Ladies and gentelmen, it looks like the popular independent wrestler best known as El Generico is gone (as far as his name goes), as he has been repackaged by the WWE and will wrestle under his real name, Rami Sebei, sans his mask. According to some information from PWInsider and WrestlingInc.com:
It would appear that the wrestler known as El Generico will be going forward without his popular character in WWE as he competed sans mask at tonight’s NXT event. In his debut match last month for the organization, he sported the mask and attire.
The renowned grappler competed under his real name, Rami Sebei.
Overall, I’m not THAT bothered by the name change, mainly because they are using his real name and are avoiding renaming him some other random ring name. My main concern is that the very-talented Sebei gained wide notice through his “Generico” character, and has an army of fans who were eagerly awaiting to see the now-former masked star make his mark on the biggest stage in professional wrestling. I know that both the WWE and Sebei will make the absolute best effort to make the gimmick successful and have him branch out from NXT, however I know how us wrestling fans can be sometimes regarding change with popular stars. Many of us did not like “The American Dragon” Bryan Danielson’s named changed to Daniel Bryan, or Claudio Castagnoli Antonio Ceasaro, or **insert anything else here**. Remember, CM Punk REMAINED CM Punk after signing with the company back in 2005.
Also, the fact that he wore a mask would have been marketing gold, as fans WILL buy the masks of their favorite wrestlers — look at Rey Mysterio, Hurricane Helms, and just Google “lucha libre” and see the hundreds-upon-thousands of fans wearing their favorite wrestler’s mask. I won’t (and honestly can’t) judge this situation at this time period because things change, gimmicks change, and better decisions can be made when enough time is available. So bottom line: Rami Sebei, I wish the best of luck to you, sir!