It’s Cinco De Mayo which means that some of you are going to be drinking up on Corona’s and Margaritas, but not yours truly. You see I am going to enjoy watch a couple of Mexican legends square off in one of the most legendary indie companies in history. You see you can’t have a month dedicated to No Holds Barred, no rules, hardcore matches without the kings of Hardcore in ECW (Extreme Championship Wrestling). They changed the way the game was played with the big boys (WWE and WCW) and I am forever grateful for that. The match we have for you guys today is a match that literally dropped jaws everywhere when Lucha Libre legends Rey Mysterio and Juventud Guerrera locked up at ECW’s Big Ass Extreme Bash in 1996 in a best two out of three falls match. One thing I will warn you is the action is fast and quick as you see Juventud go from working on Mysterio’s leg to ending up in a Muta lock within seconds. Both competitors were literally throwing haymaker kind of moves at each other just trying to see who would get the first pinfall.
At one point in the match, Juventud looked to wear down Mysterio, but ended up on the outside after a hurricanana sent him reeling. Rey would try to follow it up with something high risk, but Guerrera read it, but still got a kick from Rey who then hit him with a springboard moonsault on the outside. After getting him back in the ring, Rey would try for a vertical suplex, but Juventud reversed it into a brainbuster. After failing to get the pin, he was able to hit Rey with an incredible springboard somersault kick that sent Rey to the ground hard. Then Juventud decided that he would follow it u with a full nelson German suplex which earned him the first pinfall of the match. You have to think that being down a pinfall would make Rey nervous, but he kept his cool and went right at Juventud nailing him with a hurricanrana and some chops. After reversing Rey’s attempt an Irish whip, he would send Rey right into the corner, but when he came full speed ahead at Rey, Rey moved out of the way forcing Juventud to hit the turnbuckles hard and land on his neck as he tried a cannonball like maneuver.
Then as Juventud went to the outside and came back up on the ring apron, Rey climbed the ropes and hit Juve with a hurricanrana to the outside. The funniest and coolest thing would happen next in the match. Rey climbed back in the ring and it looked like he was going to allow the referee to start his count when he ran towards the opposite ropes, came back, leap frogged over the referee, and hit a somersault plancha on Juve outside of the ring. Rey would throw him back in, hit him with a powerbomb, and try for the pinfall, but Juve kicked out. He’d follow it up with a springboard moonsault, but Juve wasn’t willing to give up that quick. After a switch in momentum, Juve tried to climb the ropes for a crossbody, but gets dropkicked in the gut instead to which Rey follows it up with a gut-wrench powerbomb which earns him the second pinfall of the match. Now, the match was even at one pinfall a piece between Juve and Rey so the question was whether Rey could keep the momentum going or not to get a second pinfall to win the match overall.
Right out of the gates, Juve came attacking Rey as he set him up on the top turnbuckle. It looked like he was going to hit him with a hurricanrana, but hit him with a dropkick instead that sent him to the outside. He would then hit Rey with a torpedo dropkick out of the ring and follow it up with a springboard moonsault of his own into the crowd. As soon as he threw Rey back into the ring, he would hit him with a springboard spinning heel kick, but he couldn’t get that pinfall. He would try for a springboard somersault leg drop, but Rey moved right out of the way as Juve hit the mat. One thing is for certain and that is these two were putting on a clinic for people in the ECW Arena. After trading advantages back and forth which included fighting all over and outside of the ECW arena, it looked like Juventud was going to hit Rey with a razor’s edge from the very top turnbuckle, but reversed it and turned it into a hurricanrana which was all she wrote as Rey got the 1-2-3 to win the match 2 to 1. What a match this one is, it’s a must see for sure. Hey, don’t forget to like our page on Facebook at Facebook.com/MRXPUNCHOUT and while you are it why don’t you follow us on Twitter too.