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Rey Mysterio Jr. vs Kurt Angle (WWE 01/23/03)

Rey Mysterio Jr. Kurt Angle 2003 WWE

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Posted 17 October 2016 - 08:05 PM

It's funny Angle and Benoit had that highly praised match a few days before on PPV and Rey gets a much better match out of Angle in <10 minutes on free TV. Same thing happened in July 2011 where Cena had that incredibly pimped match vs. Punk and then Rey comes along the next week on Raw and has a match with Cena that, IMO, blows the PPV match away.


Anyways this is great great cat and mouse stuff. Rey was probably Angle's best opponent. Also Rey takes an absolutely disgusting headdrop bump that would have made the All Japan dudes cringe. ****

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Posted 20 August 2017 - 05:27 AM

What a fantastic sprint. These two can just go at it for 6-10 minutes and produce some absolute masterpieces. As with all their stuff, this is worked at a blistering pace. Angle gets to show off a bit more dominance here than in the SummerSlam match and I thought he actually looked better on offense here than in the other match. Mysterio's comebacks are legendary. Flashy, exciting, gets the crowd rollicking. But my god, that finish. Brutal. As of now, I enjoy the SummerSlam match a bit more but this is easily in the same ballpark.



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Posted 31 October 2017 - 09:01 PM

WWE World Champion Kurt Angle vs Rey Mysterio - WWE Smackdown 1/23/03


The night after the famous Angle vs Benoit Rumble '03 match. Angle has Heyman with him as the build to Angle/Brock is beginning. Sounds like Rey Rey just made a return. Rey tries flying around at a million miles per hour to discombobulate Kurt, but gets caught with a brutal sitout powerbomb. Awesome vicious heat segment by Angle climaxing with sick headdrop German suplex. Rey's comeback has some really fun spots. I thought they would have been better served in the shine than in the comeback. But the spots are awesome and quite inventive. Angle gets  his Anklelock and then overhead belly to belly. Rey dials up 619, but gets caught, but hits his bulldog. Gets caught on West Coast Pop and nasty finish with Angle ramming his head into the buckles and then driving back with him, roll through and Angle wins. Among Angle, Mysterio, Benoit & Eddie, WWE was loaded with TV talent. Lack of selling by Rey hurts it which is why the comeback would have been great as a shine. Individual moves by both men were awesome and the speed was great. Gnarly finish too. ***1/2 

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