Tuesday, June 14, 2011

"Project 33" - Match #139: Rey Misterio Jr. vs. Juventud Guerrera

Rey Misterio Jr. vs. Juventud Guerrera
20 July, 1996
Sumo Hall; Tokyo, Japan
WWA Welterweight Championship Match

This match was part of the 4th Anniversary show for the WAR promotion in Japan.  Misterio, being booked thru AAA, had made a big splash when he debuted in a WAR ring in 1995 against Psicosis, and here he was back again, against another arch-rival, Fuerza Guerrera's kid Juvi.  

It is odd - Misterio and Guerrera wrestled each other probably over a hundred times, and on many big stages.  Yet on a major show in Japan, they kinda just walked thru a match, and didn't really do anything special.  Maybe it is just the fact that so many of the things that Misterio (and many of the AAA high flyers) were doing at this time were innovative and crazy, that it doesn't seem like it now, because so many of those things are commonplace.  I guess that would mean that the match doesn't hold up well, but after watching it, there isn't anything that you can point at and say it is weak, from a technical standpoint.  Yeah, that match isn't frothing with matwork and psychology that the Japanese fans are used to, but they are working a solid high-flying match. 

I would say that the biggest issue with the match is that these two are used to working in front of rowdy crowds who pop for their aerial moves, and in Japan they are quiet except for when they do the big spots. 

All that aside, this was a solid match, that looks to be at about half-speed for these two. 

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