While he has not been given a feud to work with since making his return to WWE, Rey Mysterio is very much still a part of the plans for Wrestlemania 30. He was penciled in for a big match against Sin Cara, but management is now looking for a new opponent for him at the pay per view.
The last time that the United States Heavyweight Championship was defended was back in October, when Dean Ambrose successfully defended the title against Big E Langston at Hell in a Cell 2013 and on Monday Night Raw the following night.
Aside from half hearted programs with Sin Cara and Rey Mysterio, Alberto Del Rio really has not been given a full program by WWE to work with since wrestling John Cena at Survivor Series 2013. However, the feeling backstage is that Del Rio is assured a spot at Wrestlemania 30 to draw in the Spanish media.
While there are still plans by WWE to push him, Big E Langston has essentially been neglected by the creative department over the last couple of weeks because the writers simply have not come up with anything for his character to do with Mark Henry being off television.
Since he is claiming that he owns the copyright to the name, Luis Alvirde is still utilizing the Sin Cara name. The masked performer used the moniker while working shows in Mexico and Puerto Rico recently. The belief is that WWE be pursuing legal actions against him.
In another sign that the business relationship between Sin Cara and WWE is over, the masked performer has been signed by World Wrestling League, a promotion in Puerto Rico. He's still interested in returning to USA and working with WWE again, but the feeling is not mutual.
Sin Cara has been contacting WWE about a contract extension, and it appears that the company has not been responding to him whatsoever. Officials are not interested in moving forward with the performer, and they plan to eventually phase the character out completely.
While management has given up on the character, WWE will be keeping Sin Cara around because he is featured in the upcoming Scooby Doo movie. Oficials have no plan on bringing the original performer back, so Hunico will have the role until after the movie has been released.
"'I can't believe that Mistico didn't make it in WWE.' Said nobody that knew the real deal.."
- Karl Anderson taking a jab at the release of Sin Cara
Batista won Royal Rumble 2014 by eliminating Roman Reigns in the end. Other contestants during the match were Alberto Del Rio, Alexander Rusev, Antonio Cesaro, Big E Langston, CM Punk, Cody Rhodes, Damien Sandow, Dean Ambrose, Dolph Ziggler, El Torito, Erick Rowan, Fandango, Goldust, Great Khali, Jack Swagger, JBL, Jey Uso, Jimmy Uso, Kane, Kevin Nash, Kofi Kingston, Luke Harper, R Truth, Rey Mysterio, Ryback, Seth Rollins, Sheamus and the Miz.
One of the backstage issues between Sin Cara and WWE was that the masked superstar refused to learn English. He openly states that he does not like the language, so he never bothered to learn it. Sin Cara also feels that communicaiton isn't a must in the ring.
The original Sin Cara has pulicly stated that he owns the rights to the character. He also claims that he has proof, and that lawyers would be able to sort things out with WWE. Some believe that is the reason why the company has not been pushing the character as much lately.
"I knew AJ Lee from developmental a year before she was on NXT. I didn't know Dolph Ziggler at all. But when we started working together and traveling to different shows we realized that we shared a similar sense of humor. It didn't take us long to realize that it was kind of an odd pairing but it worked. We had a lot of fun and it is something that I'll always remember. I learned a lot from Dolph when I was ringside for all of the John Cena matches at house shows. It was a positive way for me to start my career."
- Big E Langston
Sin Cara is going to be making his return to the wrestling ring soon, but it will not be for WWE. The masked star is set to work a show on February 1, 2014 down in Mexico, which is a further sign that a contract extension with WWE is not in the works.
While the initial plans had him working a match against Sin Cara, WWE may have changed their mind on how to use Rey Mysterio at Wrestlemania 30. There are those within the company that are now leaning towards him working a match against Alberto Del Rio with his mask on the line.
While the masked superstar is still interested in a return, WWE has expressed very little interest in bringing Sin Cara back now that his contract has expired. The belief is that the company can save a good amount of money by using Hunico instead.
The hot rumor this week is that WWE will be unifying the United States and Intercontinental belts at the Elimination Chamber pay per view. Dean Ambrose, who has not done much with the title, will most likely work a match with Big E Langston at the show.
WWE conducted a poll, asking fans if they felt that Big E Langston would some day be a world heavyweight champion. Thus far, 70% of the voters feel that the current Intercontinental Champion will move up to the main event scene eventually.
With his contract expired, Sin Cara is officially gone from WWE. The masked star acknowledges that Hunico has been working under the mask since his departure, and he has been encouraging fans to let the company know that he is missed.
"After SummerSlam, I spent a month and a half not doing much... Pretty much for me, it was having that match with [CM] Punk on RAW after really not being on TV for a month and a half. I think that kind of gave me some traction. From there, getting to have matches with guys who were looked at as top figures."
While it seems all but certain that Roman Reigns will be receiving a big push during the Royal Rumble match, there are many that believe that WWE will do the same for Big E Langston as well. The company wants him to look like a big star.
One of the reasons why WWE wants to do a match at Wrestlemania 30 between Rey Mysterio and Sin Cara is that they hope it would generate some interest from the media in Mexico. Management also wants to elevate the Sin Cara character.
Despite being replaced by Hunico under the mask on WWE shows, the original Sin Cara has still been posting pictures of himself with the mask on Twitter. The company is planning on keeping the character even after his contract expires in a few days.