10 Best Wrestling Rivalries That Kept It All In The Ring

10. Dean Malenko Vs. Eddie Guerrero


Few pairs of wrestlers have ever built the same kind of in-ring chemistry as Dean Malenko and Eddie Guerrero. They didn’t deliver an abundance of Match Of The Year candidates, but from their early days feuding over the ECW Television Title in 1995 to teaming as The Radicalz in WWE five years later, the duo always produced good to great bouts.

In Fit Finlay’s words, “it was just greed of knowledge, and they were trying to prove to each other the knowledge they had was better than the other." Two technical wrestling geniuses going hold for hold for the sake of pride and competition. Though their finest moments came in ECW, you can play almost any Malenko/Guerrero match and know it’s going to be enjoyable, and their matches usually highlighted every show they appeared on.

Their bout at ECW Hostile City Showdown stands out the strongest. On a card full of the loony hardcore wrestling that Paul Heyman’s promotion was known for, the duo wrestled an extremely compelling mat-based draw. Full of expert limb work, it had just enough high spots to keep things from getting too self-indulgent, and is only held back from a perfect rating by Eddie’s inconsistent selling towards the end.


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