Rey Mysterio left the WWE back in February 2015, taking his talents to the independents and companies like AAA, NJPW, and Lucha Underground for three and a half years.
The Lucha Legend made his return to the company last Tuesday night, defeating Shinsuke Nakamura in a qualifying match for the WWE World Cup.
The WWE posted a video of Mysterio discussing his appearance at SmackDown 1000 and all the work he put into the company in his initial run.
SmackDown from day one has been my brand. Not only myself, but a lot of legends have grown with this brand. The likes of Eddie Guerrero, Batista, John Cena, The Rock…Triple H, Brock Lesnar, Randy Orton.
When you talk about those names, you truly understand how stacked the SmackDown roster was.
Mysterio went on to talk about his time away from the WWE, revealing that his time away may have been the best thing that could’ve happened to him.
I didn’t leave and say goodbye forever. I left with a vision of one day returning, and here we are. I’m back to dominate. I’m back to prove a point of why I’ve been in this industry for almost thirty years. I truly believe that I’m in the best shape of my life right now.
I’m mentally prepared to come in and do what I have to do to keep demonstrating why I love this sport. As you age and you get older, you live and learn. In my case, being in this industry for almost thirty years…I think the best thing that could’ve happened to me was to part ways for almost four years, which was the time I was away from the WWE.
At the same time, I left in good terms so that eventually this would happen; a return.
Rey Mysterio will join seven other competitors in the WWE World Cup which takes place at the WWE Crown Jewel event in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
However, before that, he must meet one of those competitors face to face on SmackDown Live, when he appears as the special guest for Miz TV on Tuesday.