Rey Mysterio is a bonified pro wrestling legend at this point in his career, but when he left WWE in 2014 his name was already pretty important. But his body had taken a lot of damage and he simply couldn’t keep up with the rough demands that a full-time road schedule had for him at that stage in his career if he was to expect his career to continue even further.
As he spoke to Lilian Garcia on Chasing Glory, Mysterio revealed why he decided to leave WWE last time. But he knew when he departed that this wouldn’t be a very long goodbye because even though he left without giving much of an explanation he knew that his journey would eventually see his return to Vince McMahon’s company.
“The opportunity was definitely on the table and from the moment I left, I left not giving a detailed explanation to media or to whoever had any doubts or questions about why I left. I knew that between WWE and myself this was a part-time farewell.”
“You know I needed to take a break. I needed to rest. I needed to be around my family and just pick up on a lot of things that I had missed out on over the years just being on the road and traveling and dedicating so much time to this sport that I kinda pushed my family aside and don’t get me wrong, my wife has always been very supportive of what I do and my kids as well. But when your kids are young they don’t understand why dad has to leave every week. They don’t understand why dad is not there for their birthday or special events at school. They just know that dad’s working, dad’s on the road.”
“Now that they’re older they understand that. They understand what I do. They understand the impact that I have in life and in other people’s lives so that’s a big — that was pretty much my answer of why I was stepping away from my contractual agreement with WWE. I started working the indie scene, I did a little bit with Lucha Underground and toward the end of my independent run I was working more in Japan with New Japan Pro Wrestling. So that was definitely on my bucket list to accomplish in my goals throughout my career and sure enough, you know the beginning of this year, 2018 I got an opportunity to come back for the Royal Rumble be a guest appearance for the Rumble and I think that just led to everything that’s happening now.”
Mysterio said his return to SmackDown Live has been “incredible” and although there are a lot of new faces, he realizes that is all part of the evolution of the sport But one face that hasn’t changed is Mysterio’s as he is able to not only mix it up with guys that he used to work with as well as people he hasn’t been able to lock up with yet.
Only time will tell if Mysterio will decide to stick around for another round after this current contract expires in 2020, but it seems like he’s giving it all in the ring while he can.
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