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8 Hispanic Wrestlers Who Found Success In WWE... And 7 Who Didn't

The Hispanic athletes in wrestling tend to make for some of the most entertaining, high-octane wrestling in the squared circle, as these superstars have been serving the sport for over 50 years now. These superstars have been taught the art of wrestling in their own style called the lucha libre style of wrestling which mostly teaches the high-flying maneuvers which ups the tempo of the match. With this, their own technical knowledge of wrestling along with the ability to entertain the crowd easily makes them a strong pull for a company like the WWE, who want to stay liberal and promote superstars of all races and countries to showcase how diverse their product is.

Hispanic superstars have always been an asset for the WWE, especially with the turn of the century when more and more Hispanics from WCW flocked into WWE and received immense stardom in the company. While not every Hispanic superstar can make it to the very top of the company, some have risen to being the top guys of the company for a while as their antics and ability to entertain turned them into some of the most entertaining pulls of the WWE. These guys brought something different to the company with their lucha libre style and the sizzling personality of these superstars has many a times escalated them to the top.

The WWE has seen so many Hispanic superstars enter and exit the company in the last decade or so, as the death of WCW and ECW solidified the WWE as the prime company for these luchadors to try and shine in. While not everyone is necessarily a high-flying luchadors, the entertaining gimmicks of these superstars and quirky mannerisms have always brought a sense of intrigue from the audience towards them. While many Hispanic wrestlers found success in the WWE, many failed to get over with the fans and therefore had to leave.

THOSE WHO SUCCEEDED

15 Chavo Guerrero

via wrestlingmedia.org

14 Eve Torres

via divasknockouts.wikia.com

13 Tito Santana

via wrestlingforum.com

12 Carlito

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11 The Bella Twins

via cagesideseats.com

10 Alberto Del Rio

via breakingwrestlingnews.com

9 Rey Mysterio

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8 Eddie Guerrero

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There was a point in WWE when people tuned into the Smackdown! brand to see Eddie Guerrero “lie, cheat & steal” his way to win matches. Eddie showed how good a wrestler he was during his WCW days and WWE had to acquire his services after buying off WCW. Eddie debuted in the WWE with his friends Dean Malenko, Chris Benoit and Perry Saturn as part of The Radicalz but quickly escalated to “Latino Heat” with Chyna at his side. This stint was very entertaining but didn’t get him that over, but the turn of the century did the trick for him as he returned alongside his brother Chavo to form Los Guerreros. They arrived in a low rider and lied, cheated and stole their way into success as this gimmick got Eddie extremely over with the fans. The WWE made for his push very well, escalating him from the US Championship scene to the main event scene perfectly as he dethroned the mighty Brock Lesnar to win the WWE Championship as that match is still one of the most memorable ones in the history of the company. Eddie’s reign as WWE champion was brilliant, as he pulled off some hilarious antics as well as some amazing matches and kept his place as one of the top guys even after he turned heel after losing his title. He had an intense feud with Rey Mysterio and also competed for the World Heavyweight Title against Batista at No Mercy 2005, which would be his last ever wrestling PPV. Eddie was actually booked to win the World Title at a Smackdown! taping from Batista but we sadly saw his demise due to an acute heart failure. But the legacy Eddie left in the company for Hispanic superstars is incredible, as he has been the icon and a source of inspiration for budding wrestlers over the years and also was responsible for more Hispanic superstars gaining a place in the company, as Latino Heat is undoubtedly the greatest Hispanic superstar to have ever set a foot inside the WWE ring.

THOSE WHO FAILED

7 Essa Rios

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6 Psicosis

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5 Epico and Primo

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4 Juventud Guerrera

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3 Konnan

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2 Super Crazy

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1 Sin Cara (Mistico)

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The original Sin Cara was Mistico who is one of the best luchadors in the world right now, and there was a lot of hype surrounding him coming to the WWE in 2011. Cara got his own vignettes before his debut and there was a yellow light over the ring when he wrestled in matches, adding to the mysticism of the character. Mistico got a lot of victories under his belt heading into the 2011 Money in the Bank PPV, where he couldn’t capture the briefcase and was out with a storyline injury. After his return, he would have a bizarre and underwhelming feud with an imposter Sin Cara. This culminated in a Mask vs Mask match between him and the imposter where he won, but the story-line tainted his character’s reputation. Sin Cara would later feud with Cody Rhodes, where he’d lost some matches and then team up with Rey Mysterio. This didn’t help him much, as the pair failed to capture the Tag Team Gold and soon were disbanded, leaving Sin Cara to start from scratch again in the singles competition. But Sin Cara dislocated his finger in a match against Alberto Del Rio on RAW and fell down the order, returning only for irrelevant matches. He was released in January 2014, as Mistico revealed that he still owned the “Sin Cara” character and that his failure was due to the WWE not letting him use his own style. The high-flying luchador might be a king in the Mexican circuit, but he failed to deliver in the big stage as the hype surrounding his WWE debut resulted in an absolute bust in the end.

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