I am excited. It’s weird because the footage is old and I’ve seen it before, but I am excited now. After watching every volume of Mistico’s career set in sequence, I feel the way I do when I watch a Box Set of a TV Show, where one more episode is never enough and I must watch it all, right now. I don’t need sleep. I need to watch Mistico wrestle.
So, with that in mind, let’s check out the seventh installment in this series. Yes, seventh, I’m gonna miss the little guy when this is all over, but before I get emotional, I’ll get down to business.
Now, as you may recall (if you’ve read my other reviews, or that would be an impossibility) volumes five and six were sensational. You may also recall that Mistico was embroiled in an ongoing feud with Negro Casas which left us on a cliffhanger at the end of Volume six, when a ‘Hair Match’ was set up. You’ll be glad to know that the Hair Match is the second match on this disc. This shows the level that RudoReels has spoiled us with this career retrospective, that the first match is against the living legend that is Jushin ‘Thunder’ Liger and I am thinking of skipping it and coming back to it, so I can see the culmination of the Casas feud.
That’s when you know that not only are you a total brat and that you should watch the Disc in order, but also that these releases are so beautifully paced and divided. Instead of being overwhelmed with footage to the point that you don’t appreciate how much you have, these are two hour blocks of some choice Lucha Libre (and the video quality is excellent). I like that I can refer back to number five for a certain match, and it’s not an “It’s on here somewhere!” compilation. These are proper DVD sets and sit nicely on my shelf in matching cases, because I know they will be on a heavy rotation of views, for years to come.
The Liger match is probably one of Mistico’s more familiar matches, as it should be, because it is brilliant. They work so well together that you feel an eagerness to watch them wrestle again, thankfully there is another bout between the two on this very disc and that match is even better. Mistico’s ‘hero in peril’ style is so beautifully gifted to Heel Liger’s determined and cocky style that they mesh together perfectly. This is a proper old-school Lucha encounter and it really is pleasurable viewing. Their other (singles) match on this disc is for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight title is a lot more serious and they are on a more even playing field, rather than Mistico being the underdog. That match is absolutely scintillating and probably the reason to spend the money on this volume. That, in no way undermines the other matches, which are all fantastic, it’s simply that the IWGP Title contest is a career-definer.
He faces Jushin Liger yet again on opposite teams in a six man tag. So really, if you are into those two fighting each other, you are in luck. However, if you are not into Mistico and Liger wrestling each other, then help and medication is available. So the only non-Liger match on the DVD is his feud-ender with Negro, Negro, Negro Casas and of course I will not ruin the result. Suffice to say, I came away feeling that the investment I put into their rivalry was justified and that Casas should go down as one of the people who helped with the myth of Mistico, because he really brings out the best in the masked man.
Once again Rudo Reels has done a superb job and at this point just go and throw your wallet at the website and devour whatever you get in return, because this site is in a class all it’s own and the passion put into the ‘exclusive’ sets is admirable. An all-round top-drawer compilation, a wonderful subject and compelling action. I am both eager to watch and sad to visit Volume eight as it is last in the series. But I shall soon, as my addiction to watching ‘Mexico’s biggest star’ is too much temptation to resist.