Here begins my quest to review every match that Rudo Reels has on their YouTube Channel. They have quite the eclectic collection up there. There’s some old school Bruiser Brody, a little bit of Lucha Libre, a Rob Van Dam match from Italy, and some guy called Koriki Choshu. Should be a fun time!
Let’s start with the first uploaded match, Rey Misterio Jr. vs. Psicosis from Genichiro Tenryu’s WAR promotion back in ’95.
Have you seen this match before? If you’ve seen Rey and Psicosis wrestle in ECW or WCW, then you pretty much have. They were touring around, showcasing their distinct style of wrestling in a few different promotions. Their purpose on this show was to keep the crowd alive between the semifinals and finals of the Super J Cup tournament. I think they succeeded.
The story of the match is that Rey-Rey is small but can do such spectacular things that Psicosis, though tall, doesn’t really stand a chance. Sure, he gets a few moments to shine with his one tope dive, his powerbombs, and his big guillotine leg drop off the top. But Rey is as unstoppable as the weather and as undeniable as winter coming. He hits five amazing dives and an equal number of hurricanrana variations. He’s a veritable lightning bolt, and Psicosis is the rod.
They don’t even try a David and Goliath story, as Rey hits two tilt-a-whirl moves (a slam and a backbreaker) on his much larger opponent as soon as they’re done with the obligatory chain wrestling. From there, it’s the inevitable festival of spots, and even though Lou Thesz and Les Thatcher may disagree, it’s certainly entertaining.
Good on Rudo Reels for uploading this match. I think it’s a fine showcase of the Lucha-in-Japan style (slightly distinct from the traditional Lucha style, mind you), and a good primer on the starpower available from their DVD/digital download store. It’s not my favorite Rey or Psicosis match, but it’s worth a watch.
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