Rey Mysterio is one of the most beloved Superstars in WWE history due to his high-flying style and iconic masks, as well as countless title reigns and memorable moments.
Mysterio has wrestled around the world for over 30 years and was an industry veteran by the time he joined WWE in 2002, despite being only 27 years old.
His first WWE run lasted 13 years and he won the WWE Championships and two World Heavyweight titles, the latter at WrestleMania 22 after winning the 2006 Royal Rumble, as well as several tag reigns and two Intercontinental Championships. His run since returning in 2018 captured two US titles and tagged along with his son Dominic.
Despite his long and storied career, there may be a few things fans still don’t know about the 619 master. GiveMeSport Runs you through 10 things you didn’t know about Rey Mysterio…
He started training at a young age
The real-life Oscar Gutierrez knew he wanted to be a pro wrestler from an early age, in part because his uncle Rey Mysterio Sr. was a successful grappler himself. He joined his uncle’s wrestling school at eight, making him the youngest student in the class.
His first ring name
As per Mexican tradition, children usually take their father’s ring name. Since his uncle was a second father to him, he intended to use Rey Mysterio Jr. as his name. His uncle didn’t think he was ready at age 14, so he gave him the name “Colibri” (hummingbird in English) because of his small size and high flying abilities.
He is the youngest Rookie of the Year winner
In 1992, at just 18 years old, Ray won the prestigious Wrestling Observer Newsletter Rookie of the Year. This made him the youngest wrestler ever and a sign of things to come.
Paul Heyman brought him to US Wrestling
Like many other great wrestlers like Chris Jericho and Eddie Guerrero, Rey got his big break in the US in 1995 with ECW. ECW was of course owned by Paul Heyman and he had an incredible eye for worldwide talent.
WCW changed its ring name
Rey signed for WCW in 1996 but did not notice that his merchandise had his middle name as “Mysterio” and not “Mysterio”. Rey Mysterio translates from Spanish as “Mystery King” and has been changed to further reflect the English spelling. It has stuck ever since.
Because of his rosary beads tattoo
Mysterio has countless tattoos all over his body, especially rosary beads around his neck and chest. He got the tattoo after realizing he had forgotten his beads at home while on the road. Not feeling right without him, he always decided to tattoo to protect him.
619 meaning behind nominative
The 619 is one of the most iconic finishing moves in wrestling history and is synonymous with the character of Rey Mysterio. Its naming of 619, along with its zip code, is a tribute to his hometown of San Diego.
He wrestled unmasked in WCW
Although Mysterio’s face was never seen on WWE television, he wrestled maskless in WCW for two years after losing a “Hair vs. Mask” tag match against Kevin Nash and Scott Hall. Mysterio has expressed his disappointment with the decision in later years, citing the mask’s importance to the luchador.
He won eight tag titles in WCW and WWE with eight different partners
Mysterio won the WCW World Tag Titles with Konnan, Billy Kidman and Juventud Guerrera, the WWE Tag Belts with Eddie Guerrero, Rob Van Dam, Edge and Batista, and the SmackDown Tag Titles with his son Dominic.
His tag team wins with Dominic were historic
Mysterio’s victory over Dolph Ziggler and Bobby Roode at WrestleMania Backlash in 2021 made the pair the first father-son tag team champions in WWE history. This only added to Mysterio’s name and family legacy.