Rey Mysterio's match against Eddie Guerrero at WCW Halloween Havoc 1997 is revered by many, but behind the scenes, there were a lot of tensions between Mysterio and Eric Bischoff.
On the "WWE Untold: Rey Mysterio," Mysterio spoke about how masked wrestlers in WCW were starting to lose their masks and that he was next to do so. Mysterio said he did not want to lose the mask and recalled a conversation he had with Bischoff where Bischoff told him that if he didn't arrive at the pay-per-view, which took place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, then he would be in breach of his contract.
"Pretty much, WCW was what we're told to do, you had to do. So the rumor was that I was supposed to lose my mask that night and I didn't want a part of it. They were trying to take every luchador's mask one by one and I was on the list. The drama builds up to a phone call at home, me and Eric Bischoff. He apparently found out that I wasn't going to show up to the pay-per-view and he said, 'Oh no, you're going to show up. You're going to do what you are told and if you don't do it, you're in breach of contract.' I was put in that tough position where I had to be there," Mysterio said.
When Mysterio arrived at the pay-per-view that night, he expected Guerrero to go out on top, but was told differently right before their match was to start. Mysterio ended up winning the match to capture the WCW Cruiserweight Championship.
"Match or two before we came, they came up and said the roles are switched," Mysterio said. "Rey (thumbs up), Eddie (thumbs down). What?"
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