We start Volume eight with a promo in a café between Mistico, Negro Casas and Black Warrior. This is our first hint at what later becomes Rudo Mistico. It seems strange to see him chatting informally with the man he’s been feuding with for the last few volumes and the man whom he beat in a hair match, but is sporting a full head of hair here. So if you watch the set in order it’s a bit jarring. However, the bright side is, we get to see heel Mistico for a couple of matches, which is awesome.
Now, I’ll admit, I have been sort of putting off this review. Not because I don’t want to watch the DVD, far from it, and not because I’m lazy. Well not ‘just’ because I’m lazy, but because I know this is the last disc and after this there’s no more Mistico. I feel sad. Thankfully we send the little fella off with a bang as this is perhaps the most eclectic and fun set of matches to date.
In this set he teams with or against some of the greatest names in Lucha Libre and International talent and it is wonderful. I see him in the same ring as Prince Devitt, Averno, Volador Jr, La Sombre and Mascara Dorada. That’s on this amazing disc, I can’t actually believe my luck!
The footage is, of course, excellent. The inclusion of the promo is important and a lovely segue into a different part of his career and the crowd’s reaction to their hero becoming a bad guy and then their relief at being able to cheer him again is fabulous and a really nice end to a series that has been an absolute pleasure to sit through.
The first match is a lot of fun and I think I’ll miss Negro (Negro! Negro!) Casas as much as Mistico when this is all said and done. He gives me the same feeling of happiness when he walks on to the stage as Hector Garza and Brazo de Plata (Super Porky) do, he just makes me smile and he’s been through so much with Mistico in this career set that I feel as though I’ve watched his ‘Best of’ too.
The next encounter is just exhilarating it is a Lucha de Apuesta match in which the first two men pinned in the four way match must wrestle against each other in a mask match and the loser unmasks. It is a long and incredible, you go in knowing that Mistico may not even be in the deciding match-up and it matters little. The talent involved is of such a level that it doesn’t matter if you see the guy with his name on the disc or not. It’s just unmissable.
The return to the Tecnico side for our hero comes in the fastest paced six man tag I think I’ve ever seen. It’s breathtaking and so exciting, I have watched it about 5 times before I started my review, it’s just so much fun and the aerial spots are unreal. The team of Mascara Dorado, La Sombra and Mistico is heaven sent for me and I loved it. The phrenetic pacing and the hot crowd really make this a celebration of why Mistico is so exciting to watch.
Lastly we come to something special from New Japan as the Mexican Sensation teams with Hiroshi Tanahashi and Prince Devitt. It’s just brilliant.
Again, as has been the case with the majority of this series, I thought “This cannot be topped” and it has either been topped or equalled. I would say that this is one of the best volumes in the series but to me, Six and Seven were unbeatable. This, however, is probably the most accessible and the one that I’ll throw on most often. I cannot emphasise just how good this series has been and how important of a career retrospective it was. I can’t think of anyone that I wouldn’t recommend this to, and a great deal of my friends aren’t Lucha fans, but when they do ask me where to start, a lot of the matches contained on these Best of discs will be where I point. I feel like a broken record, but honestly BUY THIS! Buy them all! They are special, just like the man they focus on.
So, now it is over and I go back to my life without Mistico wrestling for me constantly, I can honestly say it has been a hell of a ride. I loved every second of this phenomenal performer taking my breath. Godspeed Little Man, I’ll see you on Friday, being wonderful in America.
This disc: 9/10
The entire set: 10/10
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