Big Update on Rey Mysterio and WWE's Relationship

Sharon GlencrossContributor IOctober 25, 2012

SAN DIEGO - JULY 12:  New cruiserweight champion Rey Mysterio Jr acknowledges the crowd after defeating Jericho during the WWE Bash at the Beach event at Cox Arena in San Diego, California on July 12, 1998.  (Photo by Elsa /Getty Images)
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It would be understandable for fans of Rey Mysterio to fear his WWE future is in a precarious position. After all, the star has spent the last year sidelined with various knee injuries—as well as embarrassingly failing a second wellness test, meaning he's on two strikes—and being suspended for 60 days.

Indeed, for all of Rey's overwhelming popularity with fans, it remains to be seen whether the company would be willing to give him another big push. He's getting older, is plagued with injures and, per their drug policy, will be fired if he sustains a third strike. 

Interestingly, in this week's (subscribers-only) Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Dave Meltzer gives an update on the at-times rocky relationship between Mysterio and his employer, noting that things between the two parties have smoothed over in recent months, with WWE giving him an easier schedule:

Right now relations with Mysterio and the company are said to be strong. For one, they have given him a lighter house show schedule since he has bad knees and had been wrestling for 23 or so years of doing a high flying style.  

Meltzer goes on to note that the company is also pleased with how Mysterio has helped to improve the ring work of the once-floundering Sin Cara in their newly formed tag team: “They are also happy because they know he’s helped out Sin Cara so much. Sin Cara has turned the corner with a lot of people since the tag team started.”

Summarily, it is nice to see that WWE are going some way to placating Mysterio. After all, with the dearth of talent on the roster, it's not like they can afford to lose any more stars.