Former WWE Champion Rey Mysterio has reflected on his triumphant appearance in the 2006 Royal Rumble and recalled that entering at Number 2 was a surprise.
The 2006 Royal Rumble was a huge event in the career of Rey Mysterio. With Eddie Guerrero passing away only weeks before in November 2005, Mysterio dedicated his performance in the match to his late friend.
In a historic run, Mysterio entered the match at Number 2 and lasted 62 minutes before eliminating Randy Orton last to secure his place in the main event of WrestleMania 22. The Legendary Lucha star went on to win the World Heavyweight Championship for the first time in his career at the ‘Showcase of the Immortals’.
During an appearance on ‘My Mom’s Basement with Robbie Fox‘ looked back on the match, noting that he was only the second person to win it from one of the first two spots, with the first being Shawn Michaels.
“I think that’s what makes the Royal Rumble so special because you never know who’s gonna take it, you can have your pick, but it doesn’t necessarily happen that way. There’s only been two superstars in the history of the WWE that have [been the first to] come out number one and number two [to win it], the first one was Shawn Michaels when he came out at number one and took it all the way to the end. Of course, the second one is myself, you know, coming out of number two, and then winning it. It was a special moment, man, very special.”
Mysterio went on to explain how the win was the perfect moment for him.
“From the moment I arrived at the arena, obviously, you don’t know who’s gonna win until later that day. Of course, when you get the the the word, it’s like, ‘Damn,’ you just don’t want to give it away, you know. But it was a perfect moment, man. Eddie had just passed in November, you know, this was January, a lot of fans still, to this day would see Eddie through me because of the connection we had. Even though we finished off our rivalry at SummerSlam.
“In August before he passed, we were rivals, but they remembered more the connection that we had than the rivalry over Dominik’s custody, which was very special. So you can only imagine, you know, so many feelings piled up going into this Rumble, but a very special without a doubt and it’s very, very high as on my top three, you know, in my career.”
He finished by talking about his surprise at being the second wrestler out, although he ended up having a good time anyway.
“That was a surprise as well, you know, entry number two, and then taking it all the way to the end. So yeah, man, a very, very hectic moment because you had to throw on your wrestling shoes that night, you know, and perform at a high level. So it was a good time.”
This year, both Rey Mysterio and his son Dominik will be participating in the Royal Rumble match. There will be no fatherly love in the bout though, as the older Mysterio recently told WWE’s The Bump he wouldn’t hesitate to throw his son over the top rope.