Rey Mysterio and Dominik wanted tag title win in front of fans, Seth Rollins praised for having trust in legend’s son

Rey Mysterio’s career as a Hall of Fame headliner any way you look at it, but winning the tag team titles with his son is unprecedented.

When talkSPORT caught up with the luchador legend, we asked him how it felt to make history with his son.

Dominik Mysterio is wrestling royalty

“Amazing to even just talk about it and to think that one day we could share the ring together and we might even get opportunities to wrestle for the tag team titles,” Mysterio started. 

“That would be incredible. And then the more we talked about it, we said ‘I don’t think there’s ever been a father/son as tag team champions, so we would be the first, literally!”

Dominik Mysterio hasn’t even been on the main roster for a year and he’s already made history with his father.

“Honestly, it really is wild,” Dominik explained. “What a blessing to be able to share the ring and that moment and to be the first ever father-son SmackDown Tag Team champions I still get goosebumps just talking about it. 

Dominik Mysterio is just 24 while his dad, Rey, is 43

“It’s absolutely crazy. I’m blessed and very thankful for the opportunity.”

The pair grabbed the belts from the Dirty Dogs at WrestleMania Backlash inside the WWE ThunderDome.

Many feel it was a missed opportunity to not have the Mysterios achieve such an emotional and historic moment in front of fans. They could have done at WrestleMania 37 or in July when fans will return to WWE events.

Rey admits he would have preferred it with fans, but says the call was out of his hands.

Rey Mysterio with his son, Dominik, who started at the PC in January 2020
WWE

“We thought about it personally between us, father and son. This would be a moment that we could celebrate in front of fans. 

“Obviously, the opportunity was beforehand and now we just wait anxiously to be able to perform in front of fans in July. That’s something that I have been craving for the longest time. 

“It feels like a long period that we haven’t had any fans in the arenas, although it helps to have the sound of the fans and I was one of the first, if not the first match on RAW at the time to have silence – it was completely dead! It felt like an audition for a wrestling movie. 

“That was very weird, so I just can’t wait to get back on the road and hear the ovation from the fans, chanting the 619 and for my son to feel that for the first time.”

Rey Mysterio with his debuting son Dominik

Dominik doesn’t know any different just yet, but he’s eager to get in front of fans with his father.

“I made my debut during the pandemic era and my first match was at the first ThunderDome show, the SummerSlam pay-per-view. So I started off with the virtual fans and I got a little bit of a taste of that at WrestleMaina, just walking in and getting a little bit of that crowd reaction. I’m definitely looking forward to having fans back,” Dominik said.

Speaking of Dominik’s debut, Rey told us he was delighted with how his son’s encounter with Seth Rollins turned out.

“I was incredibly delighted. The opportunity happened out of nowhere. The story was of course with my family, but I’m the one that speaks for the family so I was thinking Seth versus Rey at SummerSlam and when they hit me with the curveball I brought it up to Dom and he said ‘yeah, I’ll take it.’ 

Dominik Mysterio put a great performance on his WWE debut

“He was the one that needed to face Seth. So I’m very grateful for the opportunity with Vince McMahon. These are moments that, as well as being a part of the first ever father and son tag team champions, Dominik debuted on one of the biggest pay-per-views of the year at SummerSlam against Seth Rollins. 

“I take my mask off to him for his guidance and his trust in Dominik. Not just anyone takes a match like that, goes out there on one of the biggest pay-per-views and has full trust and faith. It was an emotional moment. I was a wreck going into that match. My nerves were just going all over the place, my anxiety, everything! 

“You can only imagine seeing your son for the first time. First impressions always count, they are the most important ones. So I was just hoping that Dom was able to pull this off and he did. He surprised me and I believe the whole world.”

Catch the Mysterios on SmackDown every Friday night at 1am on BT Sport