El Hijo de Rey Misterio
|El Hijo de Rey Misterio|
El Hijo de Rey Misterio in July 2011
|Birth name||Miguel Aarón López Hernández|
November 9, 1988 |
San Diego, California, United States
|Professional wrestling career|
El Hijo de Rey Misterio
|Billed height||1.59 m (5 ft 2 1⁄2 in)|
|Billed weight||69 kg (152 lb)|
|Trained by||Rey Misterio Sr.
Medico Asesin, Jr.
Miguel Aarón López Hernández (born November 9, 1988) is a Mexican American luchador enmascarado, or masked professional wrestler, best known under the name Rey Misterio, Jr. or El Hijo de Rey Misterio. His ring name is Spanish for "The Son of the King of Mystery" or more correctly "The Son of Rey Misterio", and is the nephew of the luchador, Rey Misterio. He is also the cousin of Rey Mysterio, who started his career as "Rey Misterio Jr." He mainly works on the independent circuit in the United States, especially in California and in Mexico, especially in Tijuana, Baja California. Hijo de Rey Misterio's real name is not a matter of public record, as is often the case with masked wrestlers in Mexico where their private lives are kept a secret from the wrestling fans. His patronymic surname is known though, López, as his uncle was unmasked and revealed his full name, Miguel Ángel López Díaz, per Lucha libre traditions.
Professional wrestling career
El Hijo de Rey Misterio grew up in a wrestling family with both his uncle and his cousin being very well known Luchadors. Despite the ring name in an interview on youtube he revealed Rey Misterio is actually his uncle. At the age of 13 he began training with his uncle Miguel Ángel López Díaz who wrestles as Rey Misterio (Sr.) at his uncle's wrestling school in Tijuana. He made his professional wrestling debut in 2006, initially working under the ring name Diablo. By the end of 2006 his uncle gave him permission to use the "Rey Misterio" name and he became "El Hijo de Rey Misterio". The name has led to some confusion, especially when wrestling in the United States where a lot of fans have mistaken him for the son of Rey Mysterio, but Mysterio is actually his cousin. Some promoters have actively sought to exploit this confusion by neglecting to bill him as "El Hijo de" and just billed him as Rey Misterio. In one controversial case a Bolivian promoter used World Wrestling Entertainment footage of Rey Mysterio to promote a tour by El Hijo de Rey Misterio, when Hijo de Rey Misterio found out he cancelled his tour. When El Hijo de Rey Misterio cancelled his tour the Bolivian promoter had someone else wrestle under the mask, pretending to be El Hijo de Rey Misterio.
Since adopting the "Hijo de Rey Misterio" name he has been working mainly for Pro Wrestling Revolution (PWR) in Northern California, shows in Tijuana and made various independent wrestling promotion appearances in America. His stint in PWR saw him team with his uncle on several occasions, the two won a tournament to become the first PWR Tag Team Champions when they defeated the Border Patrol (Oliver John and Nathan Rulez) on May 31, 2008. The duo defended the title a couple of times during 2008 but were forced to vacate the title in June, 2009 as Rey Misterio, Sr. suffered a serious injury. He has stated that while he likes working in the United States he really wants to focus on a wrestling career in Mexico, hoping to work for Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL) or Asistencia Asesoría y Administración (AAA), Mexico's two largest professional wrestling promotions. In October 2009 it was reported that El Hijo de Rey Misterio had been working at CMLL's wrestling school in Mexico City, Mexico to train for his future CMLL debut. He would, however, never make an appearance for CMLL, before suddenly announcing his retirement from professional wrestling in early 2011. On May 27, 2011, a new El Hijo de Rey Misterio, presented by both Rey Misterio, Sr. and Konnan, made his debut in Tijuana. The original El Hijo de Rey Misterio returned to professional wrestling in November 2011. On December 25, 2011, he defeated Mortiz and Mr. Tempest in a ladder match to win the Baja California Championship, joining Los Perros del Mal in the process.
El Hijo de Rey Misterio is part of an extended family of wrestlers, his uncle Miguel Ángel López Díaz is best known under the ring name Rey Misterio (Sr.), his cousin Oscar Gutiérrez, worked for World Wrestling Entertainment as Rey Mysterio. His other cousin is a wrestler known as Metalika and his uncle, Juan Zezatti Ramírez, is better known as Super Astro.
Championships and accomplishments
- Pro Wrestling Revolution
- Vendetta Pro Wrestling
- Vendetta Pro Wrestling Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
Luchas de Apuestas record
|Winner (wager)||Loser (wager)||Location||Event||Date||Notes|
|El Hijo de Rey Misterio (mask)||Inferno (mask)||Tijuana, Baja California||Live event||February 23, 2007|
|El Hijo de Rey Misterio (mask)||Black Panther (mask)||Tijuana, Baja California||Live event||August 17, 2007|
|El Hijo de Rey Misterio (mask)||Kendo Jr. (mask)||Tijuana, Baja California||Live event||October 26, 2007|
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The debut of the new El Hijo de Rey Misterio took place on 5/27 in Tijuana. Both the original Rey Misterio (Miguel Lopez, the uncle of the WWE wrestler) and Konnan introduced the new Rey, who had been wrestling as a prelim wrestler Horus on area shows. He is not related to either Lopez or Oscar Gutierrez, who is the WWE version. Lopez’s real son had done the role and got similar tattoos and contacts as the WWE version and worked a lot of indies in the U.S. and was probably the biggest independent wrestling draw in the U.S. now that El Hijo del Santo rarely comes, but he grew tired of the business.
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