During the Ruthless Aggression period, Rey Mysterio was a well-known and successful WWE Superstar. While he began his career as a cruiserweight, his tremendous in-ring talent and enormous popularity among fans eventually drove him to battle heavyweights and finally win the WWE World Heavyweight Champion. For many years, the San Diego veteran has been a professional wrestler, and Brock Lesnar’s attack on him and his son Dominic was a significant plot on Monday night Raw.
Rey Mysterio was popular among fans due to his small size. His fans loved him because of his likable demeanor and fantastic high-flying skills in the ring. Rey Mysterio has been a brilliant pro wrestler for nearly three decades, and fans adore him and his family. Some of the most thrilling matches in wrestling history have occurred throughout his career. Throughout his tenure in the WWE and WCW, he has produced countless legendary matches, and in this piece, we will look at some of Mysterio’s best moments in the ring.
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The finest matches of Rey Mysterio’s career are listed here.
Rey Mysterio Vs Eddie Guerrero (Halloween Havoc 1997)
In the 1990s, Rey Mysterio and Eddie Guerrero were both highly popular, and they both had a lot of momentum and push in 1997. Guerrero was the heel, while Mysterio was the underdog babyface.
They competed in a Mask vs. Championship match at Halloween Havoc 1997. Mysterio won the Cruiserweight Championship in a great classic as he once again protected his mask rights (as you’ll see as you continue on, this is a common theme in many of Mysterio’s best matchups).
Rey Mysterio and Billy Kidman vs. Charlie Haas and Shelton Benjamin (Vengeance 2003)
Rey Mysterio and Billy Kidman’s tenure as a tag team resulted in a slew of underappreciated contests. Billy Kidman and Rey Mysterio were far more successful in the WCW than in the WWE, but they did have a tremendous appearance in a WWE Tag Team Championship bout against the young and developing talents Charlie Haas and Shelton Benjamin.
Every time Mysterio and Kidman were near to victory, the fans went crazy for them. The victory was finally stolen by Haas and Benjamin, but it remains a classic in Mysterio’s career, and yet another fantastic example of his putting inexperienced wrestlers over, rather than burying them, as a few WWE Superstars are (in)famous for doing.
Rey Mysterio Vs. John Morrison (Smackdown September 4, 2009)
During an episode of SmackDown, Rey Mysterio battled John Morrison for the Intercontinental Championship. The bout might be regarded as the finest of Morrison’s career, as well as one of Mysterio’s top ten.
This Intercontinental Title match featured two of WWE‘s top in-ring performers in history, and it lived up to the high expectations. Mysterio pounced on Morrison, giving him the decisive victory. WWE put their belief in Mysterio for the role, and he delivered, making Morrison seem like a million bucks in this instant classic.
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Psychosis vs. Rey Mysterio (Bash At The Beach 1996)
Psychosis is undoubtedly Rey Mysterio’s most underappreciated competitor. Throughout the 1990s, these Lucha veterans had a fierce rivalry in the AAA, ECW, and WCW. The 1996 Bash at the Beach pay-per-view is known for Hulk Hogan’s heel to turn when he joined the New World Order. That was the greatest moment of the night, but the finest bout was unquestionably Mysterio versus Psychosis.
The two Lucha icons tore it up in the opening, with spectators loving every move they gave. Even without the championship, Mysterio’s massive win gave him additional momentum as the new face of the cruiserweight division.
Rey Mysterio Vs Randy Orton Vs Kurt Angle (WrestleMania 22)
The biggest victory of Rey Mysterio’s career was certain to make the list. In 2006, Mysterio won the Royal Rumble match, advancing to the World Championship battle at WrestleMania 22 against Kurt Angle and Randy Orton in a triple threat.
The match was a little short, which kept it from rating higher on the list, but it was jam-packed with nonstop action. Rey Mysterio defied all odds to win the World Heavyweight Championship from the legendary Kurt Angle, and then passionately dedicated it to Eddie Guerrero, a WWE veteran who died recently of heart disease.
Rey Mysterio Vs Eddie Guerrero (SummerSlam 2005)
The rivalry between Rey Mysterio and Eddie Guerrero resulted in several amazing matches during their tenure together in both WCW and WWE. Dominic Mysterio’s latest appearance on WWE television provides even another incentive to resurrect this epic bout.
The plot was a little strange, with Eddie claiming to be Dominic’s birth father and parental rights being settled in a ladder match. In this classic, Mysterio was at his finest as a face, while Guerrero was at his best as a heel. The bout was particularly notable for Eddie Guerrero’s wife Vickie Guerrero’s meddling.
Dean Malenko vs. Rey Mysterio (Great American Bash 1996)
WCW’s cruiserweight division produced amazing matchups that stole the show on nearly every PPV. Fans came in to witness the legends in the main event, but fights featuring artists like Dean Malenko and Rey Mysterio proved to be well worth their time.
At the Great American Bash 1996 event, Malenko and Mysterio had their finest overall match. Malenko would retain the Cruiserweight Championship, but Mysterio won over the crowd with his spectacular performance to keep his momentum going.
Rey Mysterio Vs. Chris Jericho (The Bash 2009)
Before joining the WWE, Rey Mysterio and Chris Jericho were two of the most promising young talents in WCW. These two are among the most iconic in-ring performers of all time, and they have tremendous chemistry together, as every pro wrestling fan worth his or her salt knows. They would both go on to become WWE legends since they managed to outperform each other in their previous match in 2009.
During his severe heel character run, Jericho was preoccupied with unmasking Punk, similar to the CM Punk conflict. The two were warring over the Intercontinental Championship, which reintroduced the title to the spotlight. If Rey Mysterio had lost to Jericho in this bout, he would have been forced to reveal his identity. He did, however, defeat Jericho with his iconic “619” finisher while keeping his mask on and winning the Intercontinental Championship. It was a titanic battle that lived up to its promise.
Rey Mysterio Vs. CM Punk (Over The Limit 2010)
In 2010, during the Straight Edge Society version of Punk’s persona, CM Punk and Rey Mysterio had a huge conflict. Punk wanted to unmask Mysterio, thus he became his target.
At Over the Limit 2010, the spectacular tale came to a close. The fight was outstanding, as one would expect from such high-caliber professionals. The stakes were more than merely a victory or a defeat. CM Punk snatched Rey Mysterio’s mask with his hair. After winning the match, Mysterio shaved Punk’s head.
Rey Mysterio And Edge Vs Kurt Angle And Chris Benoit (No Mercy Match 2002)
Any pro wrestling fan will get thrilled just reading the names of the people engaged in this match. The tag team match’s four competitors are among the finest wrestlers who have ever walked into the ring. New championships were created as part of the 2002 brand split, so Raw and Smackdown had belts to contend for. The match pitted Rey Mysterio and Edge against Kurt Angle and Chris Benoit to determine the winner of the WWE Tag Team Champions on SmackDown. It took place at No Mercy 2003 and was the conclusion of a tournament to crown the WWE Tag Team Champions on SmackDown.
With a must-see tag team bout that immediately made the championships relevant, the four stars stole the event. Mysterio and Edge were the ideal babyface duo, putting on a show with their amazing tandem techniques. In one of the all-time great WWE tag battles, they came up just short against a heel combination of technical wrestlers. Benoit ascended the top rope and tried a diving headbutt on Edge midway through the bout, but Edge evaded the maneuver and tagged Mysterio. Mysterio dashed into the ring and utilized his quickness to knock Angle off the ring apron before dropping kicking Benoit in the face. On Benoit, Mysterio is followed by Droppin Da’ Dime. Benoit bolted Mysterio within the Crippler Crossface, but Mysterio got away by crushing Benoit into the middle of the ring and endeavored a 619, which Benoit countered. Mysterio attempted to pin Benoit when Edge assaulted him, but Benoit kicked out.
Edge later assaulted Benoit in the corner, and Mysterio hit him with a bronco buster. Angle was subjected to a hurricanrana by Edge. Benoit attempted a diving headbutt on Edge, but he was blocked and Angle took the hit. Edge used the situation and pinned Angle for a near-fall. Angle was kicked in the face by Mysterio as he approached the ring. Edge pushed Benoit out of the ring and flung Mysterio into Benoit outside the ring as Benoit executed a Crippler Crossface from behind. Angle attempted to apply an ankle lock to Edge, but Edge reacted by applying the ankle lock to Angle. Angle countered the hold and forced Edge to submit with his own ankle lock. Angle and Benoit won the first-ever Tag Team Champions as a consequence. Wrestling Observer Newsletter later awarded the bout Match of the Year.
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