The legendary career of Rey Mysterio continues to bring memorable moments. Brock Lesnar’s recent attack on Mysterio and his son Dominic played a huge role in the season premiere of Raw. Mysterio developed a reputation as someone the fans care about, which makes an attack on him mean more. His career has featured some of the most exciting matches in wrestling history, and he's been going strong for almost three decades now.
Mysterio delivered classics in WCW and WWE during the strongest stretches of his career. We will look at just which matches from that time stand out the most. These incredible bouts are must-see television for any wrestling fan that missed out.
10 Rey Mysterio vs. John Morrison (SmackDown September 4, 2009)
Rey Mysterio had a tremendous match with John Morrison for the Intercontinental Championship during an episode of SmackDown. The match could be considered the best match of Morrison’s career and sneaks into the best ten for Mysterio as well.
This match had everything fans could want from an Intercontinental Championship bout between two strong workers. Mysterio put over Morrison to give him the huge win. WWE trusted Mysterio in the role and he certainly did his job, making Morrison look like a million bucks in this instant classic.
9 Rey Mysterio vs Dean Malenko (Great American Bash 1996)
WCW’s cruiserweight division created great matches that stole the show almost every single PPV. Fans were tuning in for the legends in the main event picture, but the matches of performers like Dean Malenko and Rey Mysterio gave them their money’s worth every single time.
Malenko and Mysterio had their best overall match at the Great American Bash 1996 event. The Cruiserweight Championship match would see Malenko retain, but Mysterio won over the fans with his incredible performance to continue building his momentum.
8 Rey Mysterio vs Eddie Guerrero (SummerSlam 2005)
The rivalry between Rey Mysterio and Eddie Guerrero created fantastic matches over the course of their time together in both WCW and WWE. Dominic Mysterio recently appearing on WWE television gives us another reason to call back this classic match.
The storyline was a bit odd, with Eddie claiming he was the birth father of Dominic and the parental rights being determined in a ladder match. Mysterio was at his best as a face and the same went for Guerrero as a heel in this classic.
7 Rey Mysterio and Billy Kidman vs Charlie Haas and Shelton Benjamin (Vengeance 2003)
The run of Rey Mysterio and Billy Kidman together as a tag team led to a lot of underrated matches. Kidman and Mysterio had a stronger run together as a duo in WCW, but their best match as a team took place in WWE against Charlie Haas and Shelton Benjamin.
Vengeance 2003 featured the two talented teams going at it for the WWE Tag Team Championship. The crowd was red-hot for Mysterio and Kidman every time they came close to winning. Haas and Benjamin eventually stole the victory, but it remains a classic in Mysterio’s career.
6 Rey Mysterio vs Psychosis (Bash at the Beach 1996)
Psychosis is arguably the most underrated rival of Rey Mysterio’s career. The two luchador legends had classics in AAA, ECW and WCW in the 90s. Bash at the Beach 1996 is remembered for the Hulk Hogan heel turn joining the New World Order, but that wasn’t the best match of the night.
Mysterio and Psychosis tore it up in the opener with fans enjoying every single move they delivered throughout. The big win for Mysterio gave him more momentum as the new face of the cruiserweight division, even without the title.
5 Rey Mysterio vs Randy Orton vs Kurt Angle (WrestleMania 22)
The biggest win of Rey Mysterio’s career was inevitably going to make the list. Mysterio won the Royal Rumble match in 2006, moving on to the WrestleMania 22 World Championship match against Kurt Angle and Randy Orton in the triple threat.
The match was a bit short, which prevented it from ranking higher on the list, but it was full of non-stop action. Mysterio overcame the odds to win the World Championship and dedicated it the recently deceased Eddie Guerrero in an emotional moment.
4 Rey Mysterio vs. CM Punk (Over the Limit 2010)
CM Punk and Rey Mysterio had a tremendous feud in 2010, during the Straight Edge Society era of Punk’s character. Mysterio became his target as Punk wanted to unmask him.
Punk and Mysterio would see their feud reach its climax at Over the Limit 2010, in an excellent bout. The stipulation saw Punk put his hair on the line against Mysterio’s mask. Rey won the match and shaved Punk’s head to add insult to injury.
3 Rey Mysterio and Edge vs Kurt Angle and Chris Benoit (No Mercy 2002)
The tag duo pictured above met their match in this stunning bout. The brand split in 2002 featured the creation of new titles, so both Raw and Smackdown had belts to compete for. Rey Mysterio and Edge vs Kurt Angle and Chris Benoit was the end of a tournament to crown the WWE Tag Team Champions on the SmackDown side of things, taking place at No Mercy 2003.
All four stars stole the show with a must-see tag team match that made the titles relevant right away. Mysterio and Edge played the perfect babyface team, delivering impressive tandem moves. They fell just short to the heel duo of technical wrestlers in one of the all-time great WWE tag matches.
2 Rey Mysterio vs. Chris Jericho (The Bash 2009)
Chris Jericho and Rey Mysterio were two of the rising young stars in WCW and had superb chemistry together. WWE would see them both become legends, as they somehow topped their prior matches against each other in 2009.
Much like the CM Punk feud, Jericho was obsessed with unmasking Punk during the serious heel character run. The two were feuding over the Intercontinental Championship, which helped make the belt credible again. Mysterio defeated Jericho to win the title and keep his mask at The Bash 2009, in a truly special match.
1 Rey Mysterio vs Eddie Guerrero (Halloween Havoc 1997)
Both Rey Mysterio and Eddie Guerrero had strong momentum in 1997, after Mysterio adopted the underdog hero character and Guerrero turned heel.
Halloween Havoc 1997 saw them facing off in a Mask vs Championship match. Mysterio once again defended the rights to his mask, winning the Cruiserweight Championship in a true classic.