The most famous masked luchadore in this current era of professional wrestling, Rey Mysterio, battled through constant “you’re too small” remarks to become the World Heavyweight Champion at WrestleMania.
Mysterio’s journey to World Wrestling Entertainment, breaking into professional wrestling, and his family life are all documented in his WWE autobiography Rey Mysterio: Behind The Mask. Mysterio’s 30 year plus career is viewed all the way up to 2009. Mysterio explains how dropping out of school to follow his dream was a difficult decision, one he would not let his own children do today.
Written by WWE writer Jeremy Roberts, Mysterio retells his life story with subjects that vary in length. Mysterio is indepth on his friendship with wrestlers Konnan, Eddie Guerrero, and even has a hilarious story on his first meeting with Tommy Dreamer in Extreme Championship Wrestling. While Mysterio has a big fanbase with youths, this book is best suited for teenagers and older as the autobiography contains a lot of vulgar language and mature road stories. “I’m a messenger. I’m God. And you don’t understand. We’re all going to die. Here,” said Juventud Guerrera to Mysterio right before Juvi was released from World Championship Wrestling.
Mysterio touches on a lot of controversial topics such as the wrestling politics in Mexico, how he was suppose to get unmasked in WCW in 1997, how upset he is with himself over eventually get unmasked, the claims that he took steroids, and finding Eddie’s corpse in 2005. “If I didn’t know what had happened, I would have sworn he was sleeping.” Like most subjects, these topics are not given much detail besides a few pages, although his love and respect for Eddie is written throughout the memoir.
Do not expect to get the quality of writing seen in Chris Jericho or Mick Foley books. The writing is simple and the pages contain a lot of one liners, almost like someone called Mysterio and transcribed it all. However, Mysterio’s life and pro wrestling career is an extraordinaire tale. This book could have been at least 500 pages, but it is still highly enjoyable at 368.
Mysterio’s passion for wrestling and how he describes all of his innovative maneuvers in the ring are great reads for any of his fans new or old. Mysterio’s drive and will to succeed is a true inspiration for any aspiring wrestlers or for people that have been told, “I don’t think you got what it takes.”
Rey Mysterio: Behind The Mask
Simon and Schuster
Written by Jeremy Roberts
Released in Oct. 2010 in paperback, also available in eBook