Eddy Guerrero vs. Ultimo Dragon (WCW – September 15, 1997)

Eddy is two for two. That’s not to downplay Ultimo Dragon’s effort as he was very good here but Eddy is the glue. They open with a fast start and some “Eddy sucks” chants which are slightly less loud than the prior week. Eddy targets the arm and Ultimo Dragon sells it the entire match. I’m not someone who is obsessed with selling a body part but if you are, you will enjoy this. This may have actually been a legit injury but either way they work it into the match and it is for the better. Eddy mixes up his usual spots, hitting a drop toe hold, running off the rope and dropkicking Dragon, except it is aimed at the arm. A standing kimura and Anderson style hammerlock behind back slam keeps reinforcing the story that Eddy may be crazy and evil, but he is also good. Late in the match, they do a rope running sequence that is so natural and fluid. That ends with a Dragon tilt a whirl backbreaker and he unleashes some nice kicks. Dragon’s kicks can sometimes look weak and loose but here, they are almost UWF style. They mix up Dragon’s turnbuckle headstand spot, with Eddy pushing the ref into the turnbuckles but   Dragon jumps over the ref and unleashes kicks on Guerrero. Dragon hits a very sloppy rana in one of the only negative spots in the match.  Dragon sleeper gets a nice reaction but Guerrero escapes. Dragon tries for a moonsault but Eddy catches him and uses a shoulder breaker on his worked over arm, hits the frog splash, and that’s all she wrote.

Time: 7:38
Rating: ***1/4

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