Rey Mysterio Reflects On 2006 Royal Rumble Win, Wants Dominik To Have An Underdog Mentality
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Rey Mysterio recently spoke with DAZN about a wide variety of topics, including winning the 2006 Royal Rumble, his potential retirement, working with his son, and much more.
You can check out some of the highlights below:
On winning the 2006 Royal Rumble:
I think overall, that night was very special. There was an aura in the atmosphere, a vibe, a presence that just made that night an unforgettable night. For me, as much for the fans that have followed my career since I began, or that started following my career that day because of the accomplishment that went down that night. To have pulled out a record time for the long-lasting superstar with the max time inside of a Royal Rumble match, to come out number two, and to know that just two months ahead to gain an opportunity for a world title (at Wrestlemania 22).
There was no doubt that I was the smallest guy in the company and was the lightest guy in the company, and a Hispanic with a mask. You would have never seen all these features on a superstar that potentially was going to become world champion. I think the most important thing of all, and when I mentioned a presence and this vibe that was felt in the air, Eddie’s (Guerrero) presence have made that night special. I think he was the icing on the cake that made everything come out the way it came out.
On potentially retiring:
I’ve learned how to enjoy the moments. With the contract being signed recently, I’m enjoying this moment right now and getting to share the ring with my son, getting to mentor him, and getting to see his growth. So that way, when I do decide to leave, I can leave comfortably, joyful (in) that I was able to share moments with my son in the ring. With that being said, I just take it like you said, day by day, year by year. Eventually, father time will let me know when my time is right. When that time comes, we’ll make sure that I’m not going to fight it.
I’ve seen The Undertaker. I’ve seen other sports athletes want to keep going. I just saw the Tiger Woods documentary. You think about it. Those are moments that really make you think like, ‘I don’t want to fall in that category’. I just want to make sure that when I do leave, I can leave walking and still enjoy my life with my wife and my grandsons when they do come.
On preparing his son, Dominik, to have an underdog mentality:
I tried to push him in the right direction. Obviously, as parents, we make mistakes. We don’t have our kids, and they come with instruction manuals. So you try to make the best. We tried to do our best as parents. We fail sometimes, but we have to learn from our mistakes. I do like to get second, sometimes even third opinions, when I might have a doubt. That’s why the godfathers come in, or the uncles come in and say, ‘Okay, no, you’re doing this wrong way. Please do it this way’.
That always helps out a lot. But overall, I think my kid has his head on straight shoulders. He’s thinking in the right direction knows what he’s doing, which, at the end of the day, pleases me. I’m good with that. He’s good at taking advice.