Rey Mysterio honored in San Diego
The Valley View Casino Center, formerly the San Diego Sports Arena, and local San Diego artist Mel Marcello are honoring WWE Superstar and San Diego native Rey Mysterio with a special poster that enshrines The Ultimate Underdog inside the arena. The special artwork, part of the arena's culture, is created to honor the top athletes and artists who perform at the venue. (Photos)
Mysterio joins Lady GaGa, Justin Bieber, KISS and the Black-Eyed Peas, to name a few, who have been immortalized inside the Valley View Casino Center with similar posters by Marcello.
"I couldn't think of a better person from WWE to be on our walls," said arena General Manager Ernie Hahm, "It's a perfect fit."
The poster, which sports a SmackDown logo within a comic book cover framework, is framed and hung in the club area of the arena as well as the main offices.
Honored by the event and artwork, Mysterio expressed his gratitude and respect for San Diego. "For the past 10 years, I've been representing San Diego with the ‘619.'" he said. "To be picked out of all the other WWE Superstars feels special, and it feels like my representation of my city has done well. It's really a blessing for me to be up on that wall."
Only a very limited number of prints have been made, making the poster much more special and highly collectible.
In addition to the Mel Marcello poster, Mysterio has adorned the walls of The Valley View Casino Center for many years prior to this occasion. Inside the venue, which features wall paintings of famous performers including Jerry Garcia, Bob Marley and Jimi Hendrix, The Master of the 619 is part of a mural along with Booker T and Trish Stratus.