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One of the most famous lucha libre wrestlers in the World to date, Rey Mysterio Jr. (real name Óscar Gutiérrez, born December 11, 1974) is the nephew of Rey Misterio Sr. who helped train the young wrestler. Starting his career on the independent circuit of Tijuana after being trained by his Uncle, he was picked by a newly established major promotion called AAA, which in turn lead to Mysterio going to ECW in 1992, where his high-flying style attracted the attention of Eric Bischoff - who was scouting for lucha wrestlers in order to give WCW a more unique feel to it. Along with other luchadores and cruiserweights, Mysterio caught the attention of the crowd with the fast paced and risk taking matches, becoming one of the high points of WCW all the way up to its demise.

After WCW collapsed, Mysterio competed for various independent circuits - including wrestling against future world champions Eddie Guerrero and CM Punk in IWA Mid-South - before signing with WWE in 2002, where he has since become one of its biggest stars and a main eventer on the company's SmackDown brand, up until he was drafted to Raw in 2011.


When his WWE contract expired in 2015, Mysterio returned to AAA and also made appearances in Lucha Underground.

Later returning in Royal Rumble 2018, Mysterio started working for WWE again as a part-timer. This also applies to New Japan Pro-Wrestling as of a segment taped for The New Beginning in Osaka 2018, making him the second performer behind Chris Jericho to form working ties simultaneously with both companies in the 21st century.

As usual, That Other Wiki has a detailed article on his life and career.


"Who's that tropin' out the sky? R-E-Y Misterio, here we go":

  • Aborted Arc: Before his feud with Myzteziz could really get started, CMLL, facing diminishing returns with Atlantis, decided they wanted Myzteziz back and he promptly left AAA.
  • Action Dad: He has a son named Dominik ("Dominic" outside of kayfabe) and a daughter Aalyah. Dominik was involved in the Mysterio–Guerrero feud in 2005, and appeared in several later storylines with his father. Dominik started training as a wrestler in 2017, and in 2020 became physically involved in a feud between Rey and Seth Rollins, leading up to a Dominik–Rollins match at SummerSlam. More recently, Rey and Dominik won the SmackDown tag team belts at WrestleMania Backlash in 2021.
  • Author Appeal: He's friends with the members of P.O.D., who also hail from the San Diego area. They perform the entrance theme he's been using since 2006.
  • Arch-Enemy: He's had many enemies over the years, but his arch enemy would probably be either Psicosis or Eddie Guerrero. In the latter part of his WWE career it was Alberto Del Rio.
    • In Lucha Underground, it was Dario Cueto, whom Rey believed was responsible for the death of his mentor. However Rey tried to defy this trope, as he believes that protecting others is far more important than obsessing over revenge.
    • After his return to WWE he's feuded with Randy Orton, Andrade "Cien" Almas and Samoa Joe.
    • In 2019, Rey won a number one contender match to face Seth Rollins for the Universal Championship but was attacked by Brock Lesnar on the same night of his supposed match with Rollins for no reason. Not only this pulled Mysterio out of the match, Lesnar also attacked Mysterio's son, Dominick. Angered over the attack of his son, Rey brought in Lesnar's worst nightmare from UFC, Cain Valsquez to help him. While Valsquez failed to defeat Lesnar at Crown Jewel 2019, Mysterio took matters into his own hands and attacked Lesnar with a steel chair several times (including one of the few head shots in the modern era). The next night on SmackDown, Lesnar responded to the attack by switching over to Raw to challenge Mysterio.
    • In 2020, he feuded with Rollins after Rollins injured his right eye.
  • Bash Brothers: WCW was going to set Rey Mysterio up with still-masked Juventud Guerrera, united against Chris Jericho, but the Juice got in trouble and the angle was killed.
  • Beat Them at Their Own Game: Místico had been taking the feint out of the Tiger Feint Kick in the same manner as Misterio for years. When they finally met as opponents, it was only appropriate Rey would subject Myzteziz to his own famed submission hold.
  • Berserk Button: As shown in Papa Wolf, his biggest button is anyone hurting his kids. CM Punk and Brock Lesnar have both learned this the hard way, the former towards his daughter and the latter towards his son.
  • Big Brother Mentor: Became one to Sin Cara, with whom he has formed a tag team. The announcers explicitly refer to their team-up as a mentor-protege relationship.
    • And is one to both El Dragón Azteca Jr and Prince Puma. Though the former's desire for revenge against the one who killed his predecessor led him to abandon Rey's teachings.
  • Breakup Break Out: Rey Mysterio was once a member of the stables known as the No Limit Soldiers and then the Filthy Animals in his WCW days. Since then, Rey Rey has achieved the most success as a singles competitor in the U.S. Eddie Guerrero would be a close second.
  • The Cameo: Appeared in a video package for AAA's Triplemanía XXII. Rey Mysterio wanted to show up in person but WWE wouldn't let him.
  • Canon Discontinuity: WWE does not acknowledge that Rey Mysterio lost his mask in WCW. Ever. This is more obvious on DVDs, but made patently clear when, during a PPV match featuring Mysterio, the announcers said that ever since he started wrestling, he'd never taken the mask off. It helps that nobody wants to remember Rey's unmasked period in WCW. The only reason it happened in the first place is because Bischoff thought masked wrestlers weren't "marketable". Rey (and the WWE) would get the last laugh later on, as the Mexican Athletic Commission hated what Bischoff did enough to let the flagrant Loophole Abuse in Masked Luchador tradition slide (see the Masked Luchador entry below), which the WWE would take advantage of and make millions and millions of dollars off of their line of top-selling Rey masks.
  • Captain Ersatz: In Fire Pro Wrestling, before the original Rey Misterio!
  • Cool Mask: The design of his masks changed a lot over the years before it finally become somewhat standardized in WWE. He still got new mask designs but he wears them over his standard ones.
  • Cool Sword: He collects them.
  • Costume Evolution: Whereas he began his career wearing the standard Mexican Luchador outfit (mask, tights, lace-up boots) with tasseled armbands on each of his biceps, Rey for much of his initial WWE run replaced the tights with loose-fitting trousers and got rid of the armbands (save for the time after Eddie Guerrero’s death, during which he wore a black armband with Eddie’s initials as a tribute). He had since reverted to his original attire following his return to the independent circuit and carried it over to his return to WWE in 2018.
  • Costume Porn: Rey has an affinity for Comic Book themed attire, especially when WrestleMania rolls around.
  • Creepy Cool Crosses: Justified, as the man is Roman Catholic, but the number of cross designs on his outfit is mildly unsettling. (And that's not even getting into his tattoos.)
    • The Crosses are what distinguishes Rey’s mask and attire from that of his uncle and namesake, which originally had the crowned question mark (a Visual Pun on the name “Rey Misterio”) on its forehead. He has since incorporated the latter visual motif on his ring attire from 2016 onwards, but retains the cross on the forehead of his mask.
  • Curbstomp Battle: On the receiving end of a very unique one from Último Dragón in their first match for the Cruiserweight Title. Dragón was being booked as someone with a skill set that luchadores in general didn't match up well against, and he beat the living hell out of Misterio for about 10 minutes. Misterio wouldn't quit. Eventually he started throwing out reckless offense that turned the match back and forth before Dragon finally put him a way with a bounce-off-the-ropes powerbomb.
    • His first battle with Matanza. Considering that Rey had just fought for nearly an hour in Lucha Underground's equivalent of the Royal Rumble, and he was facing an Ax-Crazy Physical God, it's honestly astounding he managed to last as long as he did (about a minute or so). And to be fair, Matanza had already curb-stomped 8 other men first before he got to Rey.
  • Darker and Edgier: Perhaps as a result of circumstance, but Rey's second WWE run has seen him as this in comparison to his original WWE run where he was (except when channeling his friend Eddie Guerrero) basically a boy scout. The main catalyst of this seems to be his family being too close to the action but he's seen employing much more Combat Pragmatist and outright brutal tactics, such as Knee-capping Brock Lesnar with a steel pipe several times during their 2019 feud, and going as far as to challenge Seth Rollins to a match where the Instant-Win Condition was to remove the opponent's eye from its socket. And actually went through with trying to do it. Also arranged for his entire family to gang-beat Murphy with kendo sticks, including his wife Angie, who seemed... reluctant to participate.
  • David Versus Goliath: Rey's always the former when put up against guys even half above his height. And despite his can-do attitude against big men, he'll often lose to these kind of guys, whether or not the match was won cleanly.
  • Determinator: Perhaps the fact he still wrestles at all is a sign but the basis of his (first) feud with Kane was having this put to the test.
    • Royal Rumble 2006 showed how much he was willing to go, as his record of 62 minutes was still the longest time in the Royal Rumble until Daniel Bryan's 76 minutes more than a decade later.
  • Divergent Character Evolution: The uncle that trained him was more known for power bombs than planchas but Jr picked up more and more of the aerial offense the Mexican lucha circuit is famous for as he made his rounds on it.
  • Dented Iron: His long career and acrobatic style has taken a hellish toll on his body, especially his knees, which are in bad shape even for a luchador. However it may be considered subverted as Rey can still perform to an extremely high level, as seen on Lucha Underground (particularly his main event match at Ultima Lucha Dos against Prince Puma, considered one of his best in years).
  • Disney Death: Actually had this during Money In The Bank 2020, where at the climax of the titular match King Corbin bodily pitches Rey off the roof of WWE Corporate Headquarters. Rey survives, which is explained away by the announcers, who claim that there was a lower roof portion just out of camera shot.
  • Doting Parent: Would affectionately call his daughter "Princess" when she was on TV.
  • Dream Team: Himself, Myzteziz and El Patrón Alberto were called such in Triple A.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: His WWE ring attire (sans mask) makes an appearance in IWA Mid-South in January 2002, five months before his debut in WWE.
  • Establishing Character Moment: His mid-air hurricanrana on Psicosis at Bash at the Beach 96.
  • Estrogen Brigade Bait: Back in WCW when Rey was actually maskless... just damn. This is what led to.....
  • Even the Guys Want Him: All of which crosses over into outright Bishōnen especially in the SmackDown intro video. There, he looks barely a teenager, the lighting really emphasizes his long eyelashes and eyes, and to top it off, the lighting combined with his mask also gives him bishie sparkles.
  • Eye Scream: On the May 11, 2020 edition of Raw (the night after Money in the Bank), Seth Rollins forced his right eye at the sharp corner of the steel steps. Taken Up to Eleven at The Horror Show at Extreme Rules that July, when Mysterio and Rollins met in an "Eye for an Eye" match, in which the winner had to gouge his opponent's eye out. Rollins succeeded in "gouging out" said eye.
  • Face: Rey has spent almost his entire career as a face. Even his stint in the heel stable the Filthy Animals, he came across more as a tweener going along with the heel thing because it's what his friends were doing. Since joining the WWE, Rey has never been anything but a pure face, a shockingly rare feat in the land of Heel–Face Revolving Door that is pro wrestling. He's effectively the Ricky Steamboat of his generation.
    • It's really hard to boo him. Only the most smark-heavy crowds ever turn against his plucky face persona, and only when he runs up against a path to a scenario they want to come to pass. For example, New York gave him some Heel heat during a Royal Rumble 2008 match with Edge, who was SmackDown's Big Bad at the time, mainly because they preferred seeing Edge defend against The Undertaker at WrestleMania XXIV over Rey getting another Eddie-motivated title reign. And then there was 2014's Royal Rumble, when it was revealed that he was the final entry, meaning Daniel Bryan, whom the crowd desperately wanted to win the title at WrestleMania XXX, would not be in the Rumble at all. To say the crowd was furious would be the Understatement of the Year.
  • Fragile Speedster: With the very brief exception of Blitzkrieg in WCW, Mysterio has always been the fastest man in the match while wrestling in the USA. He's also the smallest, especially back in WCW when he weighed in at around 150 lbs, and even his fellow cruiserweights could hit him with powerbombs and other moves usually done by heavyweights.
  • Friend to All Children: Probably the most popular wrestler (behind John Cena of course) among young children. In fact, just take a gander at his entrance, where he stops to shake hands with or kiss every single child in the front rows before entering the ring.
    • Bonus points for children in the front seats who wear a Rey Mysterio mask. Rey will come to them and do a luchador-esque forehead bump to them and will give a lucky child the mask over his mask.
    • His popularity is easily greater than John Cena's because he is also loved by smarks who liked him in WCW and ECW and fans of lucha libre. However, WWE has always made sure that the most promoted wrestler is a heavyweight face, and Cena fits that bill.
  • Game-Breaking Injury: Rey's bad knees have veered into Black Comedy Running Gag territory. You know it's bad when your frequent injuries earn their own meme.
  • Genre Savvy: When up against Eddie Guerrero in a mask vs title match in '97, Mysterio anticipated Guerrero making illegal attempts at removing the mask during the match, and wore a full body costume with a mask that attached to the rest of it.
  • Gratuitous Spanish: Oh, brother. Lately, it seems as if Mysterio has turned into the wrestling equivalent of Dora the Explorer. It gets worse whenever he appears in California or the Southwest. ("Kane is a little delusional!"/"Es un vato loco!") Somewhat justified, as a key part of SmackDown's ratings during its broadcast TV run was its excellent numbers in Latino households, thanks chiefly to Rey and the late Eddie Guerrero.
  • He's Back: After a 30-year absence, he returned to Triple A, his first national promotion. Most appropriately at Rey de Reyes, and in the main event no less.
  • Horned Humanoid: WCW glued devil horns on the side of his head after he was unmasked.
  • I Have the High Ground: As per usual for the lucha libre style. Much more so in his younger years, back when his knees were still in one piece.
  • Incorruptible Pure Pureness: The undisputed Ricky Steamboat of his generation, Rey has almost never been heel. There was an attempt during his unmasked period in WCW with the Filthy Animals, but as far as everyone is concerned, that never happened. And unlike John Cena, Rey was always better off staying a face.
  • Institutional Apparel: Rey occasionally competed in a set of orange prison scrubs during his unmasked period in WCW (chiefly when he was a part of the Filthy Animals).
  • Invincible Hero: In the past few years, he has become nearly unstoppable. Losses, clean or otherwise, have become a major rarity for Rey (which doesn't stop the commentators from calling him an "underdog").
    • It wasn't as bad in 2009 and 2010, with Rey being beaten by the likes of Chris Jericho, The Undertaker, CM Punk, John Morrison, Kane, and Alberto Del Rio, as well as losing one fall to Jack Swagger via submission in a two out of three falls match.
    • He has gotten most of those losses back from Del Rio, Chris Jericho, and CM Punk. In fact, after they (CM Punk and Chris Jericho) beat him once, Mysterio went on and started pinning them clean.
  • It Will Never Catch On: Eric Bischoff said masked wrestlers didn't sell, unmasked Rey, and proceeded to do nothing meaningful with him. Rey would re-mask, go to WWE, and proceed to become the most famous luchador in mainstream wrestling, while hundreds of thousands of fans would buy his mask and make him (and WWE) lots of money.
    • Similarly, Chris Jericho mentioned meeting an 18-year-old Rey in his autobiography and was convinced that Rey had no future in the business and would be lucky to be working ring crew, but didn't have the heart to tell him that.
  • Kid-Appeal Character: He will likely always appeal to kids for his height alone but he also gives out masks to them and frequently wears bright colors like yellow.
  • Kid Hero All Grown Up: He began in the Mini Estrella Division at age 14 and has spent most of his career as what they call a babyface in the United States.
  • Legacy Character: To his uncle, despite the Jr, or the fact his uncle is much larger and more grounded when he wrestles. This was not initially the case, his gimmick on the indies alternating between La Lagartija Verde and Colibrí, but his uncle became impressed enough with his work to offer him the Rey Misterio mantle. It's since become a tradition, as both Hijo de Rey Misterios explicitly had to earn the right to use the gimmick first.
  • Location Theme Naming: The West Coast Pop is obviously named from the West Coast of the US, while the 619 is the area code of San Diego, CA (which is part of the West Coast), Rey's hometown.
  • Loophole Abuse: See Masked Luchador.
  • Masked Luchador: DUH!
    • It's interesting to note that the last couple of years of Rey's WCW career were spent unmasked. As pointed out above, WWE never acknowledges this, and everyone from Rey himself to his uncle and predecessor to the Mexican Athletic Commission itself absolutely hated that decision. In fact, this is in part why he's simply called "Rey Mysterio" in WWE. Rey Jr. and his uncle found a way around the strict rules in Mexico regarding luchadores losing their masks (if they lose it, they can't put it back on); while Rey Misterio Jr. had been unmasked, Rey Misterio (the original) had not. The original Misterio gave Rey Jr. permission to use the WWE-marketed Rey Mysterio (minus the "Jr."), with the original becoming Rey Misterio Sr., and Rey's mask was back on — this time, for good. By the time he returned to the Mysterio Jr. name on the independents, the whole thing was forgotten to anyone that mattered.
    • They also changed the "I" to a "Y" for good measure, but that may have been a WWE move as they've done the same with other wrestlers, like Rhyno.
      • The spelling of Rey's surname may be a remnant of his stint in WCW, as they were known for mispronouncing and misspelling the luchadores' names. Most notably, they promoted Último Dragón (actually translates to "Last Dragon") as "The Ultimate Dragon" for about 2 years.
      • The Spanish for Mystery is actually Misterio but it was changed by WWE to Mysterio so people would realise it means "mystery" as opposed to meaning "mister". This caused another problem - that people thought 'Rey' was his first name and didn't know it is the Spanish for king. Though, to be fair, 'Rey' is a given name in some Spanish-speaking countries.
      • Actually it is WCW that changed it to Mysterio.
  • Meaningful Name: His name is Spanish for "The King of Mystery"; his early WCW ring attire was dotted with question marks.
    • One of the most infamous of such attires was a Phantom-inspired purple bodysuit that had question marks all over it; this attire was most notably worn during his famous match with Eddie Guerrero at WCW Halloween Havoc 1997.
  • The Mentor: Ever since forming a tag team with Sin Cara, he's been referred to as a mentor to him.
    • In Lucha Underground, he plays this role to Dragon Azteca Jr.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: In one of the most famous clips of the nWo running roughshod over the WCW roster, Kevin Nash (7'2") picked up Mysterio (5'3") over his head and threw him head-first into a production truck like a lawn dart. The thud and the accompanying bellyflop to the pavement were sick to look at.
    • The Big Show would top this at the 2003 Backlash PPV. After Big Show shrugged off THREE 619 maneuvers in a row and defeated him handily, Rey was taken out on a stretcher board. Big Show, however, came back down, picked up Rey still strapped to the board, and swung the board like a baseball bat against the ring post (which would be sick in itself, but the immobile Rey also splatted face-first to the mat).
    • Let's face it. If you are a heel, want to do a Face–Heel Turn, or just want to gain credibility as a heel, beat the ever loving hell out of Rey Mysterio. It seems to be in the heel manual these days.
  • Older Than They Look: The mask and Rey's small stature work well to hide the fact that he's much older than his appearance lets on. He was born in 1974. He's barely aged a day since his WCW days. Chris Jericho thought he was a 13-year-old boy the first time he saw him, according to Jericho's own biography.
    • To put this in perspective, his Survivor Series 2019 match against Brock Lesnar? Lesnar is three years younger than Rey (b. 1977).
  • Omniglot: Maybe not in real life, but he seems to be able to easily converse with everyone else on the roster, up to and including a mute leprechaun and a giant who can barely even speak his own language.
  • OOC Is Serious Business: Usually when Rey is in a Papa Wolf mode, he's angry but he'll make sure to be calm about it. Brock Lesnar going after his son? Cue Rey attacking him with a steel pipe and even challenging Lesnar to a match at Survivor Series, going as far as to deliver chair shots as a statement.
  • Papa Wolf: Harming his kids is a good way to get him angry, as seen with his feuds with Eddie Guerrero (when Eddie tried to use his son Dominik as a shield) and CM Punk (for causing his daughter Aalyah to cry on her birthday).
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: He is 5'2". He is a top level wrestler.
  • Put on a Bus: Took time out for a knee injury. He had a date set for his return but was suspended for 60 days for failing a Wellness Test.
    • The Bus Came Back on July 16 - naturally, running over Alberto Del Rio in the process.
  • Religious Bruiser: Rey is as Catholic as he is badass, which is to say very. He opens most of his matches by taking a knee and crossing himself, and has a number of crosses and Christian symbols tattooed on his body.
  • Rogues Gallery: Good Lord, where to begin? Eddie Guerrero, Chavo Guerrero Jr., The Big Show, Randy Orton, John "Bradshaw" Layfield, Batista, Chris Jericho, Cody Rhodes, and Alberto Del Rio. And that's just his WWE tenure.
  • Shout-Out: His falls count anywhere match against Cody Rhodes had several shout-outs to ECW including a long brawl throughout the arena, "HOLY SHIT!" chants, a failed attempt at a Psycho Guillotine (longtime rival Psicosis's finisher), and finally beating Cody by using Asian mist like Tajiri.
  • Summon Bigger Fish: After he and his son Dominik were severely beaten up and victimized by Brock Lesnar on the September 30th 2019 edition of RAW, he responded by bringing in UFC fighter Cain Valsquez, who beat Brock for the UFC Championship, to take the fight to him.
  • Trope Maker: The Tiger Feint Kick is so called because it is a feint. It was originally something to psyche out wrestlers who thought their opponent was going to dive out of the ring. If you ever see anyone actually use the move offensively, it is most likely because of this guy.
  • Unlimited Wardrobe: While a lot of WWE's major stars tend to wear same ring gear for at least a few months at a time, Rey Mysterio seems to have a different set of mask and matching pants every other week.
  • Verbal Tic: Yells "WA-AHHHH" while striking.
  • Weaksauce Weakness:
    • Mysterio beating on you? Everything you throw at him failing? Rip off his mask and he'll immediately try to cover his face, leaving himself wide open to be pummeled. Alberto Del Rio uses this tactic liberally.
    • Subverted during his match against Chris Jericho at The Bash 2009 when Jericho got his mask off but Mysterio was wearing another mask underneath it! Jericho was so surprised that he ate a 619 and Rey got the pin.
  • Would Hit a Girl: In the Royal Rumble (2019) he attacked Nia Jax with a 619 and later eliminated her.
  • Wrestling Family: WWE refuses to acknowledge this, but Rey Misterio (Rey Misterio Jr.) is in a pretty well known family south of the border. He is a second generation superstar, and might be considered the best in this line. So every time Mysterio starts a feud with a Guerrero where one or both accuse Rey of wanting to be a Guerrero, a Wallbanger ensues.
    • The legacy continues, with Rey's son Dominic (with a slight name change to "Dominik" in the ring) having started training as a wrestler and making almost weekly on-screen appearances with Rey. Presumably in storyline this is meant to be Dominik shadowing his father more closely to learn the ropes. He's gotten a literal crash course in taking bumps.note  In 2020, shortly before Dominik was set to make his wrestling debut against Seth Rollins at SummerSlam, Rey told an interviewer that his long-term goal was to have Dominik wrestle as Prince Mysterio. At the time of the interview, Dominik already had masks and costumes designed for the Prince character. And then in 2021 Rey and Dominik formed a tag team, eventually taking the SmackDown tag team belts off Dolph Ziggler and Robert Roode, becoming WWE's first father-son tag team champs.
    • In 2008 Rey Sr. introduced El Hijo de Rey Misterio to continue the family line, though he retired after a generally uneventful career in 2011. A second El Hijo debuted shortly after that, before renaming himself Rey Horusnote  in 2014. Despite the name these 2 are both actually Rey Sr.'s nephews. Rey Sr has bestowed the name upon several other wrestlers since then but none are actually related to them.
  • Wrestling Psychology: Mysterio is probably the best at selling without overselling, and the best at being a babyface in the industry.
    • Though considering that he's had surgery five times on his knees, how much of it is selling?
  • Yank the Dog's Chain/Your Princess Is in Another Castle!: His WWE championship run only lasted about an hour, after being forced to defend it against John Cena, and unlike other heels, Cena got away with it.

Alternative Title(s): Rey Mysterio


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