Here is the latest on the situation with Rey Mysterio.
Although Jim Ross said on his podcast that he heard that Mysterio signed a new deal, that is not the case. Earlier this month, I noted that Mysterio’s contract is up in the fall and he had not yet signed a new deal. Dave Meltzer confirmed in the Wrestling Observer Newsletter that Mysterio had not yet signed a new deal as of this week.
The angle where Seth Rollins took his eye out on Monday Night Raw was done so that he can begin a storyline with Rollins. That is if Mysterio decides to stay with WWE. If not, then he will follow the playbook of Matt Hardy. Hardy was buried during his last couple of months with the company.
Meltzer noted that he does not expect Mysterio to leave but nothing is locked in and if he does decide to leave, AEW would likely be interested in signing him. One thing that is important to Mysterio is the future of his son in the company. Prior to the pandemic, there were plans for Dominik to make his WWE in-ring debut this year. There’s no word on the status of those plans.
Meltzer noted that the economic situation being unique could dictate where the wind blows with Mysterio. He has a high paying contract because they didn’t want him signing with New Japan Pro Wrestling but the word now is that WWE is not giving any raises.
If Mysterio chooses to leave, there is no guarantee that AEW will be in the position to offer the kind of money he is getting now in WWE. Things were different a few months ago but the coronavirus pandemic has cost AEW a lot of revenue from ticket sales so they will have to be more judicious with their spending.
There’s still a few months left to make a decision and perhaps things will be different with the economy by September but this year seems like the worst timing for trying to seek leverage.