The Secret Side of Rey Mysterio
In his most revealing interview yet, The Masked Man discusses the injuries that have plagued him, the hardships that have brought him to his knees, and the moments that have defined his two decades in the ring.
You’re now officially more than a decade into your WWE career, and 23 years into your in-ring career. Do you have any regrets?
Not too many, no. One of them is probably when I tore my bicep before WrestleMania XXIV. I shouldn’t have gone on that overseas trip, because ’Mania could have been one of the biggest nights of my career. Those things always make you think what could have happened had you been there, you know? I wonder if that would have brought my career to new heights. But overall, I have to say I’m pleased with what I’ve accomplished as of now.
If you had to pick one match that defines Rey Mysterio, which one would you choose?
It’s very hard to choose a single match. But when I first entered WWE, one of my all-time favorite bouts was against Kurt Angle at my first SummerSlam in Long Island, New York. I really thought that showed the fans what I could bring to the table.
You’ve always been a positive guy, but was there a time in your career when you felt angry at someone or something around you?
I would have to say I’ve felt angry with myself for the times when I’ve taken that extra risk when it wasn’t needed and it led to an injury. You know, it’s like, “Now you have to be out for six months, and you’re going to have to go through surgery.” Who knows where I could have gone if that hadn’t happened? But, on the other hand, when you’re born to do something, you put everything on the line.
You’ve been able to be home for almost a year, which has given you time to be with your family. What are the moments over the years that you’ve missed most, being on the road?
I would have to say birthdays. Birthdays are so special. And watching my kids grow throughout the years, their first steps, first words. It’s something you’ll cherish for the rest of your life. Fifteen years ago, we didn’t have technology like FaceTime and videos that you can instantly share with each other.