On a recent edition of the “Tuesday With the Taskmaster” podcast, Kevin Sullivan recalled his lackluster impression of Rey Mysterio back in the day, and how Mr. 619 proved him wrong.
You can check out some highlights from the podcast below:
On his first impression of Mysterio: “When I saw him, he looked like a little chick that came out of an egg,” Sullivan said. “That’s how young he was … He comes in, and how tall is Rey do you think? I’d say 5 feet, 3 inches, 5 feet, 4 inches. Now, he ends up beating Kevin Nash and it was logical. One of the greatest of all time. He’s not appreciated enough. He is fabulous. When he came in, and Konnan was the one that brought him in to me, I thought ‘Oh god.’”
On Mysterio proving him wrong: “And then he ends up beating Nash on TV, and it was believable, and then he wrestled for how many decades for WWF/E? And [he’s] still going strong and still a huge star. And his kid … when I first met him, I bet you he was 70 pounds, and I thought ‘Wow, the kid’s not even in shape.’ He’s one of the greatest heels they have right now.”
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Rey Mysterio: From Underestimated Rookie to Wrestling Legend
In the world of professional wrestling, Rey Mysterio is a name that needs no introduction. Known for his high-flying style and incredible athleticism, Mysterio has captivated audiences around the world for decades. However, his journey to becoming one of the greatest wrestlers of all time was not without its challenges.
In a recent episode of the “Tuesday With the Taskmaster” podcast, Kevin Sullivan, a veteran wrestler and booker, shared his initial impression of Mysterio. Sullivan admitted that when he first saw Mysterio, he underestimated him due to his small stature. “He looked like a little chick that came out of an egg,” Sullivan said. Standing at just 5 feet 3 inches or 5 feet 4 inches tall, Mysterio didn’t fit the mold of a typical professional wrestler.
However, Mysterio quickly proved Sullivan wrong. In a surprising turn of events, Mysterio defeated Kevin Nash, a much larger opponent, and it was believable. This victory showcased Mysterio’s ability to overcome the odds and solidified his place as one of the greatest wrestlers in the industry.
Mysterio’s success didn’t end there. He went on to have a remarkable career in both WWF (now WWE) and other promotions, spanning several decades. Despite his size, Mysterio’s agility, speed, and technical skills set him apart from his peers. He became known for his signature moves such as the 619, a maneuver that involves Mysterio propelling himself off the ropes and delivering a devastating kick to his opponent’s head.
Not only did Mysterio excel in the ring, but he also became a fan favorite and a role model for aspiring wrestlers. His dedication to his craft and his ability to connect with the audience made him a household name. Mysterio’s popularity even extended to his family, as his son has followed in his footsteps and is making a name for himself in the wrestling world.
Sullivan also praised Mysterio’s son, noting that when he first met him, he was not in the best physical shape. However, Mysterio’s son has since transformed himself into a formidable wrestler and has become one of the top heels in the industry. This is a testament to the Mysterio family’s passion for wrestling and their commitment to excellence.
Rey Mysterio’s journey from being underestimated as a rookie to becoming a wrestling legend is an inspiring story. It serves as a reminder that talent and determination can overcome any obstacle. Mysterio’s success has paved the way for smaller wrestlers to thrive in an industry that often favors larger competitors.
As fans, we can continue to appreciate Rey Mysterio’s contributions to professional wrestling. Whether it’s through his high-flying maneuvers or his ability to tell a compelling story in the ring, Mysterio has left an indelible mark on the industry. His legacy will undoubtedly continue to inspire future generations of wrestlers to reach for the stars and prove that size is not a limitation when it comes to achieving greatness in the squared circle.