Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Rey Mysterio Behind the Mask

Rey Mysterio is the high flying, 619 hitting, West Coast Poping superstar of the WWE. His start in wrestling began in Mexico learning the lucha libre style from the age of eight. His size and weight were always against him, and it wasn't until promoters saw him in the ring that they realized that Mysterio could wrestle. Mysterio worked his way through a few Mexico wrestling promotions then had his big break in ECW in the mid-1990's. He then went on to WCW along with quite a few Mexican wrestlers like the late Eddie Guerrero, Psycosis, Juventude, and Konan. He had to make a name for himself there in WCW, which put most of its time into talent like Goldberg, Scott Steiner, Kevin Nash, Scott Hall, and Hulk Hogan. When WWE bought out WCW in 2001 Rey was with out a job. He wrestled in Mexico again, and it wasn't till April 2002 when he would get the call from WWE about a job. He mainly wrestled cruiserweights and fought for the Cruiserweight Championship (which has been retired by the WWE) in his first few years with the WWE. He also went up against the likes of Kurt Angle and Undertaker just to name a few. In early 2005 Mysterio and Eddie Guerrero became Tag Team Champions and at Wrestlemainia 21 they would face each other, the first time Tag Team Champions had faced each other. Their feud continued over the summer with Eddie claiming that Dominick, Rey's son, was really Eddie's. It culminated in a ladder match at the 2005 Summer Slam for custody of Dominick. Rey won and he and Eddie went on to other feuds. It was in November of 2005 that Eddie Guerrero passed away and the wrestling world was in shock. Rey would go on to win the Royal Rumble in January of 2006, dedicate the match to Eddie, and go on to Wrestlemainia 22 to win the World Heavyweight Championship. He would hold the championship till the Great American Bash in July where he lost it to Booker T, with help from Chavo Guerrero. This set up their feud which went on till October of 2006 when Chavo and Rey met in an I Quit match, which was part of an injury angle for Rey. In 2007 and 2008 Mysterio would go on to have feuds with JBL, MVP, and Chris Jericho. He would be drafted to Raw in 2008, and then drafted back to Smackdown in 2009 with the Intercontinental Championship. He would loose the title in early September to John Morrison only to return in October at Hell in the Cell PPV and begin a feud with Batista, which is currently going on.

I enjoyed Rey Mysterio's book. It's nice to see from the point of view from a lucha libre wrestler from Mexico, and what it took Rey to rise through the ranks of professional wrestling, considering he's not as big as some of the other wrestlers in the WWE today. This book ranks up there with Batista, Chris Jericho, Shawn Michaels, and Steve Austin books as my favorites of the wrestling biographies.

T.B. 12/30/09

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