WWE Heat 9/22/2002

World Wrestling Entertainment presents Heat

1.) Rey Mysterio Jr. defeated Chavo Guerrero Jr.

Angle Developments/Notes:
1.) Backstage, Terri interviews the Un-Americans regarding their eight man tag match. Lance Storm is tired of hearing their opponents representing America. Regal calls them freaks and that represents America really well. Test chimes in and says they are enjoy dominating the losers. Christian finishes off saying that they can do it in LA, which is going to be fun for them to produce a new blockbuster hit.

2.) Backstage, Eddie and Chavo Guerrero are talking with Eddie saying he’s proud of Chavo. Eddie recalls Chavo hitting Rikishi with a camera on Smackdown and says that proves that Chavo has what it takes to get the job done. Chavo promises to get the job done tonight after Rey Mysterio. Eddie is going to finish the job on Edge tonight, too.

3.) Backstage, Terri interviews Ric Flair regarding his match against Chris Jericho tonight. Flair says there is no doubt in his mind that he can compete at a high level. Flair reminds us that he made Jericho submit at SummerSlam and promises to win the WWE Intercontinental Championship tonight.

4.) Mysterio arm drags Guerrero to start the match and they have a standoff. Guerrero arm drags Mysterio to the mat as the fans chant that Chavo sucks. Chavo kicks Mysterio in the midsection followed by right hands to the shoulder. Chavo kicks Mysterio in the midsection and keeps control with a headlock. Chavo shoulder blocks Mysterio and runs the ropes, but Mysterio hits a wheelbarrow arm drag to toss Guerrero into the corner. Guerrero knee lifts Mysterio and puts a bearhug on Mysterio for a moment. Mysterio manages to dump Chavo through the ropes to the floor and connects with a baseball slide head scissors on the floor. Mysterio rolls Guerrero into the ring and goes to the top rope, but is met with a dropkick in midair. Chavo stomps on Mysterio in the corner to maintain control of the contest. Chavo punches Mysterio several times in the ribs. Chavo plants Mysterio to the mat gut first for a near fall. Chavo locks in an abdominal stretch, but isn’t going to get a submission. Chavo uses the ropes for leverage, but Mysterio doesn’t give in. Mysterio fights out and lands on top for a two count.

Chavo continues to deliver strikes to the ribs and stomps on Mysterio in the corner. Chavo uppercuts Mysterio against the ropes and chokes Mysterio for a moment. Mysterio dropkicks Chavo on the knee, but is met with a knee lift to the midsection. Chavo has Mysterio over his shoulder and rams Mysterio into the corner followed by a dropkick. Chavo keeps control on the mat with a sleeper hold. Mysterio elbows Chavo to break free and runs into a powerslam, but Mysterio gets a cradle for a two count. Chavo sends Mysterio chest first into the corner and sits Mysterio on the top turnbuckle. Chavo tries to take Rey’s mask off, but Mysterio elbows Chavo off the middle rope. Rey hits a top rope moonsault for a two count. Chavo dumps Mysterio to the apron and decks Rey to the floor. Rey dropkicks Chavo off the apron. Rey hits a springboard dive to the floor! Rey boots Chavo in the corner, but Chavo sends Rey into the corner and hits a backbreaker for a two count. Chavo tries to hold Mysterio down, but can’t do so. Mysterio dropkicks Guerrero into the ropes and hits the 619. Mysterio hits the West Coast Pop for the win. (**. They got plenty of time, but it was a little bit of a bummer that Chavo controlled the majority of the match and the action was rather dull as a result. It’s a good match for Heat standards and a strong lead in for the PPV, though. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised that they didn’t want a crazy hot match on the pre-show to kill the PPV before it even started.)

Final Thoughts:
I’d say it was a good lead in for Unforgiven. Rey/Chavo may have been a disappointment, but for a pre-show match, it’s a strong one and I’d rather have seen that than a five minute Johnny Stamboli squash against Spike Dudley.

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