Many teams specialized in brawling, highflying, or power moves, but John Kronus and Perry Saturn could do it all. They flew through the air with grace of a phoenix, their mat game worked the canvas like Rembrandt, and the pièce de résistance was their devastating head kick, leg sweep double team finisher, Total Elimination. The Eliminators made their ECW debut in 1995, and while they werent the strongest on the microphone, they improved to the point where their message of being the best tag team in the world was loud and clear. Kronus had a zany persona while Saturn was the straight man who did most of the talking. Their first run with the belts in 1996 was successful, but it was the chase and capturing of their second tag team championship where the hardcore faithful truly believed they were watching wrestlings best tag team. The matches during that time period against The Gangstas, The Pitbulls, The Bruise Brothers, Sabu & Rob Van Dam and others were a diversified portfolio of amazing performances. Perhaps their biggest contribution as champions was when they put over The Dudley Boyz for the titles in March of 1997. The Dudleys were primarily a comedy act that seemingly has no business near the top of the tag team food chain. A 3-D later followed by a one, two, three, and the shroud of humor was replaced with a mantle of violence. They traded the belts back-and-forth with the Dudleys ultimately winning the feud when The Eliminators broke up and Saturn left for WCW. This program legitimatized Buh Buh Ray and Devon and put them on the path to be the legendary tag team theyve become. Saturn and Kronus reportedly couldnt stand each other behind the curtain, but time together in front of the camera produced championship magic that the ECW faithful will never forget.
Atlee Greene is a freelance writer for various sites, including ForcesOfGeek.com, Gerweck.net, CamelClutchBlog.com, and WhatCulture.com. He is also a former independent professional wrestler and promotes shows in the Massachusetts area.