word is haitch is the one who pushed for it
thing is "sami rebei" doesn't draw, el generico does.
the el generico character was designed to be a one-match jobber, but rebei's one of the best in the world at the underdog act and can really get the crowd behind him. he's got one of the best series of comeback moves in wrestling. the character got so over in his first match that he kept the mask forever and became the el generico we know and love.
he can't be anyone else. he has to be a skinny white ginger-bearded bloke pretending to be a luchador from tijuana. he has to pretend he can't speak english, while simultaneously speaking very little and very poor spanish. i don't want anything else on my screen but that from him.
i hope he finds success, whatever happens with his gimmick, because i really think he deserves rewarding for being one of the best and hardest-working wrestlers on the independent circuit for 10 years. i think fans who hate on wrestlers for signing with the WWE because "the matches won't be as good" are incredibly selfish and should be happy that the performers they've supported for years are finally earning a more-than-comfortable wage and performing their craft and doing what they love to do in front of the largest audience possible.