WWE legend Rey Mysterio is set to team with Edge at Clash at the Castle to take on Judgement Day in a huge tag match, and on the run up to them some shocking details about the legends life have come to light.
In his new A&E documentary, Rey Mysterio reveals that he spent a period of time in rehab in the late 2000s due to a crippling drug addiction. The Mexican star has been wrestling since he was 13 years old and has suffered tremendous injuries over his 30+ years in the business.
He dealt with his drug issues for a number of reasons. Number one was the strain it was causing on his wife and his family. He went to rehab for an addiction to pain pills in the late 2000’s and since then has not taken any illegal drugs to help manage his pain since.
While this revelation came as a shock to many, Mysterio actually revealed his struggles with drugs during an interview in 2009. Speaking to the Daily Mirror, the former WWE Champion revealed that knee and arm surgeries pushed his pain tolerance to his limits and is what pushed him onto the medication
I”‘ve been wrestling for 20 years now, and after several operations, five on my left knee and three on my right arm, the medication caught up to me. I realized it, my wife realized it, and I knew it was time to make a change for myself, my family, and for the business I’m in.”
“When you realize you’re in the right moment? that you haven’t lost your family, or lost your job it’s a good thing, and with the support and help of my wife and kids, I’ve moved on to something better,”
His actions caused him to reflect on the death of his former best friend Eddie Guerrero, who passed away due to his drug addiction in 2005. His death was mourned by millions of WWE fans and wrestlers alike. WWE put on an Eddie Guerrero tribute show, in which Rey Mysterio wrestled on and it was one of the most emotional WWE shows of all time.
After the death of Eddie Guerrero, Rey Mysterio regularly honored him when he wrestled, such as wearing an EG armband, wearing his T-shirts and even driving Eddie’s low-rider to the ring during the 2006 Royal Rumble. He won that match in honor of his friend and went on to win the World Heavyweight Championship at Wrestlemania 22.
The legendary Luchador has been with WWE for 20 years now and is one of the top stars in the promotion. Rey Mysterio is certain to be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame once he retires and will certainly be revered as one of the greatest wrestlers in the history of WWE once he does.
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Hamish is a writer and podcaster and wrestling fan who is a key part of the Atletifo team.
After playing countless hours of WrestleMania X8 on the Gamecube, he discovered Rey Mysterio getting his head crushed by The Great Khali, and thus a love for professional wrestling was born.
He is also a Media Graduate, as well as writing for multiple sites about Premier League football and the culture of Wales – his home country.