Here is one that will surprise you. The WWE announced today that Rey Mysterio has been suspended 60 days for his second Wellness Policy violation. The news is a shocker for a variety of reasons, the main being that Mysterio hasn’t wrestled in eight months!
To say that the wrestling world is surprised by the news would be an understatement. Most in the industry like Rey and have a high level of respect for his talents and accomplishments.
The WWE released the news this afternoon on their website with a simple statement that read, “In accordance with its Talent Wellness Program, WWE has suspended Oscar Gutierrez (Rey Mysterio) for 60 days effective Thursday, April 26 for his second violation of the company’s policy.”
As stated, this is Mysterio’s second suspension. Mysterio was suspended for his first Wellness Policy violation back in the summer of 2009. The suspension quickly led to some real tense moments between the WWE and Mysterio. Mysterio felt wronged and gave an interview to the Mexican press giving his side of the story. WWE management were reportedly furious over the interview and immediately shut down all press for Mysterio.
Mysterio suffered a knee injury at a house show against Alberto Del Rio last year. The injury should have put Mysterio on the sidelines, but Mysterio kept on working. Mysterio wound up aggravating the injury during this time. One of Mysterio’s final matches before taking time off was a fantastic Match of the Year candidate against John Cena on WWE RAW. Mysterio reportedly aggravated the injury the night after SummerSlam in a WWE championship match against Alberto Del Rio.
At 37 and breaking down, it really doesn’t surprise me that Mysterio would use some kind of performance enhancing drug to either recover in time for SummerSlam. Mysterio is facing the downside of his career and probably doesn’t have many more years left. I would imagine that in his mind, he wants to get back to the ring as soon as possible and cash in on some final pay days.
There is more of a history here than the WWE Wellness Violation breaches indicate. A few years back Mysterio was linked in a Sports Illustrated article to a steroid and HGH ring. An investigation also linked Mysterio to Dr. Astin who was the doctor of Chris Benoit during the time of the Benoit family tragedy. Not too mention that Mysterio’s physique is noticeably much different than his WCW and lucha days.
Unfortunately for him and his family, he will have to wait at least 60 days to do so.