Rey Mysterio, WWE’s biggest little man, has had an excellent career that spanned over 20 years.
He is a multi-time Cruiserweight, tag team, Intercontinental and World champion and competed in numerous organizations. At the age of 38, Mysterio has nothing left to prove in the wrestling business.
Mysterio began wrestling at the age of 14 with his uncle, Rey Misterio, Sr.
After stints with Asistencia Asesoría y Administración in Mexico and ECW, he made a name for himself when he went down to WCW.
Mysterio debuted with WCW in 1996 at the Great American Bash. He achieved great success during his five years with the company. He feuded with Dean Malenko, Konnan and Eddie Guerrero early in his tenure. Three weeks after his debut, he defeated Malenko for the first of five WCW Cruiserweight championships.
He returned at the 1998 Bash at the Beach after missing six months and defeated Jericho for his fourth Cruiserweight Championship reign.
Despite being buried by the nWo, Mysterio was still being pushed. This time, it was as a “giant killer.” He would defeat larger opponents like Kevin Nash, Bam Bam Bigelow and Scott Norton. Pro Wrestling Insider named him the No. 4 wrestler in 1999, a year that revolved around WWE’s Attitude Era, which proves how great Mysterio was during his time with WCW.
On the March 22 edition of Nitro, Mysterio received a World Heavyweight Championship match against Ric Flair, but he came up just short.
At that time, WCW was in a downward spiral. He was bouncing from team to team and was a member of No Limit Soldiers with Konnan, the New Blood and the Filthy Animals.
He finally debuted in WWE in July 2002, over a year after WCW was purchased. He was thrown into a feud with Chavo Guerrero and later Kurt Angle. His first WWE pay-per-view match was a losing effort against Angle at SummerSlam.
He then formed a team with Edge. They went to the finals of the WWE Tag Team Championship tournament, but lost to Angle and Chris Benoit. Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter named this the Match of the Year.
He had his first WrestleMania match against Matt Hardy for the Cruiserweight title at WrestleMania XIX.
Mysterio’s career continued to excel in WWE as he won the 2006 Royal Rumble after lasting over an hour as the No. 2 entrant. He went on to defeat Randy Orton and Angle to win his first World title. Four years later, he defeated JBL at WrestleMania XXV for the Intercontinental title, which made him the 21st Triple Crown champion.
He won his second World title at Fatal 4-Way in 2010. He also won the WWE Championship after defeating Miz in a tournament in the summer of 2011, exactly nine years after his WWE debut.
Now, Mysterio is teaming with fellow Mexican Superstar Sin Cara as they try to capture the WWE Tag Team titles.
Despite all of the injuries, he was able to achieve everything he possibly could as a professional wrestler. At only 5-foot-6, he took on Superstars of all sizes—from Chavo Guerrero to The Great Khali—and shined against every one of them.
If the WWE wants to give him and Sin Cara a tag title run, I am OK with that, but his time at the top is done.
Mysterio is a one-of-a-kind athlete and is a surefire Hall of Famer when the time comes.
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