Title: Rey Mysterio: ‘it was me who would have fought with Mayweather’
·Grada360 interviews Rey Mysterio, one of the stars of the WWE, which explains what his show consists of, how is his knee doing and what are his views on the present and future of this sport.
We find Rey Mysterio signing photographs and we joked: “Taking all the time right?”. He laughs and enters, in perfect Spanish, in the relaxed tone of the talk: ‘today they hardly are ten people, there are times that John Cena and I compete because they reach 500 and we are signing all the time. My arm almost hurts more signing that fighting’ .Rey Mysterio, whose real name is Óscar Gutiérrez (San Diego, California, on December 11, 1974), attends Grada360 in studies of ATresMedia dressed with a feature masks.
I: Does you being in Spain prove the push WWE has all around the world?
R: whenever we came, the crowd responds incredible. Unfortunately we have not been here as often as I would like to. Next month we will be in Italy, but I want to be back to Spain, and if it’s more times, even better.
I: how do the latin and Spanish crowd differ in general, and how the Spanish differs with the Mexican crowd in particular?
R: Well, here in Spain the main sport is soccer, but if you guys are passionate about a sport, you are all dedicated to 100%, the same as the Mexican public. In Mexico, wrestling is like the second most important sport. I know here is not, but we still have really hardcore fans.
I: are there many differences between Mexican wrestling and the WWE show?
R: Oh, Yes, although over the last few years Mexican wrestling has changed to be more like the American, but the United States is a monster in this sport, entertainment… In addition, you get to let the public understand that there are stories behind the fights. It is like a novel, you have to see it every week and if you miss one you must ask what has happened. This is what identifies us.
I:the greatest show is coming, WrestleMania!
R: yeah! It’s around the corner.
I: does it feel different from other events?
R: It is the event that we all are waiting for, for the amount of people that is there.. You get a great enthusiasm, desperation to take to the stage as soon as possible and feel the screams of the people, and knowing there are millions watching you too on tv. You get pressure, the charge of having a good fight tonight is important.
I: you have been on heeling your knee. Can you forget about it in the ring or does it stay stuck in your mind?
R: I try to forget but it is sometimes very difficult. The mind is very treacherous at times. The first months after the injury, my focus was the knee and after seven surgeries what I didn’t wanted was to fall back. As I was struggling to get better I was feeling more comfortable, and it was when the physical and psychological part of me were improving
I: I’m sure you air style doesn’t help to your knee to be okey. Have you ever been advised to take it easier?
R: I’d like to, but I can´t! Even when they say me “quiet, Rey, do not do much”, I cannot. When I go into the ring my intention is to give everything I can. This has resulted in falling seven times with operations, but is something that afternoon or early you have to realize: sport is sharp, and you can fall with injury. There are other wrestlers who have had more serious injuries than mine, I give thanks to God that was a knee, and I still have another one which is okay.
I: In the ring, do you have any preferences about who you want to face, like about the size, style, etc.?
R: No I don´t. I think that what has given attention to Rey Mysterio as a wrestler has been that I have never stopped in front of a challenge. I have always faced it. That has created my character, which is now sometimes known as the ‘giant-killer’. I have fight against men from seven feet and 300 pounds and I go out to give you the best of me, so the public can identify with Rey Mysterio, who has fear of nothing.
I: Would you come back to Mexico or it’s something from the past?
R: I would never think less of the company that opened the doors for the first time, the AAA, and if I had the option of returning, of course I would. Note that many of them are even my friends and when I left they stayed and are now big stars. Sure. But WWE has been my home from the time I entered and I am very happy to be here.
I: There have been big appearances in the WWE like the one of Floyd Mayweather. Who opponent, who is not a wrestler, would to like to fight with?
R: Wow… (he thinks)
I: Any boxer, or politician…
R: hahaha politician, huh? I still remember The Big Show against Mayweather. I hurt my biceps and I was the one to fight him but it couldn’t happen. I would have had a rapper by my side, Doctor Dre. I grew up listening his music and It would have been so cool doing something like that.
I: And what about Mayweather himself?
R: Of course, why not!. Since nobody is able to win him on boxing, maybe we can take him off being undefeated here.