Rey Mysterio has kept a low profile since leaving the WWE. He is finally doing the media rounds in conjunction with Triple A’s TripleMania and is opening up about his career, his WWE departure, and a possible return.
Mysterio is one of a few guys who has not said a whole lot since leaving the WWE. The controversial split between Mysterio and the WWE appears to have alleviated a bit although Mysterio certainly seems happy to be a free man. With a storied career of over 20 years, interviewers certainly find no shortage of topics to talk to the former WWE world champ about. Here are some interesting excerpts from Mysterio’s recent sit down with Sports Illustrated’s Extra Mustard.
“Losing my mask really bothered me,” admitted Mysterio. “I’d been carrying my mask for almost ten years, and in Mexico the mask is very prestigious. It became a part of me, so I was very disappointed.”
“That was the political side of this industry,” said Mysterio. “I wasn’t given a choice. I couldn’t protect myself because I had signed my name on their contract, so I was screwed. I couldn’t stop it from happening.”
Vince McMahon gets a lot of criticism for the way he handled Rey Mysterio, but Mysterio sees things much differently.
“I needed to prove that I could make it in the big leagues with my size and weight. But Vince was really cool right off the bat. He said they had big plans for me, and I was looking very forward to every single plan they had. My first night with WWE was coming in after a match with Chavo [Guererro]. He had me run down to the cage, climb up, and do a plancha off the top of the cage. No one knew how to market me like Vince McMahon.
“But I always took advantage of my size. I constantly heard, ‘You’re not a wrestler. I can take you.’ I lived through that for the first two or three years in WCW, but as my performance became bigger and bigger every time being on the stage, I earned the respect of the fans, as well as the locker room. When I made it to WWE, none of that came afloat again. Once the fans saw I’d made it to WWE, they were like, ‘S—, he’s in.’
Unfortunately, Mysterio is probably most known by recent WWE fans as #30 in the 2014 Royal Rumble. Fans in Pittsburgh booed Mysterio unmercifully when Mysterio and not fan favorite Daniel Bryan entered the Rumble at #30, crushing the Yes Movement right in its tracks.
“I was shocked, but I was in the heat of the moment. After I actually saw the pay per view with my own eyes on TV, I realized what was going on. I got home and realized I should have walked back into gorilla after I heard the boos, pulled Daniel Bryan out, and gave him my spot so he could go out and perform. I understood the boos weren’t directed at me. They really wanted to see someone else, and I don’t blame them.”
“I didn’t leave on bad terms,” explained Mysterio. “I left on good terms with WWE, so I don’t want to say never. They treated me very well, and I’m nothing but thankful with that company for letting Rey Mysterio be Rey Mysterio and be recognized worldwide. If the opportunity comes about in the future, and there is interest from both parties, then why not?”
Check out the entire interview which covers all of Mysterio’s historic career over at Extra Mustard.