On Friday’s episode of WWE SmackDown, Rey Mysterio was announced as the first inductee for the WWE Hall of Fame class of 2023. This marks a rare occasion where an active superstar will be inducted. Mysterio has been wrestling on SmackDown lately, with his most recent match taking place on February 24th. This news was delivered in a segment with Mysterio’s son, Dominik Mysterio, who accused his father of being an absent father and referencing his future Hall of Fame career. This served as a foil to their ongoing storyline feud.
Mysterio is one of the most popular luchadors and an iconic figure in Mexico’s rich wrestling culture on the North American stage. He popularized the cruiserweight division and the lucha libre style in promotions like WWE, WCW, and ECW. He is often credited with paving the way for smaller wrestlers and masked performers. Mysterio has won 15 championships in WWE, including one reign as WWE champion and two as world heavyweight champion. He is also a Royal Rumble winner and the 21st Grand Slam and Triple Crown champion in WWE history.
Mysterio’s inclusion in the WWE Hall of Fame is well-deserved, given his contributions to the wrestling industry. Notably, he has been an inspiration to many Latino wrestlers and wrestling fans, proving that they too can make a name for themselves in the industry. Mysterio has been an influential figure in wrestling for decades, and his induction will be a recognition of his hard work.
It will be interesting to see who else is inducted into the class of 2023 and how WWE will continue to utilize Mysterio’s status as an active wrestler. In any case, Mysterio’s induction in the WWE Hall of Fame is a testament to his legacy and impact on the wrestling industry.