Rey Mysterio is a longtime veteran of the WWE. After his run with WCW, Mysterio signed with WWE in 2002. He had a very successful run with the promotion, winning three World Titles, a Royal Rumble, and several Tag Team Title reigns. However, Mysterio decided to leave WWE in 2015 after his contract expired.
Following a few years on the independent circuit, Mysterio re-signed with WWE in October and is now feuding with Randy Orton on SmackDown Live. Speaking on Lilian Garcia’s podcast, “Chasing Glory,” recently, Mysterio explained why he made the decision to leave WWE in 2015. Here’s what he had to say:
“The opportunity was definitely on the table, and from the moment that I had left I left not giving detailed explanation to media or to whoever had any doubts or questions as to why I left. It was between WWE and myself; this was a part-time farewell. I needed to take a break. I needed to rest.
“I needed to be around my family to pick up on a lot of things that I had missed out on over the years with being on the road so much and traveling and dedicating so much of my time to the sport that I kind of pushed my family aside; don’t get me wrong, my wife has always been supportive of what I do as well as my kids, but when my kids were young they don’t understand why Dad has to leave every week,” Mysterio said.
“They don’t understand why Dad is not there for their birthdays or special events at school. They just know that Dad is working and is on the road. Now that they are older they understand that.
“They understand what I do and understand the impact that I have on life and on other people’s life so that was pretty much my answer as to why I was stepping away from my contractual agreement with WWE.”
H/T Wrestling Inc. for the transcriptions