Ever since Rey Mysterio returned to the WWE as a shocking entry at this year's Royal Rumble, wrestling fans have wondered what the future holds for the former World Heavyweight Champion.
There were reports earlier this year that he was on his way to Impact Wrestling, but PWInsider.com claimed that his agent wasn't able to close out a deal. In a December interview with ESPN, Mysterio said he was enjoying his life as an "independent contractor" with a free schedule.
Then, Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter recently reported that he could return to the WWE by 2019, under a part-time contract. So what's the truth? Mysterio finally had some answers.
During an interview with Inside the Ropes (h/t WrestlingInc.com), Mysterio explained the situation, and the stipulation for him to return:
"Right now, the conversation is still in the open with WWE so I am hoping that when the time is right and we sit down to talk about the future of Rey Mysterio with WWE, if there is any future with Rey Mysterio, it is going to be good for both parties as much as it will be good for WWE as it will be good for me..
If I came back, would I be part of the 205 Live division? Heavyweight division? It is just hard to say. I think that whatever the fans want to see, if I do come back, that is what we will give them."
Mysterio also noted that should he return to WWE, he'd like to face either AJ Styles (which has been well-documented), or Finn Balor. Mysterio and the WWE have teased about a possible match involving Styles in the future, for what it's worth.
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At 43 years of age and having two children in their teens, Mysterio doesn't have a need to work full-time anymore. He can easily work the independent circuit as he tries to balance life as a father/family man and a wrestler.
With WWE trying to build up its Cruiserweight Division, Rey Mysterio could be a terrific addition to the roster. But even if that happens, nothing appears to be imminent at this time. Fans can only wait and hope that the Master of the 619 will come back for one more run with the company that built him into a legend.