The 50 greatest stars in WCW history

#29 Kidman

The fact that Billy Kidman won the WCW Cruiserweight Title while wearing a tank top and jean shorts didn’t make him great — although it did make him kind of awesome. What made the skinny kid from Allentown, PA special was the way he entered into a division dominated by the world’s greatest high flyers and made his mark regardless of the fact that he never competed in a Super J-Cup or sold out Arena México.

Kidman may have lacked the international pedigree of an Ultimo Dragon, but he made up for it with raw nerve and a Jushin Liger-inspired Shooting Star Press that was so audacious even some of the top Cruiserweights dared not attempt it. Going from Raven’s flunky to Hulk Hogan’s rival in a little more than a year, Kidman proved that a stacked resume is nice, but guts are more important.— R.M.