Rey Mysterio Compared to Nacho Libre by Fox Broadcaster and Fans React

Wrestling fans were not happy when a Fox broadcaster made an unflattering comparison of legendary professional wrestler Rey Mysterio during the Oakland Raiders and Minnesota Vikings NFL broadcast.

Rey Mysterio was in attendance at the Raiders and Vikings game Sunday afternoon to help promote WWE SmackDown's move to Fox Sports in October when the broadcaster compared him to Nacho Libre, the character played by Jack Black in the 2006 film.

"He's here. Look at him. He's in his - he's in his mask. It's like a Luchador. It's like, uh, Nacho Libre," the Fox broadcaster said.

Watch and listen to the clip below.

BOOYAKA BOOYAKA@WWE Superstar @reymysterio in the building for the @Vikings game today! pic.twitter.com/kOTHkl8c8s

— FOX Sports (@FOXSports) September 22, 2019
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Rey Mysterio poses to the crowd before his match with Cesaro on an episode of Monday Night RAW. WWE

The Fox broadcaster's comparison did not go over well with wrestling fans on Twitter who felt the broadcaster downplayed Mysterio's accomplishments and mocked professional wrestling.

Hey Fox, I know you're new to the wrestling thing, and we know your announcers don't give a damn about wrestling, but if they could do at least a little bit of research on the people who are gonna be on your network it would go a long ways. 👍

— isaaccc (@Taco_Stains) September 22, 2019

Don’t ever disrespect Rey Mysterio (@reymysterio) by comparing him to Nacho Libre!

— Cameron Huff (@Cameron_611) September 22, 2019

They spend hours during research for games but couldn't take 10 minutes to look up Rey Mysterio and to top it off bust out damn Nacho Libre.

Sir, I need you to do better.

— Sassy Thick Chick (@TwansSaysHello) September 22, 2019

Some of Mysterio's peers even took to social media to voice their displeasure with the comparisons. Ring of Honor wrestler Kenny King took let his followers know his thoughts on the Nacho Libre comparison.

"Why is American mainstream media so disrespectful to Pro wrestling?" King said. "After the Olberman thing with Braun, and now this guy low-key shading The Almighty Rey Mysterio, why is it all good to Shade our business? Why doesn't this happen in other countries/cultures where professional wrestling is?"

Grammy-nominated Rapper and wrestling superfan, Wale responded agreeing with King's sentiments.

It’s crazy .. and it seems like it’s getting worse all the sudden

— Wale (@Wale) September 22, 2019

Rey Mysterio returned to the WWE in 2018 after stints in other promotions like AAA, Lucha Underground and New Japan Pro Wrestling. Mysterio is scheduled to appear on the September 23 episode of Monday Night RAW. He'll participate in a Fatal Five-Way to determine the next challenger to Seth Rollins' Universal Championship against Shinsuke Nakamura, AJ Styles, Ricochet and Robert Roode.

The WWE and Fox announced the agreement to move SmackDown Live from USA Network on Tuesdays to Fox Sports on Friday nights in June 2018. The deal is reportedly for five years worth $205 million annually.

SmackDown's first episode on Fox will air live Friday, October 4 as the promotion celebrates the brand's 20th anniversary with appearances from legends of WWE's past. Those scheduled to appear include Kurt Angle, Lita, Mick Foley, Booker T, Hulk Hogan, Trish Stratus, Goldberg, Jerry Lawler, Mark Henry, Ric Flair and Sting.

One match is confirmed so far for that episode, as Brock Lesnar will challenge WWE Champion Kofi Kingston for the top title on the "blue brand."