During an interview with WrestlingInc.com, Rey Mysterio commented on being injured and giving up the US Title.
“An unfortunate thing happened in the ring at MITB. When you’re in their full action and full adrenaline, you have know idea of the referee’s count or if he’s even aware that the opponent is grabbing the rope while he’s doing the pin. Nine out of 10 times the ref is right on spot, but this wasn’t the occasion,” said Mysterio.
“When I saw the replay I saw that Samoa Joe’s left shoulder was off the canvas during the three-count. Due to the unfortunate aftermath after winning the title, I suffered a separated left shoulder. That has put me on the bench, so I’ve been doing some PRP and slight rotation movements. I’m trying to see if I could get back in possibly late June or July.”
“I couldn’t defend the title, so there was no point in me keeping the title,” stated Mysterio. “Also, once I saw the three-count and that his shoulder was up…like anyone else would say, ‘That’s not my call. That’s the ref’s call.’ But I like to work on the right side of things. I clearly didn’t win that title the way I would have loved to have won it. So the best thing to do is return it, get better, heal up and ask for another title shot.”