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    Monday, April 25, 2016

    #MustWatchMonday (4/25/16): Checking in on the Original Sin Cara

    On March 26, 2014, the WWE declared that they had released Luis Urive Alvirde, the first person to perform under the Sin Cara mask. Before his debut in WWE, Urive was perhaps the biggest wrestling star in Mexico, wrestling for Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL) as Mistico, and was the biggest tecnico (face) of the company. 

    During this time, he won multiple championships, such as the IWGP Junior Heavyweight championship, the CMLL World Tag Team Championship and the CMLL World Welterweight Championship, to name a few. With these accolades, and with his popularity in Mexico, most people assumed that he would be an instant success in the WWE, and that they would have their successor to Rey Mysterio, Jr. 

    However, his time in WWE didn't go as well as many had hoped, being marred by botched moves and injuries. Urive's lack of willingness to learn English or adapt to WWE's style didn't help either. Since then, Urive was fired, and the Sin Cara mask was passed on to Hunico, who's beginning to rehabilitate the reputation of the mask as Kalisto's partner in the Lucha Dragons.

    But what's Urive doing now?

    On February 2014, Urive made his return to Mexico with Asistencia Asesoria y Administracion (AAA), though only as a mysterious figure who neither spoke nor revealed himself. This was done in order to adhere to WWE's no-compete clause on Urive's contract. While his in-ring return was hyped, it didn't come until June when Urive—now under the name Myzteziz—teamed up with Cibernetico and La Parka to go up against Averno, Chessman and the late El Hijo del Perro Aguayo in a winning effort.

    Myzteziz continued his run with the promotion, and on May 24, 2015, he came together with Rey Mysterio, Jr. and Alberto Del Rio, then wrestling as Alberto el Patron to form what was billed as the Dream Team for the Lucha Libre World Cup, which they eventually won after defeating the team of Johnny Mundo (Johnny Nitro), Matt Hardy and Mr. Anderson (Mr. Kennedy).

    In 2015, Myzteziz started a feud with Rey Mysterio, Jr., in a match up that many had hoped would happen during his stay in WWE. They went head to head on August 9 at Triplemania XXIII, in a match that Mysterio eventually won. This brought about a heel turn for Myzteziz, which was supposed to culminate in a Mask vs. Mask match, until Urive went into business for himself once again.

    On October 9, 2015, Urive made an appearance at a CMLL event, and later declared that he was done with AAA. AAA quickly responded, putting out a press release on October 12, 2015, saying that Urive was done with them. During an event at Lucha Libre Elite, a Mexican independent promotion, Urive announced that he would be known as Caristico, a fusion of his Sin Cara and Mistico names.

    Despite Caristico's confusing path to end up back at CMLL, along with his questionable personality, he always continued to put on good matches. On October 25, 2015, he teamed up with another top CMLL face, Volador Jr., to go up against Los Ingobernables (yes, those Los Ingobernables) members La Mascara and Rush in a two out of three falls match. The match started out with the heels beating up the faces, which allowed them to quickly win the first fall. The faces came back just enough and scrambled to pick up the second fall, and eventually, the third fall was decided by disqualification after Caristico tried too hard to do his normal spots and got his mask ripped off for his troubles.

    Now, Caristico continues to work as one of the top tecnicos for CMLL, and finally seems happy enough with where he is, and his match quality doesn't waver, as is the case here with his match here with lucha libre legend Ultimo Guerrero.

    With the quality of work he exhibits now, it kind of makes you wonder what it would have been like if his WWE run went a lot better than it actually did.

    What do you think of Caristico? Do you want him back in WWE? Leave a comment below!


    Brandon Sy is a PhD student in Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics currently based in Sydney. Since he wasn't allowed to watch wrestling as a kid, he's been overcompensating ever since. Despite being a huge fan of Japanese wrestling, he still holds a soft spot in his heart for WWE's Kane. He's good for recommending matches from pretty much anywhere, whether it be Japan, Europe, the US or Mexico. He'd be ecstatic if you watched Dragon Gate though.
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    Item Reviewed: #MustWatchMonday (4/25/16): Checking in on the Original Sin Cara Rating: 5 Reviewed By: bodonium
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