Most wrestlers have something mysterious about them, but in Rey Mysterio, the mystery goes even deeper. He is a wrestler known for his masks and high-flying wrestling style. Considered by many to be the greatest cruiserweight wrestler of all time, Mysterio has appeared in the World Championship Wrestling (WCW) and Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW), although he is currently under contract with World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE).
Biography and Age
Although the wrestler is mainly known as Rey Mysterio Jr., he was baptized Óscar Gutiérrez at his birth on December 11, 1974, in Chula Vista, California, in the family of Roberto Gutierrez Sr. and Maria del Rosario. Nevertheless, the person who would have the greatest influence on his life is his uncle Miguel Ángel López Díaz, who was popular as Rey Misterio’s senior.
Rey Misterio Sr., whose name is translated as Mystery King in Spanish, was a professional wrestler and coach who trained Rey Mysterio Jr. when he was a child. Thanks to this, Mysterio made his ring debut in Mexico at the age of 14. Before his uncle named him Rey Misterio Jr., he was called La Lagartija Verde (The Green Lizard) or Colibrí (Hummingbird).
In November 1994, he was first introduced to the public in the United States at When World Collide as what would be the future of Mexican wrestling. The following year he was signed for the Extreme Championship Wrestling and in 1996 for the World Championship Wrestling. In the same year, he won his first championship in cruiserweight, after beating Dean Malenko, who had beaten him before. Mysterio was only allowed to keep the title for 3 months before Malenko defeated him to get it back.
Rey Mysterio and the WWE
In 2001, the WCW closed and Mysterio began fighting independently in Mexico before returning to the United States, where he signed with the WWE in June 2002, where he began wearing his masks after being unmasked in 1999. He won his debut match against Chavo Guerrero.
After 13 successful years at WWE, it was announced in 2015 that Mysterio’s contract had expired. During his years at WWE, he has won many championships including 2 World Heavyweight Championships, 3 WWE Cruiserweight Championships, 2 WWE Intercontinental Weight Championships, and a Royal Rumble.
In 2015 he returned to the Asistencia Asesoría y Administración (AAA), in which he was involved from 1992 to 1995. There he only fought for one year but continued to fight in both the Independent Circuit and Lucha Underground from 2015 to 2018.
During his years as a wrestler, Rey Mysterio has won many championships and awards, including 3 WWA Lightweight Championship, 5 WCW Cruiserweight Championship, and was named Rookie of the Year by the Wrestling Observer Newsletter in 1992, Best Flying Wrestler 6 times, Best Wrestling Manoeuvre in 1995, and Most Outstanding Wrestler in 1996.
He was also inducted into the AAA Hall of Fame in 2007 and the Wrestling Observer Newsletter’s Hall of Fame in 2010.
Where Is He Now?
Many years after he started wrestling, Rey Mysterio is still very much involved in wrestling. In January 2018 he was signed back by the WWE for a 2-year contract. Even more, he is also under contract with New Japan Pro Wrestling and has also returned to AAA, all in 2018.
Wife and Son
Since Óscar Gutiérrez is a man who prefers to keep most of his life away from the public, it is known that he is married to Angie Gutierrez. The two entered into the Covenant for Life in 1996 and have been blessed with two children, a son Dominic, born in 1997, and a daughter Aalyah, born in 2001.
The son of Rey Mysterio, Dominic Gutierrez, is a wrestler, as is his father. Although he played sometime in college football, he trained under the veteran professional wrestler Jay Lethal in Florida. Most recently he began training in Calgary, Alberta, Canada at Lance Storm’s Storm Wrestling Academy. It remains to be seen when he will finally make his debut in the ring.
Height and Weight
Rey Mysterio is a man who is much bigger than his size. He may not be the biggest you see in any ring or even the biggest, but he may still be the most entertaining and skillful. He stands at a height of 168 cm (5 feet 6 inches) and weighs 79 kg (175 lb).
Even at this height, Mysterio has fought and defeated much larger wrestlers like Kane, who stands on a height of 2.5 meters.