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So the latest story from PWInsider is that Rey Mysterio has requested a release from his contract after WrestleMania, and that he'll just retire if he doesn't get said release. I'm struggling to see *why* Rey would want to walk away from a contract if he's planning to retire anyway - surely he could just retire, stay on contract and collect the downside until it expires?

Is he eyeing a move to TNA for the lighter schedule? It baffles me that someone would want to make that jump at this point, especially a guy as popular and well-known and high-earning as Mysterio.
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I thought this story originated at the esteemed wrestlenewz.com and was therefore "well, we'll see."

Mysterio and WWE haven't gotten along that well dating back to his suspension in 2009, if not before that. Mysterio's been jerked around and asked to work hurt and postpone surgeries more than anybody, and although he's been in some high profile programs with Jericho and Punk, has at times felt underutilized and underpaid for someone of his measurable overness. Two changes in title plans -- Rey retaining the IC title against Dolph Ziggler at Night of Champions and Rey winning the world title at Fatal Fourway -- were made as gestures to be nice to him at times when they were not getting along.

The notion has always been that Rey could make loads in Mexico as a living legend but maybe The Cubs Fan could say whether that's as realistic in the current landscape as it used to be.
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If the recent story of him working through injury is true, he might be worn out and burned out. With Sin Cara coming in, the WWE might be content with one masked luchadore.



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He's also got bad knees, and was gassed to the gills for a long while, which couldn't have been good for his heart. He's been in the wrestling biz for over 1/2 his life now. Working for the WWE means living a grueling schedule, and I'm sure he doesn't want to end up like Eddie Guerrero, dropping dead in some hotel away from his family (as horrific it is to think about).

The ideal situation for him would be a schedule like Undertaker - work for a little bit, then get extended time off, repeat. I doubt WWE would want to pay him what he's worth to do that, and I doubt Rey would be down for taking a pay cut.

Rey is 1 of my favorite guys to watch, and is still a top-level worker, but if he wants to walk away, I'm not going to begrudge him for wanting to enjoy the rest of his life away from the business (or working a lighter schedule somewhere else).



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    The notion has always been that Rey could make loads in Mexico as a living legend but maybe The Cubs Fan could say whether that's as realistic in the current landscape as it used to be.


Rey was doing an autograph signing in Mexico City on Saturday to promote upcoming shows, and also doing interviews talking about how Sin Cara was there to increase the number of Mexicans in WWE (hoping for eventually as many as in WCW) and he's not planning on going anywhere. That's what Rey is going to say regardless, but it's what he said to a dozen different news organizations - he's seen as a big big star.

AAA made a run at him last time his contract came up and would bend over backwards to accommodate Rey if he wanted to come now. Even beyond AAA, he'd be treated as a national sports hero, the kind that gets paid just for showing up for stuff. Rey knows that, and it's given him more freedom to express his displeasure towards WWE.



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Semi Off Topic: Does Rey wear his mask in Mexico? I heard when he signed with WWE and brought the mask back that he'd get killed if he tried to pull that in Mexico where losing a mask is a big deal.
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    I heard when he signed with WWE and brought the mask back that he'd get killed if he tried to pull that in Mexico where losing a mask is a big deal.


He wore the mask for his interview and every show WWE's done there. He has yet to die.



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#8 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.64
    Originally posted by Amos Cochran

    Is he eyeing a move to TNA for the lighter schedule? It baffles me that someone would want to make that jump at this point, especially a guy as popular and well-known and high-earning as Mysterio.


In one of the articles that's linked to the "Is TNA profitable" thread, comes the following paragraph:



For the record, it must be pointed out that the much-vaunted "lighter schedule" of TNA is, at this point, little more than a myth. There is a very interesting interview with A.J Styles and Jeremy Borash here in which the topic of conversation turns to TNA’s "light" schedule. A visibly annoyed A.J Styles reveals, in something you would perhaps expect to hear out of John Cena or The Miz, or any other extremely busy WWE name: "I don’t know who it’s lighter for, to be honest with you. It bothers me when people say that about me because I’m always on the road…I mean, aside from being hurt the first part of the year, I’m always on the road." Jeremy Borash (hilariously, only just fresh off parroting the usual shtick about company’s lighter schedule) also chimes in: "I’ve been home four days since Thanksgiving." This interview took place in early February. Indeed, considering TNA house shows are reportedly the only area of the company that perform well and make money, it seems clear that there will be a time soon when most TNA wrestlers are working the same hectic schedule that WWE wrestlers do. With the main differences being that at least WWE guys are fairly compensated for the work they do, and, were they to get injured on one of these numerous house shows, be given appropriate care and not have to worry about getting stuck with a huge hospital bill.


So, the "mugh lighter schedule" theory is a myth. I find it more likely he'd just retire, or work some dates in Mexico, then go to TNA.



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Maybe it has changed but I thought TNA rotated their talent in and out of house shows. I know AJ Styles definitely wasn't at the show I attended and I don't think he was hurt at the time. On the other hand, I'm sure a lot of the TNA talent spend a lot of their "free" time working indy shows, so even though their TNA schedule is lighter, they're still on the road. I can't watch the YouTube interview in question at the moment but does AJ specifically state that he's always on the road *with TNA*? I'm assuming that someone like Kurt Angle or Jeff Hardy isn't working nearly the indy dates (if any) that AJ Styles accepts. Borash, on the other hand, pretty much runs the house shows from a crowd perspective, so I assume he's at pretty much all of them.
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#10 Posted on | Instant Rating: 8.70
Two men talking to the Cubs Fan said:

    Originally posted by Bryan Alvarez
    I was told today in pretty much no uncertain terms that there was absolutely nothing to the story.


    Originally posted by Konnan's intermediary Steve Sims
    Rey is probably about as happy with his work situation now as he has been in a long, long time.


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J-Sharp and Cubs: putting nerds' minds at rest. Now I can look forward to the inveitable Rey/Sin Cara match.
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