Sunday, November 11, 2012


Billy Kidman was zeroing in on 30 when he embarked on a year-long feud with Shannon Moore at WWE, one episode of which you can watch here. Thicker and more jaded than in his long-haired WCW days, which were his best, I think, up to and including his pairing with Rey Mysterio, Kidman still looked fine in 2003. 

Kidman hit it big at WCW in no small part due to the support of his friend Chris Kanyon, who much later (in 2006) came out of the closet as gay but killed himself two years ago, after years of struggling with depression. In their early days, Kidman and Kanyon were a tag team, working a hockey gimmick. When WCW started hiring cruiserweight wrestlers, Kanyon urged Kidman to sign on, and he was soon teamed with Mysterio.

His presence in the ring and on television screens had been 90% his startling handsomeness as a young man, but I don't think he ever looked comfortable in the larger-than-life persona that was expected of WWE stars at the close of the attitude era. He gives it a good try in his brash entrance for this match, though dwarfed and overwhelmed by the chasmic stadium and Wagnerian WWE stagecraft. 

And, though well built, he lacked the stunning Rushmore-scale muscle that WWE's biggest stars, like Steve Austin and Goldberg, wore like gorilla suits. Instead, he captured my imagination as a brooding, intense babyface rebel, sort of a smaller, boy-band version of Bret Hart. Now in his late 30s, still a young man from where I stand, Kidman is a producer at WWE.

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