Kidman gained fame in WCW as a key member of several strong factions. In addition to being a member of Raven's Flock, Kidman was also a member of the Filthy Animals and later the New Blood. As a member of these groups, Kidman participated in memorable rivalries with top names in WCW, including Rey Mysterio, Hulk Hogan and Jeff Jarrett.
When WWE purchased WCW, Kidman was among the first to join WWE and his impact on the cruiserweight division was immediate, as he won the Cruiserweight Championship in July 2001. Overall, Kidman has been a Cruiserweight Champion on several occasions and is always considered a top contender for the title.
When the WWF purchased WCW, Gruner, still wrestling as BillyKidman, was among the first to join WWF as a heel in the WCW Alliance.
Kidman turned face after the WCW/ECW Alliance broke up, later Kidman was placed with a new tag team partner, Paul London.
The heel turn came off the back of a legitimate injury on an August 24, 2004 taping of SmackDown!, where BillyKidman's Shooting Star Press caused Chavo Guerrero to suffer a concussion and be taken to the hospital.
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