Backstage details on Rey Mysterio's injury
by SIMONE BRUGNOLI | VIEW 846
Rey Mysterio was unable to participate in the men's Royal Rumble match due to injury. It was the 'Wrestling Observer' who first reported the news of the forfeit of the former world champion, injured during the match against Karrion Kross which took place last Friday on SmackDown.
WWE preferred not to replace Rey in the real brawl, sending his son Dominik into the ring with his father's mask to make people believe that he had a hand behind Rey's absence. It was reportedly decided not to 'risk' the 'Master of 619' just hours before the Rumble took place, according to 'PWInsider'
WWE executives have long discussed the presence or absence of Rey, who should have created an angle with his son Dominik in view of Wrestlemania 39.
New details on Rey Mysterio
Rey Mysterio and Dominik Mysterio were SmackDown Tag Team Champions in the past and shared great times together.
At Clash at the Castle, however, Dominik turned against his father by joining 'Judgment Day' On the latest edition of the 'Cruz Show', former NXT North American Champion and current Aew superstar – Swerve Strickland – recalled his match against Rey Mysterio in 2018.
“Rey Mysterio has always been my role model” – began Strickland with great frankness. “I got to wrestle with him in Tennessee and it was an incredible experience. It took me a while to realize that I was fighting my hero.
It's like I've faced my favorite comic book character. Rey complimented me and told me he'd wanted to work with me for a long time. When I heard those words, I couldn't believe my ears. If my career had ended the next day, I would still have been delighted ”- he added.
The future of WWE is quite uncertain following the sensational return of Vince McMahon earlier this year. In fact, it is rumored that the company will be sold in the near future. During the interview, the former World Heavyweight Champion spoke about whom he would like to see his son, Dominik face in the WWE.
“I think he’s open-minded, and he’s willing to do whatever it takes for him to get to the next level. And of course, he can only train so much. But in order to really pick up what he needs to know, that is going to happen in his first matches.
So that is probably the next phase that we’re looking at soon, hopefully … I truly think that he should be ready by early next year”.