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Saturday, 10 November 2012

Viva La Raza : The Legacy of Eddie Guerrero DVD Review


Viva La Raza : The Legacy of Eddie Guerrero DVD Review

I do this review in honour and respect of this legendary wrestler , leading to the seventh year anniversary of his death on November 13th . RIP Eddie .

Note -  The version of the DVD I have comes with a bonus fourth disc that features both of his tribute shows and I shall be reviewing that in a later post .

Disc 1 Matches :

Eddie Guerrero vs 2 Cold Scorpio
TV Title is on the line . Scorpio is definitely an under appreciated athlete . This should be a great match . This was Eddie's first ECW match . And yes this was a great match . Brilliant way for Eddie to debut . Eddie rolls up Scorpio to become the new champ . ***1/2

Eddie Guerrero vs Dean Malenko
From Hostile City Showdown 1995 . Now this match for the TV title should be fucking awesome ,( pardon the language ) , if their 2 out of 3 falls match was any indication . This might be their first clash in ECW . The match ends with a time limit draw and the fans want more . ****

Eddie Guerrero vs Shinjiro Ootani
From Starrcade 1995 . This was WCW's World Cup of Wrestling in which wrestlers from Japan came over to fight with the WCW wrestlers to give WCW more of a global feel .Great match that became better as it went along . Shinjiro wins with what looked like a really fast count . ***3/4

Eddie Guerrero vs Ric Flair
Flair said that Eddie was one of his favourite guys to wrestle . That's a pretty huge compliment . This match took place at Hog Wild 1996 and is for the US Title . This was a nice enjoyable matchup . Flair retains by pinning Eddie during the figure four leglock . ***

Eddie Guerrero vs Chris Jericho
From Superbrawl VII . Jericho talked about how he thought that he and Eddie were at their best in this match for the US Title but the fans didn't care because at that point they had no personalities . It's a shame because it's a damn good match . Eddie wins with a sunset flip . ***1/4

Eddie Guerrero vs Rey Mysterio
These two have had what seems to be hundreds of matches with each other , and they never become tiresome . They're always good or great . This was another good one . Eddie wins the cruiserweight title with a frog splash . ***

Eddie Guerrero vs Dean Malenko
Second Malenko match on the disc and it's from Starrcade 1997 and it's for the cruiserweight title . This match was pretty good , but it was nowhere near as good as their ECW matches . Eddie retains with a frog splash . **3/4

Eddie Guerrero vs Ultimo Dragon
From Slamboree 1998 . If Dragon wins , Chavo gets his freedom . Ultimo is a fantastic wrestler , and in a match with Eddie , it should be good . This was a perfectly acceptable match , but the crowd just wasn't into it . Eddie pins Dragon with a frog splash . **3/4

Eddie Guerrero vs Juventud Guerrera
This was after Juventud had had his masked removed by Jericho . This was a really short match , but was exciting while it lasted . Eddie wins with a frog splash . **

Eddie Guerrero vs Psychosis
Hopefully another very fast paced match coming now . This was after Eddie's car accident and he had formed the LWO . The match wasn't bad at all . Eddie hits the frog splash to win it . **1/2

And now moving onto the WWE days .

Disc 2 Matches :

Eddie Guerrero vs Chris Jericho
Nice little rare Raw match for the European title here . At this point , Eddie was with the Radicalz . Eddie is the new European champ after Chyna betrays Y2J and plants him with a DDT . **

Eddie Guerrero vs Matt Hardy
This was a King of the Ring qualifying match . Matt says that he absolutely loved to work with Eddie . A very good match while it lasted . Eddie wins with a hurricarana . **1/2

Eddie Guerrero vs Rob Van Dam
From Backlash 2002 and is for the IC Title . Now here was a fun feud at the time , and gave us matches like this one and , of course , the classic ladder match between the two . Eddie's sunset bomb looked sick . Eddie becomes the new champ with a frog splash . Great match . ***3/4

Eddie Guerrero vs Jeff Hardy
IC title is on the line here . Ok tv match here , just not sure why it's on the DVD . Eddie pins Jeff with a frog splash . *1/2

Eddie Guerrero vs Edge : No DQ
Now here is a classic match . Easily one of the best matches in Smackdown and in tv history . It could also , arguably , be Edge's best singles match of his career . Just awesome stuff with a great ending as Edge hits the edgecution off a ladder to get the win . After the match , Eddie gets a nice standing ovation from the fans . ****1/2

Los Guerreros vs Team Angle
From Backlash 2003 . Two great teams going at it here . Haas looks like he's had his eyebrows done . Kinda weird . I hate those goddamned idiots with the ' boring ' chants . The match is really good , but the fans weren't into it unless there was some lying , cheating and stealing . Haas pins Chavo to retain . ***1/4

Eddie Guerrero vs John Cena : Parking Lot Brawl
A very rare type of match here on Smackdown . I think there's only been a couple in the WWE . Pretty hard match to rate , but it was really entertaining . Eddie hits the frog splash on a car to win . **3/4

Eddie Guerrero vs Chavo Guerrero
From Royal Rumble 2004 . It's a shame they only really got eight minutes to work here . With an extra ten I think they could have done so much more . Eddie wins with a frog splash . **1/2

Eddie Guerrero vs Brock Lesnar
From No Way Out 2004 . I would put this as one of my favourite matches ever and consider it to be an all time classic . The story of the match was terrific , with Eddie trying to overcome another demon in the form of Brock Lesnar . Eddie seemed like he never had a chance and was able to prove everyone wrong . Eddie finally wins the WWE Title after hitting Brock with the frog splash . A classic . ****3/4

Disc 3 Matches :

Eddie Guerrero vs Rey Mysterio
WWE Championship up for grabs in this match between two guys that always have great matches with each other . This one was no exception . One of the better matches they've had with each other . Eddie wins with a roll up . Excellent match here . ****

Eddie Guerrero vs JBL
I love this match . The PPV was awful but this match saved it . JBL made Eddie bleed so badly with a massive fucking chair shot . Really brutal . It helped the story of the match though and I didn't even care about the DQ ending . Eddie hits JBL with his title to get DQ'd . Great stuff . ****

Eddie Guerrero vs JBL : Steel Cage
Another very good match from these two and this time it was JBL defending the WWE Championship . Great match and I was impressed with the frog splash from the top of the cage . JBL climbs out of the cage as a disguised Kurt Angle keeps Eddie in the ring . ***3/4

Eddie Guerrero vs Kurt Angle
This was a WWE Championship Series . Judging by their Wrestlemania match , this should be a fantastic tv match if it's given enough time . And wow this match was awesome , especially for free tv . Angle gets the win as Rey accidentally hits Eddie with a chair . ****

Eddie Guerrero vs Rey Mysterio : Steel Cage Match
Another great match between these two amazing wrestlers . The storyline was awful but their matches and interactions managed to turn it into one of the best of the year . Eddie wins with a frog splash . ***1/4

Eddie Guerrero vs Batista
From No Mercy 2005 . This is Eddie's final match on PPV . Batista and Eddie were really good friends . This was a great match but I didn't care for the spinebuster finish . I suppose it was good because it was unexpected . Batista retains his title . ***1/2

Eddie Guerrero vs Mr Kennedy
Eddie's final ever match here . It's hard to believe he would pass away only two days later . As a sign of respect to Eddie , I'm not gonna rate this match . But I will say : it's nice to see him go out with a smile .

8.5/10 . The fourth disc helps this set ( which I'll review soon ) but with just the three discs , it's still an excellent set for fans of Eddie and just wrestling fans in general .

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