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REY MYSTERIO-WWE UPDATE

By Mike Johnson on 2018-02-28 10:41:00

Former WWE and World champion Rey Mysterio is coming closer to returning to World Wrestling Entertainment, PWInsider.com has confirmed.  Mysterio and WWE are involved in ongoing discussions for his return to the company after his surprise appearance at the Royal Rumble received such a massive reaction from fans in Philadelphia last month.   Triple H is said to be the point person involved in the Mysterio negotiations.

There have been rumors over the last several days that Mysterio would be facing John Cena at WrestleMania 34.  While PWInsider.com has indeed heard those rumors over the last 48 hours, we cannot confirm that match is correct and are only mentioning it due to the amount of emails we have received overnight.

There is also a story making the rounds, attributed to Justin Barrasso of Sports Illustrated that Mysterio was at last night's Smackdown Live taping in Los Angeles to negotiate a new WWE deal.  While Mysterio and WWE are indeed gearing up their talks, we have been told by several sources that Mysterio was not actually in LA last night.

As PWInsider.com reported in January, Rey's Rumble appearance was a one-night deal that was put together the week of the PPV.  WWE and Mysterio have had discussions since Mysterio departed the company in 2015, but the major sticking point was that the star (who has undergone countless knee surgeries) did not want to work a full-time schedule, while WWE had been pushing for Mysterio to do so if he returned.

Mysterio, 43, ended a 13 year run with WWE in the beginning 2015, working for Lucha Underground and AAA while also signing a deal with the El Rey Network in advance of producing additional content for the cable network.  No projects came from the deal and Mysterio’s runs with AAA and LU have ended.  He’s since worked for CRASH in Mexico and has worked independent and international dates for certain promotions, including Northeast Wrestling and Great Britain’s Five Star Wrestling.

Mysterio is slated to wrestle Jushin Liger on the 3/25 New Japan Pro Wrestling “Strong Style Evolved” event in Long Beach, California, but obviously, signing a WWE deal would preclude him from making additional appearances for New Japan.

 

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