Rey Mysterio Thankful for Time Away from WWE, Crockett Cup Return
As seen during SmackDown’s 1000th episode this past Tuesday night, Rey Mysterio made his full time return to WWE and qualified for the WWE World Cup tournament at Crown Jewel by pinning Shinsuke Nakamura. Mysterio is officially back with WWE as a member of the SmackDown roster, and while some fans certainly cannot wait to see Mysterio feud with some of the best talent that WWE has to offer, his return to the company officials marks the end of an incredible run that he had on the independent circuit. Mysterio competed for numerous promotions while he was away from WWE, and although he is back now, the masked wrestler certainly has no regrets about leaving WWE whatsoever.
During a behind the scenes video that WWE recently uploaded on their YouTube channel prior to SmackDown 1000, Mysterio was interviewed and talked about his return and the years that he was gone from WWE. He believes that his original departure from the company allowed him to refocus his career, as well as get into the best physical shape of his life. Rey said that he has always had a plan to return to WWE someday and wrestle for the promotion that he calls “home,” but he is thankful for his time away from WWE, and he even believes that the hiatus was actually all for the best. In the end, Mysterio found his way back to WWE and will reportedly continue to compete there for at least the next few months.
“Through time as you age, as you get older you live and learn, and in my case being in this industry from almost 30 years I think the best thing that could have happened to me was part ways for almost four years, which is the time I remained away from the WWE. But at the same time, I left on good terms so that this day would eventually happen and here we are now, almost four years later.” Mysterio said.
Last night marked the 70th anniversary for the National Wrestling Alliance, and their show saw quite a number of historical announcements made. One such announcement was for the return of the NWA Crockett Cup. NWA fans may recognize this concept from the 1980s as it was a tag team tournament that has remained inactive since Lex Luger and Sting’s victory in 1988. However, during NWA 70, WWE Hall of Famer Road Warrior Animal confirmed that the idea is being brought back starting in 2019. The return of the Crockett Cup tournament is just the latest step in the NWA revival plans that Billy Corgan has been implementing ever since he bought the promotion back in October of last year.
The legendary tag team tournament the Crockett Cup returns in 2019! #NWA70 pic.twitter.com/HB0TFLxJFa
— NWA (@nwa) October 22, 2018