One former WWE star wasn’t very fond of taking Rey Mysterio’s classic finishing manoeuvre.
Luchador legend Rey Mysterio is poised to celebrate his 20th anniversary in WWE. The former WWE Champion will tag with his son, Dominik, to take on The Judgement Day’s Finn Balor and Damien Priest on the June 25th edition of Raw in Madison Square Garden.
Mysterio made a name for himself by defying the laws of gravity during matches and utilizing his speed and agility to take down larger opponents. His famous finishing move, the 619, earned him victories over some of the greatest stars in the company.
One former WWE star who didn’t enjoy taking the move was Ricardo Rodriguez. The 36-year-old was best known for being the manager of a former rival of Mysterio, Alberto Del Rio. During a recent interview with Wrestle Buddy, the former manager was asked about working with the luchador legend and said taking the 619 hurt.
“I remember the first time I took the 619, it was on SmackDown and I think it was like the second or third week that I was there. I had taken 619s before on the indies but not from Rey. I’m facing the stage and I can see Rey and I’m like ‘f*ck it, I’m just going to take it’. I wasn’t going to put my hands up and sure enough I just took it but I forgot that Rey wears knee braces.”
Ricardo announced Del Rio to the ring when he first began his career on SmackDown. One of Del Rio’s first feuds was against Mysterio, and the two battled for most of Fall 2010. Ricardo revealed that he had to adjust to taking the move after the first time didn’t work out for him.
“It caught me right here (nose) with the knee brace and the f*cking sh*t hurt so bad. After that I would kind of just sneak in my arm. But the first one I was just like ‘f*** it I’m not putting my hands up’. I was marking out until the actual contact happened.”
Mysterio famously utilized the 619 to win the World Heavyweight Championship at WrestleMania 22. Despite being the smallest competitor in the match, the star used his speed and experience to capture one of WWE’s biggest prizes and paid tribute to the late Eddie Guerrero.
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