Rey Mysterio Pulled from NJPW Event Amid Rumors of Injury, WWE Return

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 17: Professional wrestler Rey Mysterio attends Univision's 2016 Upfront Red Carpet at Gotham Hall on May 17, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)

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Rey Mysterio has been pulled from Sunday’s New Japan Pro Wrestling Strong Style Evolved show in Long Beach, California. 

Mysterio had been scheduled to face Jushin “Thunder” Liger, but it was announced at the New Japan Cup press conference that he will be replaced by Will Ospreay, per Raj Giri of WrestlingInc.com.

Per Joseph Currier of F4WOnline, Mysterio suffered a partially torn left bicep on March 2 during a match for Northeast Wrestling.

Also, Dave Meltzer of Wrestling Observer Radio (h/t Giri) reported Sunday that Mysterio is “absolutely in talks” with WWE regarding a return.

After three years away, the 43-year-old veteran made a surprise return as an entrant in the Royal Rumble in January.

Mysterio is a three-time WWE world champion, three-time WWE Cruiserweight champion and two-time Intercontinental champion, and he would be a major asset as part of WWE’s stacked roster.

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