Rey Mysterio has finally explained why he opted to sign with Lucha Underground instead of going back to WWE, according to a report from Wrestling Inc.
The former world heavyweight champion shocked the entire world recently when he opted to sign with an upstart wrestling promotion, which almost went out of business after their first season, instead of going back to the largest wrestling promotion on the planet.
During a recent podcast interview, Rey Mysterio revealed his reasoning for pledging his allegiances to Lucha Underground instead of World Wrestling Entertainment.
“This is the style that I grew up (in), the style that I started training, this is my base, my fundamental. I never dreamed of going to WWE or WCW, my dream was always making it to CMLL because AAA didn’t exist back then. And then, next thing you know AAA started, the opportunity came. My base was always high-flying. I always wanted to get the opportunity to show the world what I can do. So there was no other company out there that was displaying that but Lucha Underground. When I saw the first season, I was blown away.”
The reasoning given by Rey Mysterio is rather interesting, as the popular masked performer has been quite injury prone over the past several years.
While touring with World Wrestling Entertainment, the San Diego native was forced to miss quite a bit of time on the road due to knee injuries and other ailments.
Since his body was breaking down after years of being punished in the ring, Rey Mysterio altered his style to be more mat based with just a sprinkle of aerial moves to entertain his loyal followers.
It would be quite a shock to the pro wrestling world if he were to bring back his aerial WCW style for Lucha Underground, a promotion that has some of the top daredevils in the industry.
A bigger surprise would be if Rey Mysterio, one of the top draws in the world still, were to generate enough interest for Lucha Underground to get a third season approved by the El Rey network.
WWE fans might not want to see another promotion rising into prominence, but the performers are rooting for Lucha Underground to stay in business, as that provides them with another viable place of employment.
Lucha Underground attempted to capitalize on the name value of Alberto Del Rio, but he opted to return to World Wrestling Entertainment instead of partnering up with Rey Mysterio.
Earlier in the year, reports surfaced that Lucha Underground might be willing to offer ownership stakes to big name performers if they can help the company prosper.
The deal was said to have been extended to both Alberto Del Rio and Rey Mysterio at some point in time, but it is not certain if Lucha Underground is still in financial shape to give up percentages.
Rey Mysterio isn’t taking a huge risk by signing with Lucha Underground, as the deal is likely to just be for one year.
If the numbers don’t work out, then he can always go back to WWE, who reportedly has left the door open for a reunion with Rey Mysterio, one of their best merchandise movers ever.
Wrestlemania 32 is taking place in Dallas next April, and the state’s large demographic of Hispanic fans could be wooed by the return of the 41-year-old.
Vince McMahon really wants to break the Wrestlemania attendance record that he set at the Silverdome in Detroit, and he feels that the AT&T Stadium is the perfect place to do that.
Rey Mysterio can help fill that cavernous place.
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