WWE Superstar Rey Mysterio has revealed that Vince McMahon asked for him to bring back his mask ahead of his WWE debut.
Coming from a Lucha Libre background, Rey Mysterio wore a mask from his debut in Mexico until February 1999. Mysterio was in WCW at the time and took part in a Tag Team Hair vs. Mask Match at Superbrawl IX which saw him team with Konnan to face off with Scott Hall and Kevin Nash. The Mexican duo were defeated, forcing Mysterio to unmask for the first time.
Following the closure of WCW, Mysterio made appearances for independent promotions across the US as well as Mexico’s CMLL. Following this period, he finally signed with WWE in 2002 and debuted that July. When he came out for his first match in the company, he was once again under a mask.
In an interview with Bleacher Report, the former WWE Champion revealed that it was none other than Vince McMahon who had asked that he return to wearing his mask.
“It was actually WWE who brought that up, or in this case, Vince McMahon. I was doing my training a week prior to my debut and I was in OVW. I forgot who approached me at the time, but they said, ‘The company wants to know what type of ring attire you’re going to use for next week.’ I said, ‘What I’ve been using.’ I was using the Scott Steiner, “Big Poppa Pump” chain around the head, like a gladiator chain, and a vest that went along with it. Baggy pants. They were like, ‘Where’s the mask?’ I said, ‘I haven’t been wrestling with the mask.’ ‘No, no, no. Vince wants to see you with the mask’”
Mysterio also explained that McMahon’s request meant that he had to have a whole new costume made.
“I was like, ‘Oh, OK. Thank god you told me now. Now I have to have an outfit made with the mask.’ That’s when I changed my whole gear. Back in WCW, I was using the old-school tights where they stuck to my leg. When I started with WWE, I started wearing the baggy pants, which were very similar to what I was using prior to WWE when I was unmasked, and I added the mask to it. It became historical at that point because that’s where Rey Mysterio really kicked off and was put on the map in WWE.”
Rey Mysterio missed out on a WWE Championship opportunity on the most recent episode of Raw. He took part in a Fatal Four-way Ladder match to determine the number one contender for Big E’s title but was taken out of the bout by Kevin Owens, who powerbombed him through a table. The match was then won by Seth Rollins, who will face Big E on a date yet to be announced.