Review: WWE Network’s 100 Best Matches: #60 Dean Malenko vs. Rey Mysterio (WCW Cruiserweight Title, WCW Great American Bash 1996)

As I’ve probably mentioned before in my WWE Network’s 100 Best Matches…List reviews, the Cruiserweight scene in the mid to late ‘90s WCW was awesome. They had big names and big matches. Dean Malenko was a large part of the success, but he wasn’t a typical Cruiserweight wrestler. When you think of Cruiserweight, you think of the high-flying antics of Rey Mysterio. Malenko could do high-flying, but he was more about the ground wrestling. Their styles complement each other very well in this fantastic match. Continue reading

Review: WWE Network’s 100 Best Matches: #71 Ultimo Dragon vs. Rey Mysterio (J-Crown Match, WCW World War III)

At #71, we have another great example of how brilliant the Cruiserweight scene was in the mid to late ‘90s era of WCW. And we also see more of Ultimo Dragon (click here for my review of #81 Dean Malenko vs Ultimo Dragon)! I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: watch this match, and then watch any of his WWE matches. WWE completely dropped the ball with him, as they did with many ex-WCW wrestlers. This opening match for WCW’s World War 3 is dominated by Dragon, with Rey Mysterio playing the resilient babyface. What we receive is an array on aerial, ground and wrestling moves that never seems to slow down or repeat a manoeuvre! Continue reading