The crazy saga of Sin Cara continues with the latest twist possibly being his last. According to numerous reports, the man formerly known as Luis Ignascio Urive Alvirde was sent home this week shortly after returning from suspension. His WWE return is now more in doubt than ever.
Mike Johnson over at PWInsider.com broke the story earlier in the week. . Johnson first reported that the former Mistico was sent home from the SmackDown taping in Calgary before the show. Huncio, who played Sin Cara while the original was on suspension for a Wellness Policy violation is expected to take over the character indefinitely. Johnson has more details in his latest update.
In case you have forgotten, the original Sin Cara was suspended for 30 days for a violation of the Wellness Policy. During his time away, the WWE brought up FCW wrestler Jorge Arias otherwise known as Hunico to play the part of Sin Cara. Hunico donned the outfit and worked a few show, while the fans didn’t appear to notice the difference.
[adinserter block=”2″]Alvirde was on the bubble after the violation for being in the dog house. It appeared that Alvirde was in the clear when he returned last weekend. The latest turn of events took just about everyone by surprised because it would appear that Alvirde was flown into Calgary only to be told to go home. It would appear that WWE officials obviously had this in mind all along by having Hunico in Calgary ready to go with the Sin Cara outfit. So what changed?
According to Dave Meltzer on his recent F4Wonline.com podcast, Alvirde is in the dog house because of his ego. Meltzer said that Alvirde walks around the locker room like a star and this has rubbed a lot of people in the WWE the wrong way. Even worse and brace for yourself for this one, he doesn’t shake everyone’s hand, which is a tradition that has gotten a lot of play lately thanks to the Young Bucks. It was Alvirde’s ego and not his in-ring performance that has apparently put his job on the line.
Unfortunately for Hunico, his new promotion didn’t get off to a good start. Call it karma or just bad luck, but Hunico was a disaster at the SmackDown taping. He was ordered back to the ring by Vince McMahon to redo spots after McMahon deemed parts of his match unusable for television. If there is one thing readers that follow Internet reports and shoot interviews know, it is that the Vince McMahon re-tape is practically the kiss of death for a WWE performer.
The WWE has really put themselves into a major jam here. Call me crazy, but I think that Alvirde has been nothing short of fantastic in the ring, sans a few bumps in the road like Chavo Guerrero Jr. So because he didn’t shake enough hands, the company is willing to shoot itself in the foot with a subpar version of Sin Cara, one that apparently isn’t ready for prime time. This is something that could be very messy.
As most of you know by now, Alvirde also had the Triple H protection plan. Alvirde was Triple H’s pet project in talent development which gave him more job security than anyone else in his position. In addition to the Triple H and Stephanie McMahon support, he also had a big contract which put a bulls eye on him. To me and I don’t know this, this sounds more like backstage political games coming from Triple H and Stephanie’s enemies. Meltzer also reported this week that there are issues at play behind the scenes between several powerful WWE office employees and Stephanie which is where I think this thing comes from.
[adinserter block=”1″]I worked in the wrestling business for years and I totally get it about shaking hands. It may sound ridiculous, but that is just the way it goes. At the same time, there is this ignorance in the locker room towards Alvirde’s accomplishments in Mistico which did make him a huge superstar. He walks around like a superstar because he is one. He came in like one, and he is being paid like one, so he should have that chip on his shoulder. At the end of the day this all seems like silly high school cafeteria drama to me.
I don’t know how this is going to play out but my hunch is that Hunico may have gotten Alvirde his job back. The WWE will tour Mexico in October. If this story hits the media in Mexico and Hunico remains under the mask, it will be really interesting to see what kind of reception he gets after taking over the spot from a guy some would call a Mexican pro wrestling legend.