WWE's newest Superstar, primed to carry the Mexican market with Rey Mysterio on his way out and Alberto Del Rio pushing his mid 30's despite his up and coming status, is supposed to be Sin Cara.
WWE spent weeks putting together video packages hyping the upcoming debut of the Lucha Libre sensation who made his hay in Mexico with his spectacular high-flying style.
In an illustration of attention rarely given to new signings with WWE, a major press conference was held in Mexico city upon Sin Cara's signing. A handful of international media outlets attended the apparent coronation of the next big thing in WWE. WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross attended the press conference on behalf of the world wide leader in sports and entertainment.
With so much fanfare and hype coming into the always competitive rat race of WWE, negativity and locker room resentment were only natural side effects following Sin Cara's arrival in WWE.
In fact, despite his accolades, all news pertaining to Sin Cara since his signing is splashed with negative connotation.
Before Sin Cara even set foot in a WWE ring, speculative reports surfaced that Rey Mysterio Jr., WWE's resident Lucha Libre, demanded to be released from his contract in a fit of jealous rage.
Sentiments of jealousy have also been linked to WWE's current next big thing Alberto Del Rio, who is said to have been none too pleased with Sin Cara's press-grabbing arrival in WWE.
The cynicism and negativity directed at Sin Cara, real or not, is understandable. 99 percent of aspiring WWE talent make it to the big stage the hard way. They're independent contractors who sacrifice everything for that one big break that will afford them with the many benefits of WWE super stardom.
Yet, in comes Sin Cara, equipped with the advantage of the same press and WWE hype that developmental and mid card workers would kill for.
It's not as if Sin Cara hasn't paid his dues. But the perception created by the hype bestowed upon him despite not having any previous involvement with WWE comes with its share of detractors.
Whether or not reports of Sin Envy are true, Sin Cara had the chance to put any negative sentiments surrounding him to rest by making a big splash upon his actual debut with the company.
Instead, Sin Cara's debut saw the Mexican Superstar struggle through a shaky entrance, where he used a trampoline to launch himself into the ring via somersault, before connecting with a cross body maneuver that was not the planned spot for his attack on former WWE Champion Sheamus.
Sin Cara followed up that near-fiasco with a more polished performance, showing off his impressive moveset at the expense of Jack Swagger, albeit on a taped episode of WWE's lower profiled Smackdown show.
With another chance to showcase his perceived brilliance on WWE's live flagship show, this time in an actual wrestling match, Sin Cara once again stumbled with yet another shaky entrance followed by a match with Primo Colon on RAW that eventually saw the two botch the finish.
Colon may almost certainly be released as a result of the now infamous botch, but then what?
WWE is extremely thin on workers who can compliment Sin Cara's aggressive Lucha Libre style the way Colon tried to. Colon is one of few WWE Superstars who could facilitate Sin Cara's transition to the WWE style, and Sin Cara's road to WWE Super stardom could hit a major wall if WWE eventually becomes devoid of such talent.
I want to buy into Sin Cara, and I'm sure I and many others will. However Sin Cara seems to have been set up to fail despite his impressive reputation preceding him.
In fact, Sin Cara's many accolades may have become his worst enemy with a multitude of WWE Superstars unhappy with the leapfrogging act he has performed over most of the roster, a stunt he has figuratively pulled off better than his actual entrance.
With more and more spurned WWE Superstars curmudgeonly watching Sin Cara's every move backstage with their arms crossed, the window of opportunity for Sin Cara to win over the locker room is steadily closing.
It won't take too many more shaky performances before a handful of WWE Superstars, and even agents, approach Vince McMahon with the obligatory "you've got to kill this guy's push" argument that has defined the negative backstage politic aspect of pro wrestling.
McMahon is already said to have been furious with Sin Cara's progress, or lack thereof, in WWE thus far, and given McMahon's notorious propensity to change his mind, things don't look too promising for Sin Cara's WWE initiation.
Sin Cara benefits from a strong potential to captivate WWE's red-hot Mexican market, which will continue to be a loyal demographic to WWE given they have a Mexican Superstar to get behind in the future.
WWE has basically gone all in with Sin Cara, and to kill his push would be just as detrimental to them as it would be foolish.
Sin Cara is in obvious need of some re-tooling. In the three times I've watched him perform, an extreme sense of anxiety comes over me as I internally worry that a botch is coming, starting with the entrance.
I admire the risk WWE has taken in showcasing a flashy entrance. However, if there's one thing that a new Superstar doesn't want to screw up in his debut with a company, it's the first thing that the fans see him do.
With Sin Cara's dangerous trampoline entrance, given the fact that the fans have yet to completely get behind him, all it will take is one major trampoline botch before WWE's newest star collapses into itself.
Sin Cara is far too talented to let a surfacing of negative whispers and backstage politics compromise his WWE career.
However one only gets so many opportunities to prove himself underneath the bright lights of WWE, and at the moment, the lights shining over Sin Cara are rather dim.
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