Rey Mysterio confirmed on his Twitter account today that he will require knee surgery, which should put him on the shelf for several months.
This is incredibly sad news, Rey Rey has been WWE's most consistent in-ring performer for over two years now, providing excellent match after excellent match after excellent match, but it's no secret that his knees are in bad shape. At this point, I think they're held together by Popsicle sticks, Elmer's glue and vinyl pants, but he has toughed it out over the years and continues to tear it up in the ring.
It's certainly unfortunate, but Rey's a bona fide Superstar and his spot at the top will obviously be there when he returns. Rey is arguably the #2 good guy on Raw, so who is going to step up and take that spot while he's gone? If there was any doubt that CM Punk was turning, this should erase all of it, he's obviously going to be moving up, but depending on how the crowd continues to react, he could wind up becoming the #1 star in the entire company. That's a big "could" considering the massive shadow that John Cena casts, but it's clear that the times, they are a-changin'.
So who else could step up? John Morrison seems like the most likely candidate, his style is similar to Mysterio's, the crowd enjoys his work and he can have a decent match with just about anyone. But we've been down this road numerous times with Morrison, one might wonder if this would be his last chance before getting Kofi'd.
How about Alex Riley? A month ago, I would've said yes, but after that disastrous performance last week and some recent cringe-worthy promos, I feel like WWE will take a few dollars out of the A-Ri investment.
A bit of a long shot, but how about Kofi Kingston? His stock has dropped dramatically in the last year and a half, but he's been damn good in the ring lately and is light years ahead of John Morrison on the mic, could it be his chance to pull himself out of the hole?
Whoever it is, Rey being out for the better part of a year leaves a spot right under the Raw main event scene wide open for the taking. Who's going to be the guy? Better yet, who should be the guy?