Rey Mysterio has enjoyed an illustrious and storied wrestling career that has spanned three decades, and the future WWE Hall of Famer certainly looks capable of performing at a high level for several more years.
Mysterio turned 44 years of age in December, and he's still wrestling at a fairly high level. But in a recent interview on Busted Open Radio (h/t WrestlingInc.com), the former WWE Champion admitted that he's not sure about wrestling much longer:
"But the evolution of this sport has been incredibly dramatic in the change, and I definitely don't see myself doing this many more years longer, although the opportunity that I have gotten on my return with WWE, to be able to face guys like the caliber of Andrade, who is a third generation wrestler, have been incredible.
So, that kind of brings that desire within me, that 'Hey, I can still do this, I can still go.' But of course, if I were to do this on a schedule that I was back in the day, that me and you were doing at the time Mark, I don't think I could handle it."
Rey Mysterio has been dealing with an ankle injury that he suffered before WrestleMania 35, but he was able to fight through it in his match against Samoa Joe (a losing effort). Obviously, health is going to be a key if Mysterio is to go on much longer in WWE.
But given his age and all the mileage on his body, it's easy to understand why Mysterio is skeptical about performing much longer. It's hard for wrestlers to stay in peak shape in their 40s, and though Mysterio has been able to hold off father time, the decline could start at any point.
On top of that, Rey Mysterio doesn't have much more to prove or accomplish in his wrestling career. He's undoubtedly going to the Hall of Fame some day, having won the Royal Rumble in 2006 while winning many belts in WWE - including three World Heavyweight titles and one WWE Championship.
Many of the top superstars from the Ruthless Aggression and Attitude Eras are seeing their careers slowly wind down. Kurt Angle and Batista are now retired from in-ring competition. The Undertaker only wrestled a couple of times a year now, while Triple H competes on a part-time basis. Now, Mysterio seems ready to hang up the boots in the near future.
What This Means
Well, the WWE Universe better enjoy this wrestling legend and long-time fan favorite while he's around. Though he's not retiring any time soon, Mysterio also doesn't seem interested in going much longer. It's important for fans to simply embrace any match they get from him these days, because Mysterio's career could be ending sooner rather than later.