Rey Mysterio reveals WWE made him change outfit over fears of being sued

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During his time in the WWE, Rey Mysterio established himself as one of the most popular and flamboyant wrestlers in the company. And it wasn't just for his high-flying moves.

The Mexican star was known for his repertoire of outlandish outfits and, of course, the mask that, somewhat ironically, made him instantly recognisable.

Speaking in an interview with Sam Roberts' Wrestling Podcast, Mysterio actually admitted the return of the mask - taken away from him in WCW - was the WWE's idea but did reveal the organisation's hierarchy had to ban him from one particular outfit choice due to fears over being sued.


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"I always try to take care of my image inside the ring with my outfits, attire. Nice and clean. And I think that had a lot to do with my presence inside the ring," Mysterio said.

"Once I made it to WWE, I was like, 'my s**t has to be nice and clean and I've got to make sure I do something different every time. Pay-per-view? Superheroes! Lets blend that in....That's just how my mind flows, with outfits, with my gear, and with my wrestling moves.

"Actually, at one point, they told me, 'you've got to stop doing this because we're going to get sued.' So I've always tried to keep it fun and mysterious for the fans because it was always like, 'man, what are you going to bust out now, Rey?' and they would give me ideas."

The WWE have a long history of incorporating movies, TV shows and pop culture references into the company - we all remember Triple H's Terminator intro back at WrestleMania 31, for instance.

However, those occasions are usually a part of a big marketing deal with select movie franchises, with both parties benefitting financially or otherwise.

While Mysterio may have been able to go rogue and mimic superheroes in his career before WWE, those franchises would probably not have been too happy to see their trademarks being used without payment at a pay-per-view event.

Unfortunately for the two-time Heavyweight champion and the WWE Universe, the fear of a court case robbed us all from seeing Mysterio go full superhero at a pay-per-view.

Just which one he was planning on taking inspiration from is anyone's guess, but you have to think his high-flying in-ring antics would have suited a Spiderman gimmick perfectly.

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