Rey Mysterio made a surprise return to WWE back in January when he popped up in the 27th spot in the Royal Rumble, proceeding to eliminate Adam Cole and others before being eliminated himself by Finn Bálor.
Since then, there have been rumors of an eventual full-time return to WWE from Mysterio that have yet to materialize. The latest update came from the man himself when he said earlier in the month that negotiations, which began back at the Rumble, remain “up in the air.”
In the meantime, Mysterio has been doing work in New Japan Pro Wrestling and elsewhere, including being booked for a match at Cody and the Young Bucks’ All In show in Chicago on September 1, but it appears a deal may finally be in place. There’s no confirmation from WWE or Mysterio, but Northeast Wrestling posted to their Facebook page on Tuesday to regretfully inform their fans that Mysterio had been pulled from a meet and greet event on August 24, citing an “upcoming contractual situation with WWE.”
Given that the event is a week after SummerSlam, one would think the pending contractual obligation mentioned would mean Mysterio was signed and would be making his return to WWE sometime this weekend — whether at SummerSlam in some capacity or at Raw on Monday.
In any case, this also would seem to throw his All In status up in the air as well, and he could be the second person pulled off the All In card due to a WWE contract, after Deonna Purrazzo was removed due to her participation in the second Mae Young Classic. Given that Mysterio has prominent placement on the card as part of a six-man tag match with Fenix and Bandido against Kota Ibushi and The Young Bucks, it would be a pretty big wrench thrown into the proceedings if he does have to be removed from the card.
It’s possible WWE is willing to play nice with the All In crew and allow Mysterio to still compete, and simply doesn’t want Mysterio doing non-WWE meet and greets, but it’s certainly a situation to monitor if he does indeed make his return this weekend.
(h/t to Wrestling Inc.)