It sure seems like that may be happening sooner rather than later. Reports surfaced today that Rey Mysterio has asked the WWE for his immediate release after Wrestlemania 27. Further reports suggest that if the WWE does not honor his request, he will instead retire.
Mysterio took to his twitter to debunk the latter rumor, stating “The rumor is I might B retiring soon! NOT TRUE, got many years left of entertaining my FANS!U guys keep me going! Luv it! Los quiero UnChingo.”
To those of you who have followed the, at times, turbulent career of Rey Mysterio in the WWE, this news shouldn’t come as that big of a shock. Mysterio has been injured more than just about anyone on the roster not named the Undertaker and has also requested quite a bit of time off in the past.
Mysterio has also had a very up-and-down relationship with Vince McMahon. This stems from Mysterio’s poorly booked title reign that saw him portrayed as a very weak Champion despite overcoming the odds and winning the Royal Rumble in 2006 despite being the second man in the ring. Mysterio went on to Wrestlemania 22 and defeated Randy Orton and Kurt Angle in a triple threat match to become the World champion.
[adinserter block=”2″] After the win, Mysterio immediately went down into being booked as the underdog champion. The small kitten with the heart of a lion, if you will. After getting dominated in feuds with Mark Henry, The Great Khali, and JBL, Mysterio eventually dropped the belt to King Booker at the Great American Bash in 2006.
A barely 3-month long title reign for a guy who had waited for this moment his entire life.
Mysterio never let this failed title run go and, instead, worked towards recapturing the gold. On June 4, 2010, Mysterio won a battle royal on Smackdown to become World champion for the second time. While the time may have been different, the story remained the same. Mysterio spent the next month being buried at the expense of the rising Jack Swagger. Mysterio defeated Swagger at the Money in the Bank pay-per-view but lost the belt anyway when Kane cashed in his Money in the Bank and easily defeated an already injured Rey Mysterio.
Two title reigns for Mysterio. Both times, they were forgettable.
Which brings us to now. Mysterio is still considered a lower-tier main-event talent on Smackdown. Up until Alberto Del Rio’s arrival, Mysterio was the main Hispanic influence on Smackdown. With Del Rio’s star beginning to shine and the pending debut of Sin Cara (formerly Mistico), Mysterio likely won’t be needed anymore. As bad as it is to say, it seems that the WWE held Mysterio in such high regard and kept him in such a good position for so long due to the fact that he brought in many Hispanic viewers and merchandise sales.
So, where does this situation go from here? Well, for starters, it’ll be up to the WWE whether or not to honor the request for release. My gut tells me that the WWE will honor his request and have him go out by putting over Cody Rhodes at Wrestlemania 27. Mysterio’s contract is up later this year anyway. If they know he won’t re-sign once it’s up, there really is no point in keeping him on board.
But there is one other very intriguing option.
They use Mysterio to put over Sin Cara in a multi-month feud. Mysterio recently tweeted about Sin Cara, saying, “Wish the best 2 SinCara! & hope that more Latino wrestlers make it to the WWE! I think We all deserve a chance to make it Big in Life! ” With Sin Cara debuting soon, fans are already salivating at the thought of him and Mysterio having off in the ring. With a WWE tour of Mexico coming up from May 11th-14th, WWE would be smart to stack the shows with the likes of Mysterio, Del Rio, and Sin Cara. Using Mysterio on his way out to put over Sin Cara accomplishes a few things. One, Mysterio may be intrigued by working with Sin Cara. And two, it also gives WWE fans a match that many die-hards already want to see.
Only time will tell. Whatever the case, Mysterio will not be with the WWE much longer. Where he goes next is anyone’s guess. Obviously, the two most likely scenarios would be to return to Mexico and wrestle in AAA or go down to TNA. He has many friends in both places with many intriguing matchups. While more money would likely lie for Mysterio in AAA, TNA would continue giving him that mainstream, global exposure.
[adinserter block=”1″]In a recent interview with AOL Fanhouse, Mysterio flat out stated that his plans are to continue wrestling for awhile. “I’m 36 years old right now and I feel good. Besides my knee, after the first surgery, it’s always slowed me down a bit but I’ve been able to adapt and modify my work to the extent of being able to still entertain the fans,” he said. “If I can still entertain them and do what I do best, then I’m good for still a good amount of years. There’s still nothing in the back of my mind. I just want to keep on pushing forward and feeling that excitement, that adrenaline rush every time I step into the ring.”
While Mysterio has no plans on slowing down or retiring from the wrestling business, one plan seems certain.
Mysterio’s time with the WWE is coming to a close.
Brett Clendaniel is the owner and managing editor of http://www.WrestleChat.net.