Here we are at volume five, but more importantly the first volume to be made by RudoReels, and it shows. When the DVD starts you are given a RudoReels advertisement runner that looks so professional that you immediately know the production values are going to be on another level. They are.
The Disc spans a total of four matches but covers a full year in his career, from September 2005 to Mid-2006, and it really captures some of his best performances against some of his more notable opponents. I am glad to see that his feud with Ultimo Guerrero which was such a cornerstone of Volume Four is featured further here as it is under threat of a bully that the plight of the little man really shapes up and it is when I find him most compelling.
The second match is really excellent. Black Warrior and Mistico get into a heated little fight after Warrior attempts to (and almost succeeds) in ripping off Mistico’s mask. This drives Mistico insane and, in anger, he entirely removes Black Warrior’s hood. They manage to cover up enough to carry on, but they are at each other’s throats for the remainder of the match and it is fabulous.
Before I continue I must congratulate the compiler on leaving in Promos and vignettes as it really helps to cement the wrestler as a complete character. Here we have a couple of backstage interviews, but it is an incensed Black Warrior’s enraged post-match threat toward Mistico that really gives a sense of the anger he feels, and makes you want to watch what happens between them next. Which, thankfully, is the next encounter.
Wow! This does not disappoint. Black Warrior goes to wait for Mistico on the entrance ramp before he appears, but Mistico sees him and dives from the stage onto his nemesis. It’s just wonderful. The reaction he gets from the crowd here is unbelievable. It’s also heartwarming to hear the crowd give El Hijo Del Santo a hero’s welcome and his overwhelmed and genuinely emotional response. Anyone who is only familiar with Mistico as WWE’s Sin Cara may have heard commentary put him over as “Mexico’s most popular star of the last decade” but until they experience the sheer volume of both noise and people who welcome him when his theme hits, it’s hard to understand just what he meant to Lucha Libre in recent history. The true meaning of the word ‘Superstar’.
The last match is a difficult to find encounter from Toryumon Mexico. This is why RudoReels releases are superior, because the emphasis is placed on rarity as well as video quality. This disc is visually beautiful and I have no complaints, the audio is also very crisp.
Volume Five had a lot to live up to after the sheer perfection of Volume Four and I feel that it does. At just 100 minutes the running length feels short, but better quality footage takes up more disc space so that is to be expected. I’ll take quality over quantity every time and there are no singles matches. We do get a rare match and a great running feud which gives the compilation a distinctive flow. It is my second favourite edition in this series thusfar.
I would give this disc a well-deserved 9/10