Rey Mysterio Explains Past WWE Exit, What SmackDown Means To Him


Rey Mysterio is featured in the new “Day Of” documentary that profiled the build-up to the historic SmackDown 1000 anniversary special. During the video, Mysterio talks about making his WWE return, what the SmackDown brand has meant to him over the years and why he left WWE.

Featured below are some of the highlights of comments Mysterio made in the new documentary, which you can check out in full below.

On what the SmackDown brand has meant to him and other legends who grew their name under the blue brand banner: “SmackDown, from day one has been my brand. For not only myself, but a lot of legends have grown with this brand. The likes of Eddie Guerrero — rest in peace — Batista, John Cena, The Rock — when I first came into WWE, The Rock was still part of SmackDown — Triple H, Brock Lesnar, and Randy Orton. When you talk about all of those names, you truly understand how stacked the SmackDown roster was. To be one of those guys that eventually branched out, put in the work, and became who I am now, it feels good to come back and be home, because this truly is my home.”

On ultimately thinking it was best to get away from WWE for a while so he could mature, rest up and eventually return: “I did not leave and say goodbye forever, I did definitely leave with a vision of one day returning and here we are. I’m back to dominate, I’m back to prove a point of why I’ve been in this industry for almost 30 years. I truly believe I’m in the best shape of my life right now. I’m mentally prepared to come in and do what I have to do to keep demonstrating why I love this sport.

“Through time as you age, as you get older you live and learn, and in my case being in this industry from almost 30 years I think the best thing that could have happened to me was part ways for almost four years, which is the time I remained away from the WWE. But at the same time, I left on good terms so that this day would eventually happen and here we are now, almost four years later. I’m more mature, I’m rested, my body and mind are fully healed up. I don’t think I could be living a better moment right now as we speak.”

Check out the complete “Day Of” documentary for the SmackDown 1000 special below.

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