Match 5 Rey Mysterio Jr. vs. Eddy Guererro, Mask vs. Title from Halloween Havoc 1997 This is Guererro in full-out, pissed-off heel mode, ready to take Rey's mask. In fact, a couple times during the mask he rips Mysterio's mask, nearly exposing Rey Jr. This has to be one of the most innovative matches I have ever seen. Rey hits a slew of huge moves, including a tope con hilo into a hurracanrana and a DDT with a flip from the top-rope. Edddy, on the other side, uses mainly power moves such as a fold-up powerbomb to control the match on his end. The finish itself is a sight to see. Guererro has Rey set up for a top-rope Splash Mountain, but Mysterio Jr. reverses into a killer hurracanrana for the 1-2-3. While it was the same end as the Psichosis match, this one looked a lot better. An exciting match not to be missed, especially with the history-centred commentary of Tenay. Match 6 Rey Mysterio Jr. vs. Chris Jericho from Bash at the Beach 1998 The storyline behind this match is one of the better ones WCW had with Jericho, where Dean Malenko was scheduled to face Y2J for the Cruiserweight belt, but the match was cancelled because Malenko attacked Jericho on the Nitro before the pay-per-view, something he was warned not to do or the match would be thrown out. On the following Thunder, Jericho said he would still be at the pay-per-view entertaining the Jerichaholics, even if he had to put on a tap dance routine. Sure enough, the first thing we see is Jericho with a top hat and cane, but we only see this briefly before the match begins. Unfortunately, I'm guessing due to copyrights, Rey's entrance (and return to WCW after a knee injury) and Jerihco's pre-match promo is not included, which would have made for better viewing. As is, the match is fairly decent, but not Rey's best (though it is as good as you'd expect from a fresh return). The match has some pretty good highspots and action, but there have been better Jericho/Mysterio matches. Rey wins after Malenko comes down to distract Jericho. Match 7 Rey Mysterio Jr. vs. Chavo Guererro Jr. from 7/23/2002's Smackdown! This, of course, is Mysterio's debut in WWE, and all the hype that preceded this match now comes to a head. The match is pretty good, but does more to put Guererro over as a legit Cruiserweight title threat than showcasing all of Rey's talents. I can understand WWE not wanting to give fans everything at once, but Chavo dominated too much of the match. Rey, of course, debuts the 619 as an actual move, rather than a deke, and finishes with a West Coast Pop. A solid, yet unspectacular match. Match 8Rey Mysterio Jr. vs. Kurt Angle from 9/12/2002 Smackdown! This is built as a Summerslam re-match, where Rey and Kurt tore the house down. Unfortunately, this chapter does not include Angle's hilarious "you're a boy, I'm a man" promo, but you can't complain about the match being on the DVD. The action start hot and heavy as Rey does everythign in his power to piss off Angle, until Kurt finally catches him and gives him a German suplex that is absolutely stunning. Some sweet action from the two leads to Angle hitting a top-rope Angle Slam for the victory. This is a must-see if you're an Angle or Mysterio fan. It's rare to see heavy and cruiserweights put on killer matches like this one. Match 9 Rey Mysterio Jr. vs. Kurt Angle vs. Chris Benoit from 9/26/2002 Smackdown! It's matches like this one that make me really miss Paul Heyman's booking. This one was an instant classic, as we see a technical exhibition mixed in with the high-flying antics of Mysterio. There's just so much that is good about this match, but there's one sequence that really sums it all up. Near the end, Benoit has Angle in the Crippler Crossface, which Angle tries to roll out of. Beniot keeps the submission locked in, until Rey comes in out of nowhere with a springboard guillotine leg-drop to break up the move. Rey ends up winning the match, and proves that he can hang with the main-eventers in WWE. Take a look at this match, but if you can, get a hold of this Smackdown! episode, because the famous Edge vs. Eddy Guererro no-holds-barred match is on it as well. Match 10 Mysterio Jr. vs. Jamie Noble from 11/21/2002 Smackdown! This one appears to be a throw-on bout. Noble was fresh off dropping the Cruiserweight belt to Billy Kidman, and this was a match intended to elevate Mysterio Jr. I'd rather have seen the Rey/Tajiri match from shortly after his debut, personally.
The match itself is a rather quick one, with Noble using power against Mysterio's speed. The match is solid, with an amazing finisher - after chasing Nidia out of the ring, Rey goes for a 'rana on Noble, only to be thrown over Jamie's head. Rey bounces back off the ropes, lands on Noble's shoulders and 'rana's him for the three count. The majority of the match is nothing special, and it would've been sufficient to put the finisher (which I shall dub the Rewind Rana) in the biography. WWE Confidential "619"
This piece focuses on the origin of the 619. The report is an interesting, as Rey talks about the evolution of the move from a deke to a strike. He also shows how the move is done, going through the step-by-step physics of it. At the end of the piece, Rey quickly summarizes the West Coast Pop. Not a bad piece, but I would've preferred this to be part of the biography DVD rather than an extra. Overall, the extras are a solid effort, mainly due to the awesome WCW matches. I'm a bit surprised they didn't have any Ultimo Dragon or Juventud Guererra matches on here, since Mysterio had so many sweet matches with them. I'm also a bit surprised that there wasn't a tag match with Edge, especially since the "Smackdown Six" bouts were the hottest of 2002. The choices on the match list, however, make sense, and is as good an effort as I have seen on any compilation tape, WWE or otherwise. If the DVD extras did anything, however, it made me want to see more WCW action, particularly from Guererro and Malenko. Hopefully WWE will be putting out more DVD specials from WCW's former stars, because this DVD really wetted my appetite for it. Jon Waldman has written for SLAM! Wrestling since 2000. Stay tuned to SLAM! Wrestling for more DVD reviews in the coming weeks.

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Mysterio DVD extras reviewed
By JON WALDMAN -- SLAM! Wrestling


Rey Mysterio Jr. in his WCW days as Cruiserweight Champion.

This is Rey's WCW debut match, and it comes against one of the top competitors in the business.

Some Mysterio fans may find it a bit slow for their liking, as Dean controls about 75 percent of the match working on Rey Jr.'s left arm. Malenko shows just how good he is a technical wrestler, as he pulls out nearly 100 different arm-weakening holds, including a hammerlock Northern Lights suplex and a triangle hold.

The biggest complaint with this match is that the arm work is forgotten as Rey takes over with his high-flying stuff, including a spring board hilo to the floor. The psychology doesn't factor into the end either, as Malenko wins with a powerbomb and his feet on the ropes.

Not a bad match, per se, just one that is not indicative entirely of Rey's style.

Match 3 Rey Mysterio Jr. vs. Psichosis from Bash at the Beach 1996

The two, as many already know, have had many glorious battles throughout Mexico, Japan and the US, particularly in ECW. This, I believe, was their first match in WCW, and it does not disappoint.

The emphasis here is building up Rey's ability to hit the huricanrana from anywhere (as is consistently put over by Tenay, Tony Schiavone, Dusty Rhodes and Bobby Heenan), and even though we are so used to seeing him use the moves, they are simply killer in this match, especially when he converts a Splash Mountain attempt in to a mid-air 'rana for the win.

I've long been a believer that Psichosis is one of the most under-rated cruiserweights, and this match proves just how good he can be. Psichosis, almost out-manoeuvres Mysterio in some instances, including a top-rope senton on Rey, while he's laid out on the floor!

This one's a must-see, no questions asked.

Match 4 Rey Mysterio Jr. vs. Dean Malenko from 7/8/1996 Nitro

This is immediately following the aforementioned Bash at the Beach, and judging by the reaction Rey got during that match, I'm not surprised Rey gets the belt here.

This is another classic example of speed versus brawn. Malenko throws everything at Mysterio, but cannot keep him down. This must have been before Malenko settled on the Texas Cloverleaf as his finisher, because all of his offence is power-based, including a brainbuster on the floor.

There's some classic heelwork here by Malenko, including picking Rey up on a two-count, twice. My handy-dandy SLAM! Wrestling rulebook states that, "any wrestler who picks up his opponent mid-pin-fall will likely lose the match," and it's true in this case, as Rey picks up the W for his first Cruiserweight title.

Solid match, definitely worth watching.

Match 5 Rey Mysterio Jr. vs. Eddy Guererro, Mask vs. Title from Halloween Havoc 1997

This is Guererro in full-out, pissed-off heel mode, ready to take Rey's mask. In fact, a couple times during the mask he rips Mysterio's mask, nearly exposing Rey Jr.

This has to be one of the most innovative matches I have ever seen. Rey hits a slew of huge moves, including a tope con hilo into a hurracanrana and a DDT with a flip from the top-rope. Edddy, on the other side, uses mainly power moves such as a fold-up powerbomb to control the match on his end.

The finish itself is a sight to see. Guererro has Rey set up for a top-rope Splash Mountain, but Mysterio Jr. reverses into a killer hurracanrana for the 1-2-3. While it was the same end as the Psichosis match, this one looked a lot better.

An exciting match not to be missed, especially with the history-centred commentary of Tenay.

Match 6 Rey Mysterio Jr. vs. Chris Jericho from Bash at the Beach 1998

The storyline behind this match is one of the better ones WCW had with Jericho, where Dean Malenko was scheduled to face Y2J for the Cruiserweight belt, but the match was cancelled because Malenko attacked Jericho on the Nitro before the pay-per-view, something he was warned not to do or the match would be thrown out. On the following Thunder, Jericho said he would still be at the pay-per-view entertaining the Jerichaholics, even if he had to put on a tap dance routine.

Sure enough, the first thing we see is Jericho with a top hat and cane, but we only see this briefly before the match begins. Unfortunately, I'm guessing due to copyrights, Rey's entrance (and return to WCW after a knee injury) and Jerihco's pre-match promo is not included, which would have made for better viewing.

As is, the match is fairly decent, but not Rey's best (though it is as good as you'd expect from a fresh return). The match has some pretty good highspots and action, but there have been better Jericho/Mysterio matches. Rey wins after Malenko comes down to distract Jericho.

Match 7 Rey Mysterio Jr. vs. Chavo Guererro Jr. from 7/23/2002's Smackdown!

This, of course, is Mysterio's debut in WWE, and all the hype that preceded this match now comes to a head.

The match is pretty good, but does more to put Guererro over as a legit Cruiserweight title threat than showcasing all of Rey's talents. I can understand WWE not wanting to give fans everything at once, but Chavo dominated too much of the match. Rey, of course, debuts the 619 as an actual move, rather than a deke, and finishes with a West Coast Pop.

A solid, yet unspectacular match.

Match 8Rey Mysterio Jr. vs. Kurt Angle from 9/12/2002 Smackdown!

This is built as a Summerslam re-match, where Rey and Kurt tore the house down. Unfortunately, this chapter does not include Angle's hilarious "you're a boy, I'm a man" promo, but you can't complain about the match being on the DVD.

The action start hot and heavy as Rey does everythign in his power to piss off Angle, until Kurt finally catches him and gives him a German suplex that is absolutely stunning. Some sweet action from the two leads to Angle hitting a top-rope Angle Slam for the victory.

This is a must-see if you're an Angle or Mysterio fan. It's rare to see heavy and cruiserweights put on killer matches like this one.

Match 9 Rey Mysterio Jr. vs. Kurt Angle vs. Chris Benoit from 9/26/2002 Smackdown!

It's matches like this one that make me really miss Paul Heyman's booking.

This one was an instant classic, as we see a technical exhibition mixed in with the high-flying antics of Mysterio. There's just so much that is good about this match, but there's one sequence that really sums it all up. Near the end, Benoit has Angle in the Crippler Crossface, which Angle tries to roll out of. Beniot keeps the submission locked in, until Rey comes in out of nowhere with a springboard guillotine leg-drop to break up the move.

Rey ends up winning the match, and proves that he can hang with the main-eventers in WWE. Take a look at this match, but if you can, get a hold of this Smackdown! episode, because the famous Edge vs. Eddy Guererro no-holds-barred match is on it as well.

Match 10 Mysterio Jr. vs. Jamie Noble from 11/21/2002 Smackdown!

This one appears to be a throw-on bout. Noble was fresh off dropping the Cruiserweight belt to Billy Kidman, and this was a match intended to elevate Mysterio Jr. I'd rather have seen the Rey/Tajiri match from shortly after his debut, personally.
The match itself is a rather quick one, with Noble using power against Mysterio's speed. The match is solid, with an amazing finisher - after chasing Nidia out of the ring, Rey goes for a 'rana on Noble, only to be thrown over Jamie's head. Rey bounces back off the ropes, lands on Noble's shoulders and 'rana's him for the three count.

The majority of the match is nothing special, and it would've been sufficient to put the finisher (which I shall dub the Rewind Rana) in the biography.

WWE Confidential "619"
This piece focuses on the origin of the 619. The report is an interesting, as Rey talks about the evolution of the move from a deke to a strike. He also shows how the move is done, going through the step-by-step physics of it. At the end of the piece, Rey quickly summarizes the West Coast Pop.

Not a bad piece, but I would've preferred this to be part of the biography DVD rather than an extra.

Overall, the extras are a solid effort, mainly due to the awesome WCW matches. I'm a bit surprised they didn't have any Ultimo Dragon or Juventud Guererra matches on here, since Mysterio had so many sweet matches with them. I'm also a bit surprised that there wasn't a tag match with Edge, especially since the "Smackdown Six" bouts were the hottest of 2002. The choices on the match list, however, make sense, and is as good an effort as I have seen on any compilation tape, WWE or otherwise.

If the DVD extras did anything, however, it made me want to see more WCW action, particularly from Guererro and Malenko. Hopefully WWE will be putting out more DVD specials from WCW's former stars, because this DVD really wetted my appetite for it.

Jon Waldman has written for SLAM! Wrestling since 2000. Stay tuned to SLAM! Wrestling for more DVD reviews in the coming weeks.