Rey Mysterio was this year's big Royal Rumble surprise.
Entering the match at number 27, he drew one of the biggest pops of the night, and looked nothing like the bloated, beaten-up luchador that left WWE in 2015. Rey was faster, leaner, and sprightlier than he had been in years. He set the bout alight with Hurricanranas and 619's, and even made it to the final five, popping the crowd several times before Finn Balor eventually threw him out.
Mysterio's performance left fans pining for one last run, though whether or not WWE will call upon the 43-year-old again remains to be seen. Regardless, it was a highlight moment from a night full of them, and felt like a 'make good' for the way the company handled his last Rumble appearance.
A pioneering Cruiserweight he may be, but as is the case with anyone with such tenure in the wrestling business, Rey's career is full of black marks. Granted, many weren't of his own doing, but while WWE went heavy on the "returning legend" narrative last Sunday night, Mysterio's history is rife with moments that the company would love to delete from your memory...
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