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Throwback: When WWE star Rey Mysterio was unmasked in WCW

Published at :April 16, 2024 at 6:21 PM
Modified at :April 16, 2024 at 6:21 PM
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Darshanbir Singh

Undoubtedly, one of the most interesting aspects of Rey Mysterio’s career has been his travels through different wrestling companies, particularly his tenure in WCW. It is impossible to overestimate his influence on cruiserweight wrestling in the US and his contributions to the wrestling business overall.

What Happened?

Rey Mysterio redefined cruiserweight wrestling in the US during his time with WCW. His incredible athleticism, creative moves, and daring demeanour contributed to the promotion of a wrestling style that was comparatively uncommon in mainstream American wrestling at the time.

His match against Konnan in the Hair vs. Mask battle at SuperBrawl IX in 1999 stands out among his WCW experiences. Regretfully, Mysterio was compelled to reveal his identity after losing the match—a move that sparked debate at the time. Mysterio’s mask was considered by many analysts and fans alike to be a crucial component of his character and draw as a wrestler.

Rey Mysterio persevered and kept becoming better at his art in spite of his disappointment at being revealed as the WCW mask bearer. He went back to donning a mask for his WWE debut in 2002, and it became an integral part of his character there.

Rey Mysterio’s vibrant masks, which he wore throughout his WWE tenure, contributed to his mystery and became enduring representations of his persona as one of the Lucha Libre. He became a revered figure in wrestling history thanks to his fascinating performances and high-flying style, which won over fans all over the world.

What did Rey Mysterio do after WCW?

Rey Mysterio had a number of notable feuds and fights with some of the biggest names in the business during his WWE tenure, including Edge, Chris Jericho, Eddie Guerrero, CM Punk, and many more. His popularity and potential induction into the WWE Hall of Fame were cemented by his ability to relate to fans of all ages, in addition to his skill in the ring and distinct personality.

Rey Mysterio’s influence on the wrestling industry is still felt today, despite his exit from the WWE and multiple comebacks. His reputation as the creator of cruiserweight wrestling, an inspiration to wrestlers of Hispanic heritage, and a well-liked personality in the business will live on in the minds and hearts of future generations of fans and competitors.

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