Rey Mysterio has competed in various promotions all over the world, in a career spanning over three decades. He is one of the most popular luchadors of all time and adheres to the rules of the Lucha wrestling world. Among the promotions he competed in, WCW was the most significant during the early days of his career. A huge WrestleMania title match for Rey Mysterio was also recently revealed.
Current AEW Senior Producer and Coach Dean Malenko recently spoke on the Talk is Jericho podcast, where he talked about Rey Mysterio’s time in WCW.
He noted that when Mysterio first made his WCW debut, many in the back were laughing, including Sting, Kevin Nash, Scot Hall and others.
“We’re in Baltimore. It was the Great American Bash,” Malenko stated. “Rey just thought he was having a tryout match and just a match. He had no clue whatsoever that he was on a PPV until after the fact, and I remember walking in the locker room and Sting, Lex [Luger] and all the big guys were almost laughing like you got to be kidding me. This kid got a driver’s license.
“He’s like 12 years old. He’s 100 pounds. In their head, he’s gonna embarrass them. [Kevin] Nash was there, and [Scott] Hall was there. They were on the stage, and when he came back through, it was probably the first and maybe only time I’ve ever seen a locker room stand up and give a guy a standing ovation. At that time in the business, there wasn’t the Rey Fenix’s. There wasn’t all those guys. Rey was the guy.”
h/t to Wrestling Inc for the transcription.