For over 30 years, Rey Mysterio has built a career as one of the most respected names in the wrestling industry, and his creative, colorful masks and their many variations have acquired an iconic legacy in their own right.
Mysterio has amassed an extensive list of awards and accolades – a list that will now include his status as a cover athlete for WWE 2K22.
“Representing the lucha libre culture as the cover Superstar for WWE 2K22 is a moment of great pride for me,” Mysterio said via a press release. “I look forward to sharing the stories behind my career’s great moments with a dedicated community of players and connecting with WWE fans in a whole new way as they play through my 2K Showcase.”
After forgoing a WWE 2K release in 2021, the 2022 edition of the game — which will be released on PlayStation and Xbox consoles and PC on March 11 — will feature a completely redesigned gameplay engine. A variety of game modes include the aforementioned 2K Showcase, which spotlights some of the greatest moments and matches of Mysterio’s career in WWE and beyond.
Mysterio, 47, began his WWE journey in 2002, after an extensive career in Mexico, Japan and North American promotions WCW and ECW. He was 28 years old when he signed with WWE, and now wrestles with his 24-year-old son Dominik, with whom he became tag team champion.
“I think every moment, every accolade I’ve received throughout my career has had a different meaning,” Mysterio said at a press event to unveil the WWE 2K22 cover. “Just being able to share the ring with my son [for the first time] was a very special moment. Not only that, we also became Tag Team Champions — the first father and son in WWE history. It’s been an incredible ride. I’ve loved every moment I’ve had in the ring, you know, from my beginning, in ’89, to now, 2022.”
Status as the WWE 2K22 cover athlete follows a career in which Mysterio has consistently exceeded expectations. Despite standing six feet tall in a world of giants, Mysterio’s lucha libre acrobatics and incredible charisma made him a fan favorite and a three-time world champion, among a long list of other achievements.
And as older WWE fans relive their favorite moments from Mysterio’s career, and younger fans get a better sense of his legacy, he hopes to add a few more clips to his wrestling highlight reel before all is said and done.
“Now that things have just blossomed and manifested, I’m putting this out to the world — I want to have a WrestleMania moment with my son before I finally put on the mask.”