Sin Cara is back in WWE with a bang after a seven month hiatus due to a knee injury, and he’s looking better than ever. Now, people may have heard the commentators referring to him as the biggest star in Mexico and it’s not the usual WWE hyperbole. Sin Cara (or Mistico as he was then known) really was Lucha Libre’s biggest star of the last decade and within this set you begin to understand why.
With Volume One of his career retrospective, we kick off in style with his impressive debut in the summer of 2004, here you see the seeds of his popularity sown as he wows the crowds with his phrenetic style and unbelievable agility. This set features seven of his early matches and it is a real joy to watch the young Mistico grow in confidence over the runtime of the DVD and settling into his niche.
This is not a RudoReels original, and this is obvious by the untidy, yet serviceable menu and the value placed on content rather than quality, as some of the video isn’t exactly brilliant, but is still completely watchable and enjoyable to view. It’s almost as though the importance of featuring as many of his matches and completion of his career to date meant more than forgoing some content to preserve absolute definition of video. Not that it is a criticism per se, as I myself am guilty of collecting and hoarding footage for historical import irrelevant of the quality. It’s a case of different people compiling sets in different ways, and there is certainly nothing unwatchable or even poor here.
As the above image shows, there is some backstage footage, it is (of course) in Spanish, but it’s unimportant as you get what’s going on anyway, irrelevant of the language barrier (as all wrestling narrative should be) and it’s a good way to understand someone’s character and demeanor more. He’s also wearing an Italian Training Tracksuit, which is awesome.
The matches are all excellent and enthralling, as are Mistico’s performances. It feels like a story well told, when the last match features his familiar ring gear, theme music and absolutely fanatical followers having a party in the crowd. You’ve watched the evolution of a rookie into a star and it feels good. The few complaints about some video quality are justified, yet unimportant as the majority of the disc is wonderful. I cannot wait to get Volume Two underway and would recommend this highly to anyone interested in seeing what Sin Cara can do. Especially the detractors who accuse this fluid and gifted performer as a ‘botcher’ based on his teething problems when starting out on American soil.
Disc Contents and Information:
Felino/Volador Jr./Mistico vs. Olimpico/Averno/Mephisto
(Mistico’s debut – 6/18/04, Arena Mexico)
Virus/Alan Stone/Mistico vs. Sangre Azteca/Hooligan/Loco Max
(6/25/04, Arena Mexico)
Satanico/Atlantis/Virus/Alan Stone/Averno/Mephisto/Tarzan Boy/Misterioso
Negro Casas/Mistico/Black Warrior/Volador Jr./Mascara Magica/Hijo del Perro Aguayo/Emilio Charles Jr./Super Crazy
(Torneo Leyenda de Plata VI, 7/16/04 Arena Mexico)
Tigre Blanco/Mistico/Neutron vs. Sangre Azteca/Ramstein/Hooligan
(Highlights (7/17/04 Arena Monterrey)
Misterioso Jr./Volador Jr./Mistico vs. Averno/Mephisto/Olimpico
(9/17/04 Arena Mexico)
Hijo del Santo/Negro Casas/Mistico/Atlantis vs. Ultimo Guerrero/Rey Bucanero/Tarzan Boy/Averno
(10/1/04 Arena Mexico)
Oro II/Volador Jr./Mistico vs Magnum/Ebola/Antrax
(10/3/04 Arena Coliseo de Guadalajara)