Billy KidmanBio

Billy Kidman was one of the most talented cruiserweights, and perhaps one of the most underrated Superstars, in WWE history.

Some critics accused Kidman of being too bland -- with his boyish good looks and average physique, he looked like either the boy next door or someone you went to high school with. But there was nothing average about Kidman's wrestling skills or his career -- he won the Cruiserweight Championship seven times and several tag team championships in his tenure in WCW and WWE. And Kidman's Shooting Star Press was one of the most breathtaking and dangerous finishers in sports-entertainment.

Trained by WWE Hall of Famer Wild Samoan Afa, Kidman's breakthrough came while he joined Raven's Flock in WCW. Up until that point in his career, onlookers recognized his talent, but the Allenton, Pa. native had limited success. But after joining the Flock and later as a member of the Filthy Animals and the New Blood, he had several rivalries, most notably with Juventud Guerrera, Rey Mysterio and then Hulk Hogan. Kidman and Guerrera traded the Cruiserweight Championship several times and he was a versatile tag team partner, winning the WCW Tag Team Championships with Mysterio and then Konnan.

Kidman joined WWE after WCW folded in 2001 and made an immediate impact, winning the Cruiserweight Championship from Gregory Helms. He along with Mysterio and Chavo Guerrero, were responsible for the resurgence of the Cruiserweight division in WWE. Kidman amazed our fans in his wars over the Cruiserweight Championship with X-Pac, Tajiri and Jamie Noble. In addition, he excelled in the tag team action, capturing the WWE Tag Team Championship with Paul London.

Kidman's WWE career ended shortly after he had a falling out with our fans and Paul London in 2004. Underrated or not, Kidman will be remembered for setting the standard for WWE Cruiserweights today.