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Re: Official DVD/Match/Show Discussion Thread
Best Rey performance is rather hard to quantify. Dude built his repotoire and legacy out of delivering week to week a tremendous volume of matches against a variety of styles. Its hard to compare his work in the Finlay series from '06-07, to his work against Tajiri from late '03-04, to the Lesnar & Henry matches he's had compared to working against JBL, Cena, Morrison, Mcintyre, Benoit, Chavo & Eddie.
I wouldn't label the '05 series as an Eddie series, moreso a case of two really gifted performers mixing so well. Eddie obviously brings a sense of pyschology and character work and genuine emotion in the series that is hard to rival, but at the same time its Rey's magnetism and ability to progress from the man who doesn't want to fight his best friend to wrestling like a man possessed that also adds to the series. Its two guys playing off of each other in such mesmerising fashion. A truly all time great babyface up against a truly elite heel worker entering arguably his peak in terms of structure, selling, emotion and character work.
If I had to pick one Rey performance which stands out from the rest...I might pick vs Chavo from Great American Bash '04. Just the way he sold throughout and timed all his comebacks and offence felt like maybe a peak performance from him and whilst Chavo brings a lot to that match I think it might be the best documentation of Rey giving someone as good a match as it turned out. Its not a carryjob in the true sense of the word, but I can't imagine Chavo ever having anything close to that match again from anyone he could have worked with at that time and for me that separates Rey's performance from that of a performance vs Mcintyre, Finlay, Morrison, Cena, Henry, Show, Lesnar, Tajiri etc which are all excellent but could be interchangeable in terms of which rank amongst his finest.