On 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 people in WWE at first didn’t know he spoke English:
"Day one, I remember we debuted 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, brother, you got your green card?' I'm like, 'I'm from New Jersey, born and raised in America. I'm just Puerto Rican in America.' It was a bad disconnect."
Dorado on his transition leaving WWE:
"I still felt when I left the same way I felt going into WWE, like I was from the indies," he said.
"You know, my mindset, I didn't live extravagantly or anything. I got my bare minimum and started paying that off right away. But a lot of the guys, we still had that mindset, like we were still on the Indies. I think that's why once they got let go, it was an easy transition back. I tried to have this conversation with somebody else. I said it wasn't like they were bad wrestlers. Some of them were just bad businessmen, like they were just stuck being the wrestler rather than like the businessman."
"For me, I felt that's what helped me out. Like I knew there was something special about us. So like, now I put that wrestling aside and I was like, let us be businessmen so we can get as much money and provide for our family. That was my main concern. Get as much money as fast as I can and provide for my family because I don't know how long I will last."
Dorado talking about his real father:
"My step dad's name is Tito. I'm still very close with him. My kids call him Big Boss Man, because he's a correctional officer. He's my dad, you know. But long story short, I didn't understand that Tito was not 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've been one. At that time. drugs, you know, I mean, he was on some stuff. But like, at the end of the day, he did his time.”
“I guess at that point, he was coming out. I was old enough to know, hey, this is not your dad, this is your stepdad. Your dad is coming out of jail. I can honestly tell you like, from my memory, my personal memory, I can probably count on two hands how many times I actually spent time with my dad. As years pass on, that relationship kind of gets better, but he keeps going in and out of jail. I told him basically when I was 12 years old, I said, 'I'm going to give you one more chance, and then after this, you're out of my life.' I was angry.”
“February came and I was hanging out at my friend Matt's house. I was young. My friend at that time was my friend Matt. I was calling in to check in with my mom and I said, 'Hey, Mom, just checking in, tell me what time I have to be home.' She's like, 'You know, come home, dinnertime, whatever. By the way, I just want to let you know your dad called. He was looking for you.' My mom and I didn't see eye to eye on what the relationship should have been like for me and my dad. She always talked down about him. But again, I see by example. So if you treat me good, I think you're a good person. You can do whatever you want outside of it, like out of this conversation or this interaction, that's on you. If you treat me good, then we're good. So I played it off to her. I say yeah, 'Okay Mom, don't worry. I'll see you at dinnertime.'"
“I hung up the phone fast. I said, 'Yeah, I know. He's staying at my grandma's house.' I called her quick, and I said, 'Hey, Grandma, where's pop? My mom said he's out. Like, I just want to speak to him.' She said, 'He wanted to see you and my sister, but he couldn't get a hold of y'all. So he's going to surprise you tomorrow. He went out with his friends.' I said, 'Alright, that's fine. You know, I'll just call tomorrow. I'll tell grandma or mom to pick me up or whatever.'”
“So then the next day happens. I go to school. So when I got home, my mom was like, 'Yo, we got to talk. Your dad's dead.' I 100% I thought they were joking with me. I was like, 'I literally thought you told me yesterday this dude came out of jail. He wanted to come see me after I talked sh*t about him in December at the jail saying like, 'If you do this again, like we are done.' That was my last interaction with him. And you told me he's dead.' They're like, 'Yeah, they found him slumped over. I guess somebody had poisoned his drink. He was slumped over in the toilet and was all messed up, and that's how they found him.'"
Other topics covered include how Lince manifested and navigated a roller-coaster WWE career, and what it took to stand his ground and ask for his release. Plus, he tells his side of that unexpected beef with Izzy’s dad.