Eddie Guerrero vs. Essa Rios from WWF 2000

April 30, 2000
Washington, DC

Originally reviewed here.

This was for Eddie’s European Championship.

Eddie had to wrestle in the bottom half of his tuxedo, as he was on a date with Chyna before the match started.  Eddie still managed to get control early on though, and he went to worm on Rios. Rios was sporadically fighting back all the while enduring Chyna’s interference. The crowd did not care about this match at all. Lita went to do a plancha, but Chyna sent her into an announce table. That kerfuffle distracted Eddie momentarily, and Rios came back with an Asai Moonsault. Rios followed that up with his tope con HELLO over a turnbuckle. Chyna then crotched Rios, and Eddie hit a superplex. Rios came back with a moonsault attempt that Eddie ended up blocking. Eddie then finished Rios with an Airplane Spin Neckbreaker.

After the match, Lita stripped Chyna of her dress. Chyna was left in her lingerie. Eddie was not displeased. The Eddie/Chyna partnership should not have worked, but Eddie was very talented and Chyna was very over.

This match really reminded me of WCW cruiserweight matches. It didn’t work WWE style in its purest form and relied more on movez. The crowd was not especially into it, but it was solidly entertaining enough all the way through. The match really stood out for being in a WWF ring.

Match Rating: ***

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