Rey and Dominik Mysterio were guests on the latest episode of “The Kurt Angle Show” on AdFreeShows.com. Rey talked about having his first match at the age of 14, the match with Eddie Guerrero at Halloween Havoc 1997, signing with WWE, the SmackDown 6, becoming World Champion, tagging with Dominik, and more.
Here are some highlights:
Rey was asked if he regrets losing his mask in WCW:
“I don’t think so. When I lost the mask, the next night I faced Kevin Nash. That’s when the ‘Giant Killer’ came up. I think sometimes I think to myself, ‘If I wouldn’t have lost the mask, would I have had the push that I got against all these bigger guys?’ I don’t know, but because it happened, there was a positive side to it. That’s when I started working with the bigger guys which eventually opened up the doors to me in WWE.”
Rey was asked what he would tell kids when he gave a mask to one of them on the way to the ring:
“It would vary depending on how pumped up that kid was. Most of the time, it was a moment of thanking them for being a Rey Mysterio fan. That idea for the mask, I got from Bret Hart when Bret Hart would do the shades. Eventually, there came a time when I started giving the masks out to the kids. That was an idea based off of Bret ‘The Hitman’ Hart’s character.”
Rey said it was WWE’s idea for him to wear the mask when he debuted with them:
“They wanted to know what I was going to wear. It was just out of nowhere. It came out of left field. ‘What ring gear are you going to wear?’ I showed them what I was using at the time. I was using that Big Poppa Pump Excalibur shield and a vest. I said, ‘This is what I’m going to wear.’ They said, ‘What about the mask?’ I said, ‘I’m not using the mask anymore.’ They said, ‘No, they want you to use the mask.’ I said, ‘Nobody told me anything.’ I quickly added change and recreated my design to start wearing something different from WCW and new to WWE. There was a big confusion there. I thought I was going to be part of the company and wrestle without the mask, but no, that’s where the marketing really came into place.”