After this, we get a recap of the World Heavyweight title match feud. Apparently, Kurt Angle won the belt in a battle royal, last eliminating Mark Henry? I don’t recall that, but apparently that was the case because Wikipedia confirms. Rey Mysterio, despite out-and-out losing his Wrestlemania title shot to Randy Orton just gets put back in the match by Teddy Long. If Vickie Guerrero did that for Dolph Ziggler or Edge, the fans would be booing their asses off. But it’s Rey, so they loved it.
9) World Heavyweight Title match: Rey Mysterio vs. Randy Orton vs. Kurt Angle ( c )
-Rey is sung to the ring by some terrible….reggae-core band? That’s the best way I can describe them. Funny story….all the Booyaka Booyaka in Rey’s song? In the actual entrance music version, I used to think it said “Move *****, 619”. Mexicans don’t enunciate very well; it was years before I realized it was just a nonsense word. Rey’s ring entrance makes Undertaker look like an Olympic sprinter so everyone knows who is winning this. After that, I am reminded of how much I loved Randy Orton’s old music; it’s such a shame that somebody I like so little has had two of my favorite entrance songs in recent memory. It’s funny how over Randy has gotten since 2006; the fans don’t react to him half as strongly as they would this year. Kurt Angle has obviously had a change in supplements since his match here; he looks almost minute compared to TNA Kurt.
Oddly, this match sees Kurt’s full-on leg-grapevine Anklelock fail 3 times in the first 6 minutes or so, as he makes both Rey and Randy tap to it, but the other is distracting the ref away from it. On the third try, Rey breaks it up with a splash. So my lifelong belief in the infallibility of the leg-grapevine is SHATTERED. In an absolute absurdity, the match is over in just a hair over 9 minutes, which I don’t get at all. These three are all fairly young and in great shape, and yet they are given nowhere near as much time to work with as they deserve. Rey wins with the 619 and gets the world title he had been working so hard for for years.
And here’s where my problem is. I actually did not used to dislike Rey anywhere near as much as I do now; I mean, he has terrible mic skills and neutered his wrestling style to fit in with WWE, but I never minded him all that much. What killed Rey for me was his title reign: Rey was treated as the Brooklyn Brawler of world champions. He would end up engaging in a feud with JBL, starting a program where JBL would just bring out monster after monster to torment Rey…and they all effortlessly squashed him and beat him clean. Mark Henry, Khali, Kane, and at least one or two others I’m sure I’m forgetting were marched out for matches against Rey that weren’t even competitive. It, in my eyes, completely devalued the World Heavyweight Title as long as it was on Rey’s waist. Sure, Rey successfully fended off JBL himself, but he was shown to be weak and easy to dominate. Even more annoyingly, years later when NOT a world champion, Rey engaged in a feud with Kane where he was quite competitive and won more than he lost, and I’m positive he has since beaten Mark Henry cleanly. So why bother destroying the credibility of the world title by treating its owner like a helpless child back then? I never understood.
And that’s my rant and part of the reason why I hate Rey.