Rey under the knife

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October 21, 2006

After a grueling and emotional I Quit match with rival Chavo Guerrero, Rey Mysterio was rushed out of the STAPLES Center on a stretcher. With no rules or disqualifications in an I Quit match, Chavo trapped the former World Champion upside-down on a steel lighting structure and used a chair to decimate Rey's left knee. After enduring an almost superhuman amount of punishment, Mysterio was finally forced to utter the humiliating words, "I quit."

Dr. Ferdinand Rios of the WWE medical staff has confirmed that Rey originally hyper extended his knee when Chavo locked his legs in the lighting structure. The subsequent six powerful blows that Chavo dealt to Rey's already injured knee ruptured Mysterio's anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and tore his patella tendon. The damage to the knee is so extensive that it cannot bear weight, and the normally agile Mysterio will need crutches to get around and extensive surgery to repair the shattered knee. Dr. Rios added that the invasive surgery on Rey's knee is very serious and will require a large amount of physical therapy.

After going through emotional hell for better part of the last year, what does this new complication mean for fan favorite Mysterio? Will he ever be able to return to his high-flying ways? Stay tuned to WWE.com for the latest updates.

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