On this date in WCW history: Eddie Guerrero vs. Chris Benoit on Monday Nitro

In late 1996, WCW held a tournament to crown a new United States heavyweight champion. In the semifinals, Eddie Guerrero took on Chris Benoit on this date in history. Classic.

Long before Chris Benoit and Eddie Guerrero were warmly embracing in a WWE ring at WrestleMania 20 in 2004, both men triumphant in their world title victories that night, they were battling it out in United States championship tournaments in World Championship Wrestling (WCW) on a go home show edition of Monday Nitro on this date in history.

This was the semifinals with the winner guaranteed a match against Diamond Dallas Page at the Starrcade pay-per-view (PPV) just six days later with the vacant U.S. title on the line.

The match is as good as you would think:

That frogsplash finish is still one of the best things ever broadcast on Nitro, I don't care what anyone says.

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