San Diego, CA
5' 6", 165 pounds
Colibri, Super Nino
Mysterio, real name Oscar Gonzalez, was born in 1974 in San Diego, right on the border of Tijuana, Mexico. It was in Tijuana where his uncle, the legendary Rey Mysterio Sr., made a name for himself as one of the top stars and promoters in Mexico in the 70s and 80s.
Rey Mysterio, Sr. helped train the younger Rey for his career in the ring, beginning at the age of 14 in a training camp that also produced Konnan and Psicosis. On April 30, 1989, he made his debut under the name of Colibri, facing Shamu in California. Over the next three years, he would wrestle on his uncle's shows as well as for other Southern California indies. After also wrestling as Super Nino, Mysterio had to earn his uncle's permission to wrestle as Rey Mysterio, Jr (King of Mystery).
He dropped out of high school at the age of 17 to focus on his wrestling school. His first championship came on October 28, 1992, when Mysterio Jr. captured the Comision de Box y Lucha Libre Mexico D.F. National Welterweight title from Fantasma de la Quebrada.
In 1992, Mysterio headed south to Mexico to compete in the Asistencia Asesoria y Administracion (AAA) organization, taking on Konnan and Psicosis as well as Juventud Guerrera while winning both the AAA Welterweight and Light Heavyweight Championships. He would also win the WWA versions of those titles, and teamed with Rey Mysterio, Sr. for the WWA Tag Team Championships, defeating the Villanos IV and V.
With his daredevil style and suicidal moves, Rey was being compared to legendary Japanese wrestler Tiger Mask, and frequently toured with the Japanese War promotion.
In the fall of 1995, Mysterio, Jr. was contacted by Paul Heyman and headed north to Philadelphia to compete in ECW, mostly facing an old foe, Psicosis. Mysterio, Jr. would defeat Psicosis in a "Mexican Death" match at November to Remember '95.
A year later, Konnan would alert World Championship Wrestling to the abilities of his friend, Rey Mysterio, Jr. and Mysterio, Jr. would debut in WCW against then-Cruiserweight Champion Dean Malenko at the 1996 Great American Bash. In July 1996, Mysterio, Jr. would again defeat Psicosis, this time to earn a title shot against Malenko on Nitro, in a match that would begin Mysterio, Jr.'s first reign as WCW Cruiserweight Champion. A few weeks later, Mysterio, Jr. would defeat Juventud Guerrera to unify the WCW Cruiserweight title with the WWA Welterweight Championship.
Four months later, Rey Mysterio, Jr. would finally drop the WCW Cruiserweight title back to Dean Malenko and then begin losing matches to Prince Iaukea as the Prince defended the WCW Television Championship. As 1998 began, after another (brief) reign as Cruiserweight Champion, Mysterio, Jr. took some time off due to a knee injury.
Mysterio Jr. returned at 1998's Bash at the Beach to face the man he lost the belt to, Chris Jericho and seemed to have defeated him, due to the interference of Dean Malenko, but the match was overturned.
Meanwhile, Mysterio, Jr. found himself a member of Eddie Guerrero's Latino World Order, having lost a match to Guerrero that forced him to join. Ironically, as much as Rey was hesitant to join the LWO, when Ric Flair forced the group to disband in early 1999, Rey continued to sport the LWO colors.
At Superbrawl IX, Konnan and Mysterio, Jr. lost a "hair vs. mask" bout to Kevin Nash and Scott Hall, thanks to the interference of Lex Luger. Mysterio, Jr. would unmask and then take on, and defeat Nash, although Nash would defeat Mysterio, Jr. in a rematch at Uncensored.
Mysterio, Jr. would rebound to defeat Billy Kidman for the Cruiserweight Championship. Mysterio quickly granted Kidman a rematch but before the bout could take place, Kidman and Mysterio would team up and, on Nitro, defeat Chris Benoit and Dean Malenko to win the WCW Tag Team Championship.
After losing the tag titles to Raven and Perry Saturn, Mysterio began teaming with Konnan, eventually forming the No Limit Soldiers, feuding with the West Texas Rednecks, led by Curt Hennig, who believed that "Rap Is Crap". With the end of the fued, Mysterio and Konnan continued teaming, and formed "The Filthy Animals" with Eddie Guerrero and Billy Kidman.
In August 1999, Mysterio dropped the Cruiserweight title in a bit of a shocker to Lenny Lane and shortly thereafter, the Filthy Animals had a short heel turn. Konnan and Rey defeated Harlem Heat for the WCW Tag Team Championship but Mysterio, Jr. was injured during the match, causing the title to be vacated.
It wouldn't be until April, 2000, when Mysterio would come back full time to WCW, and when he did, he rejoined the Filthy Animals and the New Blood, headed by Vince Russo and Eric Bischoff. Joined by Disco Inferno and Juventud Guerrera (but minus Billy Kidman), the Animals feuded with Misfits In Action.
Juventud and Mysterio, Jr. would defeat the Great Muta and Vampiro in August 2000 and would not lose the belts in the ring. Instead, they would be forced to forfeit the titles when Disco Inferno put the belts up as part of his own match (which he lost) against Ernest "the Cat" Miller.
During the last months of WCW, Mysterio, Jr. and the rest of the Filthy Animals would battle the Natural Born Thrillers, Boogie Knights (the team of Disco Inferno and Alex Wright) and KroniK, the Harris Brothers and Team Canada. Rey Mysterio, Jr. would come up empty in his pursuit of Chavo Guerrero, Jr and the Cruiserweight Championship while he and Kidman would make it to the finals of the WCW Cruiserweight Tag Team Championship tournament, losing to Kid Romeo and Elix Skipper. However, on the last night in WCW's history, Kidman and Mysterio defeated Romeo and Skipper to win the belts.
While many of his fellow WCW superstars became members of the WWE roster, Mysterio's debut would not come until July 25th, 2002, defeating Chavo Guerrero, Jr. on Smackdown. And while Mysterio, Jr. wowed WWE crowds, he lost his initial pay-per-view bout, against Kurt Angle at SummerSlam.
After some more matches against Angle, Mysterio, Jr. teamed with Edge and made it all the way to the finals of the tournament to crown new Smackdown Tag Team Champions. Who was waiting for him in the finals? Kurt Angle, who had teamed with Chris Benoit to earn their own slot in the finals. Angle and Benoit won the bout and the titles, but a victory of Eddie and Chavo Guerrero Jr. made Edge and Mysterio, Jr. the top contenders to the tag titles. In November, Edge and Mysterio, Jr. got their rematch and won the Tag Team Championships.
That reign would end in defeat at the hands of Los Guerreros in a triple threat match at the 2002 Survivor Series (Benoit/Angle was the other team) but by December, Rey had bigger problems. He was injured at the hands of Albert and was out of action until January, when he would team with Brock Lesnar to defeat Albert and the Big Show on Smackdown.
After defeating Jamie Noble and Tajiri in a Triple Threat match, Mysterio became the number one contender to the WWE Cruiserweight title, facing Matt Hardy at Wrestlemania XIX. Thanks to interference from Shannon Moore and some cheating tactics, Hardy retained the championship.
While teaming with Tajiri against A-Train and the Big Show, Mysterio raised the ire of the Big Show, leading to a bout against the two at Bashlash 2003. Show gained the victory and even injured Mysterio after slamming the cruiserweight (who was strapped to a stretcher) against a corner post. Mysterio returned to help Brock Lesnar during the Big Show/Lesnar stretcher match at Judgment Day.
Mysterio returned to his quest for the WWE Cruiserweight Championship, having to go through Shannon Moore and Crash Holly and overcome a groin injury to get his shot at Matt Hardy's title. Mysterio took advantage of a title shot on a June Smackdown, defeating Hardy and becoming Cruiserweight Champion.
With Mysterio defending the Cruiserweight Championship, he began teaming with Billy Kidman in an unsuccessful attempt to win Smackdown's Tag Team Championship, but the belts, held by the World's Greatest Tag Team eluded them. Meanwhile, after getting a face full of green mist, Mysterio began feuding with Tajiri, which led to Tajiri's winning the Cruiserweight title in September, 2003. The loss would not end things between Tajiri and Mysterio, who also had to contend with Akio and Sakata. Finally, in January 2004, Mysterio regain the championship.
Although Mysterio would retain against Jamie Noble at the Royal Rumble, he would not be so lucky against Chavo Guerrero, Jr., dropping the title at No Way Out. Although it seemed as if Rey had gained a championship match for Wrestlemania XX, Paul Heyman decided that there would be a Cruiserweight Open for the Championship, during which Chavo, Jr. retained.
Mysterio then began to team with Rob Van Dam against the Dudley Boyz and that changed little in June, when Rey regained the Cruiserweight title from Chavo Guerrero, Jr. Mysterio would still be facing a Dudley Boy but it was Spike Dudley who would unseat Rey as Cruiserweight Champion on July 15th.
Although Mysterio would switch gears from the Cruiserweight Championship as his goal to the U.S. title (resulting in a defeat at the hands of Carlito Cool in October), he would also continue to team with Rob Van Dam to face Rene Dupre and Kenzo Suzuki and finally, on December 9th, the team won the WWE Tag Team titles on Smackdown. Just over a month later, on January 13th, with Van Dam going down to injury, they dropped the belts to the Basham Brothers.
A month later at No Way Out, Rey and Eddie Guerrero would defeat the Bashams to win the Tag Team Championship. However, things began to deteriorate between Eddie and Rey, thanks to some miscommunication and a few mind games from Chavo Guerrero, Jr. Eddie and Rey would remain tag champs, but would face off against each other at Wrestlemania XXI with Rey coming out victorious.
However, within a month, the team of Guerrero and Mysterio, their relationship strained by several miscues during the WWE's Championship Series, would lose the belts to the debuting team of Johnny Nitro and Joey Mercury. A week later during a rematch in England, Eddie would walk out on Mysterio, leaving him to fall prey to MNM.
Rey would continue to battle Eddie, including a victory over his former tag partner at Judgment Day. Eddie, upset at his inability to beat Rey, would make the feud personal by involving Rey's son, Dominic, and a family "secret".
The two former friends would clash at the Great American Bash in a bout where, if Rey lost, Eddie vowed to tell the world, and especially Dominic, about the secret. When Rey defeated Eddie, it seemed like the worst was over, only to have Eddie reveal that he, and not Rey, was Dominic's father, and then, later, demanded custody of the youngster.
At SummerSlam, Rey defeated Eddie in a ladder match to regain custody of his son and finally put an end to his battles with Eddie over Dominic. (Eddie would, however, defeat Rey in a cage match on a September edition of Smackdown.)
It appeared that Rey might feud with JBL in September, 2005 but in an ironic turn of events, Rey and JBL actually became allies (sort of) in the coming war between Raw and Smackdown. As a part of that war, Rey teamed with Matt Hardy against Chris Masters and Snitsky at Taboo Tuesday and instead of feuding with JBL, Rey teamed with him against a team of Raw superstars at November's Survivor Series.
However, JBL walked out on Mysterio during a match against Kane and the Big Show, prompting Batista to come to his aid. The Batista/Mysterio team would then capture the WWE Tag Team Championship from MNM.
MNM would quickly regain the titles, but the loss did little to hamper Rey's career. In January, he won the Royal Rumble. Rey Mysterio was going to Wrestlemania, hoping to capture the World Championship in honour of his good friend, Eddie Guerrero.
Randy Orton seemed to put a halt to those dreams, cheating Rey out of his title shot with a tainted victory at No Way Out. But Smackdown GM Teddy Long announced that the title match at Wrestlemania would be a triple threat match between Kurt Angle, Randy Orton and Rey Mysterio.
On April 2nd, 2006, Rey Mysterio defeated Angle and Orton in a triple threat match to win the World Heavyweight Championship at Wrestlemania 22 in honour of his good friend, Eddie Guerrero.
The WWE’s decision to put the heavyweight belt on so obvious a cruiserweight and for such a short period of time suggested the company might have simply been showing its gratitude for Mysterio’s hard work, rather than slotting him as a great champion that would go down in the annals of pro wrestling history.
Mysterio’s title reign lasted under four months and was marked by his vulnerability against much bigger men, as evidenced by his being manhandled in non-title bouts against Mark Henry, The Great Khali and Kane. Lending some credibility to his status as the top ranked heavyweight were his victories against JBL (one of which sent the big Texan into retirement), but those wins were somewhat diminished by his losses to Kurt Angle and Rob Van Dam.
After King Booker defeated Mysterio to capture the belt at the Great American Bash, Mysterio dropped out of the title picture and began a feud against Chavo Guerrero. Guerrero, who was partly responsible for Mysterio losing the title, teamed up with his late cousin Eddie Guerrero’s widow Vickie to haunt Mysterio. The angle repeatedly made references to Eddie and even included Mysterio’s son Dominic. A knee injury to Mysterio that would require surgery set up an I Quit match in which Chavo used a chair to “smash” Mysterio’s knee into oblivion and force him to submit.
It took 10 months for Mysterio to return as an active wrestler. He would defeat Chavo at SummerSlam, and ended the feud by forcing Chavo to submit in a second I Quit match on SmackDown.
After losing in a three-way match against Batista and Khali for the heavyweight title at Unforgiven, Mysterio would be put in a storyline against Fit Finlay that was sparked by JBL. They’d split their singles matches and work six-man tags against each other in a lead up to Survivor Series, where Team Triple H (including Mysterio) defeated Team Umaga (including Finlay).
Next up for Mysterio would be U.S. Champion Montel Vontavious Porter (MVP), although Mysterio never managed to take away the belt in their month-long battle.
Mysterio re-entered the heavyweight title picture by beating champion Edge in a beat the clock match on SmackDown (with help from Batista and the Undertaker), which set him up for a championship bout against The Rated R Superstar at Royal Rumble. With help from Vicky Guerrero, Edge would take the match after spearing Mysterio in midair as he went for the West Coast Pop.
A torn right bicep suffered on an overseas tour would soon sideline Mysterio. At No Way Out, he again lost to Edge, and on SmackDown, Big Show, at the behest of Vickie Guerrero, attacked Mysterio's arm. Mysterio didn't make another appearance until late June, when he was drafted to Raw, thus ending his six years on SmackDown.
During the summer, Kane started wandering around with Mysterio's mask inside a burlap sack. Mysterio revealed he was alive and well when he showed up on the first September Raw to brawl with the Big Red Machine. Kane got himself disqualified at No Mercy, and lost in a No Holds Barred match at Cyber Sunday. Kane would keep getting his licks in during tag matches against Mysterio or in sneak attacks, but lost another head-to-head match in a no-DQ match on Raw.
Rey's next feud again pitted him against yet another giant, this time the heavily bearded Mike Knox. Knox would sneak attack Mysterio on several occasions until finally they faced one another. Mysterio would get a DQ win on Raw, but Knox (along with Kane) would get a couple victories against Mysterio in tag contests. All three also competed in an Elimination Chamber match at No Way Out, although Edge came away with the win and the World title. Knox would lose another singles match to Mysterio on Raw, except this time by pinfall.
Intercontinental Champion JBL would again rear his ugly head, jumping Mysterio after his matches. (Perhaps JBL was upset he couldn't face Undertaker at WrestleMania?) JBL promised to make short work of Mysterio, although failed to do so on Raw when Mysterio beat him in a non-title match. Their re-match was even more one-sided, as Mysterio defeated JBL in 21 seconds at WrestleMania 25. Not only did he take away JBL's belt, but he also retired JBL for the second time.
Soon after, Mysterio was drafted back to SmackDown. There, he took on Chris Jericho and beat him at Judgment Day. A re-match was scheduled, but first, Mysterio had a shot at Edge's World Heavyweight belt. Edge, however, nailed Mysterio with the Spear on SmackDown to score the clean pinfall. The worst was yet to come, though, for a couple days later at Extreme Rules, Mysterio lost his mask and belt to Jericho in a No Holds Barred match.
Rey Mysterio Photo Gallery
Photo gallery from September 2007 autograph signing
--by John M. Milner with files from John Molinaro and Richard Kamchen
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Dec. 15, 2009: Mysterio book lets reader Behind the Mask
Jan. 24, 2009: Rey's ready to Rumble again
May 2, 2008: Lost Misterio DVD has much to offer
Jan. 15, 2008: New Mysterio DVD has repeats and rarities
Sep. 12, 2007: Mysterio happy to be back in action
July 9, 2006: Mysterio thanks fans
Aug. 7, 2005: High flyer provides Rey of sunshine
Review: Mysterio DVD soars
Review: Mysterio DVD extras reviewed
Aug. 25, 1999: Heyman: Mysterio wants out