Almost two years after Dominik Mysterio’s in-ring debut, WWE are reportedly considering splitting Dom away from his legendary father Rey.
The 2020 SummerSlam pay-per-view marked the in-ring debut for Dominik Mysterio, as the second-generation grappler wrestled Seth Rollins in an outstanding Street Fight. Although it was ‘The Visionary’ who ultimately left with the victory, Dominik surprised many with his ability that night, with Pro Wrestling Illustrated naming him their 2020 Rookie of the Year.
Together, the father and son duo have enjoyed decent success, as they captured the SmackDown Tag Team Championships from The Dirty Dawgs at WrestleMania Backlash 2021, while they faced The Miz and Logan Paul at this year’s WrestleMania. Despite this, WWE is reportedly looking at a different avenue for them moving forward.
“There is at least talk of them not being put together going forward.”
A split between The Mysterios was to be expected from the minute they began teaming together regularly. Rey Mysterio, an in-ring veteran of 33 years, will presumably be looking at the last few years of his career, allowing Dominik to carry on the Mysterio legacy.
There was talk last November of the pair splitting up and beginning a feud, with Andrew Zarian reporting through a WWE source that “the breakup and feud is happening soon”. Rey Mysterio has also openly discussed the possibility of Dominik competing under a mask while chatting to the Not About Wrestling podcast:
“As a matter of fact there was [a conversation about masking him]. The only issue was that he was getting so much promotion without the mask, prior to him starting to wrestle. When I did my storyline with Samoa Joe with Brock and we just felt maybe it might be a little too late to mask him now.
We’ve talked about it. We would love to incorporate the mask somehow someway, so the legacy continues. Even if they know his face already. We can start a trend where Dominik is outside the ring and Dominik Mysterio is inside the ring.”
Prior to his own career, Dominik Mysterio made a range of appearances for WWE in a non-wrestling capacity, most famously during his father’s feud with Eddie Guerrero in 2005 that saw the custody of Dominik ladder match at SummerSlam. He began his own training in 2018 under the guidance of current AEW star Jay Lethal.