Thursday, May 3, 2007

Luchador - Rey Misterio, Jr.

Óscar Gutiérrez Rubio (born December 11, 1974), better known by the ring name Rey Misterio, Jr. or Rey Mysterio, is an American professional wrestler signed to World Wrestling Entertainment currently appearing on its SmackDown brand.

Mysterio is known for his high flying style, which helped kick-start the cruiserweight revolution in the United States of America in the late 1990s - during his time in World Championship Wrestling.

Born in San Diego, California, Gutiérrez trained for professional wrestling with his Uncle, Rey Misterio, Sr.. He debuted as a wrestler on April 30, 1989 at the age of 14 in a small church in Tijuana, Mexico. Technically, he was too young to receive a license, but enforcement was generally low. He began a feud with Psicosis (who had also been trained by Rey Misterio, Sr.) using the ring name Colibrí (Spanish for hummingbird). The feud lasted several years, continuing even after Gutiérrez's career moved to the U.S.

When Gutiérrez turned 18, his Uncle allowed him to use the ring name Rey Misterio, Jr.. In Asistencia Asesoría y Administración (AAA) he feuded with Juventud Guerrera including a tag match with Rey Misterio Jr. and Sr. taking on Juventud and his father, Fuerza Guerrera.

For almost all WWE appearances, Mysterio keeps his face covered by a variety of masks. The colors of the masks vary, and he also wears contact lenses to match the color of his ring attire.

During non-wrestling appearances he generally wears a black mask, but has occasionally been seen with highly custom masks such as one made by Louis Vuitton.

Mysterio has been unmasked three times while in the WWE. The most recent occurred during SummerSlam 2006 where his entire mask came off as the result of a punch delivered by Chavo Guerrero. He also removed his mask in his testimonial video on the Eddie Guerrero RAW tribute show, but put his head down so nobody could see his face.

To keep up with the lucha tradition of the mask, the WWE refuses to replay matches of Mysterio while he was unmasked in WCW. Also, on the WWE Home Video Rey Mysterio: 619, when any candid footage is shown where Rey is not wearing a mask (for example, the WWE Confidential segment wherein Rey gives WWE cameras a tour of his home), his face is blurred out.
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