As noted, Rey Mysterio recently spoke with the folks at Inside The Ropes for an in-depth interview. Featured below are some additional highlights.
On his Royal Rumble appearance being a one-off appearance for WWE: “Well, since it’s already been out. There is nothing I can hide. There was interaction with WWE and myself earlier this year, beginning in January. We wanted to come up with a surprise for a special entrance at the Royal Rumble. I took the opportunity to come back, and do one event at this time right now. What better event than the Royal Rumble? I still hold the record for the longest time being in that ring and then winning it after all.”
On the crowd reaction he received and how the Superstars responded to him being there behind-the-scenes: “Being able to come back, being the first event that they give to the fans in the new year, the Rumble, was going to bring back a lot of sweet memories, which it did. I had no idea what to expect. You have that mystique, or the feeling of whether or not the fans want me back. I knew it was going to be a reaction, but I didn’t know whether or not it was going to be a mixed reaction, and the fans blew me away. It was very emotional. From backstage, WWE staff; old faces that I hadn’t seen in a while, like: Randy [Orton], Miz, Brock [Lesnar] and Paul Heyman, to stepping out on that stage and hearing the reaction from the fans. It was just breathtaking.”
On steps that were taken to ensure his appearance would be a surprise: “It was a very well kept secret. They had hidden us inside of a bus. They had me and The Hurricane inside of a bus. We didn’t fly into the city. We didn’t fly into Philadelphia. We flew in from Newark, New Jersey on the day of the show so a lot of the wrestlers didn’t know that we were going to be there.”
On being booed by fans during his 2014 Royal Rumble appearance due to the expectations the crowd had of Daniel Bryan: “I go back and think about that day. At the time of things happening like that moment, you don’t think right off the top of your head, but I wish I would thought what I thought after the event, after watching it over and after hearing the reaction from the fans, I would have literally came back after hearing the reaction from the fans because I know that Daniel Bryan was backstage, I would have grabbed him and told him to come out and take my number. I would have walked backstage and given him my number and would have told him to take my spot, but unfortunately it didn’t happen. The fans were pissed because they wanted to see someone else. The boos weren’t directed at me, but wanted to see Daniel Bryan.”
Check out the complete Rey Mysterio interview with Inside The Ropes at YouTube.com.