Rey Mysterio Speaks On When He May Retire

Rey Mysterio discusses what no fan of the lucha libre legend wants to hear, when he may retire.


The WWE superstar and former world champion was asked about his career wrapping up during a recent interview with Chris Van Vilet. Mysterio responded with:

I don’t [think about it] until it’s being brought up and when my wife brings that up, that’s when I pause. I don’t know if I want to do it another two years, three years. I kind of listen to my body and my mindset, especially my mindset because my body’s been feeling great with all the benefits that I get from doing like the cold plunge and the sauna. Overall, my mind has to be in the right place, so that’s probably the hardest thing for me. Because sometimes the age factor comes into mind and not in the moment, but thinking ahead like I want to be able to still move around and walk at 55 or 56. Is my body going to feel the same? I don’t know.

Later in the conversation Mysterio was asked why he didn’t join WWE back in 2001 immediately after WCW closed, a question that is very topical since VICE is currently airing the ‘Who Killed WCW?’ documentary series.

I think at the time, I was probably making a little too much in WCW money-wise and the contract was still running when the company was bought out. The conversation at the time was sit back, enjoy your pay for the rest of the year that’s in your contract and once it’s expired, we’ll sit down and we’ll negotiate. And at the time, I thought it was a way for them to say we’re not really interested. That’s what I thought because I had always heard that [I am] too small. Definitely too small for WWE, and that it wasn’t going to happen. So I remember when Eddie and Saturn, Jericho was the first one to leave. But when Dean and The Radicals, when they left, I kind of had a bit of hope like, okay, if they’re there, probably one day I’ll be able to make it. But sure enough, when they bought out the company and told me to wait, I thought it was them saying in a good way, we’re interested but not right now. But no, I mean, JR kept his word. Once my contract expired, we sat down, we negotiated and I kicked off the first year.

Mysterio later gets asked about Dominik being a future world champion.

Yeah, most definitely. Dom is getting really good at what he’s doing and he’s understanding the craft. The fact that he’s where he’s at with such little time, I wish I could be there, or I could have been there with four years of being in the business. I didn’t know sh*t at four years. [Look who he’s learned from] Not only me, yes, I am his father. But the fact that he’s been able to be in there with the best; Seth Rollins, Cody Rhodes, Roman Reigns, John Cena. All these moments are moments that give you the ability to learn. So I think he’s taken very well advantage of those moments and has added them to his career.

Check out the full interview below.

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