Rey Mysterio vs Andrade Almas
January 22, 2019
Intrust Bank Arena in Wichita, KS
WWE SmackDown Live #1014
2 out of 3 Falls
Yet another dynamic match between these two dance partners. It’s so interesting how whenever I go back weeks later and watch matches on SmackDown or Raw again, the crowd seems so much hotter than it did when I watched it live. This was no exception, as the people were hot for everything they did.
Andrade Almas won the first fall with a super impressive power bomb off the top rope; one that he delivered starting on the 2nd rope and climbed to the top while carrying Rey Mysterio. Awesome. Mysterio won the 2nd fall with another Canadian Destroyer, which got over so well the first time they used it. Then the ending was marred by outside interference from Samoa Joe.
On the bright side, it left the viewer wanting more, and we did get two “finishes” in the two falls prior, so it felt like less of a ripoff than usual. Also, Randy Orton returned out of nowhere and RKO’d Joe, which looked tremendous because the camera didn’t catch Orton sneaking in, and so it looked really spontaneous and it got over huge to build for the Royal Rumble.