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[1996-02-03-ECW-Big Apple Blizzard Blast] Rey Misterio Jr vs Juventud Guerrera


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  • 3 weeks later...

For whatever reason, the Rey/Juvi matches worked way more for me in ECW than the Rey/Psicosis ones, but pretty much everywhere outside of ECW, I prefer Rey/Psicosis. Anyway, this is an excellent showcase match to demonstrate the style, but these two have had way better, even in ECW.

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Both guys just turned 21 which is crazy. It’s a good match but I do prefer the Misterio/Psicosis matches to this. Had some nice moments. They really did overdue that Splash Mountain Hurricarana reversal finish by Rey. The two out of three falls match is much better.

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A nice introduction to ECW for these two. They showed off some of their moves and did a bit more of the necessary playing to the crowd. There was a bit too much head between legs activity. I'm talking about headscissors, what else? They would go much higher next month at the Big Ass Extreme Bash.

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Not as good as the Psicosis matches, as this is sort of an extended Rey squash. Juvy deadlifting a baseball-sliding Rey into a German suplex was a nice spot, though. Rey wins with his favorite finish, the second-rope Splash Mountain turned into a huracanrana. Trying that move on Rey is as futile as attempting to power bomb Kidman or back body drop Mr. Perfect.

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This had some good spots but felt too showcase for me to really enjoy. I think the crowd and Styles being annoying as fuck contributed to that. I understand why they would start off with this to show off for the crowd but both guys have shown way more depth even this early on in their career. **1/2

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  • GSR changed the title to [1996-02-03-ECW-Big Apple Blizzard Blast] Rey Misterio Jr vs Juventud Guerrera
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Rey Misterio Jr vs Juventud Guerrera - ECW Big Apple Blizzard 2/3/96

The last of the "classic" ECW Workrate matches that I have yet to see. The bar is pretty high as I often compare these to Rey vs Psicosis. I thought the Big Ass Extreme Bash match is a big improvement on this. This is very spot-heavy with weak transitions. They try to bring the hate with the Middle Fingers, Spitting and Slapping, they do the famous upside down slap exchange. Still I dont feel the hate as much as the aestheticism, which is not a problem per se as their execution is flawless and breath-taking. I liked how each sequence was really punctuated by a big Rey spot like the Rana off the apron or the Top Rope Slingshot Somersault Splash. Juventud did hit the most insane spot. He deadlifts Rey into a Military Press holds it, drops him back down, catches and hits a bridging fallaway slam...little dude is fucking strong! Holy shit! Rey just came up chopping and basically said my turn. Thats an example of a shitty transition. Juvy goes for Splash Mountain and Rey counters with the Rana for the win. They sure did love that spot! Has anyone ever hit Splash Mountain ever? After the match Taz and Fonzie gloat about roughing up 911 and Rey who guess is buds with 911 defends his honor. Rey lasts longer than I expect with Taz. I just do not like Taz as a wrestler. There is nothing organic about how he bumps or feeds. Finally he makes Rey go splat. Check out the Big Ass Extreme Bash. This is fine just to see some cool spots...that Juvy strength spot is worth it. ***1/2  

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