Lince Dorado says WWE didn’t know he spoke English, asked if he had his green card

During this week’s “The Sessions with Renee Paquette,” former WWE Superstar Lince Dorado stopped by to talk about his experiences in WWE, leaving the company and his real father.

Dorado said the people at WWE didn’t know at first that he spoke English:

“Day one, I remember we made our debut in Memphis. The next week we were going to Canada and somebody, and I’m not going to say who it was, but he was like, ‘Hey, my brother, do you have your green card?’ I’m like, ‘I’m from New Jersey, I was born and raised in America. I’m just Puerto Rican in America. That was a bad disconnect.

Dorado on his transition from WWE:

“I always felt when I left the same way I felt coming into WWE, like I was from India,” he said.

“You know, my mindset, I didn’t live extravagantly or anything. I got my bare minimum and started paying it straight away. But a lot of guys, we always had that mindset, like we were always in India. I think that’s why once they were let go, the transition was easy. I tried to have that conversation with someone I said it wasn’t like they were bad wrestlers Some of them were just bad businessmen like they were just stuck up like the wrestler rather than as the businessman.

“For me, I felt that’s what helped me. Like I knew there was something special about us. So, now I put that struggle aside and thought to myself, let’s be businessmen so that we can earn as much money and support our families. This was my main concern. Get as much money as fast as possible and support my family because I don’t know how long I’m going to last.

Dorado talks about his real father:

“My stepfather’s name is Tito. I am still very close to him. My kids call him Big Boss Man, because he’s a corrections officer. He’s my dad, you know. But to make it short, I didn’t understand that Tito wasn’t a dad.

“Then I have this conversation with my family and find out that my dad, my real dad, is in jail. He’s been in jail since I got one. At that point. drugs, you know, I mean, he was taking stuff. But like, at the end of the day, he’s had his day.

“I guess at that time he was going out. I was old enough to know, hey, it’s not your dad, it’s your stepdad. Your father is released from prison. I can honestly tell you that from my memory, my personal memory, I can probably count on two hands how many times I’ve actually hung out with my dad. Over the years, this relationship improves, but he keeps going in and out of prison. I basically told him when I was 12, I said, ‘I’m going to give you one more chance, and after that, you’re out of my life.’ I was angry.”

“February came around and I was hanging out at my friend Matt’s house. I was young. My friend at the time was my friend Matt. I was calling to check in with my mom and I said, ‘Hey, mom, I just came to check, tell me what time I have to be home.’ She’s like, ‘You know, come home, dinner time, whatever. By the way, I just want you to know that your dad called. He was looking for you. My mom and I weren’t agree about what the relationship should have been like for me and my dad. She always spoke badly about him. But again, I see for example. So if you treat me well, I think you are a good person You can do whatever you want outside of that like get out of that conversation or that interaction, it’s on you. If you treat me good then we’re good. So I played him. I say yes, “Okay mom, don’t worry. I’ll see you at dinner time.

“I quickly hung up the phone. I said, ‘Yes, I know. He lives with my grandmother. I called her quickly and said, ‘Hey Grandma, where’s the pop? My mom said he was out. Like, I just want to talk to him. She said: ‘He wanted to see you and my sister, but he couldn’t reach you all. It will therefore surprise you tomorrow. He went out with his friends. I said, ‘Okay, that’s good. You know, I’ll just call tomorrow. I’ll tell grandma or mom to come get me or whatever.

“So the next day comes. I go to school. So when I got home, my mom was like, ‘Yo, we need to talk. Your father is dead. I 100% thought they were joking with me. I was like, ‘I literally thought you told me yesterday that this guy was out of jail. He wanted to come see me after I talked about him in December in prison saying, “If you do it again, like we’re done.” This was my last interaction with him. And you told me he was dead. They say, ‘Yes, they found him slumped over. I guess someone had poisoned his drink. He was slumped in the bathroom and messed up, and that’s how they found him.

Other topics covered include how Lince came through and navigated a rollercoaster career in WWE, and what it took to hold on and demand his release. Plus, he recounts his side of that unexpected beef with Izzy’s dad.

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