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(born August 5, 1977) is a Mexican-American professional wrestler, who is currently signed to WWE under the ring name Hunico. Prior to signing with WWE, Arias was better known under the ring name Incognito, under which he mainly worked for the professional wrestling promotion Asistencia Asesoría y Administración (AAA
) in Mexico and Chikara
in the US as well as working for various independent promoters along the US-Mexico border and even further into USA such as Ring of Honor
as Incógnito. Arias originally wrestled under the name "Místico", making his debut under that name around the same time as the much more well known Místico of Mexico City. At times he was billed as either "Mystico" or "Mistico de Juarez" before signing with WWE. In December 2013, he returned to role of Sin Cara, and under that gimmick he's the current NXT Tag Team Champion alongside Kalisto.That Other Wiki
has an extensive article
on his career.
Tropes associated with Hunico include:
- Arch-Enemy: The original Sin Cara.
- Beat Them at Their Own Game: As Sin Cara Negro (well, technically not Negro, he was pretending to be Sin Cara at the time), he put Daniel Bryan in the LeBell lock and made him tap.
- Canon Discontinuity: Since becoming Sin Cara again, he's treated in interviews and references as being the same one as before, effectively meaning that there were never two Sin Caras.
- Color-Coded for Your Convenience / Good Colors, Evil Colors: As Sin Cara Negro, he dressed in black and silver.
- Cool Mask: Until he lost it in a Mask vs Mask match against Sin Cara.
- Costume Copycat
- Darker and Edgier
- Dark Reprise: His version of the Sin Cara theme song is far more somber.
- Demoted to Extra: During the latter half of 2012, he wrestled mainly on Superstars and NXT.
- Expy: As Hunico, his attire may reminds fans of WCW mainstay Konnan, or ex-TNA wrestlers Anarquia and Homicide.
- Evil Costume Switch: As Sin Cara Negro, he eventually removed his Costume Copycat mask to reveal a darker version of it once Azul returned when their match at Hell In A Cell was announced.
- Evil Counterpart: To Sin Cara when he first debuted.
- Finishing Move: Briefly used the Falling Star (a high-angle Swanton Bomb) as well as a springboard moonsault - colloquially known as the 'Lionsault', Chris Jericho's old finisher. Now uses a variant of the Olympic Slam.
- He's back to the Falling Star after returning to be Sin Cara.
- Foreign Wrestling Heel
- Laser-Guided Karma/Real Life Writes the Plot: When Arias started his career in Mexico, he wrestled as Mistico - a gimmick that CMLL ripped off and gave Urive at the same time. An infringement case went to court, and Arias lost the rights to the Mistico gimmick to CMLL and Urive. In WWE, the Sin Cara Negro gambit was Arias' attempt to get revenge on Urive by stealing his Sin Cara identity, even outright citing the Mistico gimmick as his motivation.
- Despite losing the Sin Cara feud and being forced to unmask and wrestle as Hunico, it seems Arias will get to swipe Sin Cara after all. Due to Urive being both botch- and injury-prone since joining WWE, he was eventually pulled off TV with Arias put back in the mask again as of December 2013.
- Lightning Bruiser: At least in style. He showcased his high-flying potential as Sin Cara Negro, but as the unmasked Hunico he can often switch between that and a more physical brawling style.
- Lower-Class Lout: As Hunico, his gimmick is a street thug from Juarez, Mexico.
- Masked Luchador: As Sin Cara Negro, and well before that, until his unmasking. He wrestled in FCW with his mask as Hunico, and on the Independent scenes as Incognito or Mistico de Juarez.
- Now he's reprising the role of Sin Cara due to WWE being less than pleased with Luis Urive's performance as the character.
- Ominous Latin Chanting: Played straight during his time as Sin Cara Negro.
- The Other Darrin: Originally played out as this. Until the big reveal, Sin Cara was "portrayed" by Arias during Urive's suspension for violating WWE's wellness program. The change was lampshaded in the commentary, with comments on his weight change, new moves and his mask improperly fitted.
- As of December 2013, Hunico is officially repackaged as Sin Cara, since reports have surfaced that Urive has left the WWE.
- Paint It Black
- Put on a Bus: Knee injury.
- Satisfied Street Rat: As Hunico.
- Villain Team-Up: With Epico, briefly. Which sorta made sense since they tagged, as faces, in FCW, the former developmental system for WWE.
- The Voiceless: Averted as Sin Cara Negro, when the American-born wrestler gave a Suddenly Voiced moment both in Spanish and English. This makes the confrontations between the two a little strange.
- What Could Have Been / Aborted Arc: Variation. Originally, after losing to Sin Cara and outing himself as Hunico, he was placed into a group with the recently promoted (from FCW and Superstars, respectively) tag team Epico and Primo. Rosa Mendes was expected to join soon after in order to make an Alternate Company Equivalent to TNA's Mexican America. The problem was that Primo and Epico were from (and billed from) Puerto Rico, which is considered a territory/protectorate of the United States. (Oh, and Rosa is part Costa Rican.) Perhaps with seeing the Unfortunate Implications of putting a group of Hispanics together and calling all of them Mexicans, WWE split the stable in half before it got off the ground. Primo and Epico got Rosa (and subsequently became the Tag Team Champions), while Hunico became a singles competitor and was paired with a huge bike-riding lackey named Camacho - also known as former FCW talent Donny Marlow, who is neither Mexican nor Puerto Rican nor Costa Rican, but Tongan. Although one must wonder whether, had they gone through with it, Alberto Del Rio (who, yes, actually is Mexican) would have figured into the equation somehow.