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Rey Mysterio

Rey Mysterio, December 2008
Ring name(s) The Green Lizard[1]
Colibrí[1]
Rey Misterio, Jr.[1]
Rey Mysterio[1]
Billed height 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)[2]
Billed weight 175 lb (79 kg)[2]
Born December 12, 1974 (1974-12-12) (age 35)[3]
Chula Vista, California[3][4]
Resides San Diego, California[citation needed]
Billed from Tijuana, Mexico
San Diego, California[2]
Trained by Rey Misterio, Sr.[1]
Debut 01989-04-30 April 30, 1989[5]

Óscar Gutiérrez (born December 12, 1974)[3] is a Mexican-American professional wrestler better known by his ring name Rey Mysterio. He is currently signed to World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), wrestling on its SmackDown brand. Gutiérrez was trained by his uncle Rey Misterio and wrestled early on in Mexico where he learned the Lucha Libre high flying style that has been his trademark. Despite weighing only 175 lb (79 kg) Gutérrez has achieved success wrestling in both the heavyweight and cruiserweight weightclasses, as well as tag team competition. Gutiérrez originally worked for Asistencia Asesoría y Administración (AAA) in Mexico, Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW) and World Championship Wrestling as Rey Misterio, Jr./Rey Mysterio, Jr. but dropped the "Junior" from his name when he began working for the WWE in 2002.

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. In WWE, Mysterio has won the World Heavyweight Championship, the WWE World Cruiserweight Championship three times, the WWE Tag Team Championship four times and the WWE Intercontinental Championship twice, making him the 21st person to win the Triple Crown Championship. Mysterio was also the winner of 2006 Royal Rumble. In WCW, Mysterio won the WCW World Cruiserweight Championship five times, 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.

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Professional wrestling career

Early career

Oscar Gutierrez was born on December 11, 1974. He was trained by his uncle Rey Misterio Sr. and made his pro debut in 1989.[5] He began a feud with Psicosis using the ring name Colibrí (Spanish for hummingbird). The feud lasted several years, continuing even after Mysterio's career moved to the United States of America.

In Asistencia Asesoría y Administración (AAA) he feuded with Juventud Guerrera, including a tag match with Misterio, Sr. and Misterio, Jr. taking on Juventud and his father Fuerza Guerrera.

After AAA, Rey Mysterio Jr. along with Juventud Guerrera and Psicosis were contacted by Paul Heyman to sign a contract for ECW in the states. Though Rey Mysterio Jr. only had a brief stint in ECW, he had a Mexican Death match with Psicosis that was ranked best match of the year 1995. Mysterio left ECW however to join World Championship Wrestling.

World Championship Wrestling (1996–2001)

Cruiserweight division (1996–1998)

Misterio went on to gain fame in World Championship Wrestling (WCW) in 1997, where he was the flagship of the new "Cruiserweight Revolution" in the United States. The spelling of his name was partially anglicized as "Rey Mysterio, Jr." to market him as a "mystery man". Mysterio, Jr. made his WCW debut at 1996 The Great American Bash, challenging Dean Malenko for the WCW Cruiserweight Championship, which Malenko retained by cheating to win. At Bash at the Beach, he defeated longtime rival Psycosis in a number one contender's match to earn another shot at the Cruiserweight Title.[6] The next night on WCW Monday Nitro, he defeated Malenko for to win first Cruiserweight Championship.[7] He reigned as champion for three months, which included title defenses against the likes of Ultimate Dragon, Malenko and Super Calo before he lost the title to Malenko at Halloween Havoc.[8][9][10][11] After his first Cruiserweight title reign ended, Mysterio challenged Ultimate Dragon for the J-Crown Championship, but was unsucessful in his title match at the 1996 World War 3.[12] In early 1997, he feuded with Prince Iaukea over the WCW World Television Championship. He challenged Iaukea for the title at SuperBrawl VII, which Mysterio lost after Lord Steven Regal attacked him.[13] Mysterio lost again in a rematch for the title at Uncensored.[14] He had short feuds for the rest of the year before he began a feud with his real-life friend and Cruiserweight Champion Eddie Guerrero. He defeated Guerrero in a Title vs. Mask match at Halloween Havoc for his second Cruiserweight Championship.[15] On the November 10 edition of Nitro, he lost the title back to Guerrero. They had a rematch at World War 3, which Mysterio also lost.[16]

On the January 15, 1998 edition of WCW Thunder, Mysterio defeated Juventud to win his third Cruiserweight Championship, but lost it nine days later to Chris Jericho at Souled Out.[15][17] After the match, Jericho continued the beating by using a toolbox he found at ringside. This storyline was used to cover Mysterio's need for a knee operation that kept him out of the ring for six months. He made his return at Bash at the Beach, where he defeated Jericho for the Cruiserweight championship.[18] The next night, however, the result was overturned and the belt returned to Jericho due to the interference by Dean Malenko.[18] Later that year, Eddie Guerrero formed a Mexican stable known as the Latino World Order (LWO) (a spin off of New World Order) that included nearly every luchador in the promotion. Mysterio continually refused to join and feuded with Guerrero and the LWO members, including winning a match against long time rival and LWO member Psychosis in a match at Road Wild.[19] He, however, was finally forced to join the group after losing a match to Eddie Guerrero. Mysterio's on-and-off tag team partner Billy Kidman joined him during the feud with LWO, wrestling against the LWO despite Mysterio being a part of the group. His alliance with Kidman was formed after Mysterio helped Kidman defeat Juventud for the Cruiserweight Title at World War 3. Mysterio feuded with Kidman over his Cruiserweight Championship being defeated at Starrcade in a Triangle match also tgat also involved Juventud and defeated him again at Souled Out in a Fatal Four-Way match that also included Psychosis and Juventud.[20][21]

Unmasking (1999)

An unmasked Rey Mysterio.

In 1999, after the two factions of nWo reformed - nWo Hollywood and nWo Wolfpac - they demanded that the LWO disbanded. Mysterio refused to take off his LWO colors and was attacked by the nWo as a result. This led to a match at SuperBrawl IX where Mysterio and tag partner Konnan lost a "Hair vs. Mask match" against Kevin Nash and Scott Hall, forcing Mysterio to remove his mask. After the match, he phoned his uncle to tell him the news. Mysterio has publicly expressed his disappointment over being unmasked:

I was strongly against it! I don't think WCW understood what the mask meant to me, to my fans and to my family. It was a very bad move on their behalf. The fans wanted Rey Mysterio with the mask and losing it hurt me a lot. It was also frustrating that it didn't come as the climax to a feud with another masked wrestler, but in a throwaway match. The same thing happened to Juventud and Psicosis and psychologically wise it was a bad move by Eric Bischoff. I think the fans understand that I was in a position where I had no option. I either had to lose my mask or lose my job.[22]

Mysterio later became a "giant killer" by defeating bigger opponents such as Kevin Nash,[23] Bam Bam Bigelow, and Scott Norton.[24] He faced Nash at Uncensored in a match where Lex Luger interfered and helped Nash in winning the match. Although he participated in several notable matches with some of the heavyweight top card wrestlers, it was made very clear to him that he would never receive a push to become a main eventer. This was due to Eric Bischoff utilizing cruiserweights as comic relief to the heavyweight wrestlers. As one of the top wrestlers in the cruiserweight division, Mysterio would go on to voice his disdain in regards to not being pushed:

The division kicked off to a certain point but they never put us on top, and when they unmasked us it all came tumbling down. Those in charge of WCW had the mindset that only big men could draw and didn't create new superstars. But wrestling now has changed so much. Chris Benoit, Eddie Guerrero and Chris Jericho have all been world champions, but back in WCW they were mainly cruiserweights. Also the top guys in WCW were scared that fans were more interested in watching luchadore action and high-flying moves than big men just going out there and stomping on each other for 10 minutes. But later on he was interupted by rising superstar Iffah. But the heavyweights were getting into Eric Bischoff's ear, saying: "We can't let these guys be on top. They're small and wrestling has never been about this, we've got to keep the tradition going." It was stupid for Eric Bischoff, who was running a huge company like WCW, to listen to other people. Vince McMahon runs his own company and does what he wants to do, as did Paul Heyman. Wrestling is about what the fans want, not what the boys want.[22]

The next night on Nitro, he defeated Billy Kidman to win his fourth Cruiserweight Championship.[15] Two weeks later, both men teamed with each other and defeated Chris Benoit and Dean Malenko to win the WCW World Tag Team Championship,[25] making Mysterio a double champion. Mysterio successfully defended his Cruiserweight Title against his tag team partner Kidman at Spring Stampede[26] before losing the title on April 19, 1999 edition of Nitro to Psychosis in a Fatal Four-Way match that also involved Juventud Guerrera and Blitzkrieg.[27] On the following edition of Nitro, he defeated Psychosis to win his fifth Cruiserweight Championship.[15] At Slamboree, Mysterio and Kidman lost the title to Raven and Perry Saturn in a Triangle match, also involving former champions Benoit and Malenko.[28]

No Limit Soldiers; Filthy Animals (1999–2001)

In the summer of 1999, Mysterio teamed with long time friend Konnan, becoming members of Master P's No Limit Soldiers, feuding with the West Texas Rednecks. At The Great American Bash, they defeated Rednecks members Curt Hennig and Bobby Duncum, Jr. in a tag team match.[29] At Bash at the Beach, they defeated Rednecks in a four-on-four Elimination tag team match when Mysterio pinned Hennig.[30] After Master P's departure from WCW, Mysterio formed a stable with Eddie Guerrero and Billy Kidman known as the Filthy Animals.[31] The three wrestlers soon began a feud with the Dead Pool. The Filthy Animals defeated the Dead Pool in a six-man tag team match at Road Wild and at Fall Brawl.[32][33] On the August 19 edition of Thunder, he lost the Cruiserweight Title to Lenny Lane.[34] Konnan later joined the group. Then Mysterio and Konnan teamed up together on October 18 edition of Nitro to defeat Harlem Heat for the World Tag Team Championship.[25] Mysterio, however, was injured during the match and was sidelined due to injury. Billy Kidman substituted for Mysterio and teamed with Konnan during their title defense against Harlem Heat and The First Family, in which Filthy Animals went on to lose the title back to Harlem Heat.

Mysterio returned in the spring of 2000 and remained a steady performer, eventually joining the New Blood faction in early 2000 opposing the Millionaire's Club.[35] On the August 14 edition of Nitro, Mysterio and Juventud defeated The Great Muta and Vampiro to win the World Tag Team Championship.[36] They were stripped of the title, however, after Ernest Miller pinned Disco Inferno with the stipulation that if he pinned Disco, Mysterio and Guerrera would be stripped of the title. The Filthy Animals then feuded with the Natural Born Thrillers in the fall of the year. At Fall Brawl, the Filthy Animals fought the Thrillers to a no contest in an Elimination tag team match.[37] Mysterio reformed his tag team with Kidman and the two challenged for the World Tag Team Championship in a Triangle match at Halloween Havoc, facing the champions Natural Born Thrillers and the Boogie Knights, where the Thrillers retained.[38]

In the beginning of 2001, the Filthy Animals feuded with Team Canada, to whom they lost in a Penalty Box match at Sin.[39] At SuperBrawl Revenge, Mysterio unsuccessfully challenged Chavo Guerrero, Jr. for the Cruiserweight Title.[40] Kidman and Mysterio participated in a Cruiserweight tag team tournament for the newly created WCW Cruiserweight Tag Team Championship and advanced to the final round where they ended up losing to Elix Skipper and Kid Romeo.[41] On the March 26 (and the final) edition of Nitro, they defeated Skipper and Romeo in a rematch to win the Cruiserweight Tag Team Titles before WCW was sold to the World Wrestling Federation (WWF).[42]

Independent circuit and Mexico (2001–2002)

After WCW closed still received a paycheck from WCW owners Time Warner but was allowed to work for independent promotions and still receive his salary. Mysterio wrestled for the short lived X Wrestling Federation (XWF) promotion. During this time, he also made some appearances for the Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL) promotion in Mexico, wrestling without his mask. In 2001, Mysterio competed with Eddie Guerrero and CM Punk in a three-way match for the IWA Mid-South Heavyweight Championship, a match Guerrero won.[43]

World Wrestling Entertainment (2002–present)

Debut and Tag Team Champion (2002)

In June 2002, Mysterio signed with World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), and promos were aired hyping his debut simply as Rey Mysterio. Mysterio made his WWE debut on the July 25, 2002 edition of SmackDown! as a fan favorite in a match against Chavo Guerrero, which Mysterio won.[44] He eventually began a feud with Kurt Angle, which culminated in a match at SummerSlam that Angle won after forcing Mysterio to submit to the ankle lock.[45] Later on he formed a tag team with Edge; the two participated in a tournament for the newly created and SmackDown!-exclusive WWE Tag Team Championship. They lost to Kurt Angle and Chris Benoit in the finals of the tournament at No Mercy.[46] After they failed in winning the title, Mysterio and Edge defeated Los Guerreros in a number one contender's match on the October 24 edition of SmackDown! to earn a title shot.[47] On the November 7 edition of SmackDown!, they defeated Angle and Benoit in a two out of three falls match to win their first Tag Team Championship.[48] They were the shortest reigning champions in the title's history with a reign of 12 days as they lost the tag titles to Los Guerreros in a Triple Threat Elimination match that also involved former champions Angle and Benoit at Survivor Series.[49] After losing the title, Edge and Mysterio went their separate ways to focus on their singles careers.

Cruiserweight Champion (2003–2004)

Mysterio signing autographs in 2004

On March 6, 2003 edition of SmackDown!, Mysterio defeated Tajiri and Jamie Noble in a Triple Threat match to earn a shot at the WWE Cruiserweight Championship.[50] At WrestleMania XIX, he challenged the champion Matt Hardy for the title but lost after Shannon Moore interfered.[51] On the May 22 edition of SmackDown!, Mysterio defeated Shannon Moore and Crash Holly in a Handicap Elimination match to become the number one contender to the Cruiserweight title.[52] On the June 5 edition of SmackDown!, he defeated Hardy to win the Cruiserweight Championship.[53] Mysterio's second WWE Cruiserweight reign ended when he lost the title to Tajiri on the September 25 edition of SmackDown!.[54]On the January 1, 2004 edition of SmackDown!, Mysterio defeated Tajiri to win his second Cruiserweight Championship.[55] After a successful title defense against Jamie Noble at Royal Rumble,[56] Mysterio lost the title to Chavo Guerrero at No Way Out.[57] At WrestleMania XX, Mysterio took part in a Cruiserweight Open for the title, but lost as Chavo retained the title.[58]

On the June 17 edition of SmackDown!, he defeated Chavo Classic for a record-setting eighth Cruiserweight Championship and Mysterio's third Cruiserweight Title in his WWE career.[59] He successfully defended the title against Classic's son Chavo Guerrero at The Great American Bash.[60] While Mysterio was Cruiserweight Champion, Spike Dudley turned heel after plowing Mysterio through a table and joined the other Dudleys before winning the Cruiserweight Title from Mysterio on the July 29 edition of SmackDown!.[61] At Survivor Series, he participated in a Fatal Four-Way match for the Cruiserweight Title involving the champion Spike, Chavo Guerrero and Billy Kidman. Mysterio lost when Dudley pinned Guerrero to retain.[62]

Feud with Eddie Guerrero (2005)

After an unsuccessful attempt at regaining the Cruiserweight Title, Mysterio formed a tag team with Rob Van Dam, and went on to win the Tag Team Championship from Kenzo Suzuki and René Dupreé on the December 9 edition of SmackDown!.[63] They successfully defended the title against the former champions at Armageddon,[64] before losing the title to the Basham Brothers on the January 13, 2005 edition of SmackDown! after Van Dam was injured.[65] Mysterio then teamed up with Eddie Guerrero to win the Tag Team Championship back from the Bashams at No Way Out.[66][67] In a departure from traditional booking, the new champions did not defend their title at WrestleMania 21, but instead had a match against each other which Rey won.[68]

Mysterio during a WWE house show.

This match was part of a storyline in which Guerrero turned into on Mysterio and beat him up after abandoning him during a match against MNM for the Tag Team Championship.[69] Then after a no disqualification match against Chavo, Eddie came out and hit a slammed Mysterio on the steel steps, displaying Eddie's incresing frustration with being unable to defeate Mysterio.[70] Guerrero and Mysterio continued to feud, with Guerrero threatening to reveal a secret he and Mysterio shared involving Mysterio's real-life son Dominik, unless Mysterio deferred to Guerrero's authority. Guerrero later revealed that, in the storyline, he was Dominik's biological father. The storyline went that Guerrero knew Mysterio was having trouble starting his own family, so Guerrero left Dominik as a baby with Mysterio and his wife Angie to raise. In subsequent weeks, Guerrero threatened to take custody of Dominik, drawing up custody papers and having his lawyer present them to Mysterio.[1] At SummerSlam, Mysterio defeated Guerrero in a ladder match for the custody of Dominik.[71] On November 13, 2005, Eddie Guerrero was found dead in his hotel room in Minneapolis, Minnesota.That same day at a WWE "Super Show" where SmackDown! and Raw were both taped, Mysterio gave an emotional speech about Eddie, and in a show of respect removed his mask (though he put his head down, so no one could see his face). Mysterio went on to defeat Shawn Michaels in an interpromotional match later that night. After the match, Michaels and Mysterio hugged in the ring and Mysterio pointed up to the sky, crying, in memory of Guerrero.[1]

Mysterio participated in the main event of Survivor Series as part of Team SmackDown! along with Randy Orton, Bobby Lashley, Batista and JBL who defeated Team Raw (Shawn Michaels, Kane, The Big Show, Carlito, and Chris Masters).[72][73] After Survivor Series, Mysterio faced Big Show in a match billed as "David vs. Goliath" in a SmackDown! special show.[1] The match stemmed from Mysterio eliminating Big Show at Survivor Series, and ended as a "no contest" when Big Show's tag team partner Kane interfered in the match. Mysterio continued to feud with Raw's World Tag Team Champions, even finding a tag team partner in World Heavyweight Champion Batista who, along with Mysterio, would be set to face Raw's Kane and The Big Show in a tag match at Armageddon. Before Armageddon, Batista and Mysterio defeated Mysterio's longtime rivals MNM on December 19 edition of SmackDown! to win the Tag Team Championship in a match they both dedicated to Eddie Guerrero.[74][75] Now the Tag Team Champions, Mysterio and Batista's match with Big Show and Kane was billed as "Champions vs. Champions." At Armageddon, Mysterio and Batista lost this "Raw vs. SmackDown!" match when Kane pinned Mysterio after a chokeslam.[76] On December 30 edition of SmackDown!, MNM invoked their rematch clause, defeating Batista and Mysterio with help from Mark Henry to regain the Tag Team Championship. Mysterio and Batista lost a Steel Cage match in an effort to reclaim the titles the following week, again courtesy of interference by Henry.[77][78]

World Heavyweight Champion (2006)

Mysterio during his reign as World Heavyweight Champion.

At Royal Rumble, Mysterio won the 2006 Royal Rumble match after entering at the number two spot and lastly eliminating Randy Orton to win the match. By winning the Royal Rumble, Mysterio earned a World Heavyweight title shot at WrestleMania 22. By lasting over sixty-two minutes in the match, Mysterio also set a Royal Rumble record for longevity.[79] Mysterio dedicated his performance at the Royal Rumble to Eddie Guerrero. After his win, he was congratulated by Chris Benoit, Dean Malenko, Chavo Guerrero and Rob Van Dam - all close friends and family of Eddie. During the February 3, 2006 episode of SmackDown!, an upset Orton interrupted Mysterio's victory speech, challenging Mysterio to a match for his WrestleMania world title shot.[80] As Mysterio looked upward for guidance on this decision, Orton verbally attacked him and the memory of Guerrero, saying "Eddie ain't in heaven, Eddie's 'down there' - IN HELL!" Mysterio proceeded to attack Orton and later accepted the challenge.[80] Orton defeated Mysterio at No Way Out after illegally using the ropes to get the pin.[81] On the next edition of SmackDown!, however, General Manager Theodore Long added Mysterio to the title match, making it a Triple Threat match for the World Heavyweight title.[82] At WrestleMania 22, Mysterio defeated Orton and then-World Heavyweight Champion Kurt Angle, pinning Orton to win his first World Heavyweight Championship.[83][84]

On the April 7 edition of SmackDown!, Mysterio - who was billed as being an "underdog champion", made his first successful World Heavyweight title defense against Randy Orton.[85] Mysterio went on to retain his title again during a WrestleMania rematch on SmackDown! against Kurt Angle, three weeks later.[86] The week before the title defense took place saw the start of a feud between the then-United States Champion John "Bradshaw" Layfield and Mysterio. The rivalry kicked off after JBL stated he deserved the World Heavyweight title during his celebration of becoming the U.S. Champion.[87] The feud with JBL saw Mysterio face off against any opponent of JBL's choosing in the three weeks leading up to his title match against Mysterio at Judgment Day.[88] Mysterio was defeated by Mark Henry and The Great Khali in separate non-title matches before wrestling Kane to a "no contest",[88][89][90] Mysterio retained his title against JBL at Judgement Day.[91] The feud intensified when JBL lost the U.S. Title to Bobby Lashley five days later on SmackDown! after being tricked by Mysterio to take on all comers like he himself had.[92] This led JBL to vow that if he did not win his rematch against Mysterio, he would quit SmackDown!.[92] In the main event of the evening, Mysterio retained the World Heavyweight Championship, causing JBL to leave SmackDown!, until ECW One Night Stand, when JBL announced he would return as a color commentator.[92][93]

It was revealed that Mysterio would have to defend his title against ECW wrestler Sabu at One Night Stand.[94] In the weeks leading up to his title defense, Mysterio defeated Cruiserweight Champion Gregory Helms in a Champion vs. Champion match but was defeated by Rob Van Dam at WWE vs. ECW Head to Head on June 7.[95][96] At One Night Stand, Mysterio (who was wearing a mask with the letters "ECW" written on the back, despite being a fan favorite was booed by ECW fans) retained his title in a match after he and Sabu were ruled unable to continue following a triple jump DDT through a table from Sabu.[93]

Mysterio began a feud with King Booker after Booker won a battle royal to become the number one contender for the World Heavyweight Championship.[97] Booker attacked Mysterio from behind backstage with the help of Booker's wife Queen Sharmell.[98] The next week on SmackDown!, Mysterio gained revenge by attacking Booker and his "court".[98] This rivalry continued for several weeks and saw Mysterio defeating Booker's court member William Regal on an edition of SmackDown!, moments before attacking the challenger and hitting him with a 619 around the steel post.[98] At The Great American Bash, Mysterio lost the World Heavyweight Championship to Booker after Chavo Guerrero turned on Mysterio and hit him with a steel chair, Chavo also cost Mysterio his rematch the following week.[99][100] Subsequently Guerrero challenged Mysterio to an "I Quit" match.[101] In that match, Chavo injured Mysterio's knee, using the match to write Mysterio out of the storyline for a while to get knee surgery..[102]

WWE 2007–2008

Mysterio made his in-ring return at SummerSlam, defeating Guerrero with the 619, after Guerrero obsessed over Mysterio's return as well as wanting to injure Mysterio again.[103]

On the August 31 edition of SmackDown!, Mysterio won a "Championship Competition" to become the number 1 contender for the World Heavyweight Championship, defeating Batista and Finlay.[104] On the September 7 edition of SmackDown!, Mysterio had an "I Quit" match with Chavo Guerrero,[105] which he won after hitting Guerrero's knee with a chair repeatedly in a similar manner to which Mysterio had been put out of action.[105] Mysterio then began a feud with The Great Khali, which would lead to a match at Unforgiven where he would face Khali for the World Heavyweight Championship , the match was eventually made a Triple Threat match also involving Batista, but was unsuccessful in recapturing the title.[106]

Mysterio during his ring entrance

Mysterio then began a feud with Finlay, an opponent chosen by JBL.[107] The rivalry was marked as "Fight vs. Flight", a competition between the two contrasting fighting styles of both wrestlers - Finlay's physicality, versus the high-flying Mysterio.[108] On October 28, after fighting to a "no contest" at No Mercy,[109] followed by a double-disqualification in a number one contender's match for Batista's World Heavyweight title on the next SmackDown![110] (The Undertaker would succeed the pair), he defeated Finlay in a Stretcher match at Cyber Sunday.[111] During this feud, he conceded one match to Finlay on an episode of SmackDown! and was part of the winning team at Survivor Series which consisted of both wrestlers on opposing sides (although Mysterio was second to be eliminated). The rivalry ended after Survivor Series as Finlay turned Face.[112][113][114]

He re-entered the world title picture when he emerged victorious in the Beat the Clock challenge for the chance to face the World Heavyweight Champion Edge at Royal Rumble.[115] However, he was unsuccessful in winning the championship.[116] WWE.com announced on February 14 that Mysterio suffered a biceps injury during an overseas tour.[117] Despite the injury, Mysterio faced Edge for the title again at No Way Out.[117] On the February 22 edition of SmackDown!, Mysterio announced that his injury would keep him out of action for at least six months, and he eventually underwent three surgeries within the space of a month.[118][119]

Intercontinental Champion (2008–2009)

Mysterio at WrestleMania XXV before his match against JBL.

Mysterio made his return on the June 23 episode of Raw, as Mysterio was the first wrestler to be drafted in the 2008 WWE Draft from the SmackDown brand to the Raw brand.[120] On the June 30 edition of Raw, Mysterio came to make an announcement to all the Raw fans which led to a minor fight with Santino Marella.[121] Mysterio made his Raw in-ring debut the next week, pinning Marella after a 619.[122] General Manager Mike Adamle announced that John Cena was injured and that his replacement in the Championship Scramble at Unforgiven was Mysterio. The next week, Mysterio made his return to Raw after an extended absence by attacking Kane, turning back numerous claims that Kane had "ended his career".[123] Mysterio then made his in-ring return at Unforgiven, competing in the Raw Championship scramble match.[124] Later, Mysterio accepted John "Bradshaw" Layfield's (JBL) challenge for Layfield's Intercontinental Championship at WrestleMania XXV, which Mysterio won in 21 seconds.[125] With this win, Mysterio became the twenty first Triple Crown Champion in WWE history.

Mysterio was drafted back to SmackDown! during the 2009 WWE Draft on the April 13 episode of Raw, in the process making the Intercontinental Title exclusive to SmackDown for first time since mid-2002.[126] He then began a long-time feud with Chris Jericho, resulting in Mysterio defending and retaining his title at Judgment Day. At Extreme Rules, Jericho managed to unmask Mysterio and pin him for the Intercontinental Championship, however his face was never shown, as he covered it. As a result, Mysterio and Jericho were booked in a Title vs. Mask match at The Bash, in which Mysterio was victorious after tricking Jericho with a second mask. On August 2, WWE announced on that Mysterio would be suspended for 30 days, effective September 2, for violating the company's Wellness Policy.[127] In an interview with Mexican newspaper Record, Mysterio stated that he was suspended for a drug he was using for his knee and arm.[citation needed] Mysterio stated that he had a prescription for the drug, but was unable to produce it in time to prevent his suspension due to being on vacation and doing a promotional tour.[citation needed] On the September 4 episode of SmackDown (taped on September 1), Mysterio lost the Intercontinental Championship to John Morrison.

Return to SmackDown (2009–Present)

Mysterio returned from his suspension at Hell in a Cell to face Chris Jericho and The Big Show for the Unified Tag Team Championships with former tag team partner Batista, but they failed to win the title after Mysterio was pinned by Big Show.[128] At Bragging Rights, Mysterio was unsuccessful in winning the World Heavyweight Championship. In a Fatal Four-Way match with Batista, CM Punk and the champion The Undertaker, Mysterio broke up Batista's pin on Undertaker after a Batista Bomb leading to Batista losing his temper. After the match, he attacked Mysterio. This led to Batista entering into a dramatic change of attitude, stretching into an ongoing storyline in which Batista turned heel.[129] Mysterio was booked for a match at Survivor Series with Batista. Batista inflicted three Batista Bombs on Mysterio at Survivor Series before slamming him onto a chair and declaring he was "embarrassed" for his former friend.[130] Mysterio and Batista soon had a match with against other, but the Undertaker interfered by attacking Batista.[131] A few weeks later Mysterio successfully defeated Batista to win a shot at World Heavyweight Championship Belt.[132] Mysterio faced Undertaker for the World Title on December 25, 2009 but Batista interfered resulting in a disqualification.[133] On January 1, 2010 Mysterio won a "Beat the Clock" tournament, becoming the the number one contender for the World Title. During a match in which Batista was fighting with R-Truth in a beat the clock match, Mysterio interfered when the referee was counting for a pin resulting in Batista losing the match as time ran out, General Manager Vickie Guerrero decided that Mysterio and Batista had to face each other the following week to become the number one contender. During that match, both were seemingly knocked out by The Undertaker, resulting in a no contest.[134][135] Following the draw Mysterio managed to win the title shot at the Undertaker's World Heavyweight Championship at the Royal Rumble (2010) by defeating Batista in a Steel Cage match. The Undertaker successfully defended the title against Rey Mysterio.

Following the Rumble Mysterio then qualified for an Elimination Chamber match for the World Heavyweight Championship at the Elimination Chamber pay-per-view. In the weeks leading up to the Elimination Chamber show Rey Mysterio began a feud with CM Punk that also involved Punk's "Straight Edge Society" (Luke Gallows, and Selena). During the Elimination Chamber match Mysterio eliminated CM Punk from the match, but ultimately lost the match when he was eliminated by John Morrison. In the weeks following the Elimination Chamber event the tension between Punk and Mysterio rose, especially after Mysterio interferred in a Money in the Bank qualifier match, causing CM Punk to lose. During the on-screen celebration of Rey Mysterio's daughter's ninth brthday the Straight Edge Society showed up, taunting Mysterio and challenging him to a match at WrestleMania 26 and also a match there and then, a challenge Mysterio declined to answer as he escorted his family away from the arena to the sound of CM Punk declaring that he was a coward. Later in the night, during SES First Disciple Luke Gallows match against Kane, Mysterio returned to the ring and proceeded to attack Punk after the latter interfered in the match. This caused Punk to run from the arena.

On the March 19 episode of SmackDown, Rey Mysterio opened the show and said he couldn't get the image of his crying daughter out of his mind. He said he doesn't want a normal match at WrestleMania. Rather, they are going with street fight rules for his match with CM Punk. However, Punk came out and said that if Rey touches him before Wrestlemania, he won't get the Street Fight. If Rey Mysterio beats Luke Gallows, the match is official. If not, he must join the Straight Edge Society at Wrestlemania. Luke Gallows gets the win Street Fight match after SES get involved behind the ref's back. Rey attacks Gallows as Serena and Punk watch. He walks up the ramp and leaves disappointed. Mysterio, must join the Straight Edge Society.

Personal life

Mysterio has a wide variety of tattoos, including dedications to his family.

Mysterio and his wife Angie have two children, a son, Dominik, born 1997, and a daughter, Aaliyah, born 2001.[5][136][137] In an interview with The Miami Herald in January 2009, Mysterio revealed that he and his wife are expecting their third child.[137] He has tattoos of his two children's names on his right and left biceps. He also has tattoos dedicated to his wife, Angie.[138] His wife and two oldest children have all appeared on wrestling shows alongside Gutiérrez, including Dominik being in a storyline between Rey and Eddie Guerrero.

On March 19, 2007, Sports Illustrated posted on its website an article in its continuing series investigating a steroid and HGH ring used by a number of professional athletes in several sports. That article mentioned several current and former WWE wrestlers, including Mysterio who was alleged to have obtained nandrolone and stanozolol.[139] WWE subsequently stated that the allegations preceded the Talent Wellness program WWE launched in February 2006.[140] On August 27, 2009, WWE announced that Gutiérrez would receive a 30 day suspension due to a violation of the wellness program.[127] Days later Gutiérrez defended himself in a newspaper interview by explaining the drugs as being on a prescription for his knee and arm. While the Wellness Policy allows for prescribed drugs, Mysterio further contested he had been on a family holiday and subsequently in Europe promoting SummerSlam, giving him only a day to provide the prescription after being notified.[141]

He has a cousin who wrestles in the Tijuana area as El Hijo de Rey Misterio ("The Son of Rey Misterio"). He wears a similar mask and ring attire. Gutiérrez' father's name is Roberto Sr., and his mother's name is Maria and he has three brothers: Luis, Lalo, and Roberto Gutiérrez. Ocscar Gutiérrez is friends with Noah "Wuv" Bernardo, of P.O.D.. The two met while in high school and P.O.D. performs Mysterio's theme song, Booyaka 619. He is a Roman Catholic, frequently crossing himself before every match and bearing numerous religious tattoos on his body, most notably a cross on his chest attached to rosaries as well as other crosses and allusions to God.[138]

Other media

On an episode of the television show Heroes entitled "The Kindness of Strangers", the character Monica sees Mysterio give Randy Orton the 619 at WrestleMania 22. Later in the show, she uses her power to recreate any physical activity she sees to perform a modified 619, similar to Mysterio giving the 619 around a ringpost, to stop a robbery.[142]

Mysterio has been a subject of several DVDs during his wrestling career, including "Rey Mysterio: 619", which was released in 2003, the WWE produced "Rey Mysterio: The Biggest Little Man", which was released on October 23, 2007.[143] He was also featured on the DVD "Before They Were Wrestling Stars: Rey Mysterio Jr" in 2007 which featured matches from his time in Mexico.

Mysterio's name is mentioned in the Wale track "The Cliche Lil Wayne Feature (It's the Remix Baby!)" from The Mixtape About Nothing album. Mysterio also mentioned on the song "Birthday Bitches" by the Insane Clown Posse on their album The Wraith.

In wrestling

Rey Mysterio performing the 619 on Eddie Guerrero
Rey Mysterio preparing for a West Coast Pop on Kurt Angle
Rey Mysterio attempting a West Coast Pop on Kane.
  • Finishing moves
  • Signature moves
  • "The Master of the 619"[2] (WWE)
  • "The Technical Kid From San Diego" (ECW)
  • "El Super Duper Niño" ("The Super Duper Kid") (ECW)
  • "The Giant Killer" (WCW)
  • "The Ultimate Underdog" (WWE)
  • "The Biggest Little Man" (WWE)
  • The Masked Marvel (WWE)

Championships and accomplishments

Mysterio and Eddie Guerrero as WWE Tag Team Champions.
  • International Wrestling All-Stars
  • IWAS Tag Team Championship (1 time)[148] – with Konnan
  • PWI ranked him #2 of the 10 best singles wrestlers in 2009
  • Tijuana Hall of Fame: Class of 2006

Luchas de Apuestas record

Wager Winner Loser Location Date Notes
Mask Rey Misterio, Jr. Mr. Cóndor Acapulco, Guerrero 01992-08-14 August 14, 1992 [157]
Hair Rey Misterio, Jr. Rocco Valente Tampico, Tamaulipas 01992-10-18 October 18, 1992 [157]
Hair Rey Misterio, Jr. Tony Arce Acapulco, Guerrero 01992-11-06 November 6, 1992 [157]
Mask Rey Misterio, Jr. El Bandido Querétaro, Querétaro 01993-05-28 May 28, 1993 [Note 2][157]
Hair Rey Misterio, Jr. Vulcano Monterrey, Nuevo León 01993-09-11 September 11, 1993 [157]
Mask Rey Misterio, Jr. Misterioso Tijuana, Baja California 01996-12-19 December 19, 1996 [157][158]
Mask Rey Misterio, Jr. Eddie Guerrero Las Vegas, Nevada 01997-10-26 October 26, 1997 [Note 3][157]
Mask Kevin Nash and Scott Hall Rey Misterio, Jr. and Konnan Oakland, California 01999-02-21 February 21, 1999 [Note 4][157]
Mask Rey Mysterio Kane Portland, Oregon 02008-10-05 October 5, 2008 [Note 5]
Mask Rey Mysterio Chris Jericho Sacramento, California 02009-06-28 June 28, 2009 [Note 6]

Notes

  1. ^ This version was later made more personal as he collaborated with the Christian nu metal band P.O.D., also from San Diego, to create a new version of "Booyaka" entitled "Booyaka 619", which P.O.D. performed live at WrestleMania 22. The studio version is included on the Wreckless Intent album, however, while used as an entrance theme, the intro was replaced with that of the original "Booyaka". Since Mysterio's return from injury, the introduction from the original "Bookaka" has been removed, and the P.O.D. introduction is played instead for Mysterio's entrance.
  2. ^ Three way match that also involved Ángel Mortal.
  3. ^ Guerrero put the WCW Cruiserweight Championship on the line against Misterio's mask.
  4. ^ The wager was Mysterio's mask vs. Elizabeth's (who was managing The Outsiders at that point) hair.
  5. ^ Only Rey Mysterio was masked, thus only his mask was on the line.
  6. ^ Rey Mysterio put his mask on the line against Jerico's WWE Intercontinental Championship.

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