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The Radicalz
Stable
Members Chris Benoit
Eddie Guerrero
Dean Malenko
Perry Saturn
with Terri Runnels
Name(s) The Radicalz
Debut January 2000
Disbanded May 2001
Promotions WWF

The Radicalz were a professional wrestling stable in the World Wrestling Federation (WWF). Their members were former World Championship Wrestling (WCW) performers Chris Benoit, Eddie Guerrero, Perry Saturn and Dean Malenko. Terri Runnels later joined the group by proxy after becoming Saturn's onscreen girlfriend. Benoit, Malenko, and Saturn all had previously been a part of a similar small stable of younger talent while in WCW, The Revolution, which was dismantled by their defection.

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World Championship Wrestling

In 1999, four World Championship Wrestling mid-card to upper-level stars became unhappy with the political environment of WCW and ultimately left the company in early 2000. Chris Benoit, Eddie Guerrero, Perry Saturn and Dean Malenko headed to the World Wrestling Federation (WWF), in a move seen by some as the death knell for WCW, which ceased to exist in a year. At the time of the jump, Benoit, Malenko and Saturn were members of a stable in WCW called The Revolution, whose leader was "The Franchise" Shane Douglas, which further fueled the rumors that Douglas wanted in on the jump.

At the time of their departure to the WWF, Benoit was recognized as the WCW World Heavyweight Champion, the title given to him by then-booker Kevin Sullivan as a way to keep Benoit in WCW. The two never saw eye to eye, however, a primary reason believed to have been Benoit becoming involved with Sullivan's (at the time) wife, Nancy. WCW management later stated on WCW Monday Nitro that current champion at the time Sid Vicious' foot was on the ropes at the time Benoit forced the submission and therefore his title reign was deemed invalid.

World Wrestling Federation

The four first made their appearance on the January 31, 2000 edition of Raw is War, as audience members and backstage guests of Mick Foley. They interfered in a match consisting of Al Snow & Steve Blackman vs. The New Age Outlaws. While the group was sitting in the front row, Road Dogg took a cheap shot at Benoit, which prompted him and his associates to severely beat both of the Outlaws inside and out of the ring. The incident was over when Guerrero hit Billy Gunn with a Frog Splash and Benoit hit Road Dogg with his Diving Headbutt. Soon afterwards, the four wrestlers "won" contracts with the WWF. The group became known as The Radicalz, and they attained some measure of success. At first tightly knit, all four of the wrestlers in the group eventually drifted apart as all of them sought stardom as singles wrestlers in the WWF. Guerrero injured his elbow upon first entering, and injuries kept him from staying a part of the group. One of their most memorable matches was on WWF Heat against The Hardy Boyz; Saturn and Benoit were the members of the Radicalz along with Terri Runnels, who helped to win the match by pulling Jeff Hardy out of the ring over the ropes by the hair and executing a cross body from the top rope on Matt Hardy.

Split

The four drifted apart in the summer of 2000 to pursue individual goals, but in November of that year, the group reformed and aligned themselves with Triple H as his secondaries/hired guns during his feud with Stone Cold Steve Austin. In early 2001, Benoit had turned face for the first time in WWE history during a rivalry with the heel gimmick of then WWE star, Kurt Angle, while the other Radicalz remained heels and eventually forced Benoit out of the group, with Guerrero replacing him as the leader.

Guerrero turned face, and had a short alliance with Team Xtreme (the Hardy Boyz and Lita), and was released that spring, shortly before Benoit's injury. Saturn, Terri and Malenko continued as the Radicalz until Malenko's retirement shortly before the Invasion storyline.

Guerrero was re-signed by the, then renamed, WWE in the summer of 2002 and was paired with Benoit to coincide with his return from injury (though not as The Radicalz). The duo would separate after jumping to SmackDown! but interacted on occasion, whether as opponents or allies; most notably at WrestleMania XX, where the two won the companies two world titles, Guerrero the WWE Championship, Benoit the World Heavyweight Championship and the two celebrated together after Benoit's title win; and at ECW One Night Stand, their final match together.

Current whereabouts

Of all four Radicalz (five if Terri Runnels' membership is taken into account), none are competing on a regular basis.

  • Saturn, who was released from WWE in November 2002, retired in 2003. Then, his whereabouts were unknown. But he was then found alive on December 3rd 2009 in a photo on his current wives Facebook page. [1]
  • Malenko, as mentioned, retired in mid-2001, and is now a trainer/agent with WWE; he is the only Radical to remain with the organization.
  • Runnels left professional wrestling in March 2005.
  • Guerrero died on November 13, 2005. (see article). His death was caused by a heart attack.
  • Benoit died on June 24, 2007. (see article). His death was ruled a suicide by hanging after he murdered both his wife Nancy, and 7-year old son Daniel.

Championships

See also

References

  1. ^ LA Times - Last Call: Where is Perry Saturn [1]

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