Rey Misterio Jr. vs. Ultimate Dragon from WCW 1996

Originally reviewed here.

WCW World War
November 24, 1996

Ultimate Dragon (c) (w/Sonny Onno) vs. Rey Misterio, Jr. [J Crown Title]
Dragon got control early on. He hit a Silverking Dropkick and a German for a nearfall. Rey ate a ton of big moves like an Argentinean Backbreaker (one of my favorites), a brainbuster, a tombstone, and a pescado. Back in the ring, Dragon got a nearfall with a frankensteiner. Liger Bomb: 1…2…NO! Rey managed to hit a spinning heel kick and then kind of pulled off a springboard moonsault. He followed that with a Silverking senton. Back in the ring, Rey cartwheeled into a Mysteriorana: 1…2…NO! Genuinely shocked that wasn’t the end. Dragon reversed a springboard ‘rana attempt into a rebound powerbomb: 1…2…3!

This match gets a ton of credit for not ending with a hurricanrana! Dragon dominated 90% of this match since it was a WCW Mysterio match. I feel like that formula has a bit of a ceiling if the crowd doesn’t get too hot, but this was obviously quite a bit of fun.
Match Rating: ***1/2

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