It appears that Rey Mysterio has yet to sign a new contract with WWE, according to a new update from Dave Meltzer.
Meltzer said on Wrestling Observer Radio Tuesday morning that it still might be “too early” to bring Mysterio back to television, according to Ringside News. Meltzer’s comments came as Mysterio’s son Dominik has continued to fight for the family’s honor in their feud against Seth Rollins, which was spurred by a storyline angle involving Rollins taking out the eye of the former world champion at The Horror Show at Extreme Rules.
Meltzer explained Mysterio has not yet re-signed with WWE and that it’s hard to say how his negotiations with company officials have been going so far.
According to a separate report from WrestlingNews.co, the rationale behind the aforementioned angle was to “leave things open-ended” so that Mysterio could return after re-signing with a healed eye in the storyline. The 45-year-old reportedly asked for a raise when he met with Vince McMahon last week, though it seemed that the WWE chairman does not intend to offer one due to the promotion’s cost-cutting measures amid the coronavirus pandemic. This appears to be the company’s stance for all of its talents despite expectations of record-breaking revenue figures for 2020.
As previously reported by The Inquisitr, rumors have suggested that, in lieu of a raise, WWE has tried to convince Mysterio to stick around by having Dominik play a prominent role in his father’s storylines. Notably, Dominik did not go through the same developmental system as most other new signees. And while he has not yet wrestled in an actual match, he has taken his fair share of bumps in the ring — not only throughout the course of the program with Rollins but also during Mysterio’s previous feud against the Beast Incarnate, Brock Lesnar.
WrestlingNews.co also noted that it’s still unclear whether Dominik has signed a deal. However, his appearance on this week’s Monday Night Raw might hint at a match against Rollins at some point in the future.
Mysterio is not the only veteran superstar who has been in extensive negotiations with the sports-entertainment giant on the terms of a new deal. Last week, MVP revealed on the Gorilla Position podcast that he hopes to sign a long-term contract now that he’s getting used extensively on Raw as an on-air talent, as opposed to his original short-term role as a backstage producer.