Rey Mysterio is one of the greatest cruiser-weights in professional wrestling history and will no doubt be a future WWE Hall of Famer.
When Mysterio became the World Heavyweight Champion in 2006, many wrestling fans thought that he was booked as a less than believable champion, due to his size and his general attitude on being the World Heavyweight Champion.
Former WWE writer Alex Greenfield, in a recent interview with Wrestlinginc.com commented on how Mysterio was buried during his first World Heavyweight Title reign:
It was awful. My biggest regret from my time writing and my time as head writer is the way we treated Rey.
Greenfield seemed genuine about how he felt about Rey Mysterio. He went on to comment about the image Vince McMahon had pictured in his own mind on how Rey Mysterio wanted to be booked:
Vince had this image in his head of Rey being a very much, underneath guy. 'Gosh, I'm so lucky to be champion' guy.
He decided that and we -- and I -- tried to do my best to give Vince what he wanted but try to keep it on Rey and I wish I had worked harder on it.
WWE writers do have a lot of say on a specific wrestlers character development, but Vince McMahon is the boss, so obviously what he says goes.
Greenfield spoke about why he thought why the way Mysterio was booked wouldn't work:
I knew at the time that this wasn't going to work. You can't make a champion out of a guy that thinks he's won the lotto and that made Rey so weak.
WWE writers do the best job they can in some cases to get a specific wrestler over with the fans and to book him or her a decent amount of time in the spotlight.
Hopefully current and future WWE writers will take what Greenfield said and remember it when they shape wrestlers story-lines and character development in the WWE.