Lince Dorado was brought in to help build the roster for WWE’s reboot of the cruiserweight division. Things didn’t work out and ultimately, 205 Live was rebranded as NXT: Level Up. Dorado and tag partner Gran Metalik asked for their releases in 2021.

Lince Dorado was eventually let go by WWE. Since then, he has been in good spirits. In recent interview with Two Man Power Trip Of Wrestling, Dorado talked about what was going through his mind when he asked for his release.

“When we asked for our release in September or October, I was like, man, I don’t really have a plan. But I know I’ve been poor, I’ve been homeless, I’ve been broke, I’ll be fine.

I’ve always been fine. I look forward to all the challenges in my life. So this new adventure of leaving something that I was so comfortable in needed to be done for me personally. I needed to leave, and yeah, I was looking forward to it. I was looking forward to being my own boss, being creative, saying things how I wanted to say it, being how I wanted to be, dressing how I wanted to dress, and representing Lucha Libre how I wanted to represent it.


I want to put my flavor on it. That’s why I had asked for my release. I just felt like I was complacent. I felt like I was just floating. I wasn’t progressing creatively. I just didn’t like my position. I just needed a change. As much as it’s scary, and as much as I left how much money on the table, and how much time I had left on my contract, it wasn’t worth it to me. I needed that peace of mind of being free and being creatively free.”

Lince Dorado chose freedom and creativity over money. Many wrestlers have been faced with similar choices in the past. Dorado seems to be completely at peace with his decision.

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Michael Perry

Michael Perry is a news contributor for Ringside News and Thirsty for News. Michael has an M.A. in Communication Technology from Point Park University in his hometown of Pittsburgh, PA.

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