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#MustWatchMonday: Will Ospreay vs. Rey Mysterio (WCPW)


Now I don't exactly pay too much attention to WhatCulture Pro Wrestling. Part of it is because I can't pay attention to all the promotions out there; and part of it is because I have some irrational dislike for the WhatCulture fellas. In my limited viewing of this promotion, I mostly got the idea that these were just a bunch of dudes with money fantasy booking their own promotion—playing with real life action figures if you will.

Despite this, I do acknowledge that WCPW is the reason why we get some of the more interesting matchups we normally wouldn't see anywhere else. The match below is a great example of this.

Late last month, WCPW held their 2017 Pro Wrestling World Cup, which is basically a single knockout tournament featuring wrestlers from all around the world. Participants included familiar names such as Ricochet, KUSHIDA, Hiromu Takahashi, and Penta El Zero M (Pentagon Dark).

During the Round of 16, one of the matchups held was a match I'd thought we'd never see: Rey Mysterio vs. Will Ospreay. It was a matchup between one of the most popular high flyers of the past versus one of the best high-flyers the present has to offer.


Now, as Rey Mysterio is around 42 years old, and with a lot of mileage on his body and a history of injuries, I was worried about how he'd hold up against the fast pace that Ospreay likes to bring to the table. To my surprise and to my great entertainment, Rey Mysterio was more than able to hold his own. Ospreay was a great base for Mysterio, but Rey was far from carried in this match. The way he moved around was more reminiscent of prime Rey than the old Rey we've been seeing for the past few years. The match was built around Rey hitting the 619, and for good reason: that move would definitely get a huge pop in an environment like this. Ultimately, Ospreay's youth won out, but Mysterio showed he can still go when he's placed in the big spots.

What do you think of the match? What's your favorite Rey moment? Leave a comment!

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Brandon Sy is a PhD student in Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics currently based in Sydney. Since he wasn't allowed to watch wrestling as a kid, he's been overcompensating ever since. Despite being a huge fan of Japanese wrestling, he still holds a soft spot in his heart for WWE's Kane. He's good for recommending matches from pretty much anywhere, whether it be Japan, Europe, the US or Mexico. He'd be ecstatic if you watched Dragon Gate though.

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