Could a former champion be coming back to WWE? Well, not so fast…
According to Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer, the WWE’s talks with Rey Mysterio have only been exploratory so far, and there is interest from both sides. However, Meltzer mention that Mysterio is in “serious” talks right with with WWE’s biggest rival Global Force Wrestling (GFW).
Mysterio’s contract ended with WWE back in 2015, and he was not retained despite being of the most popular stars in the promotion over the past decade-plus. Mysterio has since been working heavily on the independent scene, including doing the Lucha Underground TV show.
At 42, Mysterio has slowed down, but is still capable of great match and has been kept healthy by the less demanding independent schedule. Going back to WWE could prove to be the best financial move for him with how the company has been able to move his merchandise in the past, but the week-to-week WWE schedule could prove to be too much for the over 25-year wrestling veteran at this point.
Between WCW and WWE, Mysterio is one of the most decorated “cruiserweight” wrestlers off all time. Mysterio is a three-time WWE world champion, a two-time Intercontinental Champion, five-time tag team champion, and eight-time cruiserweight champion. Mysterio is also one of the few remaining active wrestlers to have wrestled for the original ECW, WCW, and WWE.