Rey Mysterio - the Biggest Little Man
World Wrestling Entertainment // Unrated // $34.95 // October 23, 2007
Review by John Crichton | posted November 25, 2007
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"It's not the size of the dog in the fight, but it's the size of the fight in the dog." - Rey Mysterio

My first exposure to Rey Mysterio was, unfortunately, his WWE debut. I remember how awed I was watching him fly across the ring doing a "619" or the "West Coast Pop". Heck, even seeing him do a hurricanrana gave me goosebumps. Watching this latest WWE release, Rey Mysterio - the Biggest Little Man, I realize how much i've missed. Man is a 3-disc collection of the diminutive wrestler's greatest bouts from the various promotions he has worked for. Each disc is close to three hours long and here's how the content breaks down:

  • When Worlds Collide: Battle For Respect - November 6, 1994 [Latin Lover, Heavy Metal & Rey Mysterio vs. Madonna's Boyfriend, Fuerza Guerrero & Psicosis] - 19 years old and taking on Psicosis,  a rival from his training camp, during this Lucha Libre match.
  • Lucha Libre Becomes Extreme
  • ECW Hardcore TV - September 26, 1995 [Rey Mysterio vs. Psicosis]
  • ECW Hardcore TV - February 6, 1996 [Rey Mysterio vs. Juventud Guerrero]
  • Small Fish In A Big Pond
  • WCW Cruiserweight Championship - Great American Bash - June 16, 1996 [Rey Mysterio vs. Dean Malenko] - Rather than talk about how Rey went from ECW to WCW, they just jump to this match, his first-ever against Dean Malenko.
  • WCW Cruiserweight Championship - Nitro - July 8, 1996 [Rey Mysterio vs. Dean Malenko]
  • WCW Cruiserweight Championship - Hog Wild - August 10, 1996 [Rey Mysterio vs. Ultimate Dragon]
  • WCW Cruiserweight Championship - Fall Brawl - September 15, 1996 [Rey Mysterio vs. Super Calo]
  • WCW Cruiserweight Championship - Halloween Havoc - October 27, 1996 [Rey Mysterio vs. Dean Malenko]
  • One Goal: To Steal the Show
  • Starrcade - December 29, 1996 [Rey Mysterio vs. Jushin Thunder Liger]
  • Spring Stampede - April 16, 1997 [Rey Mysterio vs. Ultimate Dragon]

Disc Two:

  • It's the Size Of the Fight In the Dog
  • WCW Cruiserweight Championship - Halloween House - October 26, 1997 [Rey Mysterio vs. Eddie Guerrero] - Since I wasn't watching wrestling at the time, man, was it great seeing these early matches between Rey and Eddie. Instead of being saddled with some ridiculous "Who's your daddy?" storyline with Rey, Eddie and Rey's son Dominic, I wish I had been around to see these matches between Eddie and Rey.
  • WCW Cruiserweight Championship - World War 3 - November 23, 1997 [Rey Mysterio vs. Eddie Guerrero]
  • WCW Cruiserweight Championship - Thunder - January 15, 1998 [Rey Mysterio vs. Juventud Guerrera]
  • Cruiserweight Division: Raising the Bar In Wrestling
  • WCW Cruiserweight Championship - Souled Out - January 24, 1998 [Rey Mysterio vs. Chris Jericho]
  • Winner Will Earn A WCW Cruiserweight Championship Match - Road Wild - August 8, 1998 [Rey Mysterio vs. Psicosis]
  • Nitro - February 9, 1999 [Rey Mysterio vs. Blitzkreig]
  • Taking the Next Step
  • SmackDown! - July 25, 2002 [Rey Mysterio vs. Chavo Guerrero] - Though it took him nearly two years, Rey finally made the jump to the WWE and this is his first match for the brand. It's a shame they didn't show his appearance on the show in its entirety.
  • SmackDown! - SummerSlam - August 25, 2002 [Rey Mysterio vs. Kurt Angle]
  • WWE Cruiserweight Championship - SmackDown! - June 5, 2003 [Rey Mysterio vs. Matt Hardy]
  • Cruiserweight Success In WWE
  • WWE Cruiserweight Championship - SmackDown! - January 1, 2004 [Rey Mysterio vs. Tajiri]
  • WWE Cruiserweight Championship - Great American Bash - June 27, 2004 [Rey Mysterio vs. Chavo Guerrero]

Disc Three:

  • Teaming Up With My Friend
  • WWE Tag Team Championship - No Way Out - February 20, 2005 [Rey Mysterio/Eddie Guerrero vs. the Bashams]
  • Judgment Day - May 22, 2005 [Rey Mysterio vs. Eddie Guerrero]
  • SmackDown! - June 23, 2005 [Rey Mysterio vs. Eddie Guerrero]
  • Remembering Eddie
  • Eddie Guerrero Tribute Show - Raw - November 15, 2005 [Rey Mysterio vs. Shawn Michaels] - I am very glad this match was included on this disc. Rey, Shawn and the rest of the WWE filmed this immediately after Eddie's death and, while the match might not have been as tight as what Shawn and Rey are capable of, the emotion of the evening is undeniable.
  • Triple Threat Match For the World Heavyweight Championship - WrestleMania 22 - April 2, 2006 [Rey Mysterio vs. Kurt Angle vs. Randy Orton]
  • I'll Fight Anyone At Anytime
  • World Heavyweight Championship - Judgment Day - May 21, 2006 [Rey Mysterio vs. John Bradshaw Layfield]
  • Falls Count Anywhere Match - No Mercy - October 8, 2006 [Rey Mysterio vs. Chavo Guerrero]
  • It Was All On the Line
  • I Quit Match - SmackDown! - October 20, 2006 [Rey Mysterio vs. Chavo Guerrero]
  • the Best Of Rey Mysterio Is Still To Come

Video: Rey Mysterio - the Biggest Little Man's picture was colorful and vibrant. Since Rey's wrestling career started in the mid-90's, there's no reason the picture should any less. It's presented in the WWE's standard full frame 1.33:1 ratio.

The Dolby Digital 5.1 was clear for most of the WWE content, but the older matches showed some slight limitation due to their age. Also, during Rey's segments in-between matches, it seemed as if the background (or maybe that should be foreground) music was louder than Rey, making it difficult to hear his comments.

Eschewing the standard Lifetime Intimate Portrait-type documentary that is standard for WWE releases focusing on individual wrestlers, Rey Mysterio - the Biggest Little Man jumps right in and wastes no time introducing viewers to one of the most popular high-flying wrestlers in the WWE today. While this DVD is a pretty good sampling of what the back cover describes as some of Rey's "greatest bouts", I was disappointed that it neglected to include two matches Rey singles out on disc one - a two out of three match (a "favorite" of his) and a Mexican death match that "pushed him to his limit". Regardless, I enjoyed watching this release; particularly his pre-WWE matches. This three-disc set of one of the most famous luchadores deserves a Recommended rating, and my hopes that there'll be a follow-up volume with more pre-WWE content.

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