When Mistico arrived in WWE in 2011 big things were expected of the man who would go on to be known as Sin Cara. The WWE had been in search of a new Hispanic star to replace Rey Mysterio and they were confident that they had found their man in the Lucha Libre star.
However, things didn’t go to plan for Mistico, real name Luis Ignacio Urive Alvirde as he would leave the company in 2014 with Jose Jorge Arriaga Rodriguez continuing as the Sin Cara character.
Speaking on his podcast ARN, looking back at Elimination Chamber 2011, Arn Anderson has offered his opinion on the ‘original’ Sin Cara. The WWE Hall Of Famer revealed that he thought the CMLL star had a bad attitude.
“Well, this guy didn’t show me anything. Not a damn thing. He had a bad attitude. If he spoke English, he acted like he didn’t. Now, we’re not talking about Hunico. That guy. We’re talking about the original Sin Cara. Yes. He was one of those guys that flat just brought the Mexican style. That’s what he brought to our product. Our product was not ready for that lack of contact, lack of selling, all those things, just that stuff that had no psychology behind it. And, I don’t know.”
Anderson however, was full of praise for Rey Mysterio, commenting on his ability to use his body effectively to sell and tell a story during his matches.
“I liked Rey Mysterio because of several reasons. He is small, but he figured out a way to work his matches where he used every bit of his body to knock you down or chip away at you and get you in a position where he could do a springboard or whatever it was and knock you down.”
“At the end of the day, he spent most match selling. He had one flurry that made sense. That was able to get him almost to winning or winning, but in a way that made sense.”
By comparison the former WWE Producer explained that Sin Cara didn’t approach matches in nearly the same way, before detailing how he “had heat with everybody.”
“None of that reasoning was in this guy. He thought he would just bounce guys around twice his size, very little selling. Just pop up out of nowhere. Everything I had been taught about this business and everything that the audience loves, the storytelling, the selling, the underdog, all that stuff was lost on him. But it came from the top. We had to have a star. Those of us that had these feelings and relayed these feeling just got heat. Just like everything else, when you point out the obvious, they don’t like the fact; when they hear it, they go, ‘You know, he’s right.”
“This guy had heat with everybody. His selling was terrible. His everything was terrible.”
Mistico would leave the WWE in 2014, once again finding success in his native Mexico under the name Carístico.