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#1 Posted on 15.7.02 0813.11
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When last we saw Rey Mysterio Jr., his once-amazing luchadore style had been toned down quite a bit due to a nagging knee injury.

Has anyone here who saw him in WCW about '96 also seen him recently at a house show? If so, could I trouble you for an honest assessment of how Rey's been doing? Has the old Rey Jr.'s high-flying style returned along with his old outfit?
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#2 Posted on 15.7.02 1025.31
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Rey was also a Filthy Animal with Kidman, Konnan and Eddie and had no mask.

Kind of counterproductive to put it back on since people who were watching WCW from around 1999 to the end know what he looks like.

I read somewhere that he sort of has Test's look. With the leather pants.
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#3 Posted on 15.7.02 1133.40
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I've been waiting for someone to bring up Rey, so now I'm compelled to actually join in on the talk as opposed to being a passive reader.

The house show reports I've read tell of a return to the high-flying exciting style, but I'm waiting very cautiously
for the 25th to see for myself.

I think they're doing the right thing putting the mask back on as most of the WWE's current viewers were not watching Nitro in 96 or even in 99, I believe. And without the mask, Rey's baby face is not so intimidating. BUT, I'm concerned as the big glacier push they're giving him will fall flat very quickly if he wrestling like Rey the mediocre filthy animal as opposed to Rey the breathtaking high flyer that they're showing in the ads.

I second ekedolphin's request for any information from those who have seen him at recent shows.
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#4 Posted on 15.7.02 1137.07
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One thing's for sure: he could have the fans hating him within seconds of busting out the roughrider/broncobuster. Anything that makes you look like X-Pac = fan hatred.
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#5 Posted on 15.7.02 1150.18
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1wrestling had pictures of him at at a house show (vs. Funaki) that a fan had taken. He had baggy pants on, but with the mask, of course. I think regular tights would have been the way to go, imo. If they are going to go back to his traditional mask, why not the tights too? The pants/tights combo just seemed weird to me. Who knows if they will keep that for his TV debut, though.

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#6 Posted on 15.7.02 1219.22
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Whether due to the knee injury, I always thought that once Rey lost his mask, he became a much less interesting wrestler. It almost seemed like Masked Rey and Unmasked Rey were two different people. But then, if he never took off his mask, I wouldn't have recognized him at that bar in San Diego and said hello.

I am really hoping that the old Rey is back-the high flying underdog who does the crazy shi-at.
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#7 Posted on 15.7.02 1225.50
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You and me both, Goon.

To me, Mysterio's unmasked career started out very well, as he played the Giant Killer over Kevin Nash (in a stunning upset), Scott Norton, and other big mo-fos. But after Mysterio and the Filthy Animals turned into gangsta heels, I couldn't stand any of them.

If the old Rey is back, you know I'm there. He, Ultimo Dragon, Chris Benoit, Dean Malenko and Eddie Guerrero got me into wrestling in the first place.
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#8 Posted on 15.7.02 1227.06
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Rey's gonna be fine, wrestling wise, if what we saw on CMLL the times he's dropped by is still true.

He's not gonna just be doing high spot after high spot, because the WWE hates that style [spotastic and lucha], but that's good because he'd have a hard time staying healthy doing that four times a week (and all the muscle mass supposedly will make it evne tougher.) Still, he should be able to do enough to distingush himself as Rey Mysterio by work alone.

I hope he and Kidman have a vignette where they discuss their next title defense.
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#9 Posted on 15.7.02 1232.59
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Meltzer this week said, in a photo he looked like The Patroit (Del Wilkes, not Tom Brandi).

Dave (and others) seem to be possibly worried about rey putting on too much muscle mass and might not be up to past ability/skill level.
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#10 Posted on 15.7.02 1233.27
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    Originally posted by WyldeWolf1
    One thing's for sure: he could have the fans hating him within seconds of busting out the roughrider/broncobuster. Anything that makes you look like X-Pac = fan hatred.


Well, remember the unspoken WWF rule: "He who steals my trademark move, homoerotic or not, shall be molested by a grizzly bear until you learn"

Exceptions: The Book End, The Vinny Mac Stunner, The Corporate/Vinny Mac Elbow, The Hurrichokeslam
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#11 Posted on 15.7.02 1505.13
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His pants are like Tajiri's.

I think the mask is a good idea.
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#12 Posted on 15.7.02 1623.38
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I saw him here in Fresno on the 16th of June against Chavo, and he was definately more mid nineties Rey than Filthy Animals Rey. I think they have him in the baggier pants to hide the knee braces. Also, the mask is a VERY good idea.
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#13 Posted on 16.7.02 0110.02
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Plus, he's got a fucking ENORMOUS tattoo on his back. Seriously, it makes it look like Brock pussied out when he got to the tattoo parlour.

Not that this means anything, of course...
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#14 Posted on 16.7.02 0119.45
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Just be happy he stopped wearing the Scott Steiner chainmail on his head.
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#15 Posted on 16.7.02 0121.44
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I agree the mask is the way to go...those of us that are still watching after the death of the WCW mostly liked the mask better. Today's WWF fan probably doesn't know much about who he is, so the mask still works.

My only fear is who they're going to pair him with first. The promos they've been running don't really give a good perspective for Rey's size. If he's in with someone too big, he's going to look like a midget.

Before he kept killing himself, he was one of my favorites from WCW. He managed to actually use the highspots with ring psychology, not just as a "spotfest". So I'm really pulling for him to work out.

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#16 Posted on 16.7.02 0845.28
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I wouldn't worry too much about him being outsized. Smackdown isn't exactly bristling with giants, and there's no doubt in my mind they'll throw him in with the Tajiri, Kidman, Hurricane group, at least in the beginning. Hopefully that'll give them a reason to let someone other the Noble do the talking. *shudder*

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#17 Posted on 16.7.02 1149.51
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I'm sure someone with one of those new-fangled fancy dan VCRs could dissect every scene of those Rey promos and conclude that he's only shown in his mask.

Actually, he seemed to be going back to the mask in WCW's final weeks. I know the last Nitro featured him coming out to the ring wearing a half-mask/cyborg-looking dealie. He took it off when the bell rang, but it was still nifty.

That reminds me... does he still have his half of the Cruiserweight Tag Team Championship?
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#18 Posted on 16.7.02 1256.43
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Rey is bigger than Spike IIRC. I think he'll just be the smallest guy on SD.
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#19 Posted on 16.7.02 1304.32
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HE'S COMING... IN 10 DAYS TO SMACKDOWN!

So now we can rule him out as GM of SmackDown!

(I don't read spoilers)
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#20 Posted on 16.7.02 1958.28
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>I'm sure someone with one of those new-fangled fancy dan
>VCRs could dissect every scene of those Rey promos and
>conclude that he's only shown in his mask.

In the first one, they had a split second frame from behind of him doing the top rope low blow legdrop with his mask off.

But he's coming in with his mask on.
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