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.
Written by: Tim Cooke
WCW in the fall of 1997 was ahead of the WWF both in TV ratings and quality matches. The period between September 8 and December 15 may have the best set of Nitro matches from it’s almost six year existence. I thought it would be worthwhile to go back and revisit the time where the concept of the “Nitro style” match was in full force.
Rey Misterio Jr. vs. Eddy Guerrero (September 8, 1997)
Loud Eddy sucks chants to open. A typical Guerrero/Misterio exchange opens up the match and ends with Eddy claiming his hair was pulled, drawing great heat from the Milwaukee crowd. For two guys who aren’t widely praised for their striking, Guerrero hits a tremendous European uppercut that Rey takes a big bump for. Rey returns the favor a couple of times with his above average forearms (think 55 on the 20-80 baseball scouting scale). Guerrero works on the arm and the match comes in and out of the commercial break. Mike Tenay makes mention of the fact that while both wrestlers have been opposite of each other in trios matches in Mexico, this is their first singles match. Rey sloppily hits a rope trick where he springboards onto top rope, jumps again to middle rope on the diagonal rope, and then moonsaults off onto Guerrero (credit Rob Bihari for rope trick). Rey would hit this spot completely clean their September 29 Nitro rematch as well as their December 27 WCW Saturday Night match. Guerrero catches a Rey cross body off the top rope and in one motion hits a perfect body slam. A vicious power bomb and pump handle backbreaker follow, before Eddy tries the Gori Special, which Rey arm drags out of. This is one of my all-time favorite pro wrestling spots. Rey hits a pretty springboard rana for the finish and the “upset” victory.
Time: 5:32 TV Time
Rating: *** 1/4