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During his Intercontinental championship match against The Miz at SummerSlam this past Sun., Aug. 19, 2012, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, Rey Mysterio apparently suffered a concussion.
Due to the injury, Mysterio has been pulled from all future WWE tapings until he can pass concussion tests. Let's hope they stick to that instead of letting him come back sooner like they've done with others in the past, like Randy Orton. WWE.com has the news:
WWE.com has confirmed that the San Diego native is not medically cleared to compete at this time. Mysterio did not appear on last Monday's Raw, and has been removed from all events at least through this coming weekend. ... According to WWE physician Michael Sampson, Mysterio "had the first [test] on Monday, which showed us that he was below baseline. The physical exam was normal, but neuropsych testing was below normal. That's the beauty of neuropsych testing," he explained. "Based on reaction time and memory, we can measure on a computer, and he was below his baseline. That saves [Mysterio] from causing further injury from the concussion." It was also confirmed that Mysterio will not return to in-ring action until he is at baseline and passes an exertion test. To be determined at baseline, Mysterio must pass the aforementioned impact/neuropsych test later in the week. Only then will he be permitted to undergo exertion testing.
The article goes on to state that Mysterio will take the test today if he's symptom free or sometime next week. Either way, he's out indefinitely until he can pass the tests.
WWE.com is typically dedicated to kayfabe but they wouldn't play around with concussions. Mysterio didn't appear on Raw this past Monday and (spoilers) also wasn't at the Smackdown tapings last night. Now we know why.
This all comes not long after his return just last month from yet another knee surgery that required extensive rehab. He's still a talented worker who is over with the fans but at his age and with this much wear and tear on his body, it's time for Mysterio to start seriously considering doing like Tyler Reks and hanging up the boots for good.