WWE.com recently posted an article on Luchadors in the “greatest dishonor in Luchador History,” which we should all know is being unmasked. WWE mentioned Rey Mysterio, arguably the largest luchador to hit the American scene. The article is a great read (although, I only provide the parts that Rey are mentioned in) and is quite entertaining. Also, Rey even said something at the very end.
Although Mil Máscaras had a long career and achieved worldwide success, no one has done more to further the ongoing legacy of the masked luchador than Rey Mysterio. Following in the footsteps of his uncle, the original Rey Mysterio (Spanish for “King of Mystery”), he started his in-ring career at age 14, using a mask to conceal the fact that he was too young to legally compete. In 1995, Mysterio exploded onto the American wrestling scene with ECW and invented extreme Lucha Libre, performing high-flying hurancanranas from the roofs of cars in South Philadelphia parking lots.
Mysterio led the influx of Cruiserweights onto WCW’s internationally-televised stage and won its Cruiserweight Championship five times in five years. When WWE purchased WCW in 2001, Mysterio continued his success, winning WWE’s Cruiserweight Championship eight times.
However, it was at WrestleMania 22 on April 2, 2006, that Mysterio exceeded even his own dreams. It was there that the 5-foot-6-inch, 175-pound overachiever defeated Olympic Gold Medalist Kurt Angle and Randy Orton in a Triple Threat Match to win the World Championship.
Mysterio’s contributions to the legacy of the luchador did not end there. On July 25, 2011, Mysterio won the most prestigious title in the history of wrestling, the WWE Championship, by defeating The Miz in a tournament final on Monday Night Raw.
With the decade-long saga of WWE’s two Sin Caras having come to an end in a Mask vs. Mask Match on SmackDown which is televised in 50 countries, Mysterio spoke to WWE.com about the gravity of their contest.
“There’s a tradition, a heritage a pride to your mask,” Mysterio explained. “Masks have been a Mexican tradition for many generations. It’s a way to pay homage to our heritage. Being unmasked is the biggest dishonor for a luchador.“