When Sin Cara failed a drug test, leading to a 30-day suspension, it could have been the kiss of death for his WWE career.
Plenty of people, myself included, wrote the obituary for the high-flyer's career. The consensus was that his suspension, and subsequent comments were enough to bury him for life, ending a tenure that began with so much promise.
Instead of throwing him on the scrap heap, the creative team hasn't quite given up on Sin Cara yet, as the company's future shows indicate that he is going to be prominently featured on the card. Now, it's time for him to take the ball and run with it.
WWE is advertising Sin Cara for the August 20 live event in Tacoma, Washington. He received a 30-day suspension for violating the Wellness Policy on July 18, and that is the first Smackdown show he would be eligible to appear on.
Now that Cara is seemingly back in the company's good graces, he needs to work smoother matches, get over with the crowd and build a solid following. We have all seen that he can do some amazing things in the ring, but some horrendous botches have marred his early tenure with the WWE.
Botches happen, but when you have as many as Cara has, it becomes inexcusable, and if I'm the embattled superstar, I'm in the gym right now working on getting smoother in the ring. When you're doing high-risks moves, fans notice the glaring failures and it limits your ability to get over with the crowd.
As we've seen with Rey Mysterio, it's possible to build a huge fan base on SmackDown, and he has a crucial opportunity to win over his doubters within the company.
Every superstar wants to get to the RAW roster, but it was obvious that he had work to do and was quickly moved to the B-show, where he will get the chance to experiment and work on things with a brand that focuses more on the in-ring action. Cara has immense potential, but as we've seen, he has failed to put it all together.
The WWE will put Cara on a short leash, and he's going to have to earn the respect and trust of the creative team. There was a lot of hype and promotion put behind his debut, only for him to quickly flame out in the minds of the fans.
If that happens again, the company will not hesitate to wish him all the best in his future endeavors.
No one knows that better than the performer himself, and it's time for him to step up during a period that will define his career. Few people have gotten the second chance that Cara is, and now it's time for him to reward the WWE's faith in his outstanding talents.