Rey Mysterio’s 10 Greatest WWE Matches

Nov 19, 2013

In order to celebrate Rey’s recent return to the ring, WWE.com posted a new article entitled “Rey Mysterio’s 10 Greatest WWE Matches,” where, well, they look at what they believe to be 10 of his greatest matches. A lot of the ones featured are recent, and personally, I think they’re missing some golden matches from the beginning of his WWE career. Check out the list below! Maybe you agree, or you don’t?! Also check out the photo gallery of these matches by clicking here.

Rey Mysterio wasn’t always “Rey Mysterio.” The first time WWE’s Little Big Man made that uneasy climb to the top rope as a teenager in Mexico, he was “Colibrí” — the hummingbird. It was the perfect name for the man who would one day fly through the air with such weightlessness, such blatant disregard for gravity. Soon, he would become Rey Mysterio, but he would never lose that effortlessness in flight that made his so captivating to watch. Rey — like any great athlete — was capable of things that normal men thought impossible. While the rest of us were firmly planted here on earth, Mysterio was reaching unimaginable heights.

It’s been more than 11 years since The Master of the 619’s amazing drive brought him to WWE. In that time, he’s captured both the WWE and World Heavyweight Championships, won the Royal Rumble Match and achieved things that 5-foot-6, 175-pound competitors just shouldn’t be able to do in the oversized world of sports-entertainment. That Rey is still defying the odds to this day is hard to grasp. Injuries and setbacks that would have defined the shortened careers of other men have come to be story points in Mysterio’s epic hero’s journey.

With that in mind, WWE Classics attempted to chronicle the 10 matches that best exemplified Rey’s trip from underdog to top dog.

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The 10 best Traditional Survivor Series Elimination Tag Team Matches

Nov 19, 2013

In honor of Survivor Series around the corner, WWE posted an article where they look at the 10 Best Traditional Survivor Series Elimination Tag Team Matches. Rey’s Survivor Series match from 2012 was featured at #9!

#9 Brodus Clay, Rey Mysterio, Sin Cara, Tyson Kidd & Justin Gabriel vs. Tensai, Darren Young, Titus O’Neil, Primo & Epico (Survivor Series 2012)
Everyone loves a bonus, so spirits ran high when Survivor Series 2012 opened with an unannounced “bonus” match featuring dynamic squads of tag teams captained by two super-heavyweights (and future tag partners) Brodus Clay and Tensai. The breakneck pace was set early when Sin Cara and Rey Mysterio backdropped Primo and Epico to the floor, held the ropes open for tandem suicide dives by Tyson Kidd and Justin Gabriel, and then added the cherry on top with simultaneous Asai moonsaults.

Pre-Sweet T Tensai rattled the bones of his soon-to-be dance buddy when he delivered a mammoth senton onto The Funkasaurus, eliminating Clay from the match. Even without their good-natured captain, the popular risk-takers proved up to the fight, disposing of Tensai, O’Neil, Epico and Primo one by one, leaving Young at an unenviable 4-on-1 disadvantage. It didn’t take long for the remainder of Team Brodus to tie up the loose ends, and they did so in remarkable fashion, nailing a series of four top-rope moves in succession, capped off by a free-fall splash by The Ultimate Underdog. — JC

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Survivor Series Elimination Match Preview

Nov 18, 2013

Hot off an astonishing ending to Monday Night Raw, WWE has posted the official match preview, for this Sunday’s Survivor Series! With Rey’s return as the mystery tag partner, the match will now consist of Rey Mysterio, The Usos: Jimmy and Jey, and Tag Team Champions Goldust & Cody Rhodes VS. The Shield, and All-Americans: Antonio Cesaro & Jack Swagger in a traditional elimination tag match! WWE wrote:

As if the much-anticipated Survivor Series pay-per-view wasn’t already overflowing with intriguing matchups, former World Champion Rey Mysterio is returning from injury to team with WWE Tag Team Champions Cody Rhodes & Goldust and The Usos against The Shield and The Real Americans in a blockbuster Traditional Survivor Series Elimination Tag Team Match!

Featuring many of WWE’s most exciting and explosive Superstars — in addition to the long-awaited return of The Ultimate Underdog — this talent-laden contest guarantees high-octane action at WWE’s fall classic. The Traditional Survivor Series Elimination Match stipulates that the teams will compete in a five-on-five tag contest with the added twist that Superstars are eliminated individually — via pinfall, submission, disqualification or count-out — until one squad has no members remaining. Making the WWE fan favorite contest even more exciting this year is the fact that many of the combatants are already quite familiar with one another.

Although Rhodes and Goldust defended their titles against Jimmy & Jey Uso and The Shield’s Seth Rollins & Roman Reigns in a Triple Threat Match at WWE Hell in a Cell, the WWE Tag Team Champions more often have found themselves fighting side-by-side with The Usos. Facing common enemies in The Hounds of Justice and Zeb Colter’s patriotic pair, the foursome of brothers figures to be a dangerous and cohesive unit come Nov. 24. The addition of Mysterio — who has been out of action since Feb. 4 with a leg injury — as the fifth member of the team brings even more experience and high-flying offense to the Nov. 24 showdown.

Like their opposition, The Shield and The Real Americans also have common goals — or targets — and should form a daunting Survivor Series squad. Although Rollins, Reigns and United States Champion Dean Ambrose haven’t exactly played nice with their fellow Superstars in the past, their intensity and pack-of-dogs mentality are perfect for a Traditional Survivor Series Elimination Match. If the black-clad trio manages to stay on the same page with Jack Swagger & Antonio Cesaro — who have shown impressive teamwork in their own right — this will be a big, strong, mean and technical team.

Will the Rhodes boys, The Usos and Mysterio be able to take down The Shield and The Real Americans? Or, will a returning Ultimate Underdog and his squad come up short at WWE’s fall classic? Find out live on pay-per-view when Survivor Series airs this Sunday at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.

New Rey Mysterio Interview with WWE.Com: Disucsses Retiring?!, Return Date, Mexico and more

Oct 16, 2013

In a recent interview, Rey Mysterio talked with WWE.com where they asked questions a lot of fans are dying to know the answers to. Questions include when Rey will return, how’s his knee, and the stomach turning, do you plan on retiring soon? Definitely read the interview as it is a fantastic and interesting read!

Rey Mysterio hasn’t competed in a WWE ring since Feb. 4, 2013. After a hard-fought battle against Daniel Bryan, The Master of the 619 was on the receiving end of a vicious attack from Mark Henry that aggravated a lingering knee injury, leaving the masked marvel with no choice but to take time away from the squared circle to recuperate. Mysterio surprised the WWE Universe on Sept. 22, when he made a special appearance at a Live Event in Hidalgo, Texas, to give an update on his recovery. WWE fans were shocked as Mysterio, supporting himself with a crutch, said he was aiming to come back to the ring on Oct. 16, when WWE hits Querétaro, Mexico. With rumors of his return swirling around, WWE.com spoke with The Ultimate Underdog to talk about his injuries, his journey back to the ring and whether this will be Mysterio’s last stand.

WWE.COM: Can you describe the injury that’s kept you out of the ring?
REY MYSTERIO: What’s slowed me down in my career are [anterior cruciate ligament (ACL)] tears in my left knee. After the first one in 1997, they started happening one after another. We’ve used everything we could in terms of re-attaching my ACL [with ligaments from] my body. Now, we’ve gone into cadavers to reattach them. That’s what’s slowed me down, my left knee. My right one, knock on wood, is all good. The rest of my body, thank God, is all good.

WWE.COM: Did you have surgery this time?
MYSTERIO: No, 2011 was my last surgery. What they did was they repaired the ACL and the [posterior cruciate ligament]. That’s when they realized that the inner part of my knee had no more cartilage. So, the inner part of my left knee is bone on bone, arthritic.

WWE.COM: So what led you to Dr. James Andrews?
MYSTERIO: I came back a little too soon. I came back at SummerSlam 2012 and wrestled through January 2013. The knee just gave out on me again. That’s when I went to go see him. We tried a new approach, which was stem cell treatment.

WWE.COM: What does that entail?
MYSTERIO: What they do is they extract blood from the bone marrow, where your body reproduces it. Then, they inject it with two other ingredients directly into my left knee, into the joint. That way, blood cells can activate and manipulate in a way that they start working so there’s more blood flow. Hopefully, because medicine and these types of procedures are fairly new, within time, I’m hoping to regrow cartilage.

WWE.COM: What’s your rehab been like?
MYSTERIO: I’ve been working on strengthening my quads and hamstrings. Also a bit of plyometrics, but the focus has mainly been on my quads, trying to get them strong enough to withstand all the action that I do in the ring.

WWE.COM: You recently tweeted that you visited the WWE Performance Center during your rehab. Did you get in the ring?
MYSTERIO: Yes, I had the chance to go in the ring a couple of times. It’s an incredible place, definitely the top training center that I have been in.

WWE.COM: What did it feel like getting back in the ring after being out for so long?
MYSTERIO: It always comes back to conditioning. No matter how much cardio you do — running or biking or whatever — it’s never the same as being in the ring. That was the first thing I felt.

WWE.COM: How do you think you’ll have to adapt your in-ring style when you come back?
MYSTERIO: After so many surgeries, I had to modify my game. I know what I can and can’t do in order to keep performing for a long period of time. It won’t be hard. I’ve done it in the past after my previous surgeries. I don’t think I realized it at the time, but I tend to modify certain moves and my landings, as well. I’m sure once I get back into the ring, it’ll all start coming back into place and it’ll feel normal to me. I definitely won’t be able to do certain things that I’ve done in the past, but there’s no way I shouldn’t be able to replace those moves with others.

WWE.COM: Do you have a target date for your return to the squared circle?
MYSTERIO: With this new procedure, it’s been floating around in the air. There’s not that much time left before the end of the year. I’m hoping that either Thanksgiving comes a little early or Christmas comes a little early.

WWE.COM: You recently announced that you’ll be a part of WWE’s upcoming tour of Mexico. What does it mean for you to go back to Mexico?
MYSTERIO: It feels good. That’s where I came from. Those are my roots, my people. To be able to go back and treat them with my presence and whatever else I can give to them is fulfilling.

WWE.COM: Any chance you’ll get involved in the action during the tour?
MYSTERIO: I think if the crowd really wants it, why not? Why not try?

WWE.COM: With all of the injuries you’ve had, have you ever given thought to retiring?
MYSTERIO: No. I’m 39 years old and I know I’ve been doing this for quite some time, over two decades. Retirement is, for me, something that’ll be down the road, but not within the next two or three years. I feel like, with how medicine is evolving, something will be out there soon that can help you heal from arthritis. That might be what helps my longevity and pushes me to keep performing.

WWE.COM: Finally, do you have any message you’d like to send to the WWE Universe?
MYSTERIO: First off, I want to thank WWE for the patience and support that they’ve had, for knowing that I’m on the bench and working hard to get back. To the fans, thank you for your patience and concern. They’ve been on point with my career, especially after my injuries. Their motivational tweets, Instagram shots — they’ve been pushing me to overcome this. It’s been frustrating not being able to do what you love to do the most. Trust me, when I do come back, I’ll make up for the lost time and entertain much more.

The 25 greatest matches in SummerSlam history

Aug 3, 2013

In order to celebrate SummerSlam coming up, WWE.com posted a new article that features what they believe to be the 25 greatest matches in SummerSlam history. Rey Mysterio VS. Eddie Guerrero from 2005 was featured! This is what was posted:

No 11: Rey Mysterio VS. Eddie Guerrero (Summer Slam 2005)
Championship titles, guaranteed contracts and other coveted ring-related prizes are all standard Ladder Match booty. But the SummerSlam 2005 Ladder Match between Rey Mysterio and Eddie Guerrero featured a different type of prize altogether: The legal custody of a child was up for grabs. The custodial stipulation was a byproduct of a bizarre and sordid ordeal that played out between Mysterio and Guerrero that summer: It was revealed that “Latino Heat” was the biological father of Dominick Mysterio, and in a callous move, Guerrero threatened to take back custody of the young boy.

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Disturbing as the circumstances may have been, the match was twice as thrilling, and why wouldn’t it be? It only featured two of the most graceful and innovative high flyers to ever compete the ring. Plus, it had the one element that is too often missing in matches remembered for their grace and innovation: It was deeply personal. Amplify that intensity with the involvement of a steel ladder, and you have the recipe for a true SummerSlam classic. – J.C.

The Top 10 SummerSlams in History

Jul 27, 2013

With SummerSlam right around the corner, WWE.com took a look back at the top 10 SummerSlams. Two SummerSlam events that Rey has wrestled on were featured including 2011 and his debut SummerSlam match, 2002! WWE posted:

#9 – SummerSlam 2011
Venue: STAPLES Center, Los Angeles
Date: Aug. 14, 2011
Coolest threads: Rey Mysterio’s blue-and-white ensemble

The 24th installment of SummerSlam was also one of the best, featuring tremendous in-ring action, the big-event feel that has become a hallmark of SummerSlam, and a shocking finale that saw a new champion WWE Champion crowned in a matter of seconds. The opening Six-Man Tag Match of Rey Mysterio, Kofi Kingston & John Morrison vs. The Miz, R-Truth & Alberto Del Rio was unsurprisingly fast-paced and mesmerizing. In a classic “Irresistible Force vs. Immovable Object” showdown, freight trains Mark Henry and Sheamus battered each other as only two super heavyweights can.

#! – SummerSlam 2002
Venue: Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Uniondale, N.Y.
Date: Aug. 25, 2002
Move of the night: Rey Mysterio’s flip senton over referee Jimmy Korderas onto Kurt Angle

Depth is not an issue for any event that opens with Rey Mysterio vs. Kurt Angle. (Only on a show as stacked as SummerSlam 2002 could a match between WWE Hall of Famers Edge and Eddie Guerrero be considered a “hidden” anything.)

Rey Mysterio’s SummerSlam Moments

Jun 27, 2013

WWE.com uploaded a brand new image gallery entitled “Rey Mysterio’s SummerSlam Moments” where they posted HQ photos of Rey’s well, SummerSlam Moments. They included photos of his 2002 match against Kurt Angle, 2005 against Eddie Guerrero, 2006 against Chavo Guerrero, 2009 against Dolph Ziggler, 2010 against Kane, 2011 against Alberto del Rio, R-Truth and the Miz and then his most recent SummerSlam in 2012 against The Miz! Make sure you check out all these photos in the gallery!

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When Will Rey Mysterio Return to WWE?

Jun 26, 2013

WWE.com posted an interesting article earlier today entitled “When will Rey Mysterio return to WWE?” WWE hasn’t acknowledged Rey’s absence since February (the last time we saw him) so it’s interesting to see them bring him up now. Perhaps we can see the Masked One at Summer Slam? Read the article below:

The WWE Universe has enjoyed only a brief glimpse of the high-flying Rey Mysterio this year. He competed in the 2013 Royal Rumble Match, then the following week on SmackDown, when Mysterio & Sin Cara defeated then-WWE Tag Team Champions Team Hell No in a Non-Title Match.

Since then, The Master of the 619 has not been seen in a WWE ring. However, the masked Superstar might return very soon, according to a recent Twitter post from the decorated champion:

Round 2 of pt for the day! Trying to make it back by SUMMERSLAM!! http://instagram.com/p/a1ko7wpMz5/

The jury’s out as to whether or not Mysterio can achieve his lofty ambition and return to the squared circle before August 14, at the very same event where he made his WWE pay-per-view debut 11 years earlier. Thankfully, though, the WWE Universe can still enjoy seeing the high-flyer soar in his most memorable SummerSlam moments.

The 10 best WWE Velocity Matches You Shouldn’t Have Missed

Jun 10, 2013

WWE.com posted a new article entitled “The 10 Best WWE Velocity Matches You SHouldn’t Have Missed,” where, well, they take a look at the best Velocity matches that we shouldn’t have missed. Velocity was a cyber show available to watch on WWE.com in the early 2000s, where Rey had a bunch of matches. In the top 10, our Ultimate Underdog had two of the best matches and even won first place for his match against Jamie Noble. Read what WWE.com posted below and also check out the photos of Rey from Velocity by clicking the link below.

#4 Rey Mysterio vs. Kidman vs. Nunzio vs. Akio – April 10, 2004
WWE Velocity’s one-on-one cruiserweight bouts were high-octane affairs. The thought of a Fatal Four Way Match, with an opportunity at the Cruiserweight Title on the line, probably blew the collective minds of the WWE Universe.

The bout was frenetic from the get-go. Mysterio gained an early advantage and almost nailed Akio with the 619, but was cut off by Kidman. The four Superstars traded high-impact maneuvers back and forth, going for quick covers, with no one finding success.

Unsurprisingly, the match moved outside the ring fairly quickly. In rapid succession, Akio hit a corkscrew dive, Mysterio springboarded onto his foes, followed by Nunzio crashing and burning on an attempted dive when everyone moved out of his way. The tenacious Italian grappler recovered, though, catching Kidman with a devastating DDT off the top rope to earn the title opportunity.

#1 Rey Mysterio vs. Jamie Noble – May 1, 2004
WWE Velocity was often a showcase for SmackDown’s Cruiserweight division. There was no better example of this than when Rey Mysterio took on Jamie Noble in May 2004.

Noble did everything he could to keep The Master of The 619 grounded, utilizing a plethora of holds and grappling techniques. Mysterio, though, showed off his unparalleled speed, using it to slip out of Noble’s grasp. Rey’s offense would be short-lived, ending when Noble contorted his body into a unique position, resulting in a maneuver that nearly snapped Mysterio’s arm.

Noble continued working over Rey’s injured limb, ultimately trying to end the bout with an armbar. Mysterio valiantly fought out, though Noble was still on the offensive. The masked marvel, however, was able to reverse Noble’s Tiger Bomb attempt, leaving his foe in perfect position for the 619. Picking up the victory was academic for Mysterio after that. The WWE Universe was on its feet screaming as he covered Noble for the three count.

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WWE’s 10 Greatest Heroes

Jun 10, 2013

In honor of The Rock’s newest show, “The Hero,” WWE.com took a look at superstars over the year that define who a hero is. Of course, our boy Rey Mysterio was featured as he sure is a heroic icon! WWE.Com posted:

Reminiscent of the masked guardians that grace the covers of your favorite comic books, Rey Mysterio lives by a strict moral code that drives him to battle the forces of evil. Even when seemingly outmatched by larger opponents, including the likes of Batista, Kane and even Big Show, The Master of the 619 has never backed down, dazzling the WWE Universe with his aerial offense in the process.

In one of his most miraculous feats, The Ultimate Underdog entered at No. 2 in the 2006 Royal Rumble Match, outlasting 29 other Superstars to win the bout and go on to contend for the World Heavyweight Championship in a Triple Threat Match at WrestleMania 22. Facing both Randy Orton and Kurt Angle, Mysterio would overcome the odds to claim his first World Championship on The Grandest Stage of Them All.

Thanks to an indestructible connection with the WWE Universe, Mysterio’s incredible feats of heroism in the face of adversity have cemented the highflier as one of the most beloved Superstars of all time.

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