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Rey Mysterio: The Life of a Masked Man DVD Review

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Rey Mysterio: The Life of a Masked Man DVD Review

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Rey Mysterio has been one of the most popular stars in wrestling over the past two decades. This DVD release marks the third DVD set the WWE has released about his career. The first DVD, 619, was a single-disc DVD that featured a documentary and a few matches. His second DVD, the three-disc Wrestling's Biggest Little Man featured only matches. This set features Rey being interviewed by Matt Striker.

Review and Recommendation

Format of the DVD: This DVD set features Rey being interviewed by Matt Striker and 28 Rey Mysterio matches. The interview is divided into 17 parts which are spread out throughout the 3-disc set.

The Packaging: At some point last year, the WWE stopped putting an insert featuring the chapters on their discs into their DVDs. Having no printed match listings as part of the DVD sets was a horrible practice. While they didn't bring the insert back, I am happy to see that the match listings are printed on the inner sleeve of the DVD set. I prefer this to the old inserts because now you can't accidentally separate the listing from the DVD set.

The Interview: This was the worst part of the DVD for me. Neither Rey nor Matt Striker were particularly exciting to watch during the interview. I found myself starting to get bored towards the end of each segment so whoever edited this did a great job of breaking the interview into pieces. Unfortunately, I lost all interest in this interview towards the end when Rey and Matt were talking about the mask and spoke as though Rey never lost the mask at any point in his career. I don't enjoy when a revealing interview suddenly turns kayfabe.

Match Selection: With Rey already having two-discs about his career on the market, I give the WWE credit for not any matches from them. Even more amazingly, none of the matches on this DVD set have been released on a non-PPV DVD before. Unfortunately, most of his most famous and important matches that took place prior to 2006 aren't on this DVD. Despite that, I still found the matches on this DVD set to be very entertaining.

Overall Recommendation: This DVD set will make a nice addition to your Rey Mysterio collection. When I reviewed The Biggest Little Man a few years ago, I wrote: "I am eagerly awaiting a potential third Rey Mysterio DVD set to come out. When I compare this DVD set to his first DVD set, I view them as compliments of each other and not as competition. Both Rey Mysterio DVD sets have a place in any wrestling fans library." As it turns out, I'm still glad that the WWE released a third Rey DVD and am hoping for a fourth one. However, I would recommend buying either of the first two DVD sets before getting this one.

Matches on This DVD Set

Disc One
  • ECW Hardcore TV 10/28/95: Rey Misterio Jr. & Konnan vs. La Parka & Psicosis
  • ECW Extreme Bash '96: Rey Misterio Jr. vs. Juventud Guerrera in a Best-of-3-Falls Match
  • WCW Pro Wrestling 11/3/96: Rey Mysterio Jr. vs. Juventud Guerrera
  • WCW Saturday Night 1/11/97: Rey Mysterio Jr. vs. Chavo Guerrero Jr.
  • Nitro 9/8/97: Rey Mysterio Jr. vs. Eddie Guerrero
  • Nitro 11/17/97: Rey Mysterio Jr. vs. Chris Jericho
  • WCW Saturday Night 1/17/98: Rey Mysterio Jr., Super Calo & Hector Garza vs. Psychosis, La Parka, & Silver King
  • Nitro 12/28/98: Rey Mysterio Jr. & Billy Kidman vs. Eddie Guerrero & Juventud Guerrera
  • SmackDown 10/24/02: Rey Mysterio & Edge vs. Eddie & Chavo Guerrero
  • Vengeance 2003: WWE Tag Team Champions The World's Greatest Tag Team vs. Rey Mysterio & Billy Kidman
  • SmackDown 10/28/04: Rey Mysterio vs. Kurt Angle
  • SmackDown 12/30/04: WWE Tag Team Champion Rey Mysterio & Rob Van Dam vs. Booker T & Eddie Guerrero
Disc Two
  • WrestleMania 21: Rey Mysterio vs. Eddie Guerrero
  • SmackDown 12/16/05: WWE Tag Team Champions MNM vs. Rey Mysterio & Batista
  • No Way Out 2006: Rey WrestleMania Title Shot on the Line - Rey Mysterio vs. Randy Orton
  • SummerSlam 2007: Rey Mysterio vs. vs. Chavo Guerrero
  • Cyber Sunday 2007: Rey Mysterio vs. Finlay in a Stretcher Match
  • No Mercy 2008: Rey's Mask on the Line - Rey Mysterio vs. Kane
  • Judgment Day 2009: Intercontinental Champion Rey Mysterio vs. Chris Jericho
  • SmackDown 9/4/09: Intercontinental Champion Rey Mysterio vs. John Morrison
Disc Three
  • SmackDown 12/18/09: #1 Contender's Match - Rey Mysterio vs. Batista
  • SmackDown 1/29/10: Rey Mysterio vs. Shawn Michaels
  • Royal Rumble 2010: World Heavyweight Champion The Undertaker vs. Rey Mysterio
  • SmackDown 2/5/10: Rey Mysterio vs. Dolph Ziggler
  • Over the Limit 2010: SES Pledge vs. Hair - Rey Mysterio vs. CM Punk
  • Fatal Four Way 2010: World Heavyweight Champion Jack Swagger vs. Rey Mysterio vs. Big Show vs. CM Punk
  • SmackDown 10/18/10: Rey Mysterio vs. Alberto Del Rio
  • WrestleMania XXVIII: Rey Mysterio vs. Cody Rhodes
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