Rey Mysterio: 7 Matches He Needs in WWE Before He Retires
Rey Mysterio (Courtesy of WWE.com)
Since debuting in the WWE over a decade ago, Rey Mysterio has had some of the most exciting and entertaining matches in history thanks to to his high-flying style inside the squared circle. From Undertaker to Alberto Del Rio, Mysterio has faced them all, except a few rising stars here and there.
Even some Superstars that he has already locked up with, they had such good matches with Mysterio that I wouldn't mind seeing them once again. Mysterio is still in relative shape, so I'm confident that he can still deliver at the same pace he used to.
However, his numerous nagging injuries have since caught up with him. The Ultimate Underdog has undergone surgery quite a few times in recent years, which kept from actively competing in the ring for lengthy periods of time.
As his in-ring career slowly starts to wind down, there's still a handful of competitors that I'm truly hoping he squares off with before he hangs it up for good. Mysterio has the ability to create chemistry with whoever his opponent may be, so these highly anticipated seven matches would be nothing short of amazing.
Daniel Bryan and Rey Mysterio (Courtesy of WWE.com)
I've wanted to see Rey Mysterio and Daniel Bryan go one-one-one for the longest time now, and their interaction in tag team action this past week on Raw is a prime example why. Their styles would undoubtedly mesh extremely well, which of course would make for a very exciting contest.
Both are of smaller stature and obtain unimaginable skills inside the ring, so expect an aerial attack if these two ever do eventually square off. Factor in Bryan's submission skills and Mysterio's awe-inspiring high-flying ability and you've got yourself one fun contest.
You'd think we would have seen it occur by now given how Daniel Bryan has been in WWE since February 2010, but no such luck. With Rey Mysterio and Sin Cara entering a feud with Team Hell No, I've got my fingers crossed that we'll see these two clash for the first time ever sooner rather than later,
Ryback (Courtesy of WWE.com)
While this may seem like a bit of an odd choice, just hear me out. Rey Mysterio earned his Ultimate Underdog for a reason, and that's due to how he's able to overcome the odds and defeat most opponents larger than him.
Of course, the most intimidating force in WWE today is Ryback, a man whose sheer size and strength will send chills down the spine of anyone who dares step in his path of destruction. While he may be able to lift a goliath such as Tensai over his shoulders and put him away for the victory, would be able to outmatch the quickness and impressive agility of Rey Mysterio?
Mysterio has also worked well with Superstars larger than him, and Ryback would be no exception. Even if Ryback emerged victorious, Mysterio would look strong in defeat while Big Hungry scores a huge victory over a former multi-time World Champion.
Intercontinental Champion Kofi Kingston (Courtesy of WWE.com)
Although we've seen Rey Mysterio and Kofi Kingston engage in one-on-one competition before, it last occurred in late 2008 and didn't receive as much time as it should have. It was apart of a tournament for the Intercontinental Championship, where Mysterio scored the victory over Kingston in order to advance to the finals.
Similar to Mysterio, Kingston just has the natural ability to create chemistry with whoever he's in the ring with, which makes for some very entertaining matches involving the Intercontinental Champion. Remember, Mysterio has two Intercontinental Championship reigns to his credit, so it's always possible he could chase Kingston for the strap and win it back, as the third time is always the charm.
These two could have quite the battle if they were to square off once again, so I'm surely hoping that we see Mysterio and Kingston cross paths for a second time sometime in the foreseeable future.
Hunico (Courtesy of WWE.com)
While he may not as big of a star as he should be at the moment, you can't deny the fact that Hunico holds tremendous talent. Sure, his character might be a bit stereotypical, but he's been able to provide some fun, solid matches since arriving in WWE over a year ago.
If he was able to work well with Sin Cara during their rivalry last fall, then there's doubt in mind he'd be a fantastic opponent for Rey Mysterio. Their similar styles could make for some exciting action and could quite possibly launch Hunico back to the spot on the card where he needs to be at.
Although Hunico might be currently MIA (missing in action), having him attack Mysterio upon his return to the ring would be brilliant booking.
Sheamus (Courtesy of WWE.com)
Despite having been in the WWE together for over three years at this point, Rey Mysterio and Sheamus have yet to collide in singles competition. Their numerous clashes in tag team action and beyond have made me tempted to see this highly anticipated contest, but it has yet to come to fruition.
Although this match would be better with Sheamus as the preferred heel, it could still work in today's age. As previously stated, Mysterio works extraordinarily well with larger opponents, and Sheamus fits that bill to perfection.
I was hoping we'd see these two clash at SummerSlam for the World Heavyweight Championship upon Mysterio's return to the ring a few months back, but a different route was taken instead. However, there's still time for it to finally occur, as these two could easily have a solid match together if given enough time to shine.
Christian (Courtesy of WWE.com)
To my knowledge, I don't believe a true one-on-one feud pitting Rey Mysterio against Christian has ever occurred. Although they've crossed paths in singles competition in the past (with their most recent match being last June on Raw), it was never anything of significance for the most part.
Their last bout together was actually very well wrestled, but the disqualification finish was a bit disappointing. The fact they're both faces at the moment doesn't hinder the excitement in the slightest, as that's when the suspense and anticipation is at its highest.
With both Christian and Mysterio sustaining injuries on a regular basis, it's almost impossible to get them in the same ring and the same time. Both seasoned veterans should most definitely lock up one last time before each of them retire, but it's all a matter of timing.
Sin Cara and Rey Mysterio (Courtesy of WWE.com)
Of all the listed opponents, this would have to be not only the most likely, but obviously the most anticipated. From the moment Sin Cara was signed to WWE in early 2011, a dream match pitting him against Rey Mysterio was the first thought that came into everyone's minds.
While it was widely rumored there was a chance we could've seen that match at WrestleMania 28, that went up in smoke once both luchadores sustained injuries late last year. Upon each of their returns earlier this year, they've since aligned and formed a tremendous tandem that has worked for the best for both of them.
As of now, their first-ever meeting in the squared circle is scheduled for WrestleMania, as their current tag team will eventually fold at some point in the near future. I find this to be fantastic booking, as it builds a story between Mysterio and Cara rather than throwing them together in a random match at the last possible minute at the show of shows.
Although Cara has been known to botch at times, he's improved immensely since his debut and working with Mysterio has definitely played a factor in that. I, for one, am extremely excited to see these two finally clash come next April, as it could make for one hell of an opener if all goes well.
Thanks for reading, Bleachers, and be sure to drop a comment below with your potential opponents for Rey Mysterio prior to his pending retirement. As always, your criticism and overall feedback on my latest piece is welcomed and greatly appreciated.
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