WWE announced Friday that the first inductee of its 2023 Hall of Fame class will be Rey Mysterio.

WWE made the announcement on «Friday Night SmackDown.» Mysterio came out to thank the crowd for supporting him and received a standing ovation when it was revealed that he was the first member of the class.

«A standing ovation for the greatest wrestler of all time,» announcer Michael Cole said as Mysterio came out.

Rey Mysterio Jr. appears ringside before the 6-man match during the New Japan Pro-Wrestling G1 Climax 28 at Nippon Budokan on August 12, 2018 in Tokyo.

Rey Mysterio Jr. appears ringside before the 6-man match during the New Japan Pro-Wrestling G1 Climax 28 at Nippon Budokan on August 12, 2018 in Tokyo. (New Japan Pro Wrestling/Getty Images)

Mysterio, whose real name is Óscar Gutiérrez, is known as one of the greatest professional wrestlers of all time and is credited with popularizing the style of wrestling.

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Mysterio was around 8 years old when he began training with his uncle, known in Mexican professional wrestling as Rey Misterio, to become a professional wrestler and would debut when he was only 14 years old. Last year, he explained to Fox News Digital that while he lived in Tijuana, he would have to cross the border to get to school at 7:45 am, then go to his part-time job, and then cross the border again to return home and prepare to train.

By 1995, Mysterio had made it to Extreme Championship Wrestling and had some of the most creative and electric matches the promotion had seen at the time. He would fight with the likes of Psicosis and Juventud Guerrera.

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in WCW "Beach party," Rey Mysterio Jr., top, is in action during the match against Chris Jericho at Cox Arena.

On WCW’s «Bash at the Beach,» Rey Mysterio Jr., above, is in action during his match against Chris Jericho at Cox Arena. (Robert Beck/Sports Illustrated via Getty Images)

Mysterio would join World Championship Wrestling in 1996 and help develop the cruiserweight division. However, towards the end of his run with the company, Mysterio would be forced to remove his mask after losing a storyline match to Kevin Nash and Scott Hall. In wrestling, forcing a wrestler to remove his mask is the ultimate slight against the wrestler. While Mysterio was publicly against the storyline, he would eventually take off his mask and start performing without it.

One of the biggest arcs of his career came in the late 1990s. He became known as the giant killer after beating Nash and proving that an artist his size can go toe-to-toe with 6-foot-10 performers. inches or the same height.

He called it a «special moment» that helped launch what would become an integral part of his WWE career: winning the main event matches and eventually the World Heavyweight Championship. Mysterio would have amazing fights with some of the best in the business at the time, including John Bradshaw Layfield, Kane, Booker T, and the late Eddie Guerrero.

Rey Mysterio waves to the crowd during the WWE World Cup Quarterfinal match as part of the World Wrestling Entertainment Crown Jewel pay-per-view at King Saud University Stadium in Riyadh on November 2, 2018. .

Rey Mysterio waves to the crowd during the WWE World Cup Quarterfinal match as part of the World Wrestling Entertainment Crown Jewel pay-per-view at King Saud University Stadium in Riyadh on November 2, 2018. . (FAYEZ NURELDINE/AFP via Getty Images)

He would quickly become one of the most popular wrestlers in the industry and would begin to cement his legacy when his sons joined the company.

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Currently, he is in the middle of a dispute with his son Dominik.