There’s good news for Rey Mysterio fans, as the former World Heavyweight Champion’s recent injury isn’t thought to be too serious – according to Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.
Mysterio’s bicep tear is said to be Grade 1, the least severe type – meaning that it should have no long-term effect on his strength, and should heal within a few weeks.
This will be a relief for fans of both WWE and New Japan Pro Wrestling. Mysterio has been scheduled to compete at NJPW’s ‘Strong Style Evolved’ show in Long Beach, California on March 25th. He will face Jushin ‘Thunder’ Liger in a clash of cruiserweight legends.
He has also been rumoured to play a key role in WWE’s plans for WrestleMania 34. Justin Barasso of Sports Illustrated recently reported that Mysterio would face John Cena at the event, but his claim has been met with considerable criticism online since. Cena’s opponent was originally thought to be The Undertaker, although there have been no major developments in this regard.
Cena did tease calling out the Deadman on a recent episode of Raw, before moving to SmackDown and attempting to find a way to WrestleMania by taking on WWE Champion AJ Styles.
Mysterio returned to WWE as a surprise entrant in the 2018 Royal Rumble, and was met with a huge reception. It is thought that his popularity may have convinced WWE to include him in their WrestleMania plans to some degree – although there has been no official word from the promotion on whether he will feature in New Orleans.