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Rey Mysterio was interviewed on the Busted Open satellite radio show about Lucha Underground, his WWE past, who he currently watches on WWE TV, and more topics with hosts Doug Mortman and Dave LaGreca.
Mysterio talked about the Lucha Underground schedule of shooting a full season of about 40 episodes over a few months, then getting 4-5 months off to rest his body, while taking select independent dates and wrestling for AAA in Mexico. Asked if the time off has affected his wrestling, Mysterio said no. He said he’s been able to be a family man and has not seen any loss of ring shape.
Mysterio also revealed what happens in-between TV tapings when he takes 6-12 hours to film backstage promos cinematic-style that get turned into a movie-style vignette. Mysterio said he’s used to one shoot in WWE, but Lucha films the same promo from several different angles to create their trademark cinematic vignettes.
Mysterio said it’s difficult to display this kind of wrestling product in a major wrestling promotion, but he feels like Lucha Underground has made it work.
Regarding the Lucha Underground roster, Rey said the future of Lucha and the general cruiserweight movement is Prince Puma (Ricochet), followed by Pentagon, Jr., Fenix, and even a big-man like Brian Cage. He also noted that many wrestlers currently or recently in WWE wouldn’t fit in with the Lucha Underground style, but he thinks Johnny Mundo (John Morrison) has been a great fit.
“He’s more mature now; he’s definitely grown quite a bit. He understands the business much more and I think it’s a good thing. It’s fun being around him,” Mysterio said of Mundo/Morrison.
Looking back to the end of his WWE run, Mysterio said it was difficult being part of three-hour Raw tapings. Now that he’s on the outside looking in, Mysterio said he can’t make it through a three-hour Raw, but he makes a point to watch A.J. Styles, Chris Jericho, Kalisto, and Alberto Del Rio, who he said should be booked as World Hvt. champion.
The interview wrapped with Mysterio being asked if he will return to WWE one day to be in the Hall of Fame. “I really hope that Lucha Underground takes off in the right direction (before that point),” Mysterio said. “I’m hoping that we take the next step, which should be coming shortly.”