October 23, 2012
MATCH #1: Mask vs. Intercontinental Championship Match – Rey Mysterio vs. Chris Jericho, The Bash, 6.28.09
Jericho has been the champion since 6.7.09, and this is his second defense. Mysterio is putting his mask on the line against Jericho’s title. Jericho starts the match with a headlock and talks some trash. Mysterio fights back and hits a rana off the second rope, sending Jericho to the floor. He tries a baseball slide, but Jericho catches his legs and slams him into the guardrail. Back in the ring Jericho catapults Mysterio’s neck into the bottom rope and stomps away. It’s all Jericho here, as he sets Mysterio up on the top rope, but Mysterio knocks him down and hits a seated senton. Mysterio tries a running headscissors but Jericho counters with a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker for two. Jericho is once again fully in control, and he tosses Mysterio to the floor. Back in the ring Mysterio almost makes a comeback but Jericho cuts him off again and hits a dropkick to the face for two. Jericho goes for an Irish whip but Mysterio stops the momentum and sends Jericho to the floor this time. Mysterio hits an amazing seated senton from the top rope all the way to the floor! Back in the ring Mysterio hits a springboard body press for two. Mysterio is all fired up now, and even hits a double springboard moonsault for two! He goes for an Asai Moonsault but Jericho catches him in a powerslam for a two-count. Jericho misses a charge in the corner and hits the ring post, and Mysterio goes up top for a moonsault for another two-count. Mysterio goes for a rana, but Jericho catches it and locks on the Walls of Jericho, but Mysterio reaches the ropes. The hold has to be broken, and Mysterio gets Jericho in position for a 619 but Jericho avoids it and hits a big clothesline. Jericho goes up top and Mysterio knocks him down and goes for a super rana, but Jericho counters with a powerbomb and even puts his feet on the ropes for leverage and Mysterio still kicks out! A Lionsault attempt by Jericho misses, and Mysterio gets a rana for two. Mysterio goes for another 619, which Jericho counters to the spinning backbreaker, but Mysterio counters that with a DDT for two! Jericho then catches Mysterio off a springboard with a nasty Code Breaker, but Mysterio kicks out at two! The champion hits a Snake Eyes, and then sets Mysterio up top but can’t hit the Super Rana. Mysterio dropkicks Jericho right in position for a perfect 619. He tries the West Coast Pop but Jericho catches him in the Walls of Jericho! Mysterio wriggles out of the hold and they trade pinning combinations. Jericho pulls Mysterio’s mask off, but he was wearing another one! Mysterio then hits the 619 and a springboard splash to get the win, regain the title, and keep his mask at 15:42. These two had nothing but good matches all summer and this was the best one yet, and one of the best matches out of WWE all year.
MATCH #2: Intercontinental Championship Match – Rey Mysterio vs. Dolph Ziggler, Night of Champions, 7.26.09
Mysterio has been the champion since 6.28.09, and this is his second defense. Ziggler is accompanied by his girlfriend Maria. Jim Ross gets on my good side by noting that Don Muraco, Kerry Von Erich, and Jeff Hardy all won their first Intercontinental Titles in Philadelphia. I like little factoids like that. JR keeps it going by stating that 13 Hall of Famers are former Intercontinental Champions. Just for fun – Pedro Morales, Pat Patterson, Don Muraco, Greg Valentine, Tito Santana, Roddy Piper, Bret Hart, Eddie Guerrero, Curt Hennig, Ric Flair, Stone Cold Steve Austin, Ricky Steamboat., and Kerry Von Erich. Ziggler backs Mysterio into the corner at the start, to show his power advantage. They trade quick pinning combinations, as both men approach each other cautiously. Ziggler keeps Mysterio on the ground while his girlfriend cheers him on. She’s not the only one – a group can be heard chanting for Ziggler as well as Mysterio. Ziggler counters a rana with a buckle bomb for two. The challenger is firmly in control. As Grisham talks about Mysterio being a former World Heavyweight Champion, I realize Mysterio is one of few guys to win the Intercontinental Title after winning a World Title. Triple H and Pedro Morales are the only other two I can think of off the top of my head. Meanwhile Mysterio makes a comeback with some high flying maneuvers, as JR calls his offense “Avant Garde.” Ziggler hits a powerslam out of nowhere for two. Mysterio comes back by knocking Ziggler to the floor and hitting a seated senton off the apron. Back in the ring Ziggler knocks Mysterio off the top rope and puts him on his shoulders. Ziggler drops Mysterio and goes for a Tiger Driver, but Mysterio avoids it and goes for the 619. That doesn’t connect, and Ziggler pitches Mysterio to the floor. Back in the ring Ziggler continues to wear Mysterio down, even using the Full Nelson. Mysterio comes back by rolling through a sunset flip and kicking Ziggler in the head for a two-count. He goes for a leap off the top rope and Ziggler nails him in the chest with a dropkick for a close near-fall. Ziggler charges into the corner and Mysterio moves out of the way, causing Ziggler to crash into the buckles and then the canvas. Mysterio sets Ziggler up top, but Ziggler counters and lands a super gutbuster for a near-fall that the crowd bought. The champion escapes a powerslam attempt, and then hits the 619 and a springboard splash to get the pin at 14:21. Mysterio’s hot streak continues and Ziggler is wrestling like a guy with something to prove. The result was an excellent match that lends itself to a rematch. Ziggler made an excellent showing in his biggest match to date.
MATCH #3: Number One Contender Steel Cage Match – Rey Mysterio vs. Batista, SmackDown, 1.15.10
This cage match can be won by pinfall, submission, or escaping the cage. The winner will go on to face the Undertaker for the World Heavyweight Championship at the Royal Rumble. Mysterio tries to escape early and when Batista stops him he goes for a cross body block and misses. Batista takes control now and overwhelms Mysterio with his power advantage. Mysterio goes low and puts Batista in position for the 619 but obviously can’t hit it in the cage. Instead Mysterio climbs up Batista’s back and tires to escape again. Every time Mysterio tries to escape Batista is able to pull him back into the cage. Batista hits a big Spear and looks to be in total control. He follows with a hard spinebuster and does pushups just to be a jerk. Batista goes for the Batista Bomb but Mysterio grabs the top of the cage and kicks his way out of it. Mysterio climbs up and over and kicks the door back in Batista’s face on the way down for good measure to get the win at 7:13. That felt a bit truncated but the work they did was good, as usual with these two together.
MATCH #4: Rey Mysterio Joins the SES vs. CM Punk’s Hair – Rey Mysterio vs. CM Punk, Over the Limit, 5.23.10
Punk is the aggressor early on, stomping Mysterio down in the corner. Mysterio fights out and backs Punk into the opposite corner and hits some mounted punches. Punk cuts him off with a high back body drop to the floor. He goes for a house show dive but Mysterio avoids it and hits a headscissors to send Punk face-first into the barricade. They fight over by the barber chair and then back into the ring. Mysterio tries the 619 but Punk cuts him off with a boot. Punk then hurls Mysterio under the bottom rope and right into the barber chair! That’s a cool spot. Somehow Punk has been busted open so the match grinds to a halt as the referee tries to stop the bleeding. I’m not a gore freak, but I hate how WWE treats blood nowadays. This is wrestling for crying out loud. Punk looks legit annoyed. Mysterio recovers and rolls back into the ring Finally Punk gets up and dropkicks Mysterio back to the floor and throws him hard into the barricade. Punk follows up with a vertical suplex and then throws Mysterio back in the ring. He follows him in with a slingshot senton for two. Mysterio starts firing up but Punk cuts him off with a hard clothesline for two. Mysterio comes back and hits the Code Red for two. He hits a springboard cross body block for another near-fall. Mysterio continues on offense but can’t put Punk away. Punk fights back and alley-oops Mysterio into the corner and hits Welcome to Chicago Motherfucker for a two-count. He sets up go 2 Sleep but Mysterio counters it, and Punk re-counters to a Buckle Bomb. Punk hits a bulldog off the second rope for two. He unloads a series of kicks, landing a solid shot to the skull for two. Mysterio tries a quebrada and Punk grabs him in the Go 2 Sleep, but Mysterio counters one more time and hits the 619! He misses the springboard splash though, and Punk goes for a cocky cover but Mysterio rolls him over in a crucifix to get the pin at 13:48!
The Straight Edge Society runs out and beats Mysterio down and tries to handcuff him, but Kane comes down to clear the ring for Mysterio. Did Kane have a reason to hate SES at this time? I don’t remember. Mysterio now handcuffs Punk to the ropes and shaves his bloody head. The match was really good and without the silly blood stoppage it would have been ridiculous I think. The post-match feud ending shenanigans definitely bump it back up a notch.