Rey Mysterio is a professional wrestler whose real name is Oscar Gutierrez. He was born on December 11, 1974. Rey got into wrestling with the help of his uncle, who goes by the name Rey Mysterio, Sr.
Rey Mysterio was only 14 years old when he began his professional wrestling career in Mexico. During his early years, he was known as 'La Lagartija Verde' and 'Colibri.' He was also known as Rey Mysterio, Jr. He dropped that name in 2002.
The course of Rey Mysterio's career
Rey Mysterio began his wrestling career in Mexico in 1995. From 1995 to 1996, he worked for Extreme Championship Wrestling. From 1996 to 2001, he wrestled for World Championship Wrestling. Since 2002, he has been with World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. He is still with WWE, as of 2012.
In 1999, Rey Mysterio was unmasked and expressed his disappointment about his face being revealed publicly. However, that year was also a successful one for him. Mysterio was put in fights with much larger wrestlers and had enough wins to earn him the nickname 'Giant Killer.'
In the middle of 1999, Rey Mysterio was placed in a wrestling team. From that time until 2006, he was in and out of teams. This is the point in his career when he won several tag team championships. After this, he went for world and intercontinental titles solo.
Rey Mysterio's extensive championships
Rey Mysterio has held numerous championship titles. As of 2012, he has won three World Championship Wrestling World Tag Team championships, has been the World Wrestling Entertainment Champion once, won four WWE Tag Team Championships, two WWE Intercontinental Championships and eight Cruiserweight Championships. He has held a total of 21 professional titles.
When it comes to records, Rey Mysterio holds two impressive ones in wrestling history. To date (2012), he is the lightest fighter ever to be a World Wrestling Entertainment World Champion. He also has eight cruiserweight championships from two wrestling companies.
Rey Mysterio won his first cruiserweight title less than one month after debuting in World Championship Wrestling. He had his first fight on June 16, 1996. He won the title from Dean Malenko on July 8 of the same year.
Illegal steroids are not allowed in World Wrestling Entertainment fighting. This rule, and testing for compliance, is part of the Talent Wellness Program upheld by the company. According to the company, Rey Mysterio has been found in violation of this twice and suspended. The first time, he insisted that he had been prescribed medication for an injury. The company simply had not given him enough time to provide proof of the prescription before suspending him.
Rey Mysterio is 5 feet, 6 inches tall, which is short for professional wrestlers in the entertainment industry. He weighs only 175 pounds, which makes him middleweight. He and his family reside in San Diego, California. He has a wife and two children, as of August 2012.