Sin Cara, still not well liked in the WWE locker room. (Photo by Steve Haag/Gallo Images/Getty Images)
As Geno Mrosko reported last week, Sin Cara had a bad day at the office when he performed at the SmackDown tapings on September 11th, 2012 in Ottawa. His match with The Miz was chockablock with botched spots, though you wouldn't have realised it from the magic of post-production.
Despite Miz having garnered a reputation for regressing as a worker after he committed the cardinal sin of failing to protect R-Truth on a risky plancha dive on Raw this past February, the blame was placed mainly on the Mexican's shoulders. According to our sources and Dave Meltzer in this week's Wrestling Observer Newsletter, rather than hang around for a dressing down from WWE management, Cara lost face in the back by pulling a disappearing act:
The Miz vs. Sin Cara match was not only bad to the crowd, but backstage, there was a lot of talk about it. Sin Cara disappeared after the match. One of the agents asked [Justin] Gabriel if he'd seen him and Gabriel said, "I think he quit." They later found him and he filmed a segment.
It's hard to know for sure whether Cara was so frustrated at that very moment that he genuinely was considering walking out on WWE until a cooler head prevailed, or whether Gabriel was just stirring shit up because he didn't much care for the luchador who was once Triple H's "teacher's pet".
However, given the subsequent news snippet in The Observer that Sin Cara's attitude is rubbing his colleagues up the wrong way again, it seems that Gabriel was taking the opportunity to get a sly dig in at Cara's expense when the opportunity arose:
This isn't new, but we heard this week that Sin Cara "is back" [and] is not endearing himself to the locker room with all the walking around like he's a star, and big head references.
Maybe Cara's head swelled when he heard the news that his character was the fourth most played WWE star in the video game WWE '12 or maybe a leopard just never changes his spots. Whatever, but this is not a good development for his future.
Last July, when Cara was suspended for 30 days for a first Wellness Policy violation, believed to have been a failed steroid test, he almost got fired due to his attitude problems, as when these things happen all your enemies come out of the woodwork to bury you to anyone that listens. Even this punishment didn't humble Cara initially, as he had to be sent home again to placate the WWE locker room on the first day he returned to work for failing to shake hands with everyone and generally being rude. The only thing that saved Cara from getting a pink slip then, was that his temporary replacement under the blue mask and costume, Hunico, proved to be an even more error-prone worker than he was.
Sin Cara is still a big merchandise seller relative to his position on the card and highly popular to young kids, so his job isn't in jeopardy again, but this perception of him as a prima donna will only serve to keep him stuck in the mid-card. After all, you can only have a big head in WWE once you've earned it, and no, being the biggest draw in Mexico from 2005-2010 doesn't count.