Rey Mysterio has done it all during his 20-year run since he started in WWE, but he never got to face The Rock even though he thinks it would have been special.
Following his recent celebration of 20 years since his WWE debut, Rey Mysterio has been reflecting on things in his career. Rey wrestled so many legends like Kurt Angle, Shawn Michaels, The Undertaker, Triple H, John Cena, Randy Orton, Batista and of course, his best friend Eddie Guerrero. Currently, Rey is very active on the Raw roster while often teaming with his son Dominik Mysterio.
One of the legends that Rey didn’t get a chance to face is arguably the biggest name in WWE history, The Rock.
While speaking to Alex McCarthy of Inside The Ropes recently, Mysterio was asked if there was ever a time when he could have had a match with The Rock. Rey responded by talking about how it was a missed opportunity while also praising The Rock.
“Never the opportunity. Right when he was filming the Scorpion King 2, it was right after WrestleMania 19 and we were in Seattle. I remember he was flying back to L.A to shoot, we had just finished doing I believe a SmackDown, and he offered me and Chavo [Guerrero] at the time to fly back with him.”
“So I remember flying back with him, and man, such an incredible human being, very, very humble, feet flat and firm on the ground. We never had the opportunity to speak about that particular moment but he did mention to me that he was always a fan watching us on WCW, and would always tune in when me or Juventud [Guerrera] or Psicosis were on TV to see what we were gonna do that night.”
“[With regard to a match] It would have been special.”
The timing was off because Rey debuted in WWE in the summer of 2002 at a time when The Rock was starting to slow down in his WWE schedule. Rock won the WWE Title at Vengeance 2002 in July, then he dropped the title to Brock Lesnar at SummerSlam 2002, which saw Rey open the show against Kurt Angle. When Rock came back to WWE in early 2003 as a cocky heel, it was only for a few months with Rock mostly on Raw while Rey was on Smackdown, so it just never worked out.
The Rock is 50 years old and is rumored to face Roman Reigns at WrestleMania 39 in Los Angeles next April, but Rock has also been rumored for WrestleMania matches in the past and it hasn’t happened due to how busy he is as an actor, producer and now XFL owner. The Rock’s last real match in a WWE ring was nine years against John Cena at WrestleMania 29 in 2013 although he did beat Erick Rowan at WrestleMania 32 in 2016 in a match that only involved hitting a Rock Bottom.