Mask Or Title Match vs. Intercontinental Champion Chris Jericho - The feud of the year (IMO) continues here as they used the motto "it it ain't broke, don't fix it" as they used the same formula that's worked before & even had some counters to moves in their previous matches (watch out for that Codebreaker in mid-air). Just like what this feud was based on, the mask did come into play at one point but it was another creative finish here that again delivered the match of the night.
The Bash '09
[Best PPV Matches Of 2009-2010]
Intercontinental Championship Match vs. Dolph Ziggler - All I can say after watch this match is that Dolph has really come along way from dressing up as a cheerleader yelling "NICKY!" to having a very impressive performance here against Mysterio...with bonus points for having Maria in his corner. This was a nice match that built up over time with Dolph pulling out some impressive moves which were either high impact (his gutbuster from the top rope & a dropkick onto Mysterio when he was in mid-air) or grounded (various "wear down" & submission holds while Mysterio put in the hype of performance that he's known for & doesn't ever disappoint.
Night Of Champions '09
Steel Cage Match vs. Batista - With their previous #1 contenders match going to a no-contest due to the influence of Undertaker's presence, this was a steel cage to see who gets the title shot against Taker at the Royal Rumble PPV. Rey knew he was in with a "caged animal" so he kept trying to escape the cage quickly whenever possible as Rey was also at a disadvantage because the stage prevented Rey from doing some of his offense like the 619. Batista made it clear that his intention was to hurt Rey more than win the match as he just kept beating on him at various times & even once teased Rey as he was climbing the cage door only for Batista to ask to open the door just to give Rey false hope & stop him last minute. Unfortunately Batista's actions would come back to haunt him in the end as Rey was able to get the best of Batista long enough to escape with a victory.
"SmackDown" Jan. '10
vs. C.M. Punk - At WrestleMania, Mysterio won the match where he would have to join the S.E.S. if he won while Punk won the rematch where his hair was on the line...so this is the final encounter with both stipulations from the previous matches applying here while the S.E.S. were banned from ringside. The match started off quick before Mysterio did a head scissors that drove Punk into the ringside barrier that caused him to start bleeding before he retailed in the ring by tossing Rey out of the ring under the bottom ropes that caused him to hit the barber chair, set up at ringside, headfirst which knocked him silly for a bit while Punk got attended to. The match was stopped before Punk came aggressive at Mysterio after being patched up and focusing on Rey's head with various kids before Mysterio rebounded with a quick win resulting in Punk being forced to get his head shaved...with a little help from "The Big Red Machine" & some funny chants from the fans who wished for Rey to shave another part of Punk's body.
As a side note, if you don't enjoy the bickering between Lawler & Striker then I suggest you watch this match on mute since they kept going at each other throughout the match.
Over The Limit '10
[Rey Mysterio: Life Of A Masked Man; C.M. Punk: Best In The World]
The only things I don't like about this set is that we get the same match vs. C.M. Punk that's been released twice in a short amount of time while his other 2 PPV matches in the series go unreleased onto a collection but past that, this is a good set for those fans of Mysterio.