Going into Friday Night Smackdown, there was no shortage of speculation regarding Sin Cara. Most everyone knew he was suspended for violating WWE’s wellness policy (kayfabe injured) and was making his return on Smackdown.
Most everyone also knew it was not actually Sin Cara but FCW wrestler Hunico under the mask. Conflicting reports surfaced regarding where WWE was going from here with the character of Sin Cara.
Some reports said that the original Sin Cara (who I will refer to as Mistico henceforth to avoid confusion) was done with the company and had returned to Mexico for good. This would have left Hunico under the Sin Cara mask for the foreseeable future.
Other reports stated that Hunico would be filling Sin Cara’s shoes until Mistico’s suspension was over. Mistico would then return and become Sin Cara once again, most likely sending Hunico back to developmental.
The third scenario had Hunico filling in for Sin Cara until Mistico came back. When Mistico came back, he would out the impostor Sin Cara (most likely through a translator or sign language or a series of pictures or maybe even with an elaborate stage performance) and a feud would start.
Before Smackdown aired on Friday night, an amateur video surfaced of Hunico’s debut as Sin Cara. Some fans in attendance could not tell the difference while other fans, like myself, could tell that this was not Mistico (though we were looking for the differences since we knew it wasn’t Mistico).
Now it seems clear, however, that the third choice is very very likely. The commentators seemingly laid the foundations by pointing out differences. They mentioned he looked bigger, maybe a bit stronger or chunkier (yea, I said chunkier).
They also mentioned that his moves were a little bit different and that maybe he added some to his repertoire.
Obviously if the announcers knew it wasn’t Sin Cara, which of course they did, they would not point out differences from Mistico’s Sin Cara. They would call the match as though nothing had changed in his character.
They would not have pointed out differences in physique or his move set and would have played ignorant like you would assume. That is not how they did it, though.
I was hoping that this would be the scenario. I was hoping a feud would ensue and it can only help Mistico’s Sin Cara. Right? I have been high on Sin Cara since his debut. Granted, he has botched a lot of moves, but I was hopeful for big things.
I chalked up his botches on his style not meshing with the WWE superstars' styles or speeds. I was willing to wait and see what he did and was excited to watch him every time he performed.
It was no secret that he was not impressing the WWE brass with his botches and then his failed wellness test and then his loud-mouth interview regarding the suspension.
But letting him go would be a mistake. His merchandise sales seem high and the fans are clearly behind him. After all, isn’t that why they won’t turn Cena heel (yeah, I went there)?
Now, it obviously isn’t 100 percent that this feud is the route they are taking. However, it certainly appears that way with the way the WWE played things out Friday.
What do you think? Am I out of my mind or have the foundations been laid for a Sin Cara/Hunico feud? Do you like Sin Cara? Could you notice the differences? Give me your thoughts.