In the wrestling world, there are a lot of behind the scenes stories – and one linking Jennifer Aniston to WWE legend Rey Mysterio has always captured the imagination.
In an article from 1997 which has been unearthed this month, the masked luchador was quoted opening up about their apparent friendship, and revealing his whole face to the actress, who was starring on Friends at the time.
In the chat – posted by the National Enquirer and published in mag New Idea – Mysterio supposedly said at the time: ‘Jennifer is a big fan of mine and I’m a big fan of hers.
‘She’s been to four of my matches and we’ve become good friends. She told me she loves my wrestling.’
The publication quoted Rey – who was with World Championship Wrestling at the time – on the significance of masks for Mexican luchadors, and how their friendship continued.
‘I always wear my mask — ALWAYS!! It’s a big tradition in Mexico, my native county,’ he added. ‘But I broke tradition when I met Jennifer.
‘I actually let her see me without my mask backstage. I’ve never done that for any of my fans. She really got a kick out of it. We talked for some time and exchanged home phone numbers.’
The article claimed that Mysterio – who has been happily married to wife Angie Gutiérrez since 1996 – planned to have dinner with Aniston, and that his wife knew about their friendship.
However, not everything is at it seems, as wrestling media veteran Dave Meltzer addressed the speculation at the time, noting that WCW was simply keen to get Mysterio some publicity.
Writing in the Wrestling Observer, he claimed: ‘There’s absolutely nothing to that one. It was just an attempt, which succeeded, to get Mistero Jr. some pub since WCW wants to push him big-time.
‘If that’s the idea, one would think they’d figure out how to book him effectively like not use him against guys who expose his lack of size or have him lose on five straight PPVs. (sic)’
While this hasn’t been proved, Jennifer herself has sadly dismissed the story, insisting in 1997 that she had ‘never met a wrestler’ in her life.
And in Mysterio’s case, he admitted in 2009’s Behind the Mask book that he ‘still’ has a copy of the magazine, and the locker room loved teasing him over the article.
‘I have no idea what that was about or where it came from. Maybe somebody wanted to get my name out there and started the rumour,’ he wrote.
‘Anyways, I thought it was funny. I even showed the story to my wife — best coming from me, no? The locker room got on me for it.
‘”Hey, Rey, what’s up with you and Jennifer?” someone would ask. “What do you mean?” I answered. “What’s up?” They wouldn’t let it die.
‘Over the next few weeks and months they were ribbing me in all sorts of ways. I’m lucky Photoshopped pictures of me and Jennifer didn’t appear on television somewhere.’
Credit: Original article published here.