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A talented masked man talks WWE return, WWE 2K19 honor, inspiring others and more

WWE alum Rey Mysterio was at Florida Supercon, meeting fans, posing for photos, signing autographs and talking to them last month at the Broward County Convention Center in Fort Lauderdale.
WWE alum Rey Mysterio was at Florida Supercon, meeting fans, posing for photos, signing autographs and talking to them last month at the Broward County Convention Center in Fort Lauderdale.

WWE alum Rey Mysterio was at Florida Supercon, meeting fans, posing for photos, signing autographs and talking to them last month at the Broward County Convention Center in Fort Lauderdale.

I spoke with Mysterio about his return to the WWE 2K video game series with the upcoming WWE 2K19 project, the awesome video tribute to him by WWE superstars, his status with WWE, working for AAA again, New Japan Pro Wrestling, the remarkable All In show in Chicago, family, his cool shirt and more.

WWE negotiations

“We started off with the Royal Rumble at the beginning of the year in January,” Mysterio said. ”There was another offer on the table to do the Greatest Royal Rumble, and in between those two events, we’ve been going back-n-forth in conversations, trying to work out the right deal...It’s still up in the air. Nothing secure, yet.”

All In

“There’s a big event coming up. I don’t think anyone wants to miss, which is the All In event that’s gonna happen Sept. 1 in Chicago,” he said. “I think that’s gonna be the one you wish you were there, if you don’t have your tickets. So make sure you stay tuned, because that’s gonna be top notch.”

WWE 2K19 segment honoring him

“It was very nostalgic. It was humbling,” Mysterio said. “To see the amount of work that was put in by WWE to get this product out. To do things like they always do, top notch. My respect goes out to those who paid respect for Rey Mysterio. Whether it’s The Miz saying he’s the best, that’s a form of flattery from his end, a form of paying respect to what I’ve done for almost three decades.

“I was very happy with the end result. I was amazed as a matter of fact. To see the end result, because I had a draft of how everything was going to be laid out, but when I saw it on footage, after all was said and done, and the product was fine, I was like, ‘Wow. This came out awesome.’ I was really, really happy.”

Mysterio also discussed how emotional and moving it was a day earlier at his Q&A at Florida Supercon, when a man -- along with his son — told Mysterio how he saved his life.

“It’s very humbling,” Mysterio said. “That’s when I realize I’ve been put on this planet to serve a purpose. My purpose is to be able to perform in the ring the amount of years that I have been.

“I’m Blessed with the fact that I can still do it, and I have been doing it for the past 28 years and that I can change people’s lives, like that one grown man, breaking down, crying in front of his son. There was no shame in what he was saying, and to me it doesn’t get any better than that...To see a grown man and say, ‘You helped me get out of the hood. You helped me be the man that I am now.’ What can I say. Blessed.”

Here is the complete interview.



WWE Hall of Famers Jerry The King Lawler and Trish Stratus were there, too, at Florida Supercon along with WWE alum Gangrel of The Brood.

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