After his in-ring debut, Mysterio was supposed to go to NXT.
Three years ago, Dominik Mysterio made his pro wrestling in-ring debut when he took on Seth Rollins at SummerSlam. Mysterio would go on to win the SmackDown Tag Team Titles with his father Rey and present day, he’s a member of Judgment Day alongside Finn Bálor, WWE Women’s World Champion Rhea Ripley and Damian Priest.
Dominik reflected on his journey while speaking to Inside The Ropes and told the outlet that he was supposed to transition to NXT after his match with Rollins. It never happened and Mysterio said he did not ask why.
When I was offered this opportunity against Seth (Rollins at SummerSlam 2020), I knew that if I turned it down, there wasn’t gonna be another opportunity like this… and my dad told me, he was like, ‘This is completely up to you. If you wanna do it,’ he goes, ‘I can’t make your decision for you’ and I was like, ‘Yeah, I’ma do it.’ I was like, ‘I don’t know if this thing is gonna happen again or I’m gonna get the shot’ so I was like, ‘I’m gonna take it’ and he was like, ‘Alright, you think you’re ready?’ I was like, ‘We’ll see’ (he laughed). Afterwards too, I was supposed to go down to NXT and do the whole developmental thing and how the process is actually supposed to go. But, it just never happened so, and I never asked or complained.
Prior to Dominik and Rey going one-on-one at WrestleMania 39, Dominik and fellow members of Judgment Day walked out during Rey’s Hall of Fame speech.
Dominik said it was cool to continue their storyline through the Hall of Fame and added that there were some wrestlers who were not clued in about the walk-out.
It was a special night, you know? (Dominik said about his father’s WWE Hall of Fame induction) Not many people get to say that they get inducted into the Hall of Fame and have a match the very next day. So it was cool to be able to be a part of something to also continue the storyline through the Hall of Fame because I don’t know if that’s ever been done before like that to where we continue the storyline through the Hall of Fame and it was just surreal to be able to get up in the beginning of his speech and just hear that reaction from that crowd. Almost like they couldn’t believe it. I know a lot of the wrestlers there as well didn’t know what was going on so that was like their genuine reaction so it was really cool to see.
This weekend, Dominik is scheduled to take on Cody Rhodes at Money in the Bank in London, England.
If the quotes in this article are used, please credit Inside The Ropes with an H/T to POST Wrestling for the transcriptions.