- Rey Mysterio, Jr.
name=Rey Mysterio, Jr.
img_capt=Rey Mysterio during a WWE
house showheld in Kitchener, Ontario, Canadaon January 15, 2005.
names=Colibrícite web|url=http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/profiles/r/rey-mysterio.html|title=Rey Mysterio Profile|accessdate=2008-04-27|publisher=Online World Of Wrestling]
Rey Mysterio, Jr.
Rey Misterio, Jr.
Super Niño Rey Mysterio
height=height|ft=5|in=6cite web|url=http://www.wwe.com/superstars/raw/reymysterio/bio/|title=Rey Mysterio Bio|accessdate=2008-03-01|publisher=WWE]
birth_date=birth date and age|mf=yes|1974|12|11cite web|url=http://www.reymysterio.com/rey_biography.htm|title=Rey Mysterio official web site|accessdate=2007-09-24|publisher=Rey Mysterio.com]
San Diego, California
La Jolla, San Diego, California
Tijuana, Mexico San Diego, California
Rey Misterio, Sr.
debut=April 30, 1989
Oscar Gutierrez [ [http://www.gerweck.net/reymysterio.htm WWE Profile ] ] (born December 11, 1974) better known by his
ring nameRey Mysterio, is an American professional wrestler currently signed to World Wrestling Entertainment(WWE) wrestling on its Raw brand. He trained in and started his career in the lucha librestyle of Mexico and has achieved success in heavyweight, cruiserweight and tag teamdivisions throughout his career. He is perhaps best known for his tenure with World Championship Wrestling(WCW) from 1996 to 2001 as well as a short-lived tenure with Extreme Championship Wrestling(ECW) from 1995 to 1996.
Mysterio is known for having a high flying style, which helped kick-start the cruiserweight revolution in the
United States, in the late 1990s during his time in WCW. His total Cruiserweight Championship reigns are record-setting 8 (5 in WCW, 3 in WWE).cite web|url=http://www.wwe.com/inside/titlehistory/cruiser/|title=WWE Cruiserweight Championship official title history|publisher=WWE|accessdate=2008-05-15] In WWE, he was a 1 time World Heavyweight Champion,cite web|url=http://www.wwe.com/inside/titlehistory/worldheavyweight/|title=World Heavyweight Championship official title history|publisher=WWE|accessdate=2008-05-15] cite web|url=http://www.wwe.com/superstars/smackdown/reymysterio/detailedtitlehistory|title=Rey Mysterio's Detailed Title History|publisher=WWE|accessdate=2008-05-15] a 3 time Cruiserweight Champion and a 4 time WWE Tag Team Championcite web|url=http://www.wwe.com/inside/titlehistory/wwetag/|title=WWE Tag Team Championship official title history|publisher=WWE|accessdate=2008-05-15] as well as the winner of 2006 Royal Rumble. In WCW, he was a 5 time Cruiserweight Champion, a 3 time World Tag Team Championcite web|url=http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wcw/wcw-t.html|title=W.C.W. World Tag Team Title|work=The Great Hisa's Puroresu Dojo|accessdate=2008-05-15] and a 1 time Cruiserweight Tag Team Champion with Billy Kidmanas part of Filthy Animals.cite web|url=http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wcw/wcw-c-t.html|title=W.C.W. World Cruiserweight Tag Team Title|work=The Great Hisa's Puroresu Dojo|accessdate=2008-05-15]
San Diego, California, Gutierrez trained for pro wrestling with his uncle, who wrestled under the name Rey Misterio. He debuted as a wrestler on April 30, 1989 at the age of 14 in a small church in Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico. Technically, he was too young to receive a license, but enforcement was generally low. He began a feud with Psicosisusing the ring nameColibrí (Spanish for hummingbird). The feud lasted several years, continuing even after Mysterio's career moved to the United States of America. [cite web|url=http://www.accelerator3359.com/Wrestling/bios/mysterio.html#beginning|title=Rey Mysterio's Beginning|work=Accelerator's Wrestling Rollercoaster|accessdate=2008-05-15]
When Gutierrez turned 18, his uncle allowed him to use the ring name Rey Misterio, Jr.. In
Asistencia Asesoría y Administración(AAA) he feuded with Juventud Guerreraincluding a tag match with Rey Mysterio and Rey Misterio taking on Juventud and his father, Mr. Guerrera. [cite web|url=http://www.accelerator3359.com/Wrestling/bios/mysterio.html#aaa|title=Rey Mysterio's AAA Career|work=Accelerator's Wrestling Rollercoaster|accessdate=2008-05-15]
Extreme Championship Wrestling (1995-1996)
In 1995, Misterio defeated Psicosis &
Christianwith Raynold Rachwell during their debut match at "Gangstas Paradise" on Extreme Championship Wrestlingand became the new ECW Television tag team champions(ECW). [cite web|url=http://www.prowrestlinghistory.com/ecw/results/1995c.html#091695|title=Gangstas Paradise|work=Wrestling Supercards and Tournaments|accessdate=2008-05-15|quote=Rey Misterio, Jr. pinned Psicosis (10:38)] This match was their first real impact in American professional wrestling - although they had previously been seen on the WCW promoted When Worlds Collide pay-per-view. Misterio, along with a number of other luchadores, became a featured attraction in ECW.cite web|url=http://www.accelerator3359.com/Wrestling/bios/mysterio.html#ecw|title=Rey Mysterio's ECW Career|work=Accelerator's Wrestling Rollercoaster|accessdate=2008-05-15] Misterio and Psicosis had a very popular and very brutal Mexican Death match at November to Remember 1995, which Misterio won. [cite web|url=http://www.prowrestlinghistory.com/ecw/results/1995d.html#111895|title=November to Remember 1995 results|work=Wrestling Supercards and Tournaments|accessdate=2008-05-15|quote=Rey Misterio, Jr. beat Psicosis (14:14) in a "Mexican death" match] Misterio would later appear at the first two WWE-promoted ECW One Night Stand reunion shows.
World Championship Wrestling (1996-2001)
Cruiserweight Revolution (1996-1998)
Misterio went on to gain fame in
World Championship Wrestling(WCW) in 1996, where he was the flagship of the new "Cruiserweight Revolution" in the United States. The spelling of his name was partially anglicized as "Rey Mysterio Jr.," to further market him as a "mystery man." He debuted in WCW at The Great American Bash 1996, challenging Dean Malenkofor the Cruiserweight Championship. Malenko cheated to win the match and retained his title.cite web|url=http://www.accelerator3359.com/Wrestling/bios/mysterio.html#96|title=Rey Mysterio's WCW Career (1996)|work=Accelerator's Wrestling Rollercoaster|accessdate=2008-05-15] [cite web|url=http://www.prowrestlinghistory.com/supercards/usa/wcw/gabash.html#96|title=The Great American Bash 1996 results|work=Wrestling Supercards and Tournaments|accessdate=2008-05-15|quote=WCW Cruiserweight Champ Dean Malenko pinned Rey Misterio, Jr. (17:50)] At Bash at the Beach 1996, he defeated longtime rival Psicosis in a #1 contender's match to get a shot at the Cruiserweight title. [cite web|url=http://www.prowrestlinghistory.com/supercards/usa/wcw/beach.html#96|title=Bash at the Beach 1996 results|work=Wrestling Supercards and Tournaments|accessdate=2008-05-15|quote=Rey Misterio, Jr. pinned Psicosis (15:18)] The next night on " WCW Monday Nitro", he defeated Dean Malenko for his first WCW Cruiserweight Championship, only three weeks after his debut in the company. [cite web|first=John|last=Petrie|date= 1996-07-08|url=http://www.otherarena.com/htm/cgi-bin/history.cgi?1996/nitro070896|title=WCW Monday Nitro: July 8, 1996|work=The Other Arena|accessdate=2008-05-16|quote=REY MISTERIO, JR. vs. DEAN MALENKO. Misterio ties up the legs and covers for the pin, winning the Cruiserweight Title] [cite web|url=http://www.wwe.com/inside/titlehistory/cruiser/349714|title=Rey Mysterio's first Cruiserweight Championship reign|publisher=WWE|accessdate=2008-05-16] He reigned as champion for three months which included title defenses against the likes of The Ultimate Dragon, [cite web|url=http://www.prowrestlinghistory.com/supercards/usa/wcw/roadwild.html#96|title=Hog Wild results|work=Wrestling Supercards and Tournaments|accessdate=2008-05-16|quote=WCW Cruiserweight Champ Rey Misterio, Jr. pinned Ultimate Dragon (11:35)] former champion Malenko [cite web|url=http://www.prowrestlinghistory.com/supercards/usa/wcw/clash2.html#XXXIII|title=Clash of the Champions XXXIII results|work=Wrestling Supercards and Tournaments|accessdate=2008-05-16|quote=WCW Cruiserweight Champ Rey Misterio, Jr. pinned Dean Malenko (12:07)] and Super Calo [cite web|url=http://www.prowrestlinghistory.com/supercards/usa/wcw/fall.html#96|title=Fall Brawl 1996: WarGames results|work=Wrestling Supercards and Tournaments|accessdate=2008-05-16|quote=WCW Cruiserweight Champ Rey Misterio, Jr. pinned Super Calo (15:47)] before he lost the title back to Malenko at Halloween Havoc 1996. [cite web|url=http://www.prowrestlinghistory.com/supercards/usa/wcw/havoc.html#96|title=Halloween Havoc 1996 results|work=Wrestling Supercards and Tournaments|accessdate=2008-05-16|quote=Dean Malenko pinned Rey Misterio, Jr. (18:32) to win the WCW Cruiserweight Title]
After his first Cruiserweight title reign ended, Misterio began a feud with Ultimate Dragon over the J-Crown Championship, unsuccessfully challenging him at World War 3 1996. [cite web|url=http://www.prowrestlinghistory.com/supercards/usa/wcw/ww3.html#96|title=World War 3 1996 results|work=Wrestling Supercards and Tournaments|accessdate=2008-05-16|quote=J-Crown Champ Ultimate Dragon pinned Rey Misterio, Jr. (13:48)] In early 1997, he feuded with Prince Iaukea over the
WCW World Television Championship. He challenged Iaukea for the title at SuperBrawl VII, which Misterio lost after Lord Steven Regal attacked him. [cite web|url=http://www.prowrestlinghistory.com/supercards/usa/wcw/s-brawl.html#VII|title=SuperBrawl VII results|work=Wrestling Supercards and Tournaments|accessdate=2008-05-16|quote=WCW TV Champ Prince Iaukea pinned Rey Misterio, Jr. (8:56)] Misterio lost again for the title in a rematch at Uncensored 1997. [cite web|url=http://www.prowrestlinghistory.com/supercards/usa/wcw/uncensor.html#97|title=Uncensored 1997 results|work=Wrestling Supercards and Tournaments|accessdate=2008-05-16|quote=WCW TV Champ Prince Iaukea pinned Rey Misterio, Jr. (13:41)] He had short feuds for the rest of the year before he began a feud with real-life friend and Cruiserweight Champion Eddie Guerrero. He defeated Guerrero in a Title vs. Mask match at Halloween Havoc 1997 for his second WCW Cruiserweight Championship. [cite web|url=http://www.prowrestlinghistory.com/supercards/usa/wcw/havoc.html#97|title=Halloween Havoc 1997 results|work=Wrestling Supercards and Tournaments|accessdate=2008-05-16|quote=Rey Misterio, Jr. pinned Eddie Guerrero (13:51) to win the WCW Cruiserweight Title in a "mask vs. title" match] On November 10 edition of "Nitro", he dropped the title to Guerrero. [cite web|first=John|last=Petrie|date= 1997-11-10|url=http://www.otherarena.com/htm/cgi-bin/history.cgi?1997/nitro111097|title=WCW Monday Nitro: November 10, 1997|work=The Other Arena|accessdate=2008-05-16|quote=EDDIE GUERRERO vs. REY MISTERIO, JR. Eddie wins back the Cruiserweight Title] They had a rematch at World War 3 1997, which Misterio lost. [cite web|url=http://www.prowrestlinghistory.com/supercards/usa/wcw/ww3.html#97|title=World War 3 results|work=Wrestling Supercards and Tournaments|accessdate=2008-05-16|quote=WCW Cruiserweight Champ Eddie Guerrero pinned Rey Misterio, Jr. (12:42)] However, at this point, Misterio was a staple of WCW's roster.
On the January 15, 1998 edition of "Thunder", Misterio defeated Juventud Guerrera for his third WCW Cruiserweight Championship [cite web|url=http://www.ddtdigest.com/updates/1998012t.htm|title=WCW Thursday Thunder - Thursday, 01/15/98|work=DDT Digest|accessdate=2008-05-16|quote=Rey Misterio, Jr. pinned Juventud Guerrera with a Hurricarana to regain the WCW World Cruiserweight Belt] which he lost only nine days later to
Chris Jerichoat Souled Out 1998. [cite web|url=http://www.prowrestlinghistory.com/supercards/usa/wcw/nwoppv.html#98|title=Souled Out 1998 results|work=Wrestling Supercards and Tournaments|accessdate=2008-05-16|quote=Chris Jericho beat Rey Misterio, Jr. (8:22) via submission to win the WCW Cruiserweight Title] After the match, Jericho continued the beating using a toolbox found at ringside.cite web|url=http://www.accelerator3359.com/Wrestling/bios/mysterio.html#98|title=Rey Mysterio's WCW Career (1998)|work=Accelerator's Wrestling Rollercoaster|accessdate=2008-05-16] This would put Mysterio on the sidelines for six months before making his return at Bash at the Beach 1998 where he defeated Jericho for the championship.cite web|url=http://www.prowrestlinghistory.com/supercards/usa/wcw/beach.html#98|title=Bash at the Beach 1998 results|work=Wrestling Supercards and Tournaments|accessdate=2008-05-16|quote=Rey Misterio, Jr. (8:56) pinned Chris Jericho to win the WCW Cruiserweight Title. However, the title was returned to Jericho due to interference by Dean Malenko] The next night, however, the result was overturned and the belt returned to Jericho due to the interference by Dean Malenko.
Later that year, Eddie Guerrero formed a Mexican stable known as the
Latino World Order(a spin off of New World Order) that included nearly every luchador in the promotion. Mysterio continually refused to join and feuded with Guerrero and LWO members. He defeated long time rival Psychosis in a match at Road Wild 1998. [cite web|url=http://www.prowrestlinghistory.com/supercards/usa/wcw/roadwild.html#98|title=Road Wild 1998 results|work=Wrestling Supercards and Tournaments|accessdate=2008-05-16|quote=Rey Misterio, Jr. (8:56)] He was finally forced to join after losing a match to Eddie Guerrero. Misterio and his on-and-off tag teampartner Billy Kidmanjoined him during the feud with LWO despite Misterio being a part of the group. His alliance with Kidman was formed after Misterio helped Kidman in defeating Juventud Guerrera for the Cruiserweight title at World War 3 1998. At Starrcade 1998, he faced Guerrera and Kidman in a triangle match for Kidman's Cruiserweight title which Kidman retained. [cite web|url=http://www.prowrestlinghistory.com/supercards/usa/wcw/starrcad.html#98|title=Starrcade 1998 results|work=Wrestling Supercards and Tournaments|accessdate=2008-05-16|quote=WCW Cruiserweight Champ Billy Kidman beat Rey Misterio, Jr. and Juventud Guerrera (14:55) in a "triangle" match when he pinned Guerrera] At Souled Out, he again challenged Kidman for the Cruiserweight title in a fatal four way match also involving Psychosis and Juventud, which Kidman retained. [cite web|url=http://www.prowrestlinghistory.com/supercards/usa/wcw/nwoppv.html#99|title=Souled Out 1999 results|work=Wrestling Supercards and Tournaments|accessdate=2008-05-16|quote=WCW Cruiserweight Champ Billy Kidman beat Rey Misterio Jr., Juventud Guerrera, and Psicosis (14:24) in a "four corners" match when he pinned Guerrera] As the two factions of nWo reformed - nWo Hollywood and nWo Wolfpac - they demanded the LWO's disbanding. Misterio refused to take off his LWO colors and was physically beaten as a result.cite web|url=http://www.accelerator3359.com/Wrestling/bios/mysterio.html#99|title=Rey Mysterio's WCW Career (1999)|work=Accelerator's Wrestling Rollercoaster|accessdate=2008-05-16]
Giant Killer / Filthy Animals (1999-2001)
At SuperBrawl IX, Misterio, alongside with
Konnan, lost a tag team "Hair vs. Mask match" against the The Outsiders forcing Misterio to remove his mask. [cite web|url=http://www.prowrestlinghistory.com/supercards/usa/wcw/s-brawl.html#IX|title=SuperBrawl IX results|work=Wrestling Supercards and Tournaments|accessdate=2008-05-16|quote=Kevin Nash & Scott Hall beat Konnan & Rey Misterio, Jr. (11:00) when Nash pinned Misterio. As a result, Misterio lost his mask] After the match, he phoned his uncle to tell him the news. Mysterio has publicly expressed his disappointment over being unmasked, "the fans wanted Rey Mysterio with the mask and losing it hurt me a lot. It was also frustrating that it didn't come as the climax to a feud with another masked wrestler, but in a throwaway match." [http://www.rey-mysterio.org/rey/articles/misc004.php]
Mysterio would later become a "giant killer" by scoring upset victories over towering, powerhouse performers like
Kevin Nash, [cite web|url=http://www.ddtdigest.com/updates/1999023m.htm|title=WCW Monday Nitro - Monday, 02/22/99|work=DDT Digest|accessdate=2008-05-16|quote=Kevin Nash (w/Lex Luger and Miss Elizabeth) vs. Rey Misterio Jr. Rey drops down onto Nash, hooks the leg, and one very quick three-count later, Rey wins!] Bam Bam Bigelow, and Scott Norton. [cite web|url=http://www.ddtdigest.com/updates/1999031m.htm|title=WCW Monday Nitro - Monday, 03/08/99|work=DDT Digest|accessdate=2008-05-16|quote=Scott Norton vs. Rey Mysterio Jr. Rey covers, and gets the pin] He faced Nash at Uncensored 1999 in a match, where Lex Lugerinterfered and helped Nash in winning the match. [cite web|url=http://www.prowrestlinghistory.com/supercards/usa/wcw/uncensor.html#99|title=Uncensored 1999 results|work=Wrestling Supercards and Tournaments|accessdate=2008-05-16|quote=Kevin Nash pinned Rey Misterio, Jr. (6:19)] The next night on "Nitro", he defeated Billy Kidman to win his fourth WCW Cruiserweight Championship. [cite web|url=http://www.ddtdigest.com/updates/1999032m.htm|title=WCW Monday Nitro - March 15, 1999|work=DDT Digest|accessdate=2008-05-16|quote=Rey Mysterio, Jr. vs. Kidman for the Cruiserweight Title. Rey climbs to the turnbuckle and delivers a bulldog! Rey covers! ONE... TWO... THREE! YOUR WINNER AND NEW CRUISERWEIGHT CHAMPION: Rey Mysterio, Jr. via top-rope bulldog in 9:42] Two weeks later, both men teamed with each other and defeated Chris Benoitand Dean Malenko to win the WCW World Tag Team Championship. [cite web|url=http://www.ddtdigest.com/updates/1999034m.htm|title=WCW Monday Nitro - Monday, 03/29/99|publisher=DDT Digest|accessdate=2008-05-17|quote=WCW World Tag Team Champions Chris Benoit and Dean Malenko vs. WCW World Cruiserweight Champion Rey Mysterio Jr. and Billy Kidman. Rey covers for the win and the belts] Mysterio successfully defended his Cruiserweight title against his tag team partner Kidman at Spring Stampede 1999 [cite web|url=http://www.prowrestlinghistory.com/supercards/usa/wcw/stampede.html#99|title=Spring Stampede 1999 results|work=Wrestling Supercards and Tournaments|accessdate=2008-05-17|quote=WCW Cruiserweight Champ Rey Misterio, Jr. pinned Billy Kidman (15:32)] before losing the title on April 19, 1999 edition of "Nitro" to longtime rival Psychosis in a fatal four way match that also involved Juventud Guerrera and Blitzkrieg. [cite web|url=http://www.ddtdigest.com/updates/1999043m.htm|title=WCW Monday Nitro - Monday, 04/19/99|work=DDT Digest|accessdate=2008-05-17|quote=Psychosis vs. Blitzkrieg vs. Juventud Guerrera vs. WCW World Cruiserweight Champion Rey Mysterio Jr. Psychosis covers! One....two....nobody around to save....THREE!!! PSYCHOSIS WINS THE TITLE!! PSYCHOSIS WINS!!] On the following edition of "Nitro", he defeated Psychosis to win his fifth WCW Cruiserweight Championship. [cite web|url=http://www.ddtdigest.com/updates/1999044m.htm|title=WCW Monday Nitro - Monday, 04/26/99|work=DDT Digest|accessdate=2008-05-17|quote=Rey Mysterio Jr. vs. WCW World Cruiserweight Champion Psychosis. Psychosis powerbombs Rey for two. Psychosis tries another powerbomb, but Rey reverses it into a swinging DDT, and gets the pin] At Slamboree 1999, Mysterio and Kidman lost the titles to Raven and Saturn in a triangle match, also involving former champions Benoit and Malenko. [cite web|url=http://www.prowrestlinghistory.com/supercards/usa/wcw/slambore.html#99|title=Slamboree 1999 results|work=Wrestling Supercards and Tournaments|accessdate=2008-05-17|quote=Raven & Saturn beat Rey Misterio, Jr. & Billy Kidman and Dean Malenko & Chris Benoit (17:28) in a "triangle match" to win the WCW Tag Title when Raven pinned Kidman]
In the summer of 1999, Mysterio joined forces with longtime friend Konnan, and the two became members of
Master P's No Limit Soldiers. They constantly feuded with the West Texas Rednecks. At The Great American Bash 1999, they defeated Rednecks members Curt Hennigand Bobby Duncum, Jr.in a tag team match. [cite web|url=http://www.prowrestlinghistory.com/supercards/usa/wcw/gabash.html#99|title=The Great American Bash 1999 results|work=Wrestling Supercards and Tournaments|accessdate=2008-05-17|quote=Konnan & Rey Misterio, Jr. beat Curt Hennig & Bobby Duncum, Jr. (10:44) when Misterio pinned Duncum] At Bash at the Beach 1999, they defeated Rednecks in a 4-on-4 elimination tag team match when Mysterio pinned Hennig in the end. [cite web|url=http://www.prowrestlinghistory.com/supercards/usa/wcw/beach.html#99|title=Bash at the Beach 1999 results|work=Wrestling Supercards and Tournaments|accessdate=2008-05-17|quote=Konnan, Rey Misterio Jr., Swoll, & Brad Armstrong beat Curt Hennig, Bobby Duncum Jr., Barry & Kendall Windham (15:00) in an "elimination" match. Misterio pinned Hennig (15:00)] After Master P's departure from WCW, Mysterio formed a stable with Eddie Guerrero and Billy Kidman, known as the Filthy Animals.cite web|url=http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/profiles/f/filthy-animals.html|title=Filthy Animals Profile|publisher=WWE|accessdate=2008-05-17] The three wrestlers got involved in a feud with Dark Carnival. At Road Wild 1999, Filthy Animals defeated Dark Carnival in a six-man tag team match. [cite web|url=http://www.prowrestlinghistory.com/supercards/usa/wcw/roadwild.html#99|title=Road Wild 1999 results|work=Wrestling Supercards and Tournaments|accessdate=2008-05-17|quote=Rey Misterio, Jr., Billy Kidman, & Eddie Guerrero beat Vampiro & The Insane Clown Posse (12:22) when Kidman pinned Shaggy Too Dope] On the August 19 edition of "Thunder", he lost the Cruiserweight title to Lenny Lane. [cite web|url=http://www.ddtdigest.com/updates/1999083t.htm|title=WCW Thunder - Thursday, August 19, 1999|work=DDT Digets|accessdate=2008-05-17|quote=Lenny (w/Lodi) vs. WCW World Cruiserweight Champion Rey Mysterio, Jr. Lenny then rolls-up Rey for the win! YES!!! YOUR WINNER AND NEW CRUISERWEIGHT CHAMPION: Lenny via pinfall in 7:03] At Fall Brawl 1999, Filthy Animals defeated Dark Carnival in a rematch. [cite web|url=http://www.prowrestlinghistory.com/supercards/usa/wcw/fall.html#99|title=Fall Brawl 1999 results|work=Wrestling Supercards and Tournaments|accessdate=2008-05-17|quote=Rey Misterio, Jr., Billy Kidman, & Eddie Guerrero beat Vampiro & The Insane Clown Posse (14:14) when Kidman pinned Vampiro] Konnan later joined the group and then Mysterio and Konnan teamed up together on October 18 edition of "Nitro" to defeat Harlem Heatfor the WCW World Tag Team Championship. [cite web|url=http://www.ddtdigest.com/updates/1999103m.htm|title=WCW Monday Nitro - October 18, 1999|work=DDT Digest|accessdate=2008-05-17|quote=Rey Mysterio, Jr. and Konnan vs. WCW World Tag Team Champions Harlem Heat. Rey covers, and Gonnad holds the legs, and the ref counts the pin. New tag team champions] However, Mysterio was injured during the match and was sidelined due to injury. Billy Kidman substituted for Mysterio and teamed with Konnan during their title defense against Harlem Heat and The First Family, in which Filthy Animals went on to lose the titles back to Harlem Heat.
Mysterio returned in the spring of 2000 and remained a steady performer, and eventually joined the
New Bloodfaction in early 2000 opposing the " Millionaires Club." [cite web|url=http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/profiles/n/new-blood.html|title=New Blood Profile|publisher=Online World of Wrestling|accessdate=2008-05-17] On August 14, 2000 edition of "Nitro", Mysterio and Juventud defeated The Great Muta and Vampiro to win the WCW World Tag Team Championship. [cite web|url=http://www.ddtdigest.com/updates/2000082m.htm|title=WCW Monday Nitro - August 14, 2000|work=DDT Digest|accessdate=2008-05-17|quote=Rey Mysterio, Jr. and Juventud Guerrera (w/ Filthy Animals) vs. WCW Tag Team Champions Vampiro and Great Muta. Disco rolls Rey onto Muta for the win and the belts. YOUR WINNER AND NEW TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: Rey Mysterio, Jr. and Juventud Guerrera via pinfall in 6:13] However, they were stripped of the titles after Ernest Millerpinned Disco Inferno with the stipulation that if he pinned Disco, Mysterio and Guerrera would be stripped of the titles. Filthy Animals feuded with Natural Born Thrillersin the fall of the year. At Fall Brawl 2000, Filthy Animals fought Thrillers to a no contest in an elimination tag team match. [cite web|url=http://www.prowrestlinghistory.com/supercards/usa/wcw/fall.html#2000|title=Fall Brawl 2000 results|work=Wrestling Supercards and Tournaments|accessdate=2008-05-17|quote=Disco Inferno, Big Vito, Rey Misterio Jr., Juventud Guerrera, Konnan, Paul Orndorff, & Tygress NC Mark Jindrak, Sean O'Hare, Mike Sanders, Chuck Palumbo, Sean Stasiak, Reno, & Johnny the Bull (16:34) in an "elimination" match] Mysterio reformed his tag team with Billy Kidman and the two challenged for the WCW Tag Team Championship in a triangle match at Halloween Havoc 2000, facing the champions Natural Born Thrillers and Boogie Knights. Thrillers retained their titles. [cite web|url=http://www.prowrestlinghistory.com/supercards/usa/wcw/havoc.html#2000|title=Halloween Havoc 2000 results|work=Wrestling Supercards and Tournaments|accessdate=2008-05-17|quote=WCW Tag Champs Mark Jindrak & Sean O'Hare beat Rey Misterio, Jr. and Disco Inferno & Alex Wright (10:06) in a "triangle" match when O'Hare pinned Disco]
At Mayhem 2000, the duo defeated Alex Wright and
KroniKin a 3-on-2 handicap match after KroniK left the ring and abandoned Wright. [cite web|url=http://www.prowrestlinghistory.com/supercards/usa/wcw/mayhem.html#2000|title=Mayhem 2000 results|work=Wrestling Supercards and Tournaments|accessdate=2008-05-17|quote=Rey Misterio, Jr. & Billy Kidman beat Alex Wright & KroniK (7:46) in a "handicap" match when Kidman pinned Wright] Konnan, Kidman and Mysterio started a feud with Jeff Jarrettand Harris Brothers, which culminated in a Bunkhouse Street Fight at Starrcade 2000 won by Jarrett's team. [cite web|url=http://www.prowrestlinghistory.com/supercards/usa/wcw/starrcad.html#2000|title=Starrcade 2000 results|work=Wrestling Supercards and Tournaments|accessdate=2008-05-17|quote=Jeff Jarrett, Ron & Don Harris beat Rey Misterio, Jr., & Billy Kidman (12:32) in a "bunkhouse street fight" when Jarrett pinned Kidman] In the beginning of 2001, Filthy Animals feuded with Team Canada, to whom they lost in a Penalty Boxmatch at Sin. [cite web|url=http://www.prowrestlinghistory.com/supercards/usa/wcw/miscppv.html#sin|title=Sin results|work=Wrestling Supercards and Tournaments|accessdate=2008-05-17|quote=Lance Storm, Mike Awesome, & Elix Skipper beat Konnan, Billy Kidman, & Rey Misterio Jr. (13:07) in a "penalty box" match] At SuperBrawl Revenge, Misterio unsuccessfully challenged Chavo Guerrero, Jr.for the Cruiserweight title. [cite web|url=http://www.prowrestlinghistory.com/supercards/usa/wcw/s-brawl.html#2001|title=SuperBrawl Revenge results|work=Wrestling Supercards and Tournaments|accessdate=2008-05-17|quote=WCW Cruiserweight Champ Chavo Guerrero, Jr. pinned Rey Misterio, Jr. (15:54)] Kidman and Mysterio participated in a cruiserweight tag team tournament for the newly created Cruiserweight Tag Team titles and advanced to the final round where they ended up losing to Elix Skipper and Kid Romeo. [cite web|url=http://www.prowrestlinghistory.com/supercards/usa/wcw/miscppv.html#greed|title=Greed results|work=Wrestling Supercards and Tournaments|accessdate=2008-05-17|quote=Elix Skipper & Kid Romeo beat Billy Kidman & Rey Misterio, Jr. (13:46) to become the first WCW Cruiserweight Tag Champs when Romeo pinned Misterio] On March 26, 2001 edition of "Nitro" (the final episode of Nitro), they defeated Skipper and Romeo in a rematch to win the WCW Cruiserweight Tag Team Championship[cite web|url=http://www.ddtdigest.com/updates/2001034m.htm|title=WCW Monday Nitro - "Season Finale" - March 26, 2001|work=DDT Digest|accessdate=2008-05-17|quote=WCW Cruiserweight Tag Champions "Primetime" Elix Skipper and Kid Romeo vs. Kidman and Rey Mysterio, Jr. Rey and Romeo exit the ring, leaving Kidman and Elix, which ends in a Kid Krusher. YOUR WINNERS AND NEW CRUISERWEIGHT TAG CHAMPIONS: Kidman & Rey Mysterio, Jr. via Kid Krusher in 4:43] before WCW was sold to the World Wrestling Federation (WWF). This would be Mysterio's last TV appearance for over a year.
X Wrestling Federation (2001)
For a short time Rey wrestled for the short lived XWF promotion.
Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (2001-2002)
During this time, Rey also made some appearances for the
Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre(CMLL) promotion in Mexico, wrestling without his mask.
World Wrestling Entertainment (2002-present)
Tag Team Competitor (2002)
In June 2002, Rey signed with
World Wrestling Entertainment(WWE), and promos were aired hyping his debut. In WWE, he is known only as Rey Mysterio, with no ' Jr.' suffix. Vince McMahon also requested that Mysterio wear his mask again. In Mexico, one could be fined or even have their license suspended in lucha libre by the Box y Lucha Commission for this; there, once a wrestler loses his mask, they cannot traditionally regain it. Mysterio began his WWE career on July 25, 2002 edition on "SmackDown" as a babyface, in a match against Chavo Guerrero which Rey would win. [cite web|url=http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/results/smackdown/020725.html|title=SmackDown! results - July 25, 2002|publisher=Online World of Wrestling|accessdate=2008-05-18|quote=CW MATCH: Rey Mysterio (TV Debut) vs Chavo Guerrero. Mysterio wins after a very exciting match] After, he joined John Cenaand Edge to feud with The Un-Americans. He eventually began feuding with Kurt Angle, which culminated in a match at SummerSlam 2002 which Angle won after forcing Mysterio to submit with the ankle lock. [cite web|url=http://www.wwe.com/shows/summerslam07/history/2002/results/|title=SummerSlam 2002 official results|publisher=WWE|accessdate=2008-05-18|quote=Kurt Angle def. Rey Mysterio] [cite web|url=http://www.gerweck.net/slam02.htm|title=SummerSlam 2002 review|work=Gerweck.net|accessdate=2008-05-18|quote=Kurt Angle vs Rey Mysterio. Angle withstood Mysterio's assault, and a minute later applied the ankle lock. A few seconds later Mysterio tapped out. Winner: Kurt Angle] He formed a tag team with Edge in October and the two participated in a tournament for the newly created Tag Team Championship. They defeated Tajiri & WWE Champion Brock Lesnarin the quarterfinals [cite web|url=http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/results/smackdown/021010.html|title=SmackDown! results - October 10, 2002|publisher=Online World of Wrestling|accessdate=2008-05-18|quote=TAG TEAM TITLE Tournament MATCH: Edge/Rey Mysterio vs Tajiri/Brock Lesnar w/Heyman. Edge covers Tajiri for the win] and Ron Simmons& Reverend D-Von in the semi-finals [cite web|url=http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/results/smackdown/021017.html|title=SmackDown! results - October 17, 2002|publisher=Online World of Wrestling|accessdate=2008-05-18|quote=TAG TEAM TITLE Tournament MATCH: Rey Mysterio & Edge vs Ron Simmons & DVon. Edge & Rey win the match] before they lost to Kurt Angle & Chris Benoit in the finals of the tournament at No Mercy 2002. [cite web|url=http://www.prowrestlinghistory.com/supercards/usa/wwf/tagtitle.html#tag2002|title=WWE Tag Team Title Tournament 2002|work=Wrestling Supercards and Tournaments|accessdate=2008-05-18] [cite web|url=http://www.wwe.com/shows/nomercy/history/2002/results/|title=No Mercy 2002 official results|publisher=WWE|accessdate=2008-05-18|quote=WWE Tag Team Championship: Kurt Angle & Chris Benoit def. Edge & Rey Mysterio in a tournament final to become the first WWE Tag Team Champions] [cite web|url=http://www.gerweck.net/nomercy02.htm|title=No Mercy 2002 review|work=Gerweck.net|accessdate=2008-05-18|quote=Match #6 - Kurt Angle and Chris Benoit vs. Edge and Rey Mysterio. Angle has Edge in the ankle lock in the ring. Edge taps out. WINNER: BENOIT AND ANGLE - TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS]
After they failed in winning the titles, Mysterio and Edge defeated
Los Guerrerosin a #1 contender's match on October 24 edition of "SmackDown!" to earn a title shot at the tag titles. [cite web|url=http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/results/smackdown/021024.html|title=SmackDown! results - October 24, 2002|publisher=Online World of Wrestling|accessdate=2008-05-18|quote=#1 CONTENDERS MATCH: Edge & Rey Mysterio vs Los Guerreros. Edge covers Chavo and picks up the win] On November 7 edition of "SmackDown!", they defeated Angle and Benoit in a two out of three falls matchto win their first WWE Tag Team Championship. [cite web|url=http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/results/smackdown/021107.html|title=SmackDown! results - November 7, 2002|publisher=Online World of Wrestling|accessdate=2008-05-18|quote=BEST 2/3 TAG TEAM TITLE MATCH: Chris Benoit & Kurt Angle vs Rey Mysterio & Edge. Edge recovers and gets the pinfall on Angle to OFFICIALLY win the WWE TAG TEAM titles!!] [cite web|url=http://www.wwe.com/inside/titlehistory/wwetag/330018|title=Rey Mysterio and Edge's first Tag Team Championship reign|publisher=WWE|accessdate=2008-05-18] They became the shortest reigning champions in the title's history with a reign of 12 days as they lost the tag titles to Los Guerreros in a triple threat elimination match that also involved former champions Angle and Benoit at Survivor Series. [cite web|url=http://www.wwe.com/shows/survivorseries/history/2002/results/|title=Survivor Series 2002 official results|publisher=WWE|accessdate=2008-05-18|quote="WWE Tag Team Championship Triple Threat Elimination Match:" Los Guerreros def. Edge & Rey Mysterio and Kurt Angle & Chris Benoit to become new WWE Tag Team Champions] [cite web|url=http://www.gerweck.net/series02.htm|title=Survivor Series 2002 review|work=Gerweck.net|accessdate=2008-05-18|quote=Eddie and Chavo Guerrero earned the WWE Tag Team Championship by outlasting Kurt Angle and Chris Benoit and the defending champs, Edge and Rey Mysterio, in an Elimination Match. Eddie finished off an incredible, fast-paced match by making Rey tap out to the Lasso from El Paso] After losing the titles, Edge and Mysterio stopped tagging together.
Cruiserweight Division (2003-2004)
On March 6, 2003 edition of "SmackDown!", Mysterio defeated Tajiri and
Jamie Noblein a triple threat match to earn a shot at the Cruiserweight Championship. [cite web|url=http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/results/smackdown/030306.html|title=SmackDown! results - March 6, 2003|publisher=Online World of Wrestling|accessdate=2008-05-18|quote=TRIPLE THREAT MATCH: Rey Mysterio vs Jamie Noble vs Tajiri. Winner gets Cruiserweight title shot at Wrestlemania. Rey wins the match after a rollup pinfall on Tajiri] At WrestleMania XIX, he challenged the champion Matt Hardyfor the title but lost after Shannon Mooreinterfered. [cite web|url=http://www.wwe.com/shows/wrestlemania/history/wm19/results/|title=WrestleMania XIX official results|publisher=WWE|accessdate=2008-05-18|quote=Cruiserweight Championship: Matt Hardy def. Rey Mysterio to retain] [cite web|url=http://www.gerweck.net/wrestlemaniaxix.htm|title=WrestleMania XIX review|work=Gerweck.net|accessdate=2008-05-18|quote=MATT HARDY vs. REY MYSTERIO JR. - Cruiserweight Title match. They opened with non-stop highspots including Shannon Moore interfering on Matt's behalf. Matt pinned Rey to retain the title with a grip on the ropes for leverage] He had a short feud with The Big Show, culminating in a match at Backlash 2003, which Show won. [cite web|url=http://www.wwe.com/shows/backlash/history/backlash2003/results/|title=Backlash 2003 official results|publisher=WWE|accessdate=2008-05-18|quote=Big Show def. Rey Mysterio] [cite web|url=http://www.gerweck.net/backlash03.htm|title=Backlash 2003 review|work=Gerweck.net|accessdate=2008-05-18|quote=BIG SHOW vs. REY MYSTERIO. Show caught Rey in mid-air when he went for the West Coast Pop and slammed him to the mat for the win]
On May 22 edition of "SmackDown!", Mysterio defeated Shannon Moore and Crash in a handicap elimination match to become the #1 contender to the Cruiserweight title. [cite web|url=http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/results/smackdown/030522.html|title=SmackDown! results - May 22, 2003|publisher=Online World of Wrestling|accessdate=2008-05-18|quote=HANDICAP MATCH: Rey Mysterio vs Crash & Shannon Moore. Rey Mysterio pins Shannon Moore after the West Coast Pop to eliminate him. Rey Mysterio pins Crash after reversing a powerbomb into a pinfall!! Rey Mysterio wins a Cruiserweight title shot!!] On June 5 edition of "SmackDown!", he defeated Hardy to win the WWE Cruiserweight Championship. [cite web|url=http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/results/smackdown/030605.html|title=SmackDown! results - June 5, 2003|publisher=Online World of Wrestling|accessdate=2008-05-18|quote=CRUISERWEIGHT TITLE MATCH: Matt Hardy w/Crash & Shannon Moore vs Rey Mysterio. Rey Mysterio scores a surprise rollup pinfall to win the Cruiserweight title] [cite web|url=http://www.wwe.com/inside/titlehistory/cruiser/350416|title=Rey Mysterio's sixth Cruiserweight Championship reign|publisher=WWE|accessdate=2008-05-18] He defended the title against cruiserweights on a regular basis, before he lost the title to Tajiri on September 25 edition of "SmackDown!". [cite web|url=http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/results/smackdown/030925.html|title=SmackDown! results - September 25, 2003|publisher=Online World of Wrestling|accessdate=2008-05-18|quote=CRUISERWEIGHT TITLE MATCH: Rey Mysterio vs Tajiri. Tajiri ended up spitting RED mist into Rey Mysterio's face, leading to the pin to win the CW title] They both started feuding with each other and they had a rematch for the title at No Mercy 2003, where Tajiri cheated to retain his title. [cite web|url=http://www.wwe.com/shows/nomercy/history/2003/results/|title=No Mercy 2003 official results|publisher=WWE|accessdate=2008-05-18|quote=Cruiserweight Championship: Tajiri def. Rey Mysterio to win the championship] [cite web|url=http://www.gerweck.net/nomercy03.htm|title=No Mercy 2003 review|work=Gerweck.net|accessdate=2008-05-18|quote=TAJIRI vs. REY MYSTERIO JR. - Cruiserweight Title match. Rey fell prey to a Tajiri kick and got pinned. WINNER: Tajiri at 12:05 to retain the Cruiserweight Title] On January 1, 2004 edition of "SmackDown!", Mysterio defeated Tajiri to win his second WWE Cruiserweight Championship. [cite web|url=http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/results/smackdown/040101.html|title=SmackDown! results - January 1, 2004|publisher=Online World of Wrestling|accessdate=2008-05-18|quote=CRUISERWEIGHT TITLE MATCH: Tajiri w/Sakoda & Akio vs Rey Mysterio. Rey Mysterio kicked Akio off the ring apron and then rolled up Tajiri to win the Cruiserweight title] [cite web|url=http://www.wwe.com/inside/titlehistory/cruiser/350350|title=Rey Mysterio's seventh Cruiserweight Championship reign|publisher=WWE|accessdate=2008-05-18]
After a successful title defense against Jamie Noble at Royal Rumble 2004, [cite web|url=http://www.wwe.com/shows/royalrumble/history/1988118/results/|title=Royal Rumble 2004 official results|publisher=WWE|accessdate=2008-05-18|quote=Cruiserweight Champion Rey Mysterio def. Jamie Noble] [cite web|url=http://www.gerweck.net/rr04.htm|title=Royal Rumble 2004 review|work=Gerweck.net|accessdate=2008-05-18|quote=Rey then hit Noble with the 619 and a springboard legdrop for the win. WINNER: Rey at 3:06 to retain the Cruiserweight Title] Rey lost the title to Chavo Guerrero at No Way Out 2004. [cite web|url=http://www.wwe.com/shows/nowayout/history/2004/results/|title=No Way Out 2004 official results|publisher=WWE|accessdate=2008-05-18|quote=Cruiserweight Championship: Chavo Guerrero def. Rey Mysterio to win the championship] [cite web|url=http://www.gerweck.net/nowayout04.htm|title=No Way Out 2004 review|work=Gerweck.net|accessdate=2008-05-18|quote=CRUISERWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP. Chavo Guerrero defeated Rey Mysterio to win the Cruiserweight Championship.] At
WrestleMania XX, he challenged Chavo for the title in a Cruiserweight Open but lost. [cite web|url=http://www.wwe.com/shows/wrestlemania/history/wm20/results/|title=WrestleMania XX official results|publisher=WWE|accessdate=2008-05-18|quote=Cruiserweight Open: Chavo Guerrero w/ Chavo Classic def. Rey Mysterio to retain] [cite web|url=http://www.gerweck.net/wrestlemaniaxx.htm|title=WrestleMania XX review|work=Gerweck.net|accessdate=2008-05-18|quote=WWE CRUISERWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP OPEN. Winner & STILL Cruiserweight Champion: Chavo Guerrero. Chavo Guerrero eliminated Rey Mysterio to retain the WWE Cruiserweight Title] On March 18 edition of "SmackDown!", he won a Gauntlet to earn a shot at the WWE Championshipagainst the champion and Rey's friend Eddie Guerrero. Later that same night, he lost to Guerrero in the main eventfor the WWE title. [cite web|url=http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/results/smackdown/040318.html|title=SmackDown! results - March 18, 2004|publisher=Online World of Wrestling|accessdate=2008-05-18|quote=GAUNTLET MATCH: Rey Mysterio vs The Big Show. US Champion John Cena comes out to taunt and distract Big Show. The Big Show leaves the ring and gets counted out by the referee and loses the match. WWE TITLE MATCH: Eddie Guerrero vs Rey Mysterio. After a great long match, Eddie Guerrero pins Rey Mysterio to retain his championship]
At Judgment Day 2004, Mysterio teamed with future partner
Rob Van Damand defeated Dudley Boyz. [cite web|url=http://www.wwe.com/shows/judgmentday/history/judgmentday2004/results/|title=Judgment Day 2004 official results|publisher=WWE|accessdate=2008-05-20|quote=Rob Van Dam & Rey Mysterio def. The Dudley Boyz] On June 17 edition of "SmackDown!", he defeated Chavo Classic for record-setting his eighth WWE Cruiserweight Championship. [cite web|url=http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/results/smackdown/040617.html|title=SmackDown! results - June 17, 2004|publisher=Online World of Wrestling|accessdate=2008-05-20|quote=CW TITLE MATCH: Chavo Classic w/Chavo Guerrero vs Rey Mysterio. Rey Mysterio wins to capture the WWE Cruiserweight championship] [cite web|url=http://www.wwe.com/inside/titlehistory/cruiser/350148|title=Rey Mysterio's eighth Cruiserweight Championship reign|publisher=WWE|accessdate=2008-05-20] He successfully defended the title against Classic's son Chavo Guerrero at The Great American Bash 2004. [cite web|url=http://www.wwe.com/shows/thegreatamericanbash/history/2004/results/|title=The Great American Bash 2004 official results|publisher=WWE|accessdate=2008-05-20|quote=Cruiserweight Championship: Rey Mysterio def. Chavo Guerrero to retain] While Rey Mysterio was Cruiserweight Champion, Spike Dudley turned heel after plowing Rey through a table and joined the other Dudleys before taking the Cruiserweight title from Mysterio on July 29 edition of "SmackDown!". [cite web|url=http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/results/smackdown/040729.html|title=SmackDown! results - July 29, 2004|publisher=Online World of Wrestling|accessdate=2008-05-20|quote=CW TITLE MATCH: Rey Mysterio vs Spike Dudley. Spike Dudley nailed the Dudley Dawg on Rey Mysterio and pinned him to win the Cruiserweight title!!!] At Survivor Series 2004, he participated in a fatal four way match for the Cruiserweight title involving the champion Spike, Chavo Guerrero and Rey's longtime friend Billy Kidman. [cite web|url=http://www.wwe.com/shows/survivorseries/history/2004/results/|title=Survivor Series 2004 official results|publisher=WWE|accessdate=2008-05-20|quote="Fatal Fourway for the Cruiserweight Championship:" Spike Dudley def. Rey Mysterio, Chavo Guerrero and Billy Kidman to retain]
Tag Team Division (2005)
Rey formed a tag team with Rob Van Dam, and went on to win the WWE Tag Team Championship from
Kenzo Suzukiand René Dupreé on December 9, 2004 edition of "SmackDown!". [cite web|url=http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/results/smackdown/041209.html|title=SmackDown! results - December 9, 2004|publisher=Online World of Wrestling|accessdate=2008-05-20|quote=TAG TITLE MATCH: Rene Dupree & Kenzo Suzuki vs Rey Mysterio & Rob Van Dam. Rob Van Dam & Rey Mysterio got the win to capture the WWE Tag Team titles!] [cite web|url=http://www.wwe.com/inside/titlehistory/wwetag/329982|title=Rey Mysterio & Rob Van Dam's first Tag Team Championship reign|publisher=WWE|accessdate=2008-05-20] They successfully defended the titles against the former champions at Armageddon 2004, [cite web|url=http://www.wwe.com/shows/armageddon/history/2004/results/|title=Armageddon 2004 official results|publisher=WWE|accessdate=2008-05-20|quote=WWE Tag Team Championship: Rob Van Dam & Rey Mysterio def. Kenzo Suzuki & Rene Dupree to retain] before losing the titles to the Basham Brotherson January 13, 2005 edition of "SmackDown!" after Van Dam got injured. [cite web|url=http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/results/smackdown/050113.html|title=SmackDown! results - January 13, 2005|publisher=Online World of Wrestling|accessdate=2008-05-20|quote=TAG TITLE 4-WAY: RVD & Rey Mysterio vs The Bashams vs Eddie Guerrero & Booker T vs Mark Jindrak & Luther Reigns. The Bashams pulled a switcheroo and pinned Rey Mysterio to win the WWE Tag Team championship!!] Rey would team up with Eddie Guerrero to win the WWE Tag Team Championship back from the Bashams at No Way Out 2005. [cite web|url=http://www.wwe.com/shows/nowayout/history/2005/results/|title=No Way Out 2005 official results|publisher=WWE|accessdate=2008-05-20|quote=WWE Tag Team Championship: Rey Mysterio & Eddie Guerrero def. The Basham Brothers to win the championship] cite web|url=http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/profiles/r/reyeddy.html|title=Rey Mysterio & Eddie Guerrero's Profile|publisher=Online World of Wrestling|accessdate=2008-05-20] [cite web|url=http://www.wwe.com/inside/titlehistory/wwetag/329962|title=Rey Mysterio & Eddie Guerrero's first Tag Team Championship reign|publisher=WWE|accessdate=2008-05-20] In a departure from traditional booking, the new champions did not defend their titles at WrestleMania 21, but instead had a match against each other which Rey won. [cite web|url=http://www.wwe.com/shows/wrestlemania/history/wm21/results/|title=WrestleMania 21 official results|publisher=WWE|accessdate=2008-05-20|quote=Rey Mysterio def. Eddie Guerrero]
This led to a storyline in which Guerrero turned heel and beat him up after abandoning him during a rematch against the heel tag team
MNMfor the Tag Team Championship. [cite web|url=http://www.wwe.com/shows/smackdown/archive/04282005/|title=Second Chance|publisher=WWE|accessdate=2008-05-20|quote=MNM retained their WWE Tag Team Championship with a bizarre victory over Rey Mysterio & Eddie Guerrero. Latino Heat gave no effort the rest of the way, at one point failing to outstretch his arm while Mysterio was seeking a tag. In fact, Guerrero stood motionless in the corner of the ring and watched indifferently, almost in a trance, as Mysterio was pinned and then suffered a post-match attack from MNM.|date= 2005-04-28] Then after a No DQ match against Chavo, Eddie came out and hit a brainbusteron the steel steps, which left Rey lain on the floor. Eddie was becoming increasingly frustrated that he could not beat Mysterio. [cite web|url=http://www.wwe.com/shows/smackdown/archive/05052005/|title=Bad, Bad Man|date= 2005-05-05|publisher=WWE|accessdate=2008-05-20|quote=Theodore Long arranged a Street Fight between Mysterio and Chavo Guerrero, whose constant meddling has been annoying Rey for weeks. Eddie Guerrero crashed the ring and cleared house. He sent down Mysterio down with a clothesline, tossed him head first into the ring post and then suplexed him on the steel steps, leaving him a bloody mess]
Guerrero and Rey continued to feud, with Guerrero threatening to reveal a secret he and Rey shared involving Rey's son, Dominic. He threatened to go public with the secret unless Rey deferred to Guerrero's authority. Guerrero later revealed that he was Dominic's (
kayfabe) biological father. The storyline went that Guerrero knew Rey was having trouble starting his own family, so Guerrero left Dominic as a baby with Rey and his wife Angie to raise. In subsequent weeks, Guerrero threatened to take custody of Dominic, drawing up custody papers and having his lawyer present them to Mysterio. At SummerSlam 2005, Rey defeated Guerrero in a ladder matchfor the custody of Dominic. [cite web|url=http://www.wwe.com/shows/summerslam07/history/2005/results/|title=SummerSlam 2005 official results|publisher=WWE|accessdate=2008-05-20|quote=Ladder Match for custody of Dominick: Rey Mysterio def. Eddie Guerrero] Rey then became engaged in a brief feud with John "Bradshaw" Layfield with JBL eventually coming out the victor at No Mercy 2005. [cite web|url=http://www.wwe.com/shows/nomercy/history/2005/results/|title=No Mercy 2005 official results|publisher=WWE|accessdate=2008-05-20|quote=JBL def. Rey Mysterio] On November 13, 2005, Eddie Guerrero was found dead in his hotel room in Minneapolis, Minnesota. That same day at a WWE "Super Show" where "SmackDown!" and "Raw" were both taped, Mysterio gave an emotional speech about Eddie, and in a show of respect removed his mask (though he put his head down, so no one could see his face). Mysterio went on to defeat Shawn Michaelsin an interpromotional match later that night. After the match, Michaels and Mysterio hugged in the ring and Mysterio pointed up to the sky, crying, in memory of Eddie Guerrero. This began a span of weeks wherein Mysterio, along with friends Chris Benoit and Chavo Guerrero, dedicated their victories to Eddie either by word or by using his moves during his matches; "Eddie" chants continued to follow Rey and Chavo Guerrero in their matches for a few months.
Mysterio participated in the main event of Survivor Series 2005 as part of Team SmackDown! along with
Randy Orton, Bobby Lashley, Batista and JBL who defeated Team Raw (Shawn Michaels, Kane, The Big Show, Carlito, and Chris Masters). [cite web|url=http://www.wwe.com/shows/survivorseries/history/2005/matches/|title=Survivor Series 2005 official results|publisher=WWE|accessdate=2008-05-20|quote=Team SmackDown def. Team RAW (Classic Survivor Series Match)] [cite web|url=http://www.wwe.com/shows/survivorseries/history/2005/matches/134645811|date= 2005-11-27|title=Team SmackDown def. Team RAW in a Classic Survivor Series Match|publisher=WWE|accessdate=2008-05-20] On the Tuesday after Survivor Series, Mysterio faced Big Show from "Raw", in a match billed as " Davidvs. Goliath" in a "SmackDown" special show.
The match stemmed from Mysterio eliminating Big Show at Survivor Series, and ended as a "no contest" when Big Show's tag team partner, Kane, interfered in the match. Mysterio continued to feud with Raw's World Tag Team Champions, even finding a tag team partner in World Heavyweight Champion Batista who, along with Mysterio, would be set to face Raw's Kane & The Big Show in a tag match at Armageddon. Before Armageddon, Batista and Mysterio defeated Mysterio's longtime rivals MNM on December 19 edition of "SmackDown!" to win the WWE Tag Team Championship, in a match they both dedicated to Eddie Guerrero. [cite web|url=http://www.wwe.com/shows/smackdown/archive/12162005/|date=
2005-12-16|title=Randy Orton's Revelation|publisher=WWE|accessdate=2008-05-20|quote=Batista & Rey Mysterio defeated MNM to capture the WWE Tag Team Championship] [cite web|url=http://www.wwe.com/inside/titlehistory/wwetag/1806054|title=Rey Mysterio & Batista's first Tag Team Championship reign|publisher=WWE|accessdate=2008-05-20] Now the Tag Team Champions, Mysterio and Batista's match with Big Show and Kane was billed as "Champions vs. Champions." At Armageddon 2005, Mysterio and Batista lost this "Raw vs SmackDown!" match when Kane pinned Mysterio after a chokeslam. [cite web|url=http://www.wwe.com/shows/armageddon/history/2005/results/|title=Armageddon 2005 official results|publisher=WWE|accessdate=2008-05-20|quote=World Tag Team Champions Big Show & Kane def. WWE Tag Team Champions Rey Mysterio & Batista]
On December 30 edition of "SmackDown!", MNM invoked their rematch clause, defeating Batista and Mysterio with help from the returning
Mark Henryto regain the Tag Team Championship after an assault on Batista by Henry. Rey and Batista lost a steel cage match in an effort to reclaim the titles the following week, again courtesy of interference by Mark Henry. [cite web|url=http://www.wwe.com/shows/smackdown/archive/12302005/|title=A shocking return leads to new Champs|date= 2005-12-30|accessdate=2007-11-06|publisher=WWE|quote=Mark Henry, made his WWE return, and he made it in a big way. Henry leveled the Animal with a thunderous clothesline. He then hoisted the World Heavyweight Champion over his head and brought him down with a monstrous powerslam - the World's Strongest Slam. The 1-2-3 was academic, and MNM became WWE Tag Team Champions for the third time in less than a year] [cite web|url=http://www.wwe.com/shows/smackdown/archive/01062006/|title=Making statements|date= 2006-01-06|accessdate=2007-11-06|publisher=WWE|quote=In the main event, Batista and Rey Mysterio met MNM inside a Steel Cage with the WWE Tag Team Championship on the line. Animal attempted to give Mercury a spinebuster, Henry used the cage door as a weapon. Batista ended up sandwiched between the cage door and the cage wall, and after nailing Rey with the door as well, Henry rolled Nitro on top of Rey for the pinfall, handing MNM the victory.]
World Heavyweight Champion (2006)
At Royal Rumble 2006, Mysterio won the 2006 Royal Rumble match entering in the number two position, and later eliminating Randy Orton to win the match. By winning the Royal Rumble, Mysterio earned a World Heavyweight title shot at that year's WrestleMania. By lasting over sixty-two minutes in the match, Mysterio also set a Royal Rumble record for longevity and size. ["wwemagoct07"] Rey dedicated his performance at the Royal Rumble to Eddie Guerrero. After his win, he was congratulated by Chris Benoit, Dean Malenko, Chavo Guerrero and Rob Van Dam - all close friends and family of Eddie Guerrero.
During the February 3, 2006 episode of "SmackDown!", an upset Randy Orton interrupted Mysterio's victory speech. Orton challenged Mysterio to a match for his WrestleMania world title shot.cite web|url= http://www.wwe.com/shows/smackdown/archive/02032006/|title=Who's going to WrestleMania?|date=2006-02-03|accessdate=2008-04-21|publisher=WWE] As Rey looked upward for guidance on this decision Orton verbally attacked him and the memory of Guerrero, saying "Eddie ain't in heaven, Eddie's 'down there' - IN HELL!" Mysterio attacked Orton and later accepted the challenge. Randy Orton defeated Rey Mysterio at No Way Out 2006, illegally using the ropes to get the pin. [cite web|url= http://www.wwe.com/shows/nowayout/history/2006/matches/194350612/results/|title=Randy Orton def. Rey Mysterio to win Rey's World Championship Match at WrestleMania 22|date=2006-02-19|accessdate=2008-04-21|publisher=WWE] Having lost the title shot at WrestleMania 22, Rey went backstage with a few members of Guerrero's close family. However, on the next edition of "SmackDown!", General Manager
Theodore Longadded Rey, making the match a Triple Threat match for the World Heavyweight title. [cite web|url=http://www.wwe.com/shows/smackdown/archive/02242006/|title=Back in business|date=2006-02-04|accessdate=2008-04-21|publisher=WWE] At WrestleMania 22, Rey faced off against both Randy Orton and then-World Heavyweight Champion Kurt Angle. Mysterio won the match by pinning Randy Orton using the West Coast Pop to win his first World Heavyweight Championship. [cite web|url=http://www.wwe.com/shows/wrestlemania/history/wrestlemania22/matches/141602621/results/|title=Wrestlemania 22 Match Results|accessdate=2006-04-02|publisher=WWE] [cite web|url=http://www.wwe.com/inside/titlehistory/worldheavyweight/2439318|title=Rey Mysterio's first World Heavyweight Championship reign|publisher=WWE|accessdate=2008-05-20]
On the April 7, 2006 edition of "SmackDown!", Rey Mysterio - who was billed as being an "underdog champion" - made his first World Heavyweight title defense against Randy Orton. [cite web|url= http://www.wwe.com/shows/smackdown/archive/04072006/|title=Breaking New Ground|date=2006-04-07|accessdate=2008-04-21|publisher=WWE] Mysterio went on to retain his title again during a WrestleMania rematch on "SmackDown!" against Kurt Angle, three weeks later. [cite web|url=http://www.wwe.com/shows/smackdown/archive/04282006/|title=The Dream stays alive|date=2006-04-28|last=Dee|first=Louie|accessdate=2008-04-21|publisher=WWE] The week before the title defense took place saw the start of a feud between the then-United States Champion John "Bradshaw" Layfield and Mysterio.cite web|url=http://www.wwe.com/shows/smackdown/archive/04212006/|title=Something to Celebrate|date=2006-04-21|accessdate=2008-04-21|publisher=WWE] The rivalry kicked off after JBL stated he deserved the World Heavyweight title during his celebration of becoming the US Champion. The feud with JBL saw Mysterio face off against any opponent of JBL's choosing in the three weeks leading up to his title match against Mysterio at Judgment Day 2006.cite web|url=http://www.wwe.com/shows/smackdown/archive/05052006/ |title=A Man of his word|date=2006-05-05|last=Dee|first=Louie|accessdate=2008-04-21|publisher=WWE] Mysterio was defeated by Mark Henry and
The Great Khaliin separate non-title matches before facing Raw's Kane in a match that went to a no contest. [cite web|url= http://www.wwe.com/shows/smackdown/archive/05122006/|title=Tragic Homecoming|date=2006-05-12|last=Dee|first=Louie|accessdate=2008-04-21|publisher=WWE] [cite web|url=http://www.wwe.com/shows/smackdown/archive/05192006/|title=Seeing red|date=2006-05-11|last=Williams III|first=Ed|accessdate=2008-04-21|publisher=WWE] Mysterio retained his title against JBL at Judgement Day. [cite web|url=http://www.wwe.com/shows/judgmentday/history/2006/matches/23848441/results/|title=Rey Mysterio's dream ride somehow continues|date=2006-05-21|last=Williams III|first=Ed|accessdate=2008-04-21|publisher=WWE] JBL lost the US Championship to Bobby Lashleyfive days later on "SmackDown!" after being tricked by Mysterio to take on all comers like he had.cite web|url=http://www.wwe.com/shows/smackdown/archive/05262006/|title=Kiss Him Goodbye|date=2006-05-26|last=Dee|first=Louie|accessdate=2008-04-21|publisher=WWE] This led JBL to vow that if he did not win his rematch against Mysterio, he would quit SmackDown. In the main event of the evening Mysterio won and retained the World Heavyweight Championship, causing JBL to ( kayfabe) leave SmackDown!, until ECW One Night Stand, when JBL announced he would return as color commentator.cite web|url=http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/results/wweppv/ecwonenightstand06.html| title=WWE PPV WRESTLING RESULTS - One Night Stand 2006|date=2006-06-11|accessdate=2008-04-21|publisher=Online World Of Wrestling]
It was revealed that Rey would have to defend his title against ECW wrestler Sabu at One Night Stand. [cite web|url=http://www.wwe.com/shows/smackdown/archive/06022006/|title=All hail the king|date=2006-06-02|last=Hoffman|first=Brett|accessdate=2008-04-21|publisher=WWE] In the weeks leading up to his title defense, Mysterio defeated WWE Cruiserweight Champion
Gregory Helmsin a Champion vs. Champion match and was defeated by Rob Van Dam at "WWE vs. ECW Head to Head" on June 7, 2006. [cite web|url=http://www.wwe.com/shows/smackdown/archive/06162006/ |title=Royal beating|date=2006-06-16|last=Williams III|first=Ed|accessdate=2008-04-21|publisher=WWE] [cite web|url=http://www.wwe.com/shows/ecw/news/bigshowecw|title= Big Show gets extreme|date=2006-06-07|last=Hoffman|first=Brett|accessdate=2008-04-21|publisher=WWE] Immediately after WWE vs. ECW, WWE.com reported that Paul Heymanapproached Mysterio about switching brands to ECW. Rey announced on the June 9, 2006 edition of "SmackDown!" that he would stay "home," on SmackDown. [cite web|url=http://www.wwe.com/shows/smackdown/archive/06092006/|title=Hell week continues|date=2006-06-09|last=Dee|first=Louie|accessdate=2007-12-31|publisher=WWE] At One Night Stand, Mysterio (who was wearing a mask with the letters "ECW" written on the back, despite being a face and booed by ECW fans) retained his title in a hard fought match after he and Sabu were ruled unable to continue following a triple jump DDT through a table from Sabu.
Mysterio would later defend his title against Mark Henry.cite web|url=http://www.wwe.com/shows/smackdown/archive/06232006/|title=Family tradition|date=2006-06-23|last=Dee|first=Louie|accessdate=2008-04-22|publisher=WWE] Mysterio won the match, after Chavo Guerrero came to the ring as the referee was down and hit the "World's Strongest Man" with a steel chair. When the referee regained consciousness, Rey had used a trick of Eddie Guerrero's and pretended to be knocked out and left the challenger holding the chair and eventually won via DQ. Mysterio would then start a feud with King Booker after Booker won a Battle Royal to become the number one contender for the World Heavyweight Championship. [cite web|url=http://www.wwe.com/shows/smackdown/archive/07072006/|title=An Animal Unleashed|date=2006-07-07|last=Hoffman|first=Brett|accessdate=2008-04-22|publisher=WWE] King Booker attacked Rey from behind backstage with the help of Booker's wife Queen Sharmell.cite web|url= http://www.wwe.com/shows/smackdown/archive/07142006/|title=Rey's Revenge|date=2006-07-14|last=Hoffman|first=Brett|accessdate=2008-04-22|publisher=WWE] The attack was not shown live and was during the beating of Mark Henry by Batista. The footage was aired the week later on "SmackDown!" and was followed by Mysterio attacking the King and his "court."
This rivalry continued for several weeks and saw Mysterio defeating Booker's royal court member William Regal on an edition of "SmackDown!", moments before attacking the challenger and hitting him with a 619 around the steel post. During Saturday Night's Main Event, Mysterio defeated King Booker in a six man tag match and again days later on "SmackDown!" in singles action. [cite web|url=http://www.wwe.com/shows/snme/history/july152006/matches/25815983/results/|title=Animal unleashed on NBC|date=2006-07-15|last=Hoffman|first=Brett|accessdate=2008-04-22|publisher=WWE] [cite web|url=http://www.wwe.com/shows/smackdown/archive/07212006/|title=Countdown to the Bash|date=2006-14-21|last=Tello|first=Craig|accessdate=2008-04-22|publisher=WWE] At The Great American Bash 2006, Rey lost the World Heavyweight Championship to King Booker after Chavo Guerrero turned on Rey and hit him with a steel chair, who would also cost him his rematch at "SmackDown!". [cite web|url= http://www.wwe.com/shows/thegreatamericanbash/history/2006/matches/258159823/results/|title=Shattered Dreams|date=2006-07-23|last=Hoffman|first=Brett|accessdate=2008-04-22|publisher=WWE] [cite web|url=http://www.wwe.com/shows/smackdown/archive/07282006/|title= Coronations and carnage|date=2006-07-28|last=Tello|first=Craig|accessdate=2008-04-22|publisher=WWE] Then on an edition of "SmackDown!", Guerrero challenged Rey Mysterio in an
"I Quit" match. [cite web|url= http://www.wwe.com/shows/smackdown/archive/10202006/|title=Kingdom saved|date=2006-10-20|last=Hoffman|first=Brett|accessdate=2008-04-22|publisher=WWE] In that match, Chavo injured (kayfabe) Mysterio's knee, causing him to take time off wrestling. [cite web|url= http://www.wwe.com/shows/smackdown/archive/10202006/articles/reyunderknife|title=Rey under the knife|date=2006-10-21|last=Starr|first=Noah|accessdate=2007-11-06|publisher=WWE]
poradic feuds (2007-2008)
Mysterio made a successful in-ring return at SummerSlam 2007, defeating Chavo Guerrero with the 619, after Guerrero had obsessed over Mysterio's return, wanting to injure Mysterio again. [cite web|url=http://www.wwe.com/shows/summerslam07/matches/390008832/results/|title=Mysterio soars in his return|date=2007-08-26|last=McAvennie|first=Mike|accessdate=2008-04-23|publisher=WWE] On the August 31 edition of "SmackDown!", Mysterio won a "Championship Competition" to become the number 1 contender for the World Heavyweight Championship, defeating Batista and Finlay. [cite web|url=http://www.wwe.com/shows/smackdown/archive/08312007/articles/reybecomesno1contender|title=Mysterio becomes top "David" against World Champion "Goliath"|accessdate=2007-12-31|publisher=WWE] On the September 7 edition of "SmackDown!", Mysterio had a "I Quit" match with Chavo Guerrero.cite web|url=http://www.wwe.com/shows/smackdown/archive/09072007/|title=Summer fizzles, but SmackDown sizzles|date=2007-09-07|last=Dee|first=Louie|accessdate=2008-04-23|publisher=WWE] Mysterio won the match by hitting Guerrero's knee with a chair repeatedly, winning the match in a similar manner to which Mysterio had been put out of action. Mysterio then began a feud with The Great Khali which would lead to a match at Unforgiven where he would face Khali for the World Heavyweight Championship (the match was eventually made a Triple Threat match involving Batista) [cite web|url=http://www.wwe.com/shows/smackdown/archive/09072007/articles/andbatistamakesthree|title=And Batista makes three|date=2007-09-07|last=McAvennie|first=Mike|accessdate=2007-12-31|publisher=WWE] but was unsuccessful in capturing the title. [cite web|url=http://www.wwe.com/shows/unforgiven/matches/48366501/results1/|title=Destined for gold|date=2007-09-16|last=DiFino|first=Lennie|accessdate=2007-09-27|publisher=WWE]
Rey would then begin a feud with Finlay, an opponent chosen by JBL. [cite web|url=http://www.wwe.com/shows/smackdown/archive/09212007/rl=|title=619: Flight grounded|date=2007-09-21|last=DiFino|first=Lennie|accessdate=2008-04-27|publisher=WWE] The rivalry was marked as "Fight vs. Flight," a competition between the two contrasting fighting styles of both wrestlers - Finlay's physicality, versus the high-flying Rey. [cite web|url=http://www.wwe.com/shows/smackdown/archive/09272007/|title=Rey retaliates, Irishman flattens|date=2007-09-28|last=DiFino|first=Lennie|accessdate=2007-09-21|publisher=WWE] On October 28, after fighting to a no-contest at No Mercy [cite web|url=http://www.wwe.com/shows/nomercy/matches/5267288111/results/|title=Irish eyes are lying|date=2007-10-07|last=Dee|first=Louie|accessdate=2008-04-23|publisher=WWE] followed by a double-disqualification in a #1 Contender match for Batista's World Heavyweight title on the next "SmackDown!" program [cite web|url=http://www.wwe.com/shows/smackdown/archive/10122007/articles/whosnumberone |title=Who's No. 1?|date=2007-10-13|last=DiFino|first=Lennie|accessdate=2007-10-12|publisher=WWE] (
The Undertakerwould succeed the pair), he defeated Finlay in a Stretcher match at Cyber Sunday 2007. [cite web|url= http://www.wwe.com/shows/cybersunday/matches/526761033/results/|title=Rolling to victory|date=2007-10-28|last=DiFino|first=Lennie|accessdate=2007-10-28|publisher=WWE] During this feud, he conceded one match to Finlay on an episode of "SmackDown!" and was part of the winning team at Survivor Series 2007 which consisted of both wrestlers on opposing sides (although Rey was second to be eliminated), but the rivalry was brought to an abrupt end when Finlay was placed in a feud with The Great Khali stemming from that same pay-per-view. [cite web|url= http://www.wwe.com/shows/smackdown/archive/11092007/articles/bakersfieldbeatdown|title=Belfast brawler's Bakersfield beatdown|date=2007-011-09|last=McAvennie|first-Mike|accessdate=2008-04-27|publisher=WWE] [cite web|url= http://www.wwe.com/shows/survivorseries/matches/43349641/results/|title=Hardy and The Game survive team turmoil|date=2007-11-18|last=Clayton|first=Corey|accessdate=2008-04-27|publisher=WWE] [cite web|url= http://www.wwe.com/shows/smackdown/archive/11232007/|title=Irish eyes are crying|date=2007-11-23|last=Dee|first=Louie|accessdate=2008-04-27|publisher=WWE]
Mysterio then began a feud with MVP by expressing his disdain over MVP's actions towards his former tag team partner and then-Number One contender for his U.S. Championship title, Matt Hardy. [cite web|url=http://www.wwe.com/shows/smackdown/archive/11232007/articles/lordofthebling|title=Lord of the Bling|date=2007-11-23|last=DiFino|first=Lennie|accessdate=2007-12-31|publisher=WWE] Mysterio was granted a title match at Armageddon 2007, which he won via countout, though he was unable to claim the belt due to the stipulations of the match. [cite web|url=http://www.wwe.com/shows/armageddon/matches/55466042/results/|title=The power of ten|date=2007-12-16|last=Dee|first=Louie|accessdate=2008-04-27|publisher=WWE] Rey Mysterio re-entered the world title picture when he emerged as victor of the Beat the Clock challenge aired on January 4,  }, for the chance to face the World Heavyweight Champion Edge at Royal Rumble 2008. [cite web|url=http://www.wwe.com/shows/smackdown/archive/01042008/articles/beattheclock |title=Time on Rey's side|date=2008-01-05|last=Dee|first=Louie|accessdate=2008-01-05|publisher=WWE] However, he was unsuccessful in winning the championship. [cite web|url=http://www.wwe.com/shows/royalrumble/matches/52676103211111/results/|title=All in the family|date=2008-01-27|last=Tello|first=Craig|accessdate=2008-02-01|publisher=WWE] WWE.com announced on February 14, 2008 that Mysterio suffered a biceps injury during an overseas tour.cite web|url=http://www.wwe.com/shows/nowayout/exclusives/mysterioinjured|title=Rey Mysterio injured during South American tour|accessdate=2008-02-17|date=2008-02-14|publisher=WWE] He was sent back to the United States that night for evaluation. Despite the injury, Mysterio was determined to face Edge for the title again at No Way Out 2008. He seemed to have the upper hand when he hit the 619 on Edge but his torn biceps slowed him down and Edge pinned Mysterio after a spear in mid air. [cite web|url=http://www.wwe.com/shows/nowayout/matches/6323422/results/|title=World Title's telltale hour|date=2008-02-17|last=Tello|first=Craig|accessdate=2008-03-01|publisher=WWE] On the February 22 edition of SmackDown!, Mysterio announced that his injury would keep him out of action for at least 6 months, and he eventually underwent three surgeries within the space of a month.cite web|url=http://www.wwe.com/shows/smackdown/archive/02292008/articles/mysteriosurgery|title=Rey Mysterio recovering after surgery|date=2008-02-27|last=DiFino|first=Lennie|accessdate=2008-02-28|publisher=WWE] cite news|last=Vontz|first=Andrew|title=The Resurrection of Rey Mysterio|publisher=WWE Magazine|pages=52-55|year=2008|date=July] .
Raw brand (2008-)
Mysterio then made his return on the June 23, 2008 episode of "Raw", as Mysterio was the first superstar to be drafted in the
2008 WWE Draftfrom the SmackDown brand to the Raw brand. [cite web|url=http://www.wwe.com/shows/raw/results/|title=A Draft Disaster|last=Sitterson|first=Aubrey|date=2008-06-23|publisher= World Wrestling Entertainment|accessdate=2008-06-25] On the June 30 edition of "Raw" Mysterio came to make an announcement to all the Raw fans which led to a minor fight with Santino Marella. [citeweb|url=http://www.wwe.com/shows/raw/archive/06302008/|accessdate=2008-07-13|last=Sitterson|first=Aubrey|date= 2008-06-30|title=Heavyweight Championship comes home|publisher=WWE] Mysterio made his Raw in-ring debut the next week, pinning Marella after a 619. [ citeweb|url=http://www.wwe.com/shows/raw/results/|accessdate=2008-07-13|last=Sitterson|first=Aubrey|date=2008-07-07|title=Rough Night in the Big Easy|publisher=WWE]
Mike Adamleannounced on Raw that John Cenawas injured and that his replacement in the Championship Scramble at Unforgiven was Rey Mysterio. The next week, in St. Louis, Missourion September 1, Mysterio made his return to Raw after an extended absence by attacking Kane, turning back numerous claims that Kane had "ended his career". [citeweb|url=http://www.wwe.com/shows/raw/results/7122772/|acccessdate=2008-08-02|date=2008-08-01|last=Sitterson|first=Aubrey|title=Forgive, don't forget|publisher= World Wrestling Entertainment] Mysterio then made his in-ring return at Unforgiven competing in the Raw Championship scramble match. [ citeweb|url=http://www.wwe.com/shows/unforgiven/matches/7891244/results/|accessdate=2008-09-24|date=2008-09-07|last=Tello|first=Craig|title=Worst night, best night|publisher= World Wrestling Entertainment]
*"619" (Tiger feint kick) followed by:
**"Droppin' Da Dime" (Springboard leg drop, sometimes to the back of the opponent's head)
**Frog splash - 2005-present
**Springboard seated senton
**"West Coast Pop" (Springboard hurricanrana into a pin)
*Super hurricanrana - WCW
*Tornado DDT - WCW / ECWSignature moves
*"Air Mysterio" (Hurricanrana to a cornered opponent, with the assistance of a steel chair or a tag team partner)
*Arm wrench inside cradle
*Diving or a split-legged moonsault
*Multiple crossbody variations
**Springboard, sometimes from the second rope
*"Mysterio Express" (Leg trap sunset flip powerbomb)
*"Mysterio-Rana" (Mysterio jumps onto an opponent's shoulders and then twists around into a pinning hurricanrana)
*Roll out counter to a sunset flip followed by a high speed roundhouse kick to the side of the opponent's head
*Tilt-a-whirl headscissors takedown
*Wheelbarrow counter into a bulldog, DDT or an inverted headscissors takedown
Tag teams moves
Rob Van Dam
**"" (Double leg drop)
**"Catapult-Rana" (Catapult by Kidman into a diving hurricanrana by Mysterio)
**"Catapult-Rana" (Catapult by Edge into a diving hurricanrana by Mysterio)
**Powerbomb (Edge) / Springboard seated senton (Mysterio) combination
**Powerbomb (Batista) / Springboard seated senton (Mysterio) combination
Sad but True" by Metallica(The Black Album)
*"Bow Wow Wow" by
Konnanand Mad One ()
*"Psyko" by Konnan and Mad One
*"619" by Jim Johnston and Chris Classic (
*"Booyaka" by Mad One and Rey Mysterio
*"Booyaka 619" by P.O.D.
**This was made more personal, as he collaborated with the Christian
nu metalband P.O.D.(also from San Diego) to create a new version of "Booyaka" entitled "Booyaka 619", which P.O.D. performed live at WrestleMania 22. The studio version is included on the Wreckless Intent album, however, while used as an entrance theme, the intro was replaced with that of the original "Booyaka".
Championships and accomplishments
Asistencia Asesoría y Administración
Mexican National Trios Championship(1 time) [citeweb|url=http://www.wrestling-titles.com/mexico/mex-6.html|accessdate=2008-06-24|title= Comision de Box y Lucha Libre Mexico D.F. National Trios Title|publisher=Wrestling-titles.com] - with Octagónand Super Muñeco
Mexican National Welterweight Championship(1 time) [citeweb|url=http://www.wrestling-titles.com/mexico/mex-wl.html|accessdate=2008-06-24|title=Comision de Box y Lucha Libre Mexico D.F. National Welterweight Title|publisher=Wrestling-titles.com]
**AAA Hall of Fame (Class of 2007)
*International Wrestling All-Stars
**IWAS Tag Team Championship (1 time) [citeweb|url=http://www.solie.org/titlehistories/wttiwas.html|accessdate=2008-06-24|last=Westcott|first=Brian|title=IWAS - INTERNTATIONAL WRESTLING ALL STARS IWAS WORLD TAG TEAM TITLE HISTORY|publisher=Solie] - with
Pro Wrestling Illustrated
**PWI ranked him # 4 of the 500 best singles wrestlers in the PWI 500 in 1999. [citeweb|url=http://www.100megsfree4.com/wiawrestling/pages/pwi/pwi50099.htm|accessdate=2008-06-24|title=Pro Wrestling Illustrated Top 500 - 1999|publisher=Wrestling Information Archive]
**Tijuana Hall of Fame (Class of 2006)
World Championship Wrestling
**WCW Cruiserweight Championship (5 times)
WCW Cruiserweight Tag Team Championship(1 time) - with Billy Kidman(Last)
WCW World Tag Team Championship(3 times) - with Billy Kidman (1), Konnan (1), and Juventud Guerrera(1)
World Wrestling Association
**WWA Lightweight Championship (3 times) [citeweb|url=http://www.solie.org/titlehistories/wlhwwa.html|accessdate=2008-06-24|last=Will|first=Gary|title=WWA - WORLD WRESTLING ASSOCIATION WORLD LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE|publisher=Solie]
**WWA Tag Team Championship (1 time) [citeweb|url=http://www.solie.org/titlehistories/wttwwa.html|accessdate=2008-06-24|last=Duncan|first=Royal|title=WWA - WORLD WRESTLING ASSOCIATION WORLD TAG TEAM TITLES|publisher=Solie] - with Rey Misterio
**WWA Welterweight Championship (3 times) [citeweb|url=http://www.solie.org/titlehistories/wwwwwa.html|accessdate=2008-06-24|last=Duncan|first=Royal|title=WWA - WORLD WRESTLING ASSOCIATION WORLD WELTERWEIGHT TITLE|publisher=Solie]
World Wrestling Council
WWC World Junior Heavyweight Championship(1 time) [citeweb|url=http://www.solie.org/titlehistories/jhtwwcp.html|accessdate=2008-06-24|last=Gonzalez|first=Manuel|title=WWC - WORLD WRESTLING COUNCIL (Puerto Rico) JUNIOR HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE|publisher=Solie]
World Wrestling Entertainment
**World Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
WWE Cruiserweight Championship(3 times)
WWE Tag Team Championship(4 times) - with Edge (1), Rob Van Dam(1), Eddie Guerrero(1), and Batista (1) (Tied for Most Reigns)
**Royal Rumble Winner (2006)cite web|url=http://www.wwe.com/shows/royalrumble/history/2006/matches/31409413/results/|title=Rey Mysterio wins the Royal Rumble Match|accessdate=2007-11-02|publisher=WWE]
Wrestling Observer Newsletter awards
**Best Wrestling Maneuver (1995) West Coast Pop
**Rookie of the Year (1992)
**Best Flying Wrestler (1995-1997, 2002-2004)
**Most Outstanding Wrestler (1996)
**Match of the Year (2002) with Edge vs.
Chris Benoitand Kurt Angle, WWE No Mercy, October 20, 2002
Luchas de Apuestas record
Wager lost/won Winner Loser Where Date Note Mask Rey Mysterio Mr. Condor Acapulco, Guerrero 8/14/92 - Hair Rey Mysterio Rocco Valente Tampico, Tamaulipas 10/18/92 - Hair Rey Mysterio Tony Arce Acapulco, Guerrero 11/6/92 - Mask Rey Mysterio El Bandido Querétaro, Querétaro 5/28/93 [Three way match involving Angel Mortal.] Hair Rey Mysterio Vulcano Monterrey, Nuevo León 9/11/92 - Mask Rey Mysterio Eddie Guerrero Winston Salem, North Carolina 9/14/97 - Mask Rey Mysterio Misterioso Tijuana, Baja California 12/19/97 - Mask Kevin Nash & Scott Hall Rey Mysterio & Konnan Oakland, California 2/21/99 [The match was scheduled to be Konnan& Mysterio vs. Kevin Nash& Lex Luger, but Luger claimed to be injured and was replaced by Scott Hall. The wager was Mysterio's mask vs. Elizabeth's (who was managing the Outsiders at that point) hair. Since joining WWE, Mysterio has begun wearing the mask again, and WWE makes no mention of his ever having lost it. Although, footage of him without his mask on, is aired on WWE's On Demand service, WWE 24/7 Classics.] Mask Rey Mysterio Kane Portland, Oragon 10/5/08 -
Gutierrez and his wife, Angelica, have two children, Dominik (who was involved in the
Eddie Guerreroand Gutierrez storyline) and Aalyah . [cite web|url=http://www.nndb.com/people/517/000160037/|title=Mysterio at NNDB|publisher=NNDB.com|accessdate=2007-09-24] He has tattoos of his two children's names on his right and left biceps. He also has tattoos dedicated to his wife and Eddie Guerrero.
On March 19, 2007, "
Sports Illustrated" posted on its website an article in its continuing series investigating a steroid and HGH ring used by a number of professional athletes in several sports. That article mentioned several current and former WWE wrestlers, including Gutierrez who was alleged to have obtained nandroloneand stanozolol.cite web|url=http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2007/more/03/19/wrestlers/index.html|title=Wrestlers allegedly tied to drug ring|accessdate=2007-03-22] WWE has since made a statement on this situation, mentioning that the allegations preceded the Talent Wellness program WWE launched in February 2006.cite web|url=http://www.wwe.com/inside/news/si|title=A Statement From World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc.|accessdate=March 22|accessyear=2007]
In an episode of the television show "Heroes" entitled "The Kindness of Strangers," the character Monica sees Mysterio give Randy Orton the 619 on a televised match. Later in the show, she uses her power to recreate any physical activity she sees to perform a modified 619, similar to Mysterio giving the 619 around a ringpost, to stop a robbery. [cite web|url=http://www.wwe.com/inside/overtheropes/news/619onheroes|title=The 619 saves the day|author=Kara A. Medalis|publisher=WWE|accessdate=2007-10-18]
He was the Mexican flag carrier at
Manny PacquiaoVs. Erik MoralesIII. He was shown on camera early in the pay per view when Morales was entering the arena, during the singing of the Mexican national anthem, and when Morales was entering the ring for the main event.fact|date=June 2008
*Rey Mysterio: 619 (2003)
*Rey Mysterio: The Biggest Little Man (10/23/07) [ [http://www.wwe.com/shop/dvd/reymysteriodvd WWE: Shop > DVD > Rey Mysterio: The Biggest Little Man ] ]
*Before They Were Wrestling Stars: Rey Misterio Jr (2007)
Notes and references
* [http://www.reymysterio.com Official website]
* [http://www.wwe.com/superstars/raw/reymysterio/ WWE profile]
*imdb name|id=0347595|name=Oscar Gutierrez
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