An excellent street fight between Chavo Guerrero and Rey Mysterio, who, in 2005, hadn’t yet gone through the plethora of injuries that’s made him adjust his style to a more limited, less breathtaking version of himself, which is too bad because Rey’s early WWE tenure saw him really grow as a performer. I loved his WCW outings, particularly against the likes of Dean Malenko and Chris Jericho, but if Rey were in the ring with a Lizmark or a Super Calo, his matches tended to be dive after dive after dive–still exciting, but somehow less satisfying. Maybe being in WWE allowed Rey a chance to work something other than five-minute time eaters, but the years between his WWE debut and his Wrestlemania title victory were marked with solid match after solid match, typically against guys who actually knew how to sell the 619.
Chavo Guerrero is a guy who is almost always criminally underused, but he’s another wrestler I’ve loved since his days in WCW, where he tried to win over his Uncle Eddie’s favor and eventually went crazy doing so. He’s had is fair share of good runs in WWE (tagging with Eddie, feuding with Mysterio after Eddie’s death, as the ECW Champion), but he is more often than not saddled either with the misfortune of jobbing to Hornswoggle or having an absolutely miserable gimmick, like this one:
Actually, Kerwin White is probably the greatest Sunday Night Heat gimmick ever, or at least up there with Simon Dean, fitness guru, and Stevie Richards, unofficial GM of Heat. Sure it was racist, shameful, and painfully embarrassing for wrestling fans, but that’s wrestling in a nutshell. And listening to Jonathan Coachman try to defend Kerwin White while bemoaning his catchphrase (“If it isn’t White, it isn’t right”) is pretty much awesome. It would have eventually gotten Chavo released, but it was hilarious while it lasted.
This match is one of many good ones between Chavo and Rey, two men who knew each other well and always went at each other 100%. Chavo doesn’t think Rey has what it takes to be a Guerrero and is out to prove it. Rey says he doesn’t want to be a Guerrero, but after Eddie’s death he started using the frog splash and had an extended feud with Chavo over being a Guerrero. Hey man, nobody ever said the WWE handled death particularly well.
Speaking of Eddie, the post-match beatdown of Rey is definitely worth watching. He bloodies and nearly unmasks Mysterio before hitting him with an incredibly dangerous looking brainbuster on the ring steps. And he looks scary as hell doing it, too.