Sin Cara Likely Finished With WWE But Why The Character Remains

With Jorge Arias or Hunico portraying the Sin Cara character on this week's episode of Monday Night Raw, much has been written and speculated about the future of Luis Ignascio Urive Alvirde, also known as Mistico, in WWE. No official release has taken place and WWE might opt to let his contract lapse rather than making an official release.

As we reported here on Premium, Hunter's new is edict is essentially - don't fire anybody! He would rather allow for contracts to run out and not re-sign talent, as opposed to making a publicized cut. Triple H feels releases are bad for business because they bring negative publicity on a successful company seen as a job creator.  As noted in the original article, this edict doesn't apply to developmental talent and only talent that has made it to the main WWE roster.

Back to Sin Cara, there is a ton of irony here. Hunico actually worked as Mistico in Mexico before the original Sin Cara worked as Mistico. Their roles have essentially flipped as now Hunico is portraying a character that was played by the same guy who played his character in Mexico after him.

WWE likes the Sin Cara character because it's marketable and sells a lot of merchandise. This is why they decided to replace Luis Ignascio Urive Alvirde rather than eliminate the character completely.

  • HurriOwl

    Triple H’s new “edict” is to let contracts expire rather than release the talent? Does this not apply to NXT (namely Kassius Ohno/Chris Hero)?

    • No, it doesn’t apply to NXT. See the original article for more.

      • HurriOwl

        Aaaaand that’s the part that I missed…oops.

    • Bryan Smith

      Did you not read the article? It clearly said this edict does not apply to developmental.

  • KRS

    How long does Sin Cara have left on his contract Richard?

  • K!NG

    So the Sin Cara gimmick is WWE’s Version of TNA’s Suicide gimmick, you’ll never know who is gonna be behind the mask, i mean even ziggler was sin cara once lol

    • gpturbo81

      the mask is almost irrelevant now with that shoulder/pec tattoo

  • craig

    Didnt Hunico play the fake Sin Cara a few years ago?

  • Splat

    Finding the next Rey Mysterio is easier said than done.

    • JR Texx (Jamie)

      I can’t imagine they will replace Mysterio.

  • Dave Barton

    I could be wrong, but I thought Hunico’s original Mistico was in name only (not mask/costume) when the rights to the name were bought by AAA or CMLL (or whoever) to slap onto Luis’s new gimmick.

  • jdl

    They really should be taking this as an opportunity to send the real Sin Cara to NXT and the performance center so he can do three things. First, train in the WWE style of wrestling, he’s never been given a real chance to just learn how to work the style. Second, to improve his English, if he can even speak it at all, so he can cut a promo when necessary. Third, establish a new gimmick. The idea of just cutting one of Mexico’s top talents because he was rushed to the main roster so Triple H could wag his ego around at everyone is ludicrous.

  • Tammy Adams

    I am not completly sure if WWE can (initially anyway) sell Jorge Arias as plyaing the Sin Cara character. I have not seen him at live events but my son could tell automatically that that wasn’t Luis portrayal. Jorge definetly has better matches but didn’t use some of the same moves as Luis.

  • Philip Thompson

    I always thought Jorge was a far better option to play Sin Cara. They should have never brought Luis back. Even a long stint in developmental wasn’t going to change his attitude.