vulcano vs. misterioso vs. huichol
Hair vs. mask vs. hair
Type: Hair vs. Mask vs. Hair
The version of this match that is (or was) on YouTube has a lot of clipping going on. The clipping appears to just cutting out the down time in between moves more than anything else but even then we are missing some significant time. The 10/18/1993 edition of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter lists the three-way portion as 4:07 and the apuesta match at 10:29. Both of those matches combined are less than ten minutes in the online version. From what’s there, both parts of the match – but more so the one-on-one portion – appear to be decent, high energy matches but its difficult to get a real grip on the quality. This is more of a high impact apuesta match as opposed to a violent run, but there are some quality double teams early and impressive offense from Misterioso late.
Wrestling Observer Newsletter Recap (October 19, 1993)
10/9 television show was weak, although the Misterioso-Vulcano mask vs. hair match was good. It started as a triangular match involving Huichol and the two men pinned first would be in the match involving their hair or mask. Huichol and Vulcano kept pounding on Misterioso and pinned him at 4:07. As Vulcano was celebrating his pin, Huichol gave him a low blow and pinned him in six seconds. The stip match went 10:29 and had a strong storyline. Vulcano ripped off Misterioso’s mask, and he ran to the dressing room and came back wearing a new mask. Every time he got a near fall, heel ref Tirantes would slow count him and count normal speed when Vulcano had the pin. Vulcano was mad because he wanted fast counts. Then for the finish, Misterioso got a sunset flip and Tirantes fast-counted Vulcano out and he got his head shaved.”
rey mysterio jr. vs. heavy metal
Mexican national welterweight
Other: High Flying; Clipped
Rey’s Mexican National Welterweight title was on the line in this bout between two of AAA’s most promising young starts. The match is heavily clipped up with only a couple of minutes of each fall shown at most so its hard to get a full grip on what kind of match they actually had. Rey is still wearing his long pants, singlet gear while Metal as always is sporting his classy one-third back t-shirt. The most notable spot is a near blow spot where Heavy Metal slips leaping onto the second turnbuckle. He climbs the turnbuckles and then freezes, seemingly waiting for Rey to follow up and cover. Rey eventually gets the message and kicks Metal to the floor, before they get back in the ring and go right to the planned fall finish. Rey looked good here but he’s still in that part of his career where he was a tad exposed in singles match. Heavy Metal never quite left that stage of his career. It makes you wonder if the match wasn’t messier than what was shown and that’s why it was all clipped up.
Wrestling Observer Newsletter Recap (March 8, 1993)
On the 2/26 Mexico City show, Heavy Metal (Erick Casas) won the Mexican welterweight title from Rey Misterio Jr. (Oscar Gonzales) clean in the middle. Misterio even raised Metal’s hand after the match. The expected blow-out match didn’t occur, this was in the ***1/2 range.
Lucha Libre Weekly (March 10, 1993)
Mexican National Welterweight Championship: Heavy Metal won title, defeated Rey Misterio Junior 2-1. Ultra clean match with third fall finish being a clean pinfall for Casas via la magistral. The announcer Miguel Linares said the hold was also called “la casita,” and was the invention of Pepe Casas (which I think is true) and all of his sons use the hold. Casas got a much bigger pop for winning than I ever would have expected considering how over Misterio is. Best explanation for that is that everyone appreciates how good he is. Just the last 1:06 of fall two and the last 2:18 of fall three aired. But what kind of signal does it send to the fans when a) the title and b)the feud is blown off like it doesn’t matter; NOTE: In Mexico City and in Mexico the whole match aired uninterrupted so this is· NOT the same coverage it got in the country it counts most in. By the way, the new Mexican “german suplex begun while your opponent is still on his stomach on the mat” is the new state of the art suplex, isn’t it? No grade.