1999

Rey Mysterio Jr. (WCW 1999)

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On February 21, 1999 as part of SuperBrawl IX Rey Mysterio Jr. and his tag team partner, Konnan, took on the team of Scott Hall and Kevin Nash in a Hair vs. Mask match. As could be expected Rey and Konnan came up short and Rey Mysterio Jr. was forced to unmask, revealing himself to have the face of a seven year old boy. Konnan, already having his head shaved just sort of shrugged his shoulders I suppose.

Of the unmasking, Rey Mysterio later said, “I was strongly against it! I don’t think WCW understood what the mask meant to me, to my fans and to my family. It was a very bad move on their behalf. The fans wanted Rey Mysterio with the mask and losing it hurt me a lot. It was also frustrating that it didn’t come as the climax to a feud with another masked wrestler, but in a throwaway match. The same thing happened to Juventud and Psicosis and psychologically wise it was a bad move by Eric Bischoff. I think the fans understand that I was in a position where I had no option. I either had to lose my mask or lose my job.”

Goldberg vs. Bam Bam Bigelow (WCW Thunder September 9, 1999)

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There were a lot of things wrong with WCW in 1999, but for my money, The Jersey Triad, was not one of them.  The trio, united out of pride for their shared home state of New Jersey, consisted of Bam Bam Bigelow, DDP, and Kanyon, and they were totally awesome.

Blitzkrieg & Kaz Hayashi vs. Silver King & Juventud Guerrera (WCW Thunder October 21, 1999)

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Holy crap is the audience into this match.  The pops that Silver King gets…unreal!  Why did they not give that guy a TV Tile run?

Mankind vs. Big Show (WWF Smackdown December 23, 1999)

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Triple H in a cage! McMahons feuding with wrestlers! Run-ins! A swerve! It’s the Attitude Era in all its glory!

Hulk Hogan & Ric Flair vs. Sting & Lex Luger (WCW Monday Nitro October 4, 1999)

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I guess Sting and Luger are the heels in this match.  There’s a stupid run-in at the end where DDP comes in to attack Flair and Hogan but for some reason Luger blindly puts DDP in the torture rack thinking it’s either Hogan or Flair or something, regardless of the fact that DDP was wearing long pants (which Luger’s hand would have touched when putting DDP up in the torture rack) while Flair and Hogan both had bare legs. WCW ’99!