Rey Mysterio has discussed the change to his look that was requested by Vince McMahon ahead of his WWE debut.
Speaking with Graham Matthews for Bleacher Report, Mysterio recalled his mask-less run in WCW. Mysterio noted that after he signed with WWE, Vince McMahon requested for Mysterio to wrestle with his iconic mask once again.
Explaining that he then changed his whole gear, Mysterio said:
“It was actually WWE who brought that up, or in this case, Vince McMahon,” Mysterio said. “I was doing my training a week prior to my debut and I was in OVW. I forgot who approached me at the time, but they said, ‘The company wants to know what type of ring attire you’re going to use for next week.’ I said, ‘What I’ve been using.’ I was using the Scott Steiner, “Big Poppa Pump” chain around the head, like a gladiator chain, and a vest that went along with it. Baggy pants. They were like, ‘Where’s the mask?’ I said, ‘I haven’t been wrestling with the mask.’ ‘No, no, no. Vince wants to see you with the mask.’
“I was like, ‘Oh, OK. Thank god you told me now. Now I have to have an outfit made with the mask.’ That’s when I changed my whole gear. Back in WCW, I was using the old-school tights where they stuck to my leg. When I started with WWE, I started wearing the baggy pants, which were very similar to what I was using prior to WWE when I was unmasked, and I added the mask to it. It became historical at that point because that’s where Rey Mysterio really kicked off and put on the map in WWE.”
Dominik Mysterio recently stated that it’s his long-term goal to earn his father’s mask and continue the Mysterio legacy.