Lince Dorado has claimed that he trusted less than a handful of WWE writers as the others were distracted by other things.
Puerto Rican star Lince Dorado first appeared in WWE in 2016, taking part in the Cruiserweight Classic. Dorado was eliminated from the competition in the second round by Rich Swann, signing a contract with WWE a month later.
The high-flyer initially formed part of the Cruiserweight division, before forming Lucha House Party alongside Kalisto and Gran Metalik. All three Superstars have now left WWE.
Dorado was released back in November with the likes of Keith Lee, Karrion Kross and Nia Jax.
Appearing on the Two Man Power Trip podcast, Dorado opened up about his time with the company, and more specifically the struggles he faced with the creative process.
The former WWE Superstar said that he was only able to trust two or three writers, and the company didn’t understand how he and former tag team partners wanted to proceed with their characters.
“We came up with pitches, we had PowerPoints, we had ideas. Just a disconnect, a culture disconnect. They didn’t understand why we wanted to do it or how it could be successful, among other things,”
The chain of command is your writer, I’ll be honest, I had maybe two or three writers out of 12, that were on point and knew exactly what they wanted, they were great writers, they understood wrestling, entertainment, the culture, and their job. Other than that, the other ones, I didn’t trust and didn’t see their drive. I saw them prioritize other things, especially when they’re talking to your face and you see them thinking about other things and you’re frustrated because they are distracted.”
Dorado explained that any creative ideas he had he took to the top of the creative team, saying that he thought it was pointless to talk to writers who probably wouldn’t be there in six months.
“Whenever we had an issue or idea, we always went right to the man, Vince McMahon, or Bruce Prichard, or John Laurinaitis. I wasn’t going to entertain the idea of talking to writers who may not be here in six months or three months or they may move to NXT or back to SmackDown or they may go to the office.
I’m not going to entertain those guys because I’m wasting my time and my time is precious. I need to go right to the source and that’s what we always did whenever we had an issue or idea. I always stood on my own two feet and talked to him. I never cowered, I don’t believe in it,”
The high-flying star went on to reveal that he always had a good relationship with Vince McMahon, and that he was accessible, if you were prepared to approach him with ideas.
Dorado also detailed how the original pitch for Lucha House Party would have seen the group take on a darker and more serious edge. However, he said that despite what he thought were good ideas, the group became the happy-go-lucky team seen on television.
“The original Lucha House Party concept was a little bit harder, a little bit darker, we were supposed to be in suits the whole time. We wanted to have the lucha lounge-esque kind of background where it was totally different.
We didn’t want to be in our gear or flashy colours. We wanted to look like sophisticated men, the only difference is, our faces have masks. We kept telling them that. ‘We do everything a normal person does, everything we do, we do it in our mask, we don’t do it in our gear, that’s silly.’ I don’t think I’m really a cat, I’m just agile like a cat.
When we started explaining that to him, he started to understand more the culture of lucha libre rather than, ‘these are guys in masks who do incredible things.’ We told him, ‘let us wear suits in our promos.’ I had pitched to be like Charlie’s Angels where we all had a specific personality, but we were all entertaining and did cool stuff. Once we got to me and Gran Metalik, I said, ‘we could be like Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan from Rush Hour’ where we have incredible action stuff but can also put each other in cool dynamics.
We had all these cool ideas, but for some reason, we were just the lucha guys. Every promo, ‘lucha, lucha lucha,’ Come on, is this really what you got for us?”
Since leaving WWE, Lince Dorado has appeared in CZW and Warrior Wresting, his most recent appearance being a defeat to Sam Adonis on February 12th.
H/t to Fightful for the transcription.