WATCH: The Only Time WWE Legend Rey Mysterio Unmasked Himself on Live TV

Published 07/16/2021, 8:30 PM EDT
Rey Mysterio (Photo by Chris Polk/FilmMagic)


The mask is an extremely important aspect for Mexican wrestlers. They make it a part of their outfit and rarely want to wrestle without the mask. However, Rey Mysterio had to take off his mask at one point or he would have lost his job.

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This is a story from the time when Rey Mysterio was working with WCW. In the year 1999, Eric Bischoff came up with the idea that Mysterio had to lose his mask. However, he tried to tell Bischoff he wasn’t comfortable with it and was threatened with a breach of contract legal battle.

Mysterio was supposed to lose his mask in a match with Eddie Guerrero, but he tried his best to not unveil his face to the fans.

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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – OCTOBER 11: WWE wrestler Rey Mysterio speaks at a WWE news conference at T-Mobile Arena on October 11, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. It was announced that WWE wrestler Braun Strowman will face heavyweight boxer Tyson Fury and WWE champion Brock Lesnar will take on former UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez at the WWE’s Crown Jewel event at Fahd International Stadium in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on October 31. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Following that, Mysterio and Konnan came together for SuperBrawl IX to take on Kevin Nash and Scott Hall for a mask vs hair match. When the former team lost, Mysterio had to discard his mask. While he wasn’t comfortable with this at all, this was his only choice. Otherwise, he would probably not have a job anymore.

He worked without his mask for the rest of his WCW career until Vince McMahon purchased the promotion. Rey Mysterio made a WWE debut with the mask back on. Since then, he has kept his mask with himself.

Rey Mysterio reveals who was responsible for the unmasking

The Mexican wrestler believes it was Scott Hall because of whom he had to remove the mask. He kept telling Mysterio to take it off. And eventually, it went to the top authorities. Finally, they decided to make him wrestle without the mask.

“Scott Hall was like ‘Rey what are you doing with that mask, you’re a pretty mother*****r man’. I was like ‘come on man, don’t start rumors’ and that led into another thing and you know, eventually they felt that it was time for me to wrestle without the mask.

“I believe it was one comment made by Scott which then a couple of years later ended up with me taking off the mask.” H/t Sportskeeda

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Everything You Need to Know about WWE Legend Rey Mysterio and His Family

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Currently, Rey Mysterio is the WWE SmackDown Tag Team Champion alongside his son, Dominik Mysterio. During this title run, Rey Mysterio had a short feud with Roman Reigns which ended on SmackDown.

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Shuvangi Sen Chaudhury

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Shuvangi is a senior WWE and AEW author at EssentiallySports. She has over 1000 published WWE articles and also has experience in content operations with Forbes. Having completed her undergraduation from Royal Holloway, University of London, Shuvangi is closely aligned to the fitness industry, having amateur skills levels in tennis and basketball while rowing at a regatta level.

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