As seen Sunday night at the Royal Rumble, the big surprise of the men’s battle royal was Rey Mysterio making his first time in a WWE ring in several years. According to sources close to the situation, the deal for Mysterio to participate in the event came together over the past week. The company did a great job of keeping it a secret.
At this time, Mysterio’s appearance in the Rumble was a one-time thing, although his strong performance could motivate WWE to try signing him. It’s worth noting that Mysterio has been training his son Dominick, so the prospect of plugging back into the WWE machine could be an appealing prospect for Mysterio.
The former World Heavyweight champion (and 2006 Royal Rumble winner) had been negotiating with Impact Wrestling to appear at their most recent set of tapings, but Impact couldn’t close the deal.
Mysterio looked to be in peak physical shape on Sunday night, sporting a tanned physique that was leaner and more athletic than his last WWE run when he was carrying a lot more muscle. Mysterio has reportedly undergone stem cell treatments on his knees, which have allowed him to compete at a level not seen in a decade.