Rey Mysterio speaks about the toughest period of his life

The masked luchador spoke with Lilian Garcia on Chasing Glory podcast

by Simone Brugnoli
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Rey Mysterio speaks about the toughest period of his life

Rey Mysterio recently started fighting in WWE, after a long absence due to injuries. The masked luchador spoke with Lilian Garcia on Chasing Glory podcast, where he recalled the toughest period of his life. “I would have to say, as a kid, I had plenty of time to enjoy my childhood.

I played out in the streets ‘til night. We did trick or treating at nighttime and we just had so much fun. Living in San Diego at a very young age and having to move to Tijuana, Mexico at probably about the age of 11 or 12, I’d have to say that my toughest years as a kid is having to learn the sport of wrestling at such a young age and being literally the only kid in the class, just because I had a bit of a hall pass because my uncle was the coach or the trainer, so he would let me stick around, but you wouldn’t see kids my age training at that time.

Of course, the youngest kid after me was probably 18 years old," Mysterio said. "You had an 11-12 year old kid in there, who is literally a kid and the next person after that is a teenager, so I went through a lot of beat downs and phases in my life.

I didn’t really understand that this sport was gonna be this hard. Sometimes I would just leave the ring crying waiting to get some kind of attention from my uncle and I would be in the gym or the class with everybody there.

If I would get hit too hard and get the wind knocked out of me, just like any other kid, you start crying and kinda pull aside. I do recall this and waiting for my uncle to come and say, ‘Hey, are you OK? Come back in the ring.

That’s alright. It’s OK,’ but I would never get that type of attention and that just made me tougher mentally much much tougher and physically much tougher. It did [make me grow up faster]”.

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