WWE’s Rey Mysterio Details The First Time He Met Eddie Guerrero
The masked man also gave new insight into their classic match at Halloween Havoc '97
In a recent interview with Complex to promote the forthcoming WWE 2K22 videogame, cover star Rey Mysterio spoke about his relationship with the late Eddie Guerrero.
Mysterio detailed the first time he ever met Latino Heat, how their friendship grew and what he learned from Eddie, saying:
"I remember the first time I met him, I wasn't even in wrestling. I was just a fan and 13 years old, and he was wrestling with my uncle [Rey Misterio Sr.]. They were teaming up, and I was just a kid. Who would have thought back then that one day I would get to step in the ring with him, and share in that Guerrero dynasty that in his bloodline? Deep down inside is a bond of brotherhood relationship that is unlike no other. I learned so much from Eddie inside the ring, outside the ring.
"He taught me how to pace myself. How to give the fans what they want at a certain time, and not just throw away my entire arsenal - just waste all my bullets in one match. 'Wait, let them digest a little bit and have them wanting more the next time they see you'. All those little details are very important in our industry".
Mysterio also spoke about his and Guerrero's classic Mask versus Cruiserweight Title match from WCW's Halloween Havoc 1997 pay-per-view, and how Eddie helped him get through the high-pressure situation:
"My match versus Eddie at Halloween Havoc in 1997 was the match that put me on the map and that gave me recognition.
"I remember that night, I was supposed to lose my mask, and maybe an hour before our match in the ring, [WCW] came back, they said, 'You know what? Rey, you're keeping your mask and Eddie? You're passing the title on to Rey'. And I was nervous. We needed to change so many things throughout the match. And Eddie was like, 'Just relax. Just listen to me out there. Listen to me. Just don't trip'.
"In that match, a lot of things happened on the fly that night. We created a lot of moves that night that we tried to duplicate down the road, and they never happened exactly how they happened that night. The pullup top rope backflip? The 619 into the head scissors that sent Eddie over the top rope? That just happened on the spot
"When Eddie was on his A-game, all I had to do was make sure I had no wax in my ears so that I could listen to him, so he could guide me. And that night, he guided me through that match".