When it was announced that Sin Cara had signed a contract with WWE back in February of last year, many fans eagerly anticipated his debut. Because of injuries and mistakes both inside and outside the ring, though, Sin Cara fell short. Since returning from his most recent injury, however, the masked marvel has certainly come into his own.
Sin Cara already had a massive fan following when he initially came to the WWE. He competed as Mistico in Mexico and was one of the most popular luchadores ever. While his past didn't mean much to most WWE fans, expectations were still incredibly high when he debuted because of the manner in which the WWE hyped his addition to the company.
The fans were loving Sin Cara upon his debut, and he received massive pops from the start. It was easy to understand why; the kids loved his mysterious, masked persona, while the older fans had great appreciation for his unique in-ring style. Sin Cara received a massive push early on, but it was derailed for a number of reasons.
Although Sin Cara was exciting in the ring, he was also quite sloppy. The WWE had him ditch his trampoline jump into the ring during his entrance since he messed it up on a couple of occasions. There were moments in almost every match where Sin Cara had some type of miscommunication or misstep with his opponent.
Perhaps all of that wasn't Sin Cara's fault, but he clearly had some trouble transitioning to the WWE style of wrestling, and he probably should have been given time to get acclimated to it prior to his debut. The WWE threw him into the fire immediately, however, and hoped that he would thrive, but that simply wasn't the case.
Things only went downhill from there. Sin Cara was suspended 30 days for violating the company's wellness policy just three months into his tenure. He continued to be pushed upon his return, but he had lost much of his momentum. Whatever was left evaporated completely at Survivor Series, though, as he ruptured his patellar tendon and was out of action for six months.
Sin Cara returned with a toned-down moveset and seemed like a much better fit for the WWE, but it appeared as though the writers had no idea what to do with him. The novelty act had worn off, and since he either can't speak English or chooses not to, he is really limited in terms of what he can accomplish as a singles competitor.
Perhaps a quick run with the United States or Intercontinental Championship is a possibility, but even that seems like a bit of a stretch. Sin Cara was stuck in a rut as the creative team tried to find a role for him. Rey Mysterio became his saving grace as the two masked legends were paired together in a tag team back in August.
Having Sin Cara team with Mysterio was an obvious solution to cure him of his ills, and it has worked to this point. Mysterio is a consummate professional who puts forth great effort each and every time he steps into the ring. Mysterio is as consistent as they come and rarely slips up when it comes to in-ring performance. For Sin Cara, simply being able to stand on the apron and watch him has to have been beneficial.
Sin Cara's wrestling has been noticeably better as well due, in part, to his excellent chemistry with Mysterio. Not only have they pulled off some fantastic double-team moves, but Sin Cara seems much smoother and more fluid as an individual. Perhaps it wouldn't be fair to give Mysterio complete credit for that, but I have to believe that he has been a calming presence for a guy who often got too ramped up earlier in his WWE career.
While Sin Cara and Mysterio can't be a tag team forever, it's a great situation for both of them right now. Sin Cara is suddenly back on the right path, while it gives the 37-year-old Mysterio a sense of purpose as his career draws to a close. The WWE's tag-team division is certainly on the upswing, and Sin Cara and Mysterio are a big reason for that.
Sin Cara will likely be wrestling long after Mysterio retires—he is just 29 years of age—but it makes perfect sense to allow him to take advantage of Mysterio while he's still around. I'm still not sure how far Sin Cara can go as a singles competitor without being able to cut a promo, but at least Mysterio has shown him the formula for success.
It wasn't long ago that Sin Cara seemed destined for the scrap heap, but he has been resurrected thanks to his partnership with Mysterio. I am much more optimistic about his future than I was even just a couple of months ago.