Mysterio DVD soars
JON WALDMAN -- SLAM! Wrestling
WWE has released a new home video and DVD,dedicated to everyone's
pint-sized high-flyer, Rey Mysterio Jr.
The biography portion of the video starts out with highlights, mainly
from WWF, interludeed with comments from some of the wrestlers, mainly those
who wrestled with Rey such as Eddy Guererro, Kurt Angle and Chris Benoit. It's
cool to see Dean Malenko talking about Rey, since the two had so many classic
matches in WCW.
Next, we see highlights of the match between Albert and Mysterio from
late 2002 that "put Rey out" for a while. Yay. Just what we want to
see on a tribute DVD - an angle that did nothing of anything for Mysterio.
Of course, Rey had an actual injury, so we go through the surgery on
Rey's left knee. We open with Mysterio in a Top Gun moment showing scars from
the various surgeries he's already had. Scary stuff. I should point out that
Rey has his mask on at this point. Once he sees the doc, Dr. James Andrews,
however, the mask is off, though all shots are from the back, and any face shots
Rey's wife, Angie adds some commentary about his past knee problems,
before I decide to look away during the actual surgery parts. Sure, I can sit
through a Mick Foley deathmatch just fine, but surgery? No way.Thankfuly, Andrews
soon starts talking and they play more highlights, so my stomach can stop
After Andrews leaves, the mask's back on. Rey says he wants to wrestle
for another 10 years, but does not want to have a bum knee. Mysterio Jr. then
sells Albert as a monster as he describes the match we saw highlights of. Again,
not working. This should've just been kept to Confidential.
Next up, we go to some stuff about his background, including some
commentary from mom and pop Mysterio. Maria Rosario, Rey's mom relates a story about
how Rey Rey stuck a bobby pin in an electrical socket as a kid that basically
goes nowhere. Roberto, Rey's father, talks about why Rey was born in the
States, rather than Mexico, so the family could immigrate to the US to have a
The two then talk about Rey as a kid more, as pictures of Mysterio Jr.
flash across the screen, interluding with the parents. Rey then talks about his
start in wrestling, and how he'd watch his uncle, the original Rey Mysterio.
Mysterio Sr. is shown from one of his matches in WCW.
Next, Rey heads back to Mexico. Better take the mask off Rey, or your
liabel to get lynched. In fact, he does, and his face is blurred out. Nice touch.
Rey hooks up with some of his buddies form the past.
Rey heads over to an arena (even on the second and third try I couldn't
catch the name of it) which is famous for it's Friday Night wrestling. He
wrestled in the arena for the first time in 1988, at 15 years of age. We head in,
and Rey is back in the mask. This one is his Spiderman tribute mask, as
opposed to the blue one he had earlier. Mysterio describes the arena, as
volleyball is practiced in the background. Rey talks about the night his uncle lost
his mask, and how he has his mask back.
Next segment, and we talk more about his uncle. I should point out that
segments are broken up by cartoon interludes. Man, they really should bring back
Rock'n Wrestling. Now we find out about Rey's training and schooling. Mysterio
then brings us to the training facility he practiced in, where some students are
practicing. Look out Rey! There's an nWo member back there! Rey describes
his early daredevil moves as he talks about his uncle and how he's developed.
He's still selling Albert!
After watching some students train (including one who's wearing a WWF
shirt, and dear god, they actually blur out the WWF logo on the shirt. Okay,
that's a wee bit too much there. Stupid pandas).
Now we're in the streets list, and we get a few glimpses of Rey's partial
face as he meets back up with his buddies, interluding with a street guitarist.
You have to give the TV crew credit - they do their best to hide Rey's
Rey talks about Konnan and how he brought him up in the business, and how
he got Rey into WCW. Nice to see they completely ignore his ECW days. We see
clips from his debut at the Great American Bash in 1996, a match which is
thankfully included on the DVD. Malenko, his opponent that night, adds some
Then we go into highlights of some of their other encounters, especially
Rey's high flying moves. All this leads up to the Nitro match where Mysterio
wins the cruiserweight belt for the first time. Once again, the match is in
full later on, so we'll talk about it again soon. Sufficed to say, it's an
Next segment talks about Mysterio's match with Eddy Guererro, mask vs.
title from Halloween Havoc in 1997. Another match that is on the DVD. Eddy talks
about how it was one of his best matches.
Next, Rey talks about the mask as we see shots of Jushin Liger, La Parka,
Juventud Guererra, Psichosis, Super Calo and Ultimo Dragon. Rey talks about how
kids buy copies of the mask from vendors. He also talks about people wanting to
see the mask, but not wanting
to at the same time. We see Rey's various masks.
We get a moment form what has to be a WCW interview, before Rey lost his
Then, all the sudden, we flash to Vince McMahon, buying WCW. Looks like
the part where Rey loses his mask in WCW was edited out. Rey talks about WCW's
end, and how he was unsure if he would be picked up. He stayed busy doing
independent shows, but the phone call did come. We see clips from the promotional
spots, prior to his debut. Johnny Ace then comes on and talks about how he
brought him to WWE. Then we talk about his WCW career as we see clips from his
debut match against Chavo. Again, full match is on the DVD.
Now, we head to Rey's house We get a full-out tour of his place, which is
pretty damn sweet. We also meet Rey's son, Dominik. While in Rey's wrestling
room, we find out he was known as Colibri (hummingbird in English) before
becoming Mysterio Jr. We see some of this other awards, and the Cruiserweight Tag
Team Championship belt he had when WCW closed.
Next up, Kurt Angle's feud with Mysterio is featured. Angle is classic in
his promos. We see clips from the Summerslam match, and Rey talking about
hiding under the ring prior to the bout, and almost misplacing his mask. Mysterio
gives props to Angle for working the match the way he was used to. Angle talks
about the match, as we see Rey favouring the knee he was having surgery on
earlier in the tape.
Next, we get some highlights of Rey in WWE, leading to his teaming with
Edge during the era of the Smackdown Six. We get highlights from the No Mercy
match against Benoit and Angle, then the 2/3 flals match from Smackdown. Neither
match is on the DVD, unfortunately.
Next segment sees Rey heading to a tattoo parlour with his son to get a
619 tattoo. Rey is in the mask when this is done, and we see a close-up of
those freaky white contacts he wears. We check out the various tattoos he has.
Back to the Albert angle, and again, no one cares. We see Rey's revenge,
as we see him tag with Brock against Albert (now A-Train and Big Show). We
then moves to hilights of other matches as we roll toward Wrestlemania. We see
clips of Rey against Tajiri and Jamie Noble in the triple threat number one
contender's match. Then we see clips of the WM match against Matt Hardy.
We finish up the bio with more wrestler comments, and a final goodbye
Overall, the bio was one of the better ones that I've seen, with some
wicked-cool clips. Of course, the icing on the cake are the matches, so stay tuned to
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Jon Waldman has been a writer for SLAM! Wrestling since 2000.