Rey Mysterio Reveals He Almost Retired After WrestleMania 35

Rey Mysterio at the WWE Hall of Fame

New WWE Hall Of Famer Rey Mysterio enjoyed a WrestleMania weekend that few could even dream of. The 48 year old Superstar was the headline inductee into the WWE Hall Of Fame on Friday night before scoring victory in a terrific bout with son Dominik Mysterio the following evening at WrestleMania 39.

Few would argue that the former WWE Champion deserves his place in the Hall Of Fame after a storied career, but the Mexican Superstar has revealed that he nearly hung up his legendary mask four years ago.

Rey Mysterio was talked out of retiring after WrestleMania 35

Speaking on the After The Bell podcast, Mysterio revealed that after losing to Samoe Joe inside 60 seconds at WrestleMania 35, he was keen to retire from in-ring competition but was talked out of doing so by his son:

“Dominik convinced me not to and told me to stay. I just felt like I was falling behind with all this young talent opening up a path, but I stayed and I committed to putting in the work and it’s been incredible ever since.”

Mysterio had previously credited stem cell treatment as the secret to his in-ring longevity. In an interview with Complex, He revealed that he had been undergoing the treatment for over 10 years:

“I started this treatment, which I’ve been doing since roughly around 2012, with stem cells. I did a very large treatment on my full body in 2019 in Colombia. And that has been my fountain of youth. It’s been helping me tremendously. Obviously, my knee has been my worst problem throughout my career.

Thank God, and knock on wood, my back and my neck have always been stable. I’ve had two torn biceps, one on each arm. I have carpal tunnel syndrome in both hands. But this stem cell treatment has given me more years of longevity, more years to be able to do what I love and share special moments with my son in the ring. It’s given me the opportunity to keep doing what I do best.”

H/T: Wrestlinginc for the above transcription