Rey Mysterio, whose legal name is Oscar Gutierrez Rubio, is set to be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame during WrestleMania 39 weekend, marking over three decades in the industry. Despite his many achievements, including becoming a top individual superstar and sharing the ring with some of the greatest wrestlers in WWE history, Mysterio has no plans to remove his iconic mask.
He said, “It’s over, but in a good way – I’m not leaving.” “This is the last thing on my bucket list I wanna accomplish before I leave.”
Mysterio, who is 48 years old, attributes his success to Puerto Rican wrestlers Pedro Morales and Carlos Colón, as well as the late Eddie Guerrero. Guerrero passed away just five months before Mysterio won the World Heavyweight Championship at WrestleMania 22. Mysterio is now eager to provide similar opportunities to the younger generation of Latino wrestlers and is thrilled to do so.
Mysterio said, “I feel honored to open that pathway for the future. I can’t wait for it to grow even more.”
The future also includes Mysterio’s 25-year-old son, Dominik, who made his WWE debut in 2020. It was a nervous and emotional time for him when Dominik decided to follow in his father’s footsteps. Not only because wrestling is physically demanding and dangerous but because he knew his son would feel his father’s legacy.
Mysterio said, “he understood the pressure on his son because he is Rey Mysterio’s son. I’m very proud of him for taking opportunities, running with them, and crushing them – every single time, as a father.”
Mysterio and Dominik became the first-ever father-son tag team champions in 2021.
This weekend, Dominik will face off against Dominik as a heel at WrestleMania 39 — a full circle moment for the wrestler, who grew up doing “backflips off the shoulders” of his uncle, Rey Mysterio Sr., who later trained him.
Mysterio said, “the current rivalry with Dominik is “almost like returning to those moments.”
Mysterio says that his in-ring relationship with his son ” proves that wrestling can be related to real life.” He points out, “How many parents fight with their kids? How many kids fight with their parents or feel Dom’s anger?”