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Rey Mysterio and The Future of the Luche Libre Wrestler

According to Inquisitr.com, WWE Superstar Rey Mysterio has been off of WWE programming for months now. He has asked for his release and even stopped cashing WWE checks months ago as well. Sadly, WWE didn’t want to let the luchador go, despite his wishes. Instead, they kept adding to his contract due to the fact that he missed time.

Under a clause in a WWE contract, they have a right to renew a contract for any missed time a WWE Superstar or Diva misses. In the case of Mysterio, who has been hurt a lot, WWE has done this a few times now. WWE Chairman Vince McMahon met with Rey late last year and spoke with him regarding a comeback to the company. WWE was going to have him under contract anyway.

Vince was able to settle Rey down and Mysterio was said to have a change of heart about leaving or retiring all together.

If Mysterio does retire from the business and the WWE, he will become another star whose contributions to wrestling are innumerable and needed in a time when the Luchadore on television was still popular as ever. Mysterio – along with the late great Eddie Guerrero – helped to keep the Mexican and Latino wrestling population alive and well. As part of the wrestling in the 1970s and 1980s, Lucha Libre wrestling brought to life some of the greatest wrestlers and high flyers fans ever saw.

I remember being a youngster in Miami and watching Mil Mascaras, the Guerreros and El Gran Apollo in Gordon Solie’s Championship Wrestling from Florida and the larger than life characters they portrayed. Mysterio has helped to carry on the traditions of his forefathers.

Mysterio is known for having a high flying style, which helped kick-start the cruiserweight wrestling revolution in the United States in the late 1990s during his time in WCW, and is often regarded as one of the greatest high-flyers in wrestling history. In WCW he won the WCW World Tag Team Championship three times, and the WCW Cruiserweight Tag Team Championship once with Billy Kidman as part of the Filthy Animals.

In WWE, Mysterio is a three-time world champion, having held the World Heavyweight Championship twice and the WWE Championship once, and is currently listed as the lightest world champion in WWE history. He has also held the WWE Tag Team Championship a record-tying four times, and the WWE Intercontinental Championship twice. He also held the WCW/WWE Cruiserweight Championship a record eight times (five times in WCW, three times in WWE).

All totaled, he has won 21 titles between WWE and WCW. Mysterio was the 21st person to win the WWE Triple Crown Championship, and was the winner of the 2006 Royal Rumble.

The fact Mysterio was a cruiserweight and wrestled the “Giants” of the WWE made for great matches, storylines and helped to dispel the idea of “Bigger is Better” by Vince McMahon, who lived “hulking” champions that ran through opponents.

According to the Inquisitr.com story, Mysterio’s run in the WWE has had many highs but it has also be marred by injuries over the years. Now that he is one of the older talents in the company – he turned 40 this past December – his retirement might be a good thing for him or a shortened match schedule that could cut down on injuries.

Most WWE performers will tell you that the toughest part is the road schedule, so just being off of that is a help for any older talent. The issue is, under a full-time WWE schedule, you have to perform over 300 days a year. That can really do a number on the body. Plus, there is no off-season. You have to get hurt to get time off. Maybe Rey had the secret all along.

The decision on Mysterio may be made with one easy decision. If Mysterio is a participant in the Royal Rumble, chances are he may be back in some capacity. If he is not, then it could be a sign his career, in the WWE at least, is finally over.

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