Rey Mysterio On Dominik: “I Didn’t Think He Was Ready”

Dominik and Rey Mysterio celebrate in a WWE ring.

Rey Mysterio has opened up on the circumstances surround his son Dominik’s WWE debut at SummerSlam 2020, and how he didn’t feel that was the right time.

Seth Rollins and Rey Mysterio had been battling for a significant length of time when Dominik got involved in the feud during the build up to the hottest show of the summer. In a match which went over 20 minutes, the youngster came up short against the former WWE Champion but earned a lot of respect in the process.

Both members of the Mysterio dynasty have now sat down for a discussion with Kurt Angle on his The Kurt Angle Show, according to Dominik he thought it was a joke when his father mentioned that he would compete at SummerSlam.

I was excited. I thought it was a joke at first. When he told me, I thought my dad was kidding. They were serious and it ended up becoming one of my favorite matches. I’ve only had a year.

Some would say that Dominik was fast-tracked through the system, especially given the NXT path many have to take at the present time. Rey Mysterio discussed how he had a similar opinion, and that it may have been too soon for his son to take such a quick jump.

We had a plan lined up for Dom. A plan to go to the Performance Center, train, and get ready to eventually sign with the company. This whole angle just started to evolve organically. They brought it up to my attention if Dominik would be interested in wrestling.

I personally didn’t think he was ready. That’s why he said he thought it was a joke, but no, they were serious. They wanted to know if he could be part of the match for SummerSlam, and sure enough.

Dominik went on to make it clear that he was ready and wanted to take the opportunity.

When he asked me, he said, ‘No, this is serious,’ and I said, ‘Alright, let’s do it.’ I thought I was ready. I had been training for a little over two years. If there was going to be a time, that was the time.

In the end, Rey Mysterio said that his concern came from a point of fatherly protection for his son coming in to the top level of the wrestling business so quickly.

I told him, I said, ‘If I were to make the decision for you, I would not take it.’ I didn’t want him to fail. If he took the opportunity and he did bad, it’s very hard to cover that up. First impression is the best one and I was worried.

With thanks to Fightful for the transcription.