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Rey Mysterio believes time away from the WWE was good for him

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.


  • Noah Cadwell

    Do you realize that it was a complete freak accident. If you go back and review the footage of Perro’s death, there was that botch that Perro did early in the match landing on his head, which could’ve been the beginning of the end, which culminated with the death, or it could be the injury was further exacerbated when Konnan was moving his head, trying to revive him. There were many things that attributed to Perro;s death, but it wasn’t !00% Rey’s fault.

  • David Wells

    I’m sure it was great except the fact he killed a man in the ring!

  • For me, I love seeing Rey back. It’s kinda like for me when he was there before he never really had a change in his character. He got stale and boring. He really didn’t do much for me back then. The exploitation of Eddie’s death was really strange too. To see him come back in the shape that he was 20 years ago is fantastic. I feel like now has been long enough for Rey to truly make an impact on his own with the direction of programming these days.