After dropping the United States championship to Logan Paul at Crown Jewel, Rey Mysterio was written off television in early November as part of Santos Escobar’s heel turn. A few days later, Mysterio revealed he’d undergone knee surgery.
“I tore the meniscus on my right knee. It’s six to eight weeks. I’m in week four.”
Rey attributed it to “wear and tear”, pointing out that this was his first injury he’s dealt with in his right knee since 1997. In the time since, he’s had numerous issues with his left knee — including multiple ACL tears. As a result, he’s been favoring his right leg and this is the result.
The 49 year is said to have recently signed a new three year contract with WWE, and reportedly plans to wrestle for the duration of it. He spoke to Konnan about how he has and will continue to adjust in order to keep his legendary career going:
“I’m getting a personal trainer at the beginning of the year that’s going to work with me just so I can work on my lower body and strengthen up my hips, my quads, my legs in general so I can resist. I’ve never had a personal trainer that can train me, kind of like UFC fighters train, so I can use most of my power from the hips down.”
“I know that I’m slowing down, the older I get, but I can make things look faster just by being in the business so long, that keeps the fans the perspective of ‘he hasn’t slowed down.’ I can go out there every time and pour it out. I don’t know how to hold back. I know how to hold back on movements and stuff I know I can’t do, like pushing off my left knee is really hard. I know personally that I’ve slowed down over the years. I try to be very innovative and creative with my style that it makes it seems that I haven’t slowed down.”
While we wouldn’t say Rey hasn’t lost a step, he does look remarkable considering how long he’s been wrestling. If his plan works and he still looks as good in 2027 as he did this past year, we might have to come up with new adjectives to describe him and his work.
H/t: SEScoops for transcription