Top 50 Wrestlers Of The 1990s: #39 - Chris Benoit
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 in front of them. DeLorean back to my early days of fandom during the 1990s and you had a product that was hotter than a 1994 white Ford Bronco containing an ex-football star (okay, slight exaggeration, the whole O.J. thing did get an FX series after all).
So from now up until "The Grandest Stage of Them All", 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.
#39: Chris Benoit
Hailing From: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Finisher: The Crippler Crossface
I do not want to spend too much time on Benoit, but to say he wasn’t a top 50 wrestler of the 90s would be highly inaccurate. He had a very similar career trajectory in the decade to Eddie Guerrero, starting off early in New Japan, then in WCW for a short stint during that time, joining ECW in 1994 and then back to WCW in 1995 for the second half of the decade. Along with joining the Four Horsemen, he had memorable feuds with Booker T, Raven and Kevin Sullivan. Out of the four Radicalz that left for WWF in early 2000, Benoit saw the greatest success in the 1990s. Before the horrific tragedy he was one of my favorites.