Rey Mysterio has been in the professional wrestling business for nearly 30 years, as he begun when he was 14-years-old. Following his stint with WCW, which ended in 2002, Mysterio signed with WWE that summer. “The Master Of The 619” remained with WWE for 13 years.
During his time with the company, Mysterio won two World Heavyweight Championships, a WWE Title, three Cruiserweight Titles, two Intercontinental Championships, four Tag Team Title runs (each with a different partner), and a 2006 Royal Rumble victory.
However, in February of 2015, Mysterio left the company after his contract with the promotion ended. He spent the next few years working the independent circuit before returning to WWE last month. Speaking to former WWE ring announcer Lilian Garcia on her podcast, “Chasing Glory,” Mysterio explained his decision to leave WWE in 2015.
As it turns out, Mysterio simply wanted to spend more time with his family and was tired of missing events with his kids:
“The opportunity was definitely on the table, and from the moment that I had left I left not giving detailed explanation to media or to whoever had any doubts or questions as to why I left. It was between WWE and myself; this was a part-time farewell. I needed to take a break. I needed to rest.
“I needed to be around my family to pick up on a lot of things that I had missed out on over the years with being on the road so much and traveling and dedicating so much of my time to the sport that I kind of pushed my family aside; don’t get me wrong, my wife has always been supportive of what I do as well as my kids, but when my kids were young they don’t understand why Dad has to leave every week,” Mysterio said.
“They don’t understand why Dad is not there for their birthdays or special events at school. They just know that Dad is working and is on the road. Now that they are older they understand that.
“They understand what I do and understand the impact that I have on life and on other people’s life so that was pretty much my answer as to why I was stepping away from my contractual agreement with WWE.
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