Top 50 Wrestlers Of The 1990s: #34 - Sean Waltman
WrestleMania 34 is coming up, and being a wrestling fan, I tend to get a little more nostalgic for them olden days of when wrestlers didn't have scripts with WWE verbage in front of them. DeLorean back to my early days of fandom during the 1990s and you had a product that was hotter than any Seth Rollins theme song (you know, ”Burn It Down?” Okay, I’ll see that bad joke right out the door).
So from now up until "The Grandest Stage of Them All" (with a little help from Wikipedia to fill in the blanks), I will release my Top 50 wrestlers of the 1990., factoring in their impact from the kid-friendly first half to the cuss-ridden, beer drinking second half to determine where exactly your favorite heel or face fall in rank.
#34: Sean Waltman (1-2-3 Kid, Syxx, X-Pac)
Hailing From: Minneapolis, MN
Finisher: Sit-Out Facebuster
Sean Waltman's 90's run is one of the most unique of the decade. At least to me, he could be considered the first mainstream cruiserweight in the States. Starting off as the Lighting Kid up in Minnesota (that also included a run in the Texas-based Global Wrestling Federation), Waltman quickly became one of the hottest acts on the independent wrestling circuit and it wasn't long until he found his way to the WWF (along with several variations of "The Kid" moniker). After infamously upsetting Razor Ramon on Raw Waltman became known as the 1-2-3 Kid. He became a hot upper-mid card act that got him a memorable match with Bret Hart.
The fact that Waltman ran with guys like Razor & Diesel in the Kliq only helped add to his intrigue, especially when he made his way to WCW as Syxx (or the 1+2+3 Kid) as a member of the nWo (which fun fact: he was the SIXTH member - thanks Wikipedia!).
Being the great worker he was, he took the "Buddy Roberts in Freebirds" mantle of the group and had some solid feuds with several other cruiserweights (oh, and Ric Flair).
However, his time was cut short when Bischoff unceremoniously fired him, which according to Hall, Nash & the PWTorch, turned the tide of the war between Nitro & Raw. Waltman showed up on Raw and so did the ratings tilt.
Waltman's 90's run goes severely understated, but if you consider everything he was apart of or help support, it's one that should not be forgotten. Whether it was the nWo or DX, "The Kid" added, never subtracted.