The Filthy Animals
|The Filthy Animals|
Rey Mysterio Jr.
|Name(s)||The Filthy Animals|
|Debut||August 16, 1999|
|Disbanded||April 18, 2005|
The plan for the stable was to be WCW's version of the World Wrestling Federation's D-Generation X. Instead of being strictly villains (heels) or heroes (faces), they were in between (tweeners). They pulled pranks and hijinks on both villains and fan favorites alike. They would steal wallets and mock older wrestlers. They broke into Ric Flair's locker room and stole one of his famous entrance robes, which they took turns wearing and imitating Flair's signature strut and "Wooo!". The group is also notable as Rey Mysterio's time in the group was one of the few periods in which he wrestled without a mask.
The Filthy Animals were officially named so on the August 16, 1999 edition of WCW Monday Nitro, as Mean Gene Okerlund interviewed Billy Kidman in the ring, with Kidman stating a new group of friends (Kidman, Rey Mysterio Jr., Eddie Guerrero, and Konnan) were "just a bunch of filthy animals" who hung out both on & off camera. In the weeks prior, the group had started teaming to combat the Dead Pool stable of Vampiro, Raven, and the Insane Clown Posse. They later mainly feuded with The Revolution, which was composed of Chris Benoit, Dean Malenko, Shane Douglas and Perry Saturn.
Eddie Guerrero invented some of his more memorable shtick while with the Filthy Animals, including his famous fake chair knock out (he would knock his opponent out with a chair while the ref was distracted, then drape the chair on their unconscious body, and pretend to be knocked out himself, usually with the ref turning around just in time to see his opponent waking up wondering why they were holding a chair and getting disqualified. Eddie would, from time to time, open one eye to peek or wink to the crowd and gesture them to "shhhh!").
The group had also released an album featuring all of their WCW themes, rapped by themselves.
Rey Mysterio and Eddie Guerrero, both now working for WWE, reformed The Filthy Animals to win the WWE Tag Team Championships back from The Basham Brothers at No Way Out. During this time Rey had a video camera, which was called the "619 cam", during his entrance he taped members of the audience with this. In a departure from traditional booking, the new champions did not defend their title at WrestleMania 21, but instead had a match against each other which Rey won. Two months later, at ECW One Night Stand, Mysterio faced and defeated long-time rival Psicosis for the first time in nearly five years.
The match at WrestleMania was part of a storyline in which Guerrero turned on Mysterio and beat him up after abandoning him during a match against MNM for the Tag Team Championship. Then after a no disqualification match against Eddie's nephew, Chavo, Eddie came out and slammed Mysterio on the steel steps, displaying Eddie's increasing frustration with being unable to defeat Mysterio. Guerrero and Mysterio continued to feud, with Guerrero threatening to reveal a secret he and Mysterio shared involving Mysterio's real life son Dominick, unless Mysterio deferred to Guerrero's authority. Guerrero later revealed that, in the storyline, he was Dominick's biological father. The storyline went that Guerrero knew Mysterio was having trouble starting his own family, so Guerrero left Dominick as a baby with Mysterio and his wife Angie to raise. In subsequent weeks, Guerrero threatened to take custody of Dominick, drawing up custody papers and having his lawyer present them to Mysterio. At SummerSlam, Mysterio defeated Guerrero in a ladder match for the custody of Dominick. Their feud ended when Guerrero gained a victory over Mysterio in a steel cage match. On November 13, 2005, Eddie Guerrero was found dead in his hotel room in Minneapolis, Minnesota. That same day at a WWE "Super Show" where SmackDown! and Raw were both taped, Mysterio gave an emotional speech about Guerrero, and in a show of respect removed his mask (though he put his head down, so no one could see his face). Mysterio went on to defeat Shawn Michaels in an interpromotional match later that night. After the match, Michaels and Mysterio hugged in the ring and Mysterio pointed up to the sky, crying, in memory of Guerrero.
- First incarnation (Faces):
- Second incarnation (Heels):
- Third incarnation (Faces):
- Entrance themes
- "Psycho" by Konnan and Mad One (August 1999-January 2000, May 2000)
- "Filthy, Dirty, Nasty" by The Filthy Animals (January 2000-September 2000)
- "The Reason" by Mad One (September 2000-March 2001)
Championships and accomplishments
- World Wrestling Entertainment
- World Championship Wrestling
- WCW World Television Championship (1 time) – Konnan
- WCW Cruiserweight Championship (4 times) – Mysterio (2), Kidman (1), Disqo (1)
- WCW Cruiserweight Tag Team Championship (1 time) – Mysterio and Kidman
- WCW World Tag Team Championship (4 times) – Mysterio and Kidman (1), Mysterio and Konnan (1), Mysterio and Juventud Guerrera (1), Konnan and Kidman (1)
- "Filthy Animals profile". Online World of Wrestling. Retrieved 2009-11-11.
- Guerrero, Eddie. Cheating Death, Stealing Life: The Eddie Guerrero Story, p. 190.
- "WCW World Television Championship history".
- "WWE Cruiserweight Championship history".
- "Disco Inferno's first WCW Cruiserweight Championship reign".
- "WCW Cruiserweight Tag Team Championship history".
- "WCW World Tag Team Championship history".
- Guerrero, Eddie (2005). Cheating Death, Stealing Life: The Eddie Guerrero Story. Simon and Schuster. ISBN 0-7434-9353-2.