On this day: RAW begins with Rey Mysterio defeating The Miz to win his first WWE Title in the finals of a tournament to crown a new Champion following CM Punk’s departure after Money in the Bank. Later that night, John Cena gets his WWE Championship rematch from MITB against Mysterio and wins, only to be confronted by a returning CM Punk with the real WWE Championship in tow. (7/25/11)
Cuban born, lucha libre star Konnan got wind of some dude on Twitter saying Mexican-American star Rey Mysterio Jr. wasn’t a Hall of Fame-level performer. He wasn’t pleased.
Something should be written about Mysterio, that really delves into his career. Incredible in-ring performer, that alone makes him a Hall of Famer. That’s not even mentioning the other layer to his legacy. He was a legitimate ratings mover for years, the second biggest merchandise draw (behind John Cena) for about a decade, one of the key box-office attraction overseas (not just Mexico, but in Italy and Spain, where he helped create business boom periods there), along with Eddy Guerrero brought in key demographics that didn’t watch WWE before they showed up, was one of the top draws among children in company history, and he did all that while never really having a lot of support from WWE, since seemingly they always held him being 5’3 against him. While he had three runs with world titles, the way WWE handled those runs was always questionable. Randy Orton and Dave Batista — who treasure Mysterio’s work, love working with him and will probably admit that he’s far better in the ring that they are — had far more opportunities and support from WWE than Mysterio ever got.
His career seems like it’s about to be coming to an end. He’s 39 years old, which isn’t old, but he started wrestling in tiny cantinas along la frontera when he was only 14 years old. That’s 25 years, where he worked a very high impact style all around the world, and his body is riddled with injuries at this point. He had to work so much harder than everyone else to overcome some of the prejudices he had to deal with over the course of his career. He’s pretty much set for life, financially speaking, so if he retires, it’s been a great career.
On this day: After losing his WWE Title in the Elimination Chamber to start No Way Out, Edge attacks Kofi Kingston before RAW’s Chamber and takes his place, making it to the end and defeating Rey Mysterio to win his 4th World Heavyweight Championship. (2/15/09)
Ultimo Dragon vs Rey Mysterio Jr. - WCW Monday Nitro [8/12/1996]
A brutal suplex to Mysterio and if you look closely, you can see Ultimo’s sharp toothed grin on his alternate mask design.
Rey Mysterio/Joker figure!!
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Rey Mysterio Wins WWE Championship - WWE RAW [7/25/2011]
Watching CM Punk’s Best in the World documentary made me think about how they really fucked over Rey Mysterio during “The [WWE] Summer of Punk”. Mysterio held the highest title in professional wrestling for less than an episode of RAW before having John Cena beat him for the championship. The CM Punk documentary talks about how disappointed he was whenever he won the World Heavyweight Championship (for the first time) but was written out of a PPV match to defend it. Due to the match being a Championship Scramble, the title was awarded to Chris Jericho without really giving Punk a chance to catch-on.
Given the fact that Punk doesn’t have the years or the mileage of a Rey Mysterop on him, I can only wonder how depressing it must’ve been for Rey Rey to hear, “Yeah, you’ll win the title tonight after a eight-man tournament, building you up…but Cena’s gonna walk away tonight with the belt so that he and Punk can continue their thing.”
No respect at all for the 619.
WWE Main Event promotional poster, show to debut on Ion: October 3, 2012
I’d be surprised if half of these guys actually wrestle on the show. More TV rights fees!
Summer Slam 2012