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Dominik Mysterio finally stepped out of his father’s shadow Saturday at Clash at the Castle, turning on Rey and Edge after their tag team victory over Judgment Day.

Since debuting in WWE, Dom has always been Rey’s son rather than his own superstar, and rumors have floated for months about the younger Mysterio turning on his dad. However, nothing ever came to fruition.

That changed Saturday when Dominik kicked Edge low and then clotheslined Rey to turn heel and step out on his own.

Dominik actually helped Rey and Edge defeat Judgment Day, but he had to resent being forced onto the sidelines as Rey chose the Rated-R Superstar as his tag partner. Then during the post-match celebration, Dominik was seemingly excluded despite being integral to their win.

At the same time, the turn comes after Judgment Day spent months trying to woo Dominik unsuccessfully, so it will be interesting to hear Dom’s reasoning for abandoning his family.

Sink or swim though, at least Dominik will hopefully get a chance to stand on his own apart from Rey and not be defined solely as Mysterio’s son.

Could Dominik Mysterio be turning to the dark side soon?

On Monday’s “WWE Raw,” The Judgment Day’s Damian Priest and Finn Balor confronted The Mysterios in the backstage area. The segment began with Balor listing out Rey Mysterio’s long list of accomplishments in the WWE.

“You are loved and respected by everyone in the business,” Balor told Rey. “So I’m a little confused – what is that you are not teaching Dominik?”

At this point, Priest interjected to make a case for Dominik to join The Judgment Day.

“Our door is always open, especially for the people who are tired of hearing the same thing over and over again and are being led by so-called leaders that just lead you down the wrong path.”

Priest then spoke to Dominik in Spanish, which led to Rey responding with a few words of his own.

In conclusion, Balor would blame Dominik’s underwhelming WWE career on bad parenting.

“Maybe it’s not bad luck, maybe it’s a bad father,” Balor told Dominik.

The segment ended with The Mysterios challenging Priest and Balor to a tag team match on next week’s “Raw,” which would emanate from their hometown of San Diego, California.

Dominik Mysterio last won a match on WWE TV on the May 29 “Raw” where The Mysterios & Ezekiel defeated Chad Gable, Otis & Kevin Owens in a Six-Person Match. He last won a singles bout on the Feb 7 “Raw” defeating The Miz in an upset victory.

With many wrestling fans wondering whether Dominik Mysterio will at some point don a mask similar to that of his legendary father, Dominik himself has now talked about how he wants to eventually take over both the mask and the Rey Mysterio name.

Speaking during an appearance on Ryan Satin’s Out of Character show, the 24-year-old explained how he wants to take over from Rey when the Master of the 619 decides to hang up his boots.

As picked up by WrestlingNews.co, Dominik said:

“I think the long goal here, the endgame, is to eventually take over the Rey Mysterio name. That’s the legacy within it. He’s Rey Mysterio. It’s only right to make a Jr. Traditionally in Lucha culture, and in Hispanic culture, that’s tradition. That’s what you do. I kind of just showed up and Dom Mysterio organically happened. Everything happened so far, we didn’t really get chance to put these things together, but we definitely have talked about it. He’s mentioned before that the mask is something I have to earn along with the name. If one day he wants to pass it on to me after he retires, or he wants to make me earn it after he retires or something, whatever it is, I’m up for it.”

On Dominik’s mention of the Jr. tradition, Rey Mysterio himself was originally known as Rey Mysterio Jr. (or Rey Misterio Jr.) during his time in AAA, ECW and throughout his stint in WCW.

Having been trained by his uncle Rey Misterio, the Rey who WWE audiences know was christened Rey Misterio Jr. by the uncle who would then become Rey Misterio Sr. Still with us? Good.

Of course, when Rey-Rey signed with WWE in 2002, Vince McMahon’s promotion opted to drop the Jr. part of his ring name, with him having simply been referred to as Rey Mysterio during his WWE tenure.

Now, if Dominik gets his way, the wrestling world could get a new Rey Mysterio Jr. at some point down the line if and when Dom takes over the mask from his old man.

The Usos are your new SmackDown Tag Team Champions.

WWE Money In the Bank 2021’s pay-per-view saw Jimmy Uso and Jey Uso become the new champions by defeating Rey Mysterio and Dominik Mysterio. The match ended when Jimmy pinned Rey with a roll-up, as Jey reinforced the pin from the apron, right after taking Dominik out at ringside.

This is the 5th blue brand reign for Jimmy and Jey. Rey and Dominik won the straps back on May 16 at WrestleMania Backlash, by defeating Dolph Ziggler and Robert Roode. They held the titles for 60 days.

Dominik and Rey Mysterio made history at WWE WrestleMania Backlash when they became the first father/son duo to win tag team championships in WWE. Joining WWE After the Bell, Dominik spoke about the journey it took him to arrive in WWE, saying his debut was very unexpected. Being the son of one of the greatest masked wrestlers of all time, Dominik spoke about how surprised he was to debut at SummerSlam against Seth Rollins and how the original plan was for him to wear his father’s mask.

“It kind of just happened,” Dominik said. “It was so weird, we never expected anything. Opportunities were kind of just presented and I ran with them. One day I showed up to tapings and it said ‘Dominik Mysterio’ on the screen and it threw me off because there was music and everything. I sat there scratching my head and I asked my dad ‘Is this for me?’ [Rey said] ‘Ain’t nobody else here that’s Dominik Mysterio.’

“When he first told me too that they wanted me to have a match with Seth [Rollins] at SummerSlam, I thought he was kidding, never in a million years would I have thought that I’d debut at one of the biggest pay per views against the biggest names. It was kind of just like, we had no idea who Dominik Mysterio was and whether I was going to wear the mask. We had this whole plan set up on how I was going to debut, mask, everything but everything happened so fast we just ran with it.”

Rey recently spoke had talked about Dominik wearing a mask. The 46-year-old said Dominik will still have a chance to earn the mask someday.

“That was the idea from day one when he started training,” Rey said. “I said Dom will continue with this legacy and carry it on. We never really had the opportunity to sit down and discuss our plans which now in retrospect we can look at it and say it’s still not late to make things happen like we had it planned out. I think Dom is going to have to earn the mask now. He’s on his way, eventually one day, maybe the mask will be on.”

Over the years, Rey Mysterio has had some great wrestling attire, including Joker, The Flash and Captain America inspired gear. Dominik said that he loved his father’s outfits throughout the years and wanted to pay homage to his father someday with his gear.

“That’s all I think about when it comes to gear and stuff, like what can I do to not replicate but almost honor in a way,” Dominik said. “At the same time it’s so hard cause all of his outfits have been so badass. I literally told him, I just want to come out with your gear. I would love to bring back some of his old stuff and put a unique twist to it.”

Recently on WWE’s The Bump, the first-ever father-son SmackDown Tag Team Champions, Rey and Dominik Mysterio, spoke with the panel about the numerous accolades Rey had in his career, but more specifically, in his tag team career.

One of the first stats that they talked about is how many times Rey has won various tag team championships across the board from WCW to WWE with eight different tag partners (ranging from Billy Kidman, Konnan, Eddie Guerrero, Juventud Guerrera, Rob Van Dam, Edge and Batista). When asked what’s his secret towards having so many auspicious tag title accolades and partners, Rey revealed that it’s all about being personable and absorbent that helped him maintain and grow as a tag team competitor.

“I’m very easy to get along with inside and outside of the ring. I’m like a little sponge. I absorb every little thing I can from my partners and from my rivals as well. I think that’s the best way,” Rey Mysterio replied. “That’s helping me out right now with my son. Overall, we have great chemistry together, and I think we have so much more to deliver. I can’t wait to be able to defend the titles.”

Another interesting fact the panel mentioned during this interview is how Rey was 24-years-old when he won the WCW World Tag Team Championship with Billy Kidman as part of The Filthy Animals. Coincidentally, Dominik is the same age his father was when winning the SmackDown Tag Team Championship. Speaking of Kidman, the panel asked Rey his thoughts on seeing his first-ever tag team partner, Kidman, backstage at the WrestleMania Backlash, watching him and his son win the titles.

“Really cool! As a matter of fact, me and Kidman exchanged a couple of words there,” Rey mentioned. “I remember asking him, ‘Hey, what did you ever do with that tag team title?’ Because we were tag team champions when the company closed down. He said, ‘Oh, I have it in my office. It’s framed.’ I said, ‘Well, I have the same thing; it’s in my office, and it’s framed.’ To be able to keep those titles, it’s awesome. That’s a trophy that I will cherish forever.”

As a surprise, the panel brought on Kidman to join Rey and Dominik Mysterio during their interview. Kidman commented on what a full circle moment it was to see Dominik win his first title in WWE.

“It’s amazing because I’ve basically known Rey for 20-something years, and I’ve known Dominik since he was born. Knowing the type of person and the type of father Rey is, and how he loves his family, it’s such an awesome moment to see Dominik not only come along in this sport but come along as a man,” Billy Kidman stated. “It’s really awesome, and I’m really proud!”

Not only were Rey Mysterio and Kidman the WCW World Tag Team Champions, but they were also the WCW Cruiserweight Tag Team Champions, although their time as titleholders was cut short due to WWE buying out WCW. In hindsight, Rey stated if they would have been champions a little bit longer, he thinks Kidman and himself could have continued creating amusing title defenses that would’ve taken the WCW cruiserweight division to greater heights.

“Oh, keep on grinding and having great matches like Kidman and I did,” Rey replied on what he and Kidman would have done had they had more time defending the WCW Cruiserweight Tag Team Championship. “Kidman and I always did. We loved competition back then was at the peak. We were going out there and giving bangers every night. It was really cool to share the ring with Kidman. We had great chemistry.”

Kidman added to Rey’s statement by specifying how the cruiserweight division was hitting its peak just before WCW closed its doors permanently. He wishes he and Rey could have had more time to showcase their talent and driven ability as defending champions.

“There was so much cruiserweight competition at that time. It was loaded,” Kidman added. “Even with the cruiserweight title, you just never knew who was going to step up and outshine that night. And that’s what kept all of us on our feet. So, doing it in a tag team way would have been the next big step, and it would have been awesome to keep it going for a couple of years.”

Rey Mysterio and Dominik Mysterio are your new SmackDown Tag Team Champions.

Tonight’s WWE WrestleMania Backlash pay-per-view saw The Mysterios defeat Dolph Ziggler and Robert Roode to capture the titles.

Rey wrestled the first part of the match by himself after Dominik was attacked earlier in the night by Roode and Ziggler during a backstage segment. Dominik came out towards the end of the match and ended up getting the pin on Roode to win the titles.

This is the first title run for Rey and Dominik together, making them the first father & son duo to win gold in WWE. Ziggler and Roode won the titles back on the January 8 SmackDown show by defeating The Street Profits.

In less than a week, Rey and Dominik Mysterio could make history by becoming the first father-son duo in SmackDown history to become the tag team champions.

Their opportunity will come next Sunday at WrestleMania Backlash when they face The Dirty Dawgs (Dolph Ziggler and Robert Roode) for the titles. With this being Dominik’s second championship opportunity since entering the company last summer, Rey couldn’t be any prouder of his son and his fighting efforts.

“I’m extremely proud of what he [Dominik] has accomplished in such a short amount of time,” Mysterio stated during his interview on this week’s Talking Smack. “The fact that we’re a step closer to making history [as] the first father-son SmackDown Tag Team Champions, like, that doesn’t compare to anything that I’ve done in the past with all of my accolades in the 30 years that I’ve been in this profession.”

Although he has had four tag team title runs in the past, Mysterio revealed he has a lot riding on this match with his son because he wants this year-long vision to execute towards something special come next Sunday.

“I’m going to speak for myself, but I feel a lot of pressure on my back because I want this dream to become a reality,” Mysterio admitted. “The fact that we’ve been sharing the ring together for the past year has been incredible. But to have this opportunity right in front of us to become father and son champions, that’s just unbelievable. I feel that stress and that good pain on top of me. I’m sure that come Sunday, it’s going to feel much better.”

Chelsea Green was one of ten wrestlers released by WWE last month. Although Green initially signed with the company in 2018, she didn’t actually make her debut on SmackDown until last November. Unfortunately, Chelsea Green suffered an injury and was put on the shelf for several months.

Appearing on Cultaholic Wrestling’s podcast  Straight to Hell, The Hot Mess revealed that she had pitched roughly fifteen different ideas for her character. One of those ideas, she said was to pair with Billie Kay and Peyton Royce, who also were released on the same day.

“Oh my gosh I had so many [ideas I pitched],” Green recalled. “I had a Daisy Duke character, I had a sexy nun character for The Messiah [Seth Rollins]. Like I would be The Messiah’s follower or worshipper. I pitched to be Dominik’s [Mysterio] girlfriend. I pitched so many.

“One of my favorites that I pitched was being a TRIIconic. So like trying to get in and be with them and do a fake Aussie accent and try to split them up, but have them realise I’m the crazy one,” Chelsea Green said.

Green also mentioned she pitched other ideas to join with John Morrison and The Miz as well as Bobby Roode and Dolph Ziggler. However, all of Chelsea’s ideas were turned down by the company.

“When it’s a girl, I do try to ask because I feel like it’s a respect thing. However, I’m too afraid to ask Seth Rollins and I don’t know Dominik so I just pitched that. And honestly, by the sixth pitch, I didn’t care. I was literally pitching whatever,” Green mentioned, “I think at one point I pitched to be with [Dolph] Ziggler and [Robert] Roode. I asked them. I pitched to be with [John] Morrison and Miz. I didn’t ask them, but they’re Matt’s friends. It was kind of just like, ‘you know what? I have an idea, I’m typing it, I’m sending it and that’s that.”

The entire interview can be found here. Chelsea Green recently launched a new podcast of her own titled “50 Shades of Green”, which will be released every Monday. It can be found on Spotify, IHeartRadio, and other podcast platforms.

During a recent appearance on the Not About Wrestling podcast, Rey Mysterio spoke in length about his son, Dominik Mysterio, going against family tradition by wrestling for WWE without a mask.

Mysterio admitted that it “might be a little too late” to mask Dominik even though it remains a topic of discussion between them.

“Yes, as a matter of fact there was [a conversation about masking him],” revealed Mysterio [h/t/ Sportskeeda]. “The only issue was that he was getting so much promotion without the mask, prior to him starting to wrestle. When I did my storyline with Samoa Joe with Brock and we just felt maybe it might be a little too late to mask him now.”

Mysterio did not rule out the possibility of Dominik wearing a mask only while wrestling.

“We’ve talked about it,” he said. “We would love to incorporate the mask somehow someway, so the legacy continues. Even if they know his face already. We can start a trend where Dominick is outside the ring and Dominick Mysterio is inside the ring.”

This past week on SmackDown, Mysterio and Dominik lost an Elimination Chamber qualifier match to Sami Zayn and Baron Corbin.