Top 50 Wrestlers Of The 1990s: #37 - Rey Mysterio Jr.
WrestleMania 34 is coming up, and being a wrestling fan, I tend to get a little more nostalgic for them olden days of when wrestlers didn't have scripts with WWE verbage in front of them. DeLorean back to my early days of fandom during the 1990s and you had a product that was hotter than any Seth Rollins theme song (you know, ”Burn It Down?” Okay, I’ll see that bad joke right out the door).
So from now up until "The Grandest Stage of Them All" (with a little help from Wikipedia to fill in the blanks), I will release my Top 50 wrestlers of the 1990., factoring in their impact from the kid-friendly first half to the cuss-ridden, beer drinking second half to determine where exactly your favorite heel or face fall in rank.
#37: Rey Mysterio Jr.
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I became a wrestling fan in the second half of the 1990s, so 80% talent at the time was new and unrecognizable to me, and one that remained relatively unknown to me at the time was Rey Mysterio Jr.
I just became invested in WCW when Mysterio just got put on the shelf by knee surgery, so all I had to go on him was word of mouth and highlights that Nitro showed me from time to time. That’s all I needed to know that this guy was the new standard bearer for cruiserweights in professional wrestling.
Being only 17, Mysterio got his 90s start wrestling for the Mexico promotion, AAA and then got his first run in the States with ECW in 1995. It wasn’t until 1996 when Rey started his very memorable WCW run (the good and the bad).
Rey went to win the WCW Cruiserweight Title a total of five times in the 90s (and in total), but his persona’s reputation took a sour turn when he was unmasked by the nWo in 1999. Mysterio would still be pushed relatively well after that, but him revealing his true identity is probably considered the lowest point of his HOF career (advert your eyes below if you were born past 1990 - keep the Kayfabe alive!)
That doesn’t stop him from being #37 on the list. With his persona, talent and fighting spirit Rey Mysterio was (and still is from a legacy standpoint) the premiere cruiserweight of wrestling.