Rey Mysterio has built his legacy upon being on of the most spectacular high-flyers in professional wrestling.
As of late, fans think less of what Mysterio will do next, but how long will Mysterio stay healthy before having to go on the shelf once again.
With a recent concussion sidelining him, Mysterio took some time to talk with the Peroia, IL. based newspaper, the PJ Star. In the interview, Mysterio opens up about his recent injuries to reporter John Sharp:
"I did an impact test on Monday in Fresno, Calif., and the results were not too good," Mysterio said. "There will be an impact test later (Thursday) and first thing tomorrow and we're going on that. The WWE is strict on its (Wellness) policy right now."
Of course, Mysterio just made his in-ring return a month ago after being on the shelf for one year thanks to a knee injury and a Wellness Policy violation. But the fan favorite is confident his "knee is where it needs to be right now."
Following up on discussing all of Rey's accomplishments in professional wrestling, Mysterio was asked if a retirement from action inside the ring was at all in sight:
"No, not at all. After this surgery, it kind of set me back almost a year trying to get my knee back in shape and recovered. I have my limitations as far as what I can do in the ring, but I manage to be creative with my style. I think that is what keeps me still able to perform for my fans. As long as I keep doing that, I'm good to go."
It appears that, for better or for worse, we could be seeing Mysterio for a few more years. We here at Cageside have talked about the issue of wrestling retirements, where it seems most wrestlers cannot accept the toll that the business has taken on their bodies.
Unfortunately, Mysterio seems to be one of those cases. He has had constant knee operations, which severely impede the movement of a lucha libre-styled wrestler. Add in his age (37 years old), his time in the business (23 years), and the mass he has put on since joining the WWE and you have a recipe for disaster.
Conversely, Mysterio could certainly bulk down to a comfortable weight and adapt new moves into his style to increase his longevity.
For the full interview, be sure to check the PJ Star.