In order to celebrate SummerSlam’s 25th Anniversary this year, WWE.com posted an article entitled “The 25 Greatest Matches in SummerSlam History.” Of course, Rey Mysterio’s memorable match against Eddie Guerrero for the custody of Rey’s biological son, Dominik is featured.
No. 11: Rey Mysterio vs. Eddie Guerrero (2005)
Championship titles, guaranteed contracts and other coveted ring-related prizes are all standard Ladder Match booty. But the SummerSlam 2005 Ladder Match between Rey Mysterio and Eddie Guerrero featured a different type of prize altogether: The legal custody of a child was up for grabs. The custodial stipulation was a byproduct of a bizarre and sordid ordeal that played out between Mysterio and Guerrero that summer: It was revealed that “Latino Heat” was the biological father of Dominik Mysterio, and in a callous move, Guerrero threatened to take back custody of the young boy.
Disturbing as the circumstances may have been, the match was twice as thrilling, and why wouldn’t it be? It only featured two of the most graceful and innovative high flyers to ever compete the ring. Plus, it had the one element that is too often missing in matches remembered for their grace and innovation: It was deeply personal. Amplify that intensity with the involvement of a steel ladder, and you have the recipe for a true SummerSlam classic.