WWE star Rey Mysterio, Jr. steps onto the mat on Disney XD’s “Zeke and Luther” tonight (8/16), playing himself on an episode that has Luther (Adam Hicks) dreaming of success as a wrestler.
Mysterio tells us he couldn’t have said no. For one thing, he’s spent untold hours watching Disney Channel shows with his own son, 13, and daughter, eight – and he got to bring her along for the shoot. The mask-wearing hunk also has a big kid following himself.
“Lots of kids wear the mask. One of the things that fills me up with energy when I get into the ring – kids in the front row wearing a Rey Mysterio mask,” says Mysterio, who learned the high-flying Lucha Libre wrestling style in Mexico. He stresses that he goes to great lengths to get the message across that his moves take years of training and should not be tried by kids at home.
Mysterio – nee Oscar Gutierrez – also likes doing public appearances with kids around. Earlier this month in Australia, he says he made best friends with a 12-year-old boy brought to him by the Make a Wish Foundation. “He said he was put in home studies because he had no friends at school. He was missing a finger on his right hand and said, ‘Kids like to make fun of me.’ I said, ‘Don’t worry, what I see in you is a strong heart and desire to be successful. I would love to teach you some of my moves sometime.’ I gave him some wristbands and things. You know, kids sometimes don’t see that making fun of people isn’t the right thing to do, but as you get older, you realize that the most important thing in life is to have respect for others. I always tell them that.”