Former WWE Superstar Sin Cara, now known as Mistico, has claimed that he experienced racism while in WWE.
When Mexican high-flyer Mistico landed in WWE in early 2011, big things were expected from a man who had garnered quite the reputation in his homeland. However, his WWE career never really got off the ground, and he left the company just three years later. Despite his departure, his Sin Cara character was passed on to Cinta de Oro who had been performing as Hunico.
Speaking to TUDN Mexico, the man formerly known as Sin Cara reflected on his relatively short WWE career. The Mexican star explained that while he was grateful for the opportunity to work for the company, and would return if the opportunity arose, his stay was marred by racism.
“I keep for myself all of my experience in WWE, I am a person that no matter what happens, I am a grateful person. They gave me the opportunity for a reason, right? They took me there for a reason. And that reason is because they saw something in me and I will always be grateful.
“Obviously, and honestly, it was a very great experience. And if one day they invite me to be part of WWE again, I will do it again. I would like to return to WWE. What happened? Many things, but racism is what is most talked about.”
Expanding further, Mistico said that had experienced racism while with the company, with WWE failing to deliver on promises made to him. He also claimed that some within the company didn’t want foreign-born stars such as himself to overshadow their American counterparts.
“And yes, I got to experience racism, they did not give me the opportunities that I looked for and that I was promised. Because if they take you to their company it’s for a reason and suddenly they limited me in the ring.” Mistico said, “And I told them: ‘Well, if you hired me and brought me here, it was because of what you saw of my talent, because of what you saw above the ring.’ And suddenly they cut me off and limited me completely and then you just start wondering what’s going on.”
“It’s because of racism. There are people in WWE who don’t want you to overshadow their [American] talent. I was a star in Mexico and in WWE they didn’t give me the place I deserved.”
Despite this, the ‘Original Sin Cara’ said that he would return to WWE if the opportunity was there. If nothing else simply to “shut up the critics’ mouths.”
“But again, if I get invited to join WWE again, I will do it again. Just to shut up the critics’ mouths. I think that would be a wonderful thing. Also, I came to WWE at a time when I was a big star in Mexico [but not in the world] because there was no social media. I think that if I had arrived at WWE today, I would have hit a home run through thick and thin because people are the ones who make us and people adore me.”
Speaking earlier in 2021 on his podcast ARN, WWE Hall of Famer Arn Anderson was less than complimentary about Mistico’s time with the company. Anderson remarked that he had a “bad attitude” adding, “This guy had heat with everybody. His selling was terrible. His everything was terrible.”
H/t to Wrestling Inc for the transcription.