With so much going on with WWE right now, it's not out of line to think that small matters like expiring contracts are flying under the radar, especially for wrestlers who have fallen out of favor or aren't named "CM Punk".
Like Rey Mysterio.
Indeed, the latest edition of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter (subscription required but recommended) brings word that Mysterio's deal will be done in just a couple months and there hasn't been a sense of urgency to re-sign him:
Mysterio's contract is the next major one to expire, in about two months or so. He has one of the highest downsides, and is also one of the biggest merchandise sellers. He's got all the knee issues and it's clear from his return that WWE has no plans to feature him. Usually at this point WWE would be aggressively trying to get him to sign a new deal and that hasn't really been the case. When there was talk of him not coming back some time ago, some of the company's business partners in Latin America freaked out because he's the most important guy it is believed in those markets. But it's long gone from the days when Smackdown was a top ten rated show in the Hispanic demo when he was there, and dropped greatly when he wasn't. With Mark Burnett's AAA project in the U.S., it would figure to be a lock that if he doesn't sign, he'd be the featured guy in that project.
The AAA idea may not be a bad one, especially if WWE decides to let him walk and he makes good on his plan to stick around pro wrestling for another two to three years.
Assuming his body, these days only held together by a few screws and some duct tape, doesn't fail him.
That's no small concern. Mysterio has missed extensive time recovering from various ailments over the past few years, which is likely a major consideration in WWE deciding not to aggressively pursue a new contract.
That could change at any time, of course.
Would you Cagesiders be sad to see him go?