in WCW. He didn’t do much of anything besides being a member of the Filthy Animals and winning the WCW Cruiserweight Tag Team Champions with Rey Mysterio. My #4 superstar for the Ruthless Aggression Era is Billy Kidman.
When I started watching wrestling and to this day I always gravitated to the high flyers or luchadors. Kidman impressed me with his in ring style and the shooting star press. His ring music also was great and one of the best entrance themes of all time. Kidman’s role in the WWE was to be a key member of the cruiserweight division. He played this role well and captured the title on multiple occasions. He had great feuds with Jamie Noble, Tajiri, Rey Mysterio, Kid Kash and Chavo Guerrero.
The best part of Billy Kidman’s run had to be teaming with Paul London. Kidman was starting to flounder in the WWE Cruiserweight and they decided to have him be Paul London’s protégé. London had the 450 splash and Kidman used the shooting star press. They were a great and exciting tag team in a division that was dull with the Basham Brothers and Kenzo Suzuki & Rene Dupree. They had a great reign as champions but when Kidman legitimately hurt Chavo Guerrero the WWE started using the injury into an angle between Kidman and London. Jamie Noble told Kidman that he is dangerous in the ring and he shouldn’t use the shooting star press. Kidman would refuse to hit the maneuver leading to them losing the titles. Kidman would face London at No Mercy 2004 and beat him with the shooting star press.
Kidman would go on to do nothing after this feud and was released from the company in 2005. He wasn’t the greatest worker or the best on the mic but Billy Kidman always entertained me. It isn’t always about the guys that win all the titles or winning big matches, it is the people who entertain you.
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