Ever since Rey Mysterio was a surprise entrant at this year's Royal Rumble, wrestling fans have been eagerly anticipating the legend's next move. Would he rejoin WWE on a long-term deal? Would he compete in the Cruiserweight Title Tournament? Or was the Royal Rumble a one-shot deal?
Well, we now have more information on Mysterio's next appearance, but it has nothing to do with WWE. The all-time great will be appearing for New Japan Pro Wrestling at their Strong Style Evolved show on March 25. Mysterio announced it on his Instagram account:
Mysterio will take on another cruiserweight legend in Jushin "Thunder" Liger. Liger has competed all over the world but is best known for his long tenure in NJPW as well as his stints in WCW in the 1990s.
This seems like the perfect avenue for Mysterio as the show will take place in the Southern California area which is where Mysterio is from. Strong Style Evolved will emanate from The Pyramid in Long Beach, California which is just north of Mysterio's home in San Diego. So far, Mysterio vs. Liger is the only match booked for the show but we can expect to hear more about the card in the coming days and weeks.
Upon hearing the news of the contest between the two legends, Marty Scurll, who is also expected to appear at the show, expressed his excitement in seeing the dream match.
Two of the biggest influences in my career & in my opinion the two greatest Junior Heavyweights of all time facing off at @njpw1972 Long Beach March 25th.— Marty Scurll (@MartyScurll) February 10, 2018
I for one am pumped!#villain ☔️ https://t.co/GiPxDJE00l
This is a great move by Mysterio to keep his name in the news, if nothing else. No one knows what his next move with WWE is, but this will create a buzz around his name just as it did for Chris Jericho when he competed at Wrestle Kingdom 12. This could also be the jumping off point for several more matches with NJPW for Mysterio who is one of wrestling's top free agents.
Strong Style Evolved will air on AXS TV in the United States and will also stream over NJPW World which is a subscription service.