It lastly occurred and is one prime instance of why I imagine predictability isn’t all the time a damaging in skilled wrestling. There hasn’t been an even bigger disappointment in WWE over the past 12 months than Dominik Mysterio, the son of squared-circle visionary Rey Mysterio. In my “Conflict on the Fortress” predictions video, I did predict The Judgment Day to defeat the elder Mysterio and Edge. That didn’t occur. What I received proper from that match was the 25-year-old son of the grasp of the 619 to activate his papi.
After briefly celebrating their victory, Edge received kicked within the dick by Dominik. Rey tried to purpose together with his son after, however solely received his head taken off by a lariat moments later. It was probably the most spectacular and plausible transfer I’ve seen from the youthful Mysterio, which is each promising and unlucky fact of how Dominik received up to now. We’re in 12 months No. 3 of constructing Rey’s son fascinating on his personal since his debut at SummerSlam 2020. Right here we’re Labor Day weekend and this heel flip is his finest alternative so far. It could be his closing one too.
Dominik isn’t in peril of shedding a job. That’s removed from my level. He solely began skilled wrestling coaching 4 years in the past. A WWE main-roster spot of his caliber, concerned in a well-woven internet storyline, requires the acumen of a seasoned vet. Some grapplers will be forward of schedule development-wise, take a look at Matt Riddle. And there are examples, possibly the son of one of many biggest cruiserweights of all time, the place being within the lineage of a Corridor of Famer doesn’t imply you choose up the artwork type instantly due to genetics.
When Dominik re-emerged onto WWE tv 14 years after being concerned in a feud the place his storyline custody was up within the air between Rey and the late Eddie Guerrero, the younger grownup appeared just like the skeleton of an excellent wrestler. He clearly had the psychological capability to be nice and all he wanted was time to hone his abilities. Brock Lesnar’s WWE title protection in opposition to Rey showcased Dominik. Everybody concerned appeared nice. Small enhancements occurred after his singles debut. In current day, we’re nonetheless there, on the lookout for extra from Rey’s son with no tangible proof of a greater character or in-ring abilities. Till Saturday’s low blow and lariat.
Dominik’s shortcomings aren’t one hundred pc his fault. Keep in mind that storyline involving his complete household once more with Seth Rollins and his sister Aalyah kissing Buddy Murphy? Yeah, gross, and never precisely what a promising WWE prospect must be concerned in. And for his first 12 months within the firm, there have been no followers within the constructing. That simple trade between wrestler and crowd wasn’t a part of Dominik’s vernacular throughout a very powerful time of his profession to be taught it. AEW benefitted from having crowds at 10 p.c capability to present its youthful stars an opportunity to get that feeling. Tony Khan’s crew additionally had roster members proper at ringside. WWE settled for the ThunderDome.
That response from a live crowd makes every wrestling event different and helps dictate long-term storylines. Does Roman’s current character come to be without crowds rejecting him as an overwhelming babyface? Nope. It’s almost as if Dominik didn’t emote enough within that exchange. This heel turn is a new lease on life for him. Feuding with his father could be amazing. Rey is one of the best “good guys” in WWE history. And it’ll give Dominik someone to work with that he has strong chemistry with.
This trajectory change should’ve happened months ago. And now that Dominik has a new lease on life within WWE, he needs to take advantage of it. It’s not too late for a massive improvement but if he can’t make a feud with his father work on television, what faith do you have that anything else with him could work? He’s got Paul “Triple H” Levesque pulling the strings and that may assist prop him up. Now’s Dominik’s time to sink or swim.