Former WWE World Heavyweight Champion Rey Mysterio has admitted that he never worked enough on promos during his run at the top of the company.
In 2006, Rey Mysterio became one of the unlikeliest World Heavyweight Champions in WWE history when he won the title on The Grandest Stage Of Them All at WrestleMania 22.
Mysterio only held the title on that occasion for three months before losing it to King Booker at the 2006 Great American Bash.
Speaking to the man he took the World Title from on that April night in Chicago, Kurt Angle on The Kurt Angle Show [available early and ad-free at AdFreeShows.com] Rey Mysterio admits he never worked hard enough on the personality aspect of his character during his time as champion:
“I never took the time to work on what I needed to work on in order to back that title up and that was working on my promos or character development.”
“In Lucha, you were never taught that part of this industry. I think that’s where I dropped the ball, tremendously, on not being able to back up having the title and being able to cut promos. I’ve never really been a promo guy. I do most of my talking inside the ring and that’s what fans know me for.
“If I had done my end of the job, the outcome would have been different.”
Rey Mysterio captured the Big Gold Belt once again in 2010 when he won a Fatal Four Way match involving CM Punk, The Big Show, and Jack Swagger. That reign only lasted 4 weeks as Kane cashed in his Money In The Bank contract on Mysterio at the eponymous pay-per-view in July.
In 2011 Rey Mysterio held the WWE Championship for less than one night after winning a tournament to crown a new champion after CM Punk had walked out on the company after winning the gold himself. Mysterio defeated The Miz in the tournament final before losing the belt to John Cena who was due a rematch as former champion.