Mysterio has been all over the wrestling scene in 2018.
In 2018 alone Rey Mysterio has competed in WWE's traditional Royal Rumble match, the company's 'Greatest Royal Rumble' match that took place towards the end of April, and today Rey Mysterio made his NJPW debut at 'Dominion' in a six-man tag match as he teamed with Jushin Thunder Liger and Hiroshi Tanahashi. Prior to making his debut for New Japan Rey spoke with ESPN to discuss his eventful 2018.
The former two-time WWE Intercontinental Champion was flown out with the rest of the WWE crew to Saudi Arabia for the 'Greatest Royal Rumble' and Rey entered the 'Greatest Royal Rumble' match at the #28 spot to a thunderous ovation from those in attendance. Mysterio stated that the reaction he received upon his entrance was surprising to him and moments like that take him out of this universe so-to-speak and it allows him to step back, observe and appreciate those who support him.
"I was blown away by the response for this Rumble, it was definitely a shocker for me," Mysterio said. "We kind of step out of the TV game, or the WWE Universe for a period of time, but it just goes to show how the fans are very supportive and they follow wherever you're going. The reaction was unbelievable. I was blown away by the fans. My adrenaline was going at 100 man. It was unbelievable."
Four months prior to the 'Greatest Royal Rumble' Rey Mysterio was a surprise entrant into the traditional Royal Rumble match where he entered at the #28 slot as well to a response from the fans that translated over to WWE's YouTube page where Rey's return video has hit fifteen million views since the video was first uploaded four months ago.
During the match there was a moment when the past stood across the ring from the future as on the right side stood John Cena, Rey Mysterio and Randy Orton. On the left side there was Roman Reigns, Shinsuke Nakamura and Finn Balor. Mysterio shared that he did not realize it was truly a moment until people constantly brought it up to him.
"It didn't hit me until after when people were saying, 'That moment you guys had with you the three, the old generation versus the new generation.' I was like, 'Wow,'" Mysterio said. "It was definitely one of those moments you could feel the intensity. You could feel the fans wanting to see something go down. It's almost the moment that's gonna happen this Saturday with Liger and Tanahashi and myself being in there with the future of the sport for New Japan."
Rey Mysterio has made his in-ring debut for NJPW and to read up on how he fared in his first bout, click here.