MATCH : Chris Benoit v Dean Malenko


EVENT : Hog Wild

VENUE : Sturgis, South Dakota

DATE : 10th August 1996

Background : Both Dean Malenko and Chris Benoit had only been in WCW for around 8 months at this point. WCW were recruiting wrestlers from all over the world in order to build a strong mid-card in the federation with the likes of Eddie Guerrero, Rey Mysterio, Jushin Liger and the two men showcased here as great examples. Chris Benoit had been travelling with the reformed 4 Horsemen alongside Ric Flair, Arn Anderson and Brian Pillman. Malenko on the other hand was managed by Jimmy Hart in this match who had promised Malenko a Cruiserweight Title shot against Rey Mysterio if he wins this match. Both of these men were garnering a name in the wrestling business as two of the hardest working guys in the country so could they pull of a classic here?

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MATCH REVIEW : This match was just phenomenal. A great back and forth between these two hard working men in the prime of their careers. If you are a fan of either man in the ring then please you must watch this. Unfortunately the only thing that hinders this match is the crowd which was made up of bikers that didn't really have the patience to sit through a 30 minute match. Technically though this match was absolutely spot on and deserved more than what the audience appreciated. Both Malenko and Benoit would go on to have great careers with WCW and in the wrestling business in general. These men were very close friends in real life and it is my believing that the closer any two men are out of the ring, the better the chemistry they have in the ring. A great match between two outstanding WRESTLERS.