San Diego wrestling great Rey Mysterio is reportedly heading back to the World Wrestling Entertainment after two years on the independent circuits.
According to multiple reports, Mysterio, whose real name is is Óscar Gutiérrez, inked a deal with WWE 10 days ago when WWE Raw came to San Diego. The contract is separate from the WWE 2K19 video game deal, where he is a pre-order bonus character.
According to Wrestling Standard, the deal is set to begin Aug. 1 and Mysterio’s first appearance is rumored to be in SmackDown in Brooklyn.
The 43-year-old luchador, known for his known for his high-flying Lucha Libre style, left the WWE after nearly 15 years with the company. Since then, he’s been on the independent circuits with the occasional appearances in the WWE.
Last month, Mysterio was honored by the San Diego City Council, which proclaimed June 19, 2018, to be Rey Mysterio Day. He was honored for his work in the community. Mysterio was born and raised in San Diego County and named his signature move “The 619” after the area code of his hometown.
Mysterio made his debut with World Championship Wrestling (WCW) in 1996 and won his first Cruiserweight Championship that same year. He’s won the WCW World Cruiserweight Championship six times, WCW Cruiserweight Tag Team Championship and WCW World Tag Team Championship three times.
He was known as the “giant killer” for beating bigger opponents such as Kevin Nash, Bam Bam Bigelow and Scott Norton.
Mysterio made his World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) debut in 2002 after it had acquired WCW and went on to win the WWE Championship belt and the WWE Heavy Weight Champion twice. He became a two-time Intercontinental Champion, a four-time WWE Champion, a three-time Cruiserweight Champion, the 2006 Royal Rumble winner, and the 21st Triple Crown Winner.
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