Rey Mysterio, one of the greatest professional wrestlers in history, is the first inductee into the WWE Hall of Fame class 2023, The Times has learned.
Mysterio, 48, has been wrestling since he was 14 years old. With his colorful masks and high-flying style, he almost single-handedly put the cruiserweight divisions on the map in the major federations and was also the introduction to the style of wrestling for many in the US.
In WWE, Mysterio has been a two-time Heavyweight Champion, a one-time WWE Champion, a two-time Intercontinental and United States Champion, a three-time Cruiserweight Champion, and five-time co-title holders. He was named “High Flyer of the Year” by readers of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter six times and is a member of its Hall of Fame.
Fellow professional wrestler Konnan, who has known Mysterio since Mysterio was 11 years old, will induct him into the Hall.
The 2023 Hall of Fame ceremony will take place on Friday, March 31 (the night before WrestleMania begins), at Crypto.com Arena after the live edition of “Friday Night Smackdown.” Mysterio is the first member announced, with more to follow in the days leading up to the event.