Although Rey Mysterio's departure from the WWE was confirmed way back in ... there has been no real explanation for the former Champion's split from the company he called home for so many years.
Talk of tension between Mysterio and the WWE hierarchy, as well as the former Superstar's recent struggles with injury have all been mentioned as factors without confirmation from either side.
Now though, Rey Mysterio himself has opened up about his decision to leave the company in an interview with Rolling Stone magazine, and his reason for quitting will resonate with workaholics and fathers worldwide.
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"I was a workaholic for so many years. I've missed so many birthdays and anniversaries," Mysterio told Aaron Oster.
"Family was the biggest reason...I'm trying to enjoy my time at home and be around my kids. I want to vacation. I'm a big family guy. I want to do more with them."
With the former WWE Champion having missed over 18 months of action through injury during the final two years of his WWE contract, the news that he was desperate to spend more time with his family will only increase speculation that those injury layoffs were extended by the wrestler himself rather than on medical orders.
Those familiar with a WWE Superstar's insanely busy schedule will surely understand Mysterio's reasoning however:
"That was the primary reason I stepped away," the Latin America star continued.
"After 15 years, I didn't know what was out there. I had been wrestling with WWE all that time and wasn't focusing on anything outside of that."
While Mysterio's exit from the intense environment of WWE has likely given him that extra family time he craved, it hasn't exactly been an easy time for the wrestler since.
Involved in the AAA match that saw his good friend Perro Aguayo tragically die, many expected Rey Mysterio to retire altogether from the sport.
The Mexican star continued on though, and is clearly looking to find that work-life balance WWE could not offer him:
"I really wanted to have some time off, without feeling any sort of commitment to be on a certain schedule.
"Now, I'm doing things my way, under my terms. I'm dictating my pace towards retirement. I'm not on the grind. I was constantly competing. This is a good thing for me."
WWE fans: Do WWE risk losing star names by working them too hard, or should wrestlers be grateful? Have your say in the comments below...
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