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Rey Mysterio: Scrapped Heel Turn Pitch Was for the Best

One big thing: Rey Mysterio reveals he pitched turning heel on son Dominik

Rey Mysterio, WWE legend and fan-favorite, recently disclosed that he once suggested turning heel against his son Dominik. The idea was ultimately scrapped, a decision Mysterio now appreciates.

Key details:

• Rey pitched the heel turn idea to Vince McMahon when he and Dominik were working as a tag team.
• Colleagues advised against it, comparing Rey to Ricky Steamboat, a perpetual babyface.
• The eventual storyline saw Dominik turn heel instead, joining The Judgment Day.

Why it matters:

This revelation offers a glimpse into WWE’s creative process and the importance of character consistency. It also highlights how the company values long-term fan investment in established characters.

By the numbers:

• Rey and Dominik held the SmackDown Tag Team Championship once during their partnership.
• Dominik turned heel at Clash at the Castle in September 2022.

What they’re saying:

Rey Mysterio: “I’m kind of glad that I listened and that they didn’t listen to me because the best thing that could have happened is for Dom to become the heel and be the evil one.”

The big picture:

The decision to keep Rey as a babyface while turning Dominik heel has proven successful, creating compelling storylines and character development for both wrestlers. It’s allowed Dominik to establish his own identity separate from his father’s legendary status.

What’s next:

With Rhea Ripley currently injured, WWE Women’s World Champion Liv Morgan has been attempting to infiltrate The Judgment Day and get closer to Dominik Mysterio, potentially setting up new storyline directions.

What do you think about Rey Mysterio’s scrapped heel turn pitch? Do you believe it was the right decision to keep him as a babyface? Leave your thoughts in the comments below!

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