What Eddie did in his last PPV match against Batista was nothing short of amazing.
I mean, you can point to Batista's matches against Triple H and his matches against the Undertaker and cite them as being Batista's best match ever, but Batista was never carried more than he was that night against Eddie. The way he was playing that "good guy / bad guy" tweener role before his untimely death was a work of art and I've said it before and I'll say it again ; in terms of all around character work inside AND outside of the ring, Eddie was just about to reach his PRIME.
I seriously believe that if Eddie kept going the way he was for another 5 years up to his retirement than he would have been right behind Flair for me, what a beast. His face work was awesome, his heel work was awesome, and his tweener work was awesome. He was kind of like Punk today in the sense that he can play all three pretty damn great (despite what Punk haters may say about him not being able to play a face but I'm not getting into that argument
), although I think Eddie worked face better.
His final series with Rey was some of the most brilliant character work I have ever seen in my years watching wrestling ; with exceptional contests on Smackdown (both the EPIC JUNE MATCH and their final steel cage encounter) and at Judgment Day/The Great American Bash. When I think about it, even though some people may believe he's overrated due to the whole "untimely death" factor ; he could potentially be my WOTY for 2005.
EDIT : I'm also pissed that Rey just won't fucking retire already and stop tarnishing his legendary career with his shitty work as of late. If they took him away from Sin Cara and let him finish his career in a 15-20 minute long singles match against say.... Punk/Cena/Henry he could leave with a HELL of a bang.
Think about it, they could do it at like Summerslam or Survivor Series and have him win number one contendership by fluke or something, and announce it as his last match. That would be fucking SPECIAL, especially if it was HALL OF PAIN HENRY vs REY MYSTERIO in the ultimate underdog vs ultimate monster heel match.