Cinta de Oro, formerly known as Sin Cara in WWE, has opened up about how he used to rib his fellow WWE Superstars – including Braun Strowman – all thanks to his mask.
The former WWE Superstar told Inside The Ropes‘ Lead Writer Gary Cassidy how he used to either speak in Spanish, or try to make his opponents laugh in the ring – as the crowd and television audience couldn’t see his mouth move due to the mask.
When asked about working with Braun Strowman early on in The Monster Among Men’s career, Cinta de Oro revealed one hilarious story – while praising the former Universal Champion for his progress.
“It was a lot of fun. He’s a great guy to be around. People that know him, he’s funny, he enjoys life – and for me, it was the first feud that he got up in WWE. So I got to work with him for a few months, two or three months. We did television, we did live events, we did, I think South America – a tour in South America together.”
The former Lucha Dragon spoke of the fun of helping a hungry Strowman improve, looking back fondly at their time in the ring.
“It was a lot of fun because, for him, it was also like a learning experience. It was his first tour with us getting a program and he’d started to get rolling. So it was a lot of fun to be able to work with him and in a sense, try to help him out to become better and and what the company wanted out of him, so I have a lot of good memories about our matches.”
The former Sin Cara then recalled how he used to rib his opponents by trying to make them laugh or confuse them by speaking under his mask.
“We used to… I’m a funny guy when you get to know me, I like to have fun and, even when we used to wrestle, I would always say things to the boys because you couldn’t see my mouth moving. So, as I was working, I would always say funny stuff where I would talk to them in Spanish and they would be like, ‘What the hell is this guy saying?’ With Braun, it was a lot of fun because he wanted to learn, he wanted to become better. He knew that he had an amazing opportunity in his hands – and now you can see he’s doing great. So it’s fun to be able to see somebody grow from that, from where I started with him to where he is now.”
Sin Cara then revealed the hilarious line he delivered to Braun Strowman during one of their face offs.
“We had a match and I think it was one of the tours, I can’t remember where – I think it was Lima, Peru, or somewhere – where we do the face-off. He’s huge so we’d do the face off and that day was cold. And me being me, I told him, I was like, ‘You know your nipples are really hard, right?’ And he’s like, ‘Shut up, don’t make me laugh. Don’t make me laugh.’ Then we started wrestling, he started kicking my butt…” He was like, “You BSer!” But it was a lot of fun, he’s a great guy – so I’m glad that I got to work with him.”
The former WWE Superstar also opened up about how happy he was working with Rusev, now known as Miro in AEW, saying he loved helping those guys, but that he wanted to be more than a stepping stone.
“I got to also work with Rusev when he first came up also, you know, so that was a thing – I didn’t really enjoy MY work, but I would help the guys. But then I always also wanted a piece of the pie, not just to be used as a stepping stone for other guys, you know?”
Thank you to Cinta de Oro for taking the time. You can read the full interview here.