Cinta de Oro, who performed as the second Sin Cara in WWE, has opened up about his reaction to carrying on the mantle of the name when the decision was made.
The former WWE Superstar – who has gone on to perform as the second Cinta de Oro following the tragic passing of the original wrestler in 2016 – told Inside The Ropes‘ Lead Writer Gary Cassidy about his “happiness” at getting to perform under a mask again.
“I was happy! I was really happy. I was excited about the opportunity to showcase… What I wanted was to be under a mask again and be able to perform the Lucha Libre style that I missed because I was a heel. I was doing Lucha, but it wasn’t the same. I had to change the style a little bit – I was the bad guy – but now I was going to be able to perform in the light and let myself be who I really was, in that sense.”
However, upon taking on the role, the former Lucha Dragon detailed how he got social media – and realised the reputation he was taking on.
“I didn’t know how bad backlash that guy had, to be honest. I didn’t! Until I ended up… Because before that, I didn’t have social media. When I became Sin Cara, that’s when I started my Twitter account, that’s because the company realised that I had no social media because I kept telling them, “Yeah, I do. I do. I do.” But I never did until that moment. That’s when I started being like, ‘Man, they don’t really like this guy.'”
Cinta de Oro went on to say that he still, to this day, gets confused with the other Sin Cara – who notoriously had a match with Alberto Del Rio stopped due to an injury to his finger, saying he would always continue matches if physically possible, noting an encounter with Big E.
“Still to this day, I get confused with him with the match he had when he broke his finger and they stopped the match. People to confuse me, I’m like, ‘No, that’s not me.’ I used to answer to them but not anymore, because whatever, right? But yeah, I would always get that or, ‘Oh, did you do this?’ And I’m like, ‘That’s not me.’ Like, ‘This a different guy wrestling. You’re going to know the difference between him and me.’ I dislocated my shoulder and then I continued the match with Big E. I remember it was Barclays Center. So obviously if I break my finger, I’m going to continue. I broke my finger before and nothing happened, it’s fine.”
The second Sin Cara went on to say that he realised it was more of an uphill task to get the character over, but that he was just glad that he got the chance to wrestle under a mask again.
“But yeah, I realised that I had to work really hard to put the character over, but I wasn’t too worried about that. I was just worried about doing things in the best way that I could and getting myself in that light where people could look at Sin Cara differently and realise that I was talented – that’s why they picked me to continue the character – but it was tough.”
Cinta de Oro had been performing unmasked as Hunico – wrestling the first Sin Cara character before a clash between both men in identical masks – and said he never decried his previous role despite taking on a character whose entire basis was anonymity, being called “faceless”.
“I think there was a lot of times where people got a little confused and there were like, ‘Is he the other guy or this guy?’ Every time that I would do like an interview, I would always mention and never lie to them, ‘I was Hunico, yeah, that’s fine. But now it’s my time, it’s my opportunity to succeed.’ I think I did things in a great way to the best of my ability.”
The former WWE Superstar, though, said he feels like he didn’t get the opportunities of his predecessor, whom it was attempted to make him the “next Rey Mysterio” in an impossible task, claiming that the first incarnation – now performing as Caristico – didn’t have the mentality to take on such a monumental task.
“Obviously, a lot of opportunities never came for me, like him. He was always in pay-per-views because they were trying to build him up, trying to make him the next Rey Mysterio – which nobody can be the next Rey Mysterio. Nobody. No matter how talented they are, there’s only one Rey Mysterio, only one Eddie Guerrero. There’s only one of a kind or one of each. But it was just tough, I think, for him trying to fill the shoes. He never really adapted in any way, shape or form and I think also because he didn’t want to. The mentality, you’ve got to have it up here and sometimes people don’t have it.”
Cinta de Oro went on to say he felt like he had everything needed – apart from the opportunity.
“I had everything because I wanted to accomplish a lot of things, but I never had the opportunity to really succeed. Unfortunately, a lot of decisions that happen, it’s not because of you. Fans always say, ‘Oh, if you would have worked hard enough, maybe…’ And you’re like, ‘You don’t know because you’re not there,’ about not working hard or trying to become better. It’s because whoever points the finger at you and they run with you, that’s good. Obviously, you take the opportunities as they go, but I never got the opportunity that other guys have had in the company.”
When speaking about people being unhappy, the former Sin Cara confirmed his status to Jon Moxley, saying the now AEW star was given every chance inside the ring – becoming a Grand Slam Champion – and was still miserable, pointing out that someone who wasn’t afforded championships would have an even tougher time.
“Let me give you a perfect example. Dean Ambrose left, right? Jon Moxley left the company. He was given everything. He was a Grand Slam Champion and even after, he left. He was miserable. Imagine me, that never got the chance to to wrestle for a US Title, for the Intercontinental Title, for the Title, for anything. Imagine me. How would I feel? He felt that way and he was given everything – and it was tough for me to be able to look for those opportunities because I never got them. And it wasn’t because of lack of effort or lack of talent. It was because somebody in the office decides who they want to pick. It’s unfortunate, but it’s true.”
Regarding the first Sin Cara, Cinta de Oro also discussed how he took on the “trampoline” entrance, saying he loved doing it while his predecessor definitely did not.
“Well, that was the company’s idea. Obviously, when the first Sin Cara did it, they used that. So when they I took over the character, they asked me if I wanted to continue doing the trampoline because the other guy didn’t like it. He didn’t like it. There was a trip because he couldn’t go over the rope. I did. I enjoyed it. For me, it was fun. But what I did, I would always train before the shows. And we always tell the guys from the crew, ‘Hey, could you put the trampoline so I can do a couple of jumps, a couple practice jumps?’ I would always make sure that they had it in the right place, and they had it at the right angle.”
Cinta de Oro meanwhile loved the quirky entrance move, and said he would rehearse it every single night to make sure he got it right.
“A lot of people were like, ‘Oh, you use a trampoline!’ I was like, ‘You should try it. You should try it and see if you can you can do it. Then you can talk and you can judge me after that.’ Because a lot of people are like, ‘He needs a trampoline to go over.’ But it’s not easy, because if you don’t hit the middle part of the trampoline, you go to the side or you go this way or if you hit the ropes… So it has to be perfect every time and I would always practice it because I enjoyed the entrance. It was something right off the bat, people would see you jump over and the kids would be like, ‘Wow,’ you know, excitement. And that’s what I like about doing the trampoline.”
Thank you to Cinta de Oro for taking the time. You can read the full interview here.