Sports Illustrated is reporting that the great Rey Mysterio could soon be a free agent on the professional wrestling market and that he is in negotiations with both the WWE and GFW/Impact organizations.
Mysterio is 42-years old and is currently working on El Rey’s Lucha Underground—whose third season will be airing this September. After that, Mysterio’s current contract with them will be over, and after waiting out the 90-day non-compete clause, he will be free to sign with whoever he wants.
It was only a couple years ago that Mysterio left the WWE after a 13 year run from 2002 to 2015 which saw him become a 3-time world champion, a four-time tag team champ and two-time intercontinental champion, making him the 21st person the complete the Triple Crown.
Mysterio was one of the kings of the high-flying style (he won 5 cruiserweight championships in WCW and three in the WWE), and in 2006 he won the Royal Rumble.
Mysterio had a very successful run in the WWE but by the end, he was dealing with injuries and he felt as though he had lost direction and wasn’t being used properly—which he felt culminated with him being paired up with Sin Cara in a tag team.
As he told Wrestling Observer Live back in 2015:
“After my last surgery in 2011, I came back at the end in 2012. I felt like I rushed myself. I went back on the shelf, came back and they put me with Sin Cara, and I felt like I wasn’t going anywhere. I was being thrown in to just have tag matches, there was no direction for Rey Mysterio… My contract was coming to the end and I decided to not re-sign. I wanted to take time off to spend time with my family and go from there.”
Sports Illustrated goes on to discuss how both companies, WWE and GFW have big—but very different—reasons to go after Mysterio (assuming that Lucha Underground doesn’t come to Mysterio with a great offer he can’t turn down to keep him around for a fourth season).
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For the WWE, they are making big efforts to grow their brand around the world and give people from other countries Superstars they can root for—case and point: Jinder Mahal Smackdown Champion! Mysterio would be a huge Latino star for the organization.
With GWF, all of the talk about them these days has been about Alberto El Patron and the ongoing troubles involving the domestic dispute investigation after an incident involving him and Paige at a Florida airport a couple weeks ago.
GFW has suspended El Patron and signing Mysterio would be a big get as well as give them some good press, and hopefully move the constant conversation away from the Alberto incident/investigation.
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