Dominik Mysterio made his in-ring debut at Summerslam 2020, facing Seth Rollins in a Street Fight. However, Mysterio was competing in WWE without a contract.
After handcuffing Rey Mysterio to the ropes, Seth Rollins went on to win after hitting Dominik Mysterio with his Stomp finishing move.
The high-profile feud continued into the following Payback event, which saw Mysterio team for the first time with his father, Rey Mysterio against Rollins and Murphy.
Speaking as a guest on the Keeping’ It 100 podcast, The Judgment Day member recalled how he was working on a per-show agreement when asked to compete against Rollins, something he felt was “an opportunity of a lifetime”
“Actually, it was before I went on contract (was the payday that took Mysterio by surprise the most), because I was getting paid per show… I did SummerSlam without being on contract. So I got paid for that pay-per-view… We were in the middle of negotiations so it was all kind of being handled at the time.”
“But in good faith, I was like, ‘Yeah dude, I’ll do it.’ This is an opportunity of a lifetime so I jumped on it but after that SummerSlam and that following — because I did SummerSlam and then Monday Night Raw and then that following week, we did Payback when I tagged with my dad for the first time, like back-to-back, so I got two pay-per-view checks and a couple TV checks in one sitting and that’s when I was like, oh sh*t. This is pretty crazy.”
Dominik and Rey Mysterio would go on to become WWE Smackdown Tag Team Champions at Wrestlemania Backlash 2021, defeating Dolph Ziggler and Robert Roode. Their two-month reign was ended by current champions The Usos.
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