#4. Rey Mysterio vs. Chris Jericho – Mask vs. Title – The Bash ‘09
One of the best kinds of wrestling matches is called Luchas de Apuestas, which means ‘wager match’. These wrestling contests involve two opposing sides wrestling with something important on the line that one wrestler risks losing if they don’t win their match. In lucha libre, these matches usually involve luchadores putting their cherished masks on the line, and that is exactly what happened here.
In 2009, Jericho had a bone to pick with Rey Mysterio over his mask and wanted to expose Mysterio to the entire world. To achieve that goal, Jericho faced Mysterio in this fantastic match, and if Mysterio lost he’d have to unmask forever.
As if the story and drama of this match weren’t good enough, these two outstanding wrestlers put on a great performance. The match was filled to the brim with great reversals, momentum shifts, incredible athletics and intense storytelling. Jericho going for the mask several times made him look like the perfect underhanded cheater, while Mysterio refused to give up no matter how much the odds were stacked against him.
Even though this isn’t the same Rey Mysterio from years past, who had been known as one of the greatest high-flyers ever, this match is still fun to watch. Rey showed he could still go, and Jericho was simply entertaining as a despicable jerk in the ring.