Rey Mysterio Jr.: Greatest High Flyer of Our Time or an Overated Old Man?

Alex VeleyCorrespondent IMarch 17, 2009

I think I am going to step away from my Bleacher Gate articles that I usually write and today look at, in my opinion, one of the greatest wrestlers of all time, Rey Mysterio Jr.

Rey Mysterio is a classic example of what makes a great High-Flying wrestler. Amazing selling, good charisma, and most of all, a move-set that would make Ric Flair blush. But before I get on that, let's look at Rey Mysterio's career.

Rey Mysterio was born Oscar Gutierrez in San Diego, CA in 1974. And started wrestling when he was young; he debuted illegally at the ripe age of 14. When he turned 18, his uncle and Mexican wrestling legend Rey Misterio allowed him to take his name and wrestle as Rey Misterio Jr.

Over the years, his career has allowed him to wrestle in most American wrestling promotions and has wrestled in AAA and CMLL in Mexico, along with taking him to Japan in Wrestle Association R (WAR) in Japan.

And everywhere he went, he showed himself to be one of the most original and innovative high flyers ever. Inventing more moves than could be counted on a daily basis, and his career was still only just beginning.

Now in WWE and at the old age of 34, Rey Mysterio is more popular then ever. Unfortunately WWE has caught up to him as he now uses steroids. But has steroids,injuries and the rough life of a WWE Superstar slowed him down?

Some say yes and some including myself say no.

I hear a lot of "OMG WWE SUX, WATCH (Insert promotion in here)." So much elitism running through these teenage brains as they sit on YouTube thinking you must be a skinny white male who does two back-flips off the top rope through lightubes to be a good wrestler.

This not only is a complete misconception about what makes a good wrestler but it also devalues the impressive amount of skill Rey Mysterio has in his small body. Sure, Rey Mysterio doesn't go through 10 tables or jump off 20-story buildings.

But he is one of most charismatic juniors ever and has been able to withstand the test of time where in Wrestling if you are over 30 you are a old man. His move-set hasn't shrunk either.

He still does many of the same moves he did ten years ago and has even added a few more to his repertoire. It's obvious Rey Mysterio is the greatest Junior in the world and deserves even more praise then he gets.

So thank you for reading. Before you call me a WWE mark I must clarify I watch more indy and Japanese wrestling then you do. Secondly, if you wish to talk to me, I'd love to hear from you.

My MSN is Alex.veley@celebration.fl.us, my AIM is Navigatorschool5 and my email is punch999(at)gmail.com. Until next time keep watching wrestling and read my articles. Remember to spread the Pro-wres love.

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