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scorpio-vs-benoitWe are continuing to pay tribute here at Mr. X’s Punch Out to all the amazing African Americans that have stepped foot into the squared circle for Black History Month. The man we are covering for today is a man that debuted in the wrong decade. 2 Cold Scorpio may be one of the most underrated superstars in WWE, WCW, and ECW history. He debuted at a time when guys like Ric Flair, Sting, Hulk Hogan, Bret Hart were shining for the big two during the Monday Night Wars which is why I said with his abilities he would have been huge today. The match that I chose that features 2 Cold Scorpio is his match against Chris Benoit at WCW SuperBrawl III from the Asheville Civic Center in Asheville, NC. The match definitely promised to be a showcase of the young talent that WCW had in their company. Whent he match started, both wrestlers were feeling each other out, but Benoit with that killer instinct struck first with a kick to the midsection that put him in firm control of the contest. The advantage wouldn’t last very long after a backbody press off the top turnbuckle and a spin kick changed things.

2-cold-scorpioThe two would begin to try and wear each other down whether it be wrist locks and the various reversals each man performed or the nice armbar and hammerlock from 2 Cold. Both wrestlers were there to impress the crowd and that they did, but 2 Cold had a game plan in the match and he was executing it by working on the arm of Benoit. Any time Benoit would try some offense, Scorpio was there to cut him off with a superkick and right back into an armbar. Benoit would eventually find his opening in the match when he used Scorpios momentum against him and right into the turnbuckle. Like Scorpio, Benoit would find an area of the body to work on and it was the back. At one point, Scorpio tried to create some momentum so he went to the top rope to drop a missile drop kick, but Benoit read it the whole time and Scorpio hit the mat. He would once again try, but Benoit was too  good and dropped him with a spinebuster and then locked him into the Liontamer. Benoit would even nail Scorpio with a devastating suplex from the top rope, but he hurt himself and wasn’t able to cover him right away. Scorpio never gave up in the match and kept on trucking through eventually nailing Benoit with an Insiguri that put him down. After a 360 degree splash, Scorpio would set up Benoit and he would hit him with the 450 splash, but Benoit would kick out on the ensuing pin attempt. With seconds left in the match, Scorpio was able to roll up Benoit and get the 1-2-3 for the win.