Rey Mysterio Jr hitting the 619
This move makes no sense. It obviously makes no sense. One of the basic milestones of smart-fan-ness is pointing out how the 619 makes no sense. It's has a convoluted setup that takes a while to execute. It's not particularly impactful. It's illogical and non-organic. I don't know what Rip Rogers thinks of the 619, but I'm guessing that he hates it.
Objectively speaking, The 619 is one of the greatest moves in professional wrestling, and I absolutely love it.
I'm a big fan of Silent films and silent comedies. From Chaplin, Keaton, and Lloyd on down to lesser-known names. One thing that the great silent comedians have in common is that they were masters of visual gags. A key to doing a great visual gag in the style of a silent comedy is that you have to understand the difference between how things appear and they actually are. Things can look one way within the frame of the camera and logically be something completely different. If you have a good enough mastery of that visual difference, you can break logic without breaking the narrative of a movie.
Harold is hiding from cops in a space between two streets. In the establishing shot, we clearly see that there is a big space between the two sides of the street. By the time the gag ends, Harold kicks two cops from one side of the street to the other as if there isn't any space between. That type of break in logic isn't a flaw. It's intentional movie magic. It makes things funnier, and it allows the character to escape.
Silent comedies and Professional Wrestling have a lot in common, including this type of visual magic. Which is why it's so frustrating when fans and even wrestlers harp on "logic" and "does this make sense in a real fight?" type of questions. It completely misses an entire dimension of Professional Wrestling that is inherently different from a shoot combat sport. Professional Wrestling is as related to real wrestling as it to the theater, vaudeville, and the Circus. That's not to say wrestling shouldn't be realistic. Shoot elements can be awesome. But realism is only one tool in a much bigger storytelling toolbox.
The 619, especially when used by Rey Mysterio Jr, might be the best example of this type of visual magic. It's an impossible move that is 100% effective, or at least as close to 100% effective as a move can be at popping a crowd. Why is that? Why is a move that everyone basically agrees doesn't make any sense able to reach it's intended goal so effectively? The reasons are various aspects of timing.
First, a lot like that Harold Lloyd gag, a match should build up. It should escalate from one stage to the next with increasing intensity and stakes. If Rey placed the 619 two minutes into a 20-minute match it would be an entirely forgettable spot. It would be overshadowed by some other move.
Second, the deeper you get into a good match, the more leadway you have when it comes to Visual magic. It really doesn't make sense that Rey's opponents wait to get hit, but the longer the audience enjoys a match the less that lack of logic matters. The more fans like a match the more they are willing to suspend disbelieve.
Third, Rey executes the move in a way to is wholly telegraphed. If Rey somehow hit the 619 out of nowhere, it wouldn't be nearly as effective. Those moments when the wrestler waits to get hit might not make sense, but it's necessary. It builds anticipation at a critical moment in the match. It lets the fans see this move that they like seeing coming before it happens. Then it either gets cut off for the benefit of the heel, or it's paid off for the benefit of the babyface.
The 619 as an offensive move is also a great example of evolution in wrestling. The 619-like dive fake out had been around for years before it became an offensive maneuver done by Rey Mysterio. It was possibly invented by Tiger Mask in the early 1980s. Rey was able to take a popular move and put his own unique twist on it so effectively that it became the primary use of the move with a universally recognizable name.
Rey Mysterio Jr's 619 has been copied virtually everywhere in the world that there is Professional Wrestling. And there is a reason for that. Because it's awesome.