Now more than ever, the world needs a good dose of positivity. We here at Cageside Seats will do our small part to bring that positivity on a daily basis. Throughout the entirety of 2017, we’ll say something nice about wrestling and everything around it, past, present, and future.
As a reminder, only positive comments are allowed here. No negative comments, no troll comments, no back-handed compliments. None of that here. You have the rest of the site for that. Any comments that are not in the spirit of this feature will be flagged, deleted, and posters of said comments may be subjected to a ban.
Today’s subject: multi-time world and cruiserweight champion and modern lucha legend Rey Mysterio, Jr.
As someone who didn’t watch wrestling outside WWF and WCW (meaning I missed his entire run in ECW), seeing Rey Mysterio for the first time wowed me. My first thought was probably that of many people: look at this guy. He’s five foot nothing, a hundred and nothing, why’s he in a mask, why is he even a wrestler.
And then he wrestled and he blew my mind. Yeah, he was doing what most every lucha wrestler was (and is still) doing, but to 17-year old Eddie Mac, this warped my mind. I did not know wrestlers were capable of that. He became one of my favorite wrestlers from that moment on.
And I admit, I shed a tear a little bit when Rey won the Royal Rumble then the World Heavyweight Championship two months later. Yes, there were circumstances and all that, but he got there and that’s what matters.
I probably should have learned the lesson with Sean Waltman, but Rey definitely taught me that it’s not the size of the dog in the fight, even if that fight is worked.
Your turn. Say something nice about Rey Mysterio.
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