WWE fans may have the chance to watch Rey Mysterio battle John Cena at WrestleMania 34 on April 8.
According to a report by Justin Barrasso of Sports Illustrated, Mysterio was negotiating a potential return at last night’s SmackDown LIVE at the STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, California. The deal is expected to be complete by the end of the week.
Mysterio’s opponent at WrestleMania is currently scheduled to be Cena, who is in need of a marquee challenger after it was ruled that The Undertaker will not be working at this year’s show.
Cena requested to work a ‘Mania match with either Samoa Joe, who is currently injured, or Mysterio, who left more of a buzz at the Royal Rumble with his appearance than any other wrestler, including the debuting Ronda Rousey.
Mike Johnson of PWInsider.com also reports that Mysterio is negotiating a return to WWE. Triple H is said to be the main person involved in the Mysterio negotiations.
While Mysterio and WWE are definitely in talks, he was told by several sources that Mysterio was not actually at the STAPLES Center last night.
Mysterio’s appearance at the Rumble appearance was a one-night deal that was put together a few days earlier. WWE and Mysterio have had discussions since Mysterio left the company in 2015, but the major sticking point was that the star (who has undergone countless knee surgeries) did not want to work a full-time schedule, while WWE had been pushing for Mysterio to do so if he returned.
It was three years ago this week when Mysterio ended his 13-year run with WWE. On February 26, 2015, WWE announced that Mysterio’s WWE contract had expired. He then began working for Lucha Underground and AAA in Mexico while also signing a deal with the El Rey Network in advance of producing additional content for the cable network. No projects came from the deal and Mysterio’s runs with AAA and LU have since ended. He’s since worked for CRASH in Mexico, and numerous independent promotions in the U.S. and internationally.
Before WrestleMania, Mysterio will be wrestling Jushin “Thunder” Liger at New Japan Pro Wrestling’s “Strong Style Evolved” show on March 25 in Long Beach, California.