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WWE officially releases the original 'Sin Cara'

Today WWE released the original ‘Sin Cara’ who was played by the famed luchador Luis Ignacio Urive Alvirde. The release which has been expected for some time by insiders and wrestling fans, was confirmed on Twitter by official and former broadcast commentator Joey Styles this morning.

WWE releases the original Sin Cara
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WWE has come to terms on the release of Luis Ignacio Urive Alvirde effective March 26,2014.We wish Luis best of luck in his future endeavors-@joeystyles

In January, Alvirde announced he would return to Mexico and leave WWE due the company not allowing him to perform in a style he was more comfortable with prior to joining the company in 2011.

On the December 2 episode of ‘WWE RAW’, superstar Hunico assumed the Sin Cara role and now wears the mask. He previously battled the original Sin Cara as an evil incarnation of the character ‘Sin Cara Negro’, only to eventually lose his mask and begin wrestling unmasked as Hunico. The new Sin Cara is currently scheduled to perform at WWE's biggest show of the year Wrestlemania 30 on Sunday April 6 in the 30 Man Andre the Giant Battle Royal.

Pro Wrestling Examiner's Perspective: In early 2011, Alvirde joined WWE with much fanfare at a press conference in Mexico City where he revealed his new mask and WWE name as Sin Cara for the Mexican media. After becoming a Latino wrestling sensation as Mistico in the CMLL promotion, the original Sin Cara was expected to become the company's new Latino star who could have possibly replaced fellow luchador Rey Mysterio. Since then his WWE run has been plagued by numerous injuries, suspensions, and performances that failed to deliver on the hype many within the company expected from the masked man. The original Sin Cara is widely considered one of the biggest failures from WWE's new talent initiatives which have helped create power players like Bray Wayatt, the Shield, and Cesaro.

Since leaving WWE, Alvirde continues to perform as Sin Cara in Puerto Rico’s World Wrestling League and Mexico’s Asistencia Asesoría y Administración (AAA). Alvirde claims he still owns the Sin Cara name and character, and performs under the mask even though the character is still active part of WWE TV. Oklahoma City Pro Wrestling Examiner reported in February on the legal dispute over the Sin Cara gimmick between Alvirde and WWE in this article. The situation between the original Sin Cara and WWE should continue to be interesting as AAA is breaking into the American TV market with the El Rey Network later this year.

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