Cheers and excitement filled the AmericanAirlines Arena after Rey Mysterio was introduced to the capacity crowd before Hell in a Cell got underway on Sunday, Oct. 27 in Miami.
The popular WWE superstar has been sidelined with a knee injury for most of 2013 and is working toward an official return to the ring. Mysterio, who is featured in the new WWE 2K14 video game, joined the Spanish announce team for the event. He says the opportunity to serve as analyst for the pay-per-view caught him off guard.
“We were first supposed to do a half hour of commentating with the Spanish team,” Mysterio said. “I think it worked out well that I was able to stick around, and I enjoyed it. I enjoyed the show very much. It was definitely a different side compared to being in the ring. It was awesome…Being that close to the ring, but not wrestling was breathtaking. For a while I would forget I was commentating and be really into the match. The matches were incredible. I thought the pay-per-view was incredible. The fans make the matches and make the show, so the fans were incredible as well.”
Besides his South Florida appearance, Mysterio actually returned to the ring teaming with Sin Cara to defeat Wade Barrett and Alberto Del Rio during a recent live event in Mexico. The veteran performer felt it went well, asking for the match to test out his knee.
“It was more of a let’s see how my body reacts and my knee reacts to being back in the ring,” Mysterio said. “Overall I felt good but still feel I need a bit more therapy, just from the damage I’ve done through the years to my knee. We are back to therapy and strengthening up that quad and hamstring, just making sure there are no mistakes this next time.”
Mysterio has suffered numerous injuries throughout his long career. His mentality these days is making sure he is not returning to the WWE grind prematurely and when his body tells him he is ready. He hopes to make 2014 his comeback year.
“I think if I don’t do it by the end of the year, then next year,” Mysterio said. “I would hate to push myself instead of taking my time. I want to make a good return, and not being absent shortly after my return. It’s something I’m still debating. I’m going to listen to my body.”
The driven superstar’s passion to compete on the highest level and bring members of the WWE Universe to their feet remains.
“I’m definitely still motivated and feel the urge to be in the ring,” Mysterio said. “I’ve always told myself the day I don’t feel that anymore is the day I need to say, ‘That’s it.’ I still have some years inside me that I want to push forward, I want to go out and entertain. I miss it. I really do. I miss being out there and the interaction with the fans. I miss the applause and the 619 chants. I’m hoping that God still gives me a couple of more years for me to perform.”
The WWE landscape has changed tremendously during the time Mysterio has been away. A crop of emerging talent has made their presence felt. The San Diego native is looking to working with many of them.
“There are so many superstars now I haven’t been in the ring with,” Mysterio said.
“The last part I had was really with [Alberto] Del Rio and CM Punk. So we got Daniel Bryan now, the Shield. There are so many opponents out there that I would like to go at. With [Hell in a Cell] and watching the Shield work in that tag team match for the titles was definitely something I would have loved to be a part of. It’s the same with the Usos. There is so much future in the WWE roster right now. I want to test myself and see if I can still go.”