Wolves striker Raul Jimenez has welcomed Mexican WWE wrestler Sin Cara to England with a double aim – score for his friend against Fulham and sign off at Molineux in style.
Sin Cara, real name Jorge Arias, arrived in Birmingham this afternoon after being invited as a guest by the club to the final home game of the season on Saturday.
Jimenez wore a Wolves mask similar to the ones Sin Cara dons in the ring when he netted in the FA Cup semi-final against Watford last month.
The £32m signing club record was criticised by Watford captain Troy Deeney, who called him a ‘loser’. But wearing the headgear attracted huge publicity and fans have snapped up hundreds of them for charity.
Jimenez is delighted to have the 41-year-old wrestler supporting him as he described how they became friends.
“We started a friendship, so it’s very important for us to have him at the game on the weekend and I hope we can make a good match and I hope I can score,” Jimenez, Wolves’ 17-goal top scorer, told www.wolves.co.uk
“When I was younger I saw him in Mexico, but his name was different because in Mexico he was Mystico, then he went to the WWE in the United States and had to change his name and I always followed him. Another player sometimes celebrates with his mask he used to use in Mexico, so I followed him.
“I always knew who he was in Mexico, who he is in the United States. Once I used the mask to celebrate in the cup final in Portugal and we’ve kept in contact.”
Wolves are seeking their third win in a row after putting to bed their Wembley heartache.
Fulham have already reeled off three straight wins since relegation was confirmed and will arrive at Molineux in buoyant mood.
“We know they don’t have anything to lose, they are going to play free so it’s very important for us to stay focused, to keep doing good things in the pitch and stay concentrated,” said Jimenez.
The Mexico international wants Wolves to sign off in style in front of their home fans after a memorable campaign.
“Every one of us knows what we have to do. It’s the last game of the season at home so we have to give the supporters another happy day,” he vowed.
Wolves are three points clear in seventh place with two games to play and Jimenez is now targeting the Europa League.
Nuno Espirito Santo’s side will claim the extra European spot if they stay in position and Manchester City win the FA Cup and Jimenez wants to keep the momentum going from the wins over Arsenal and Watford.
“It was very important for us because some people think it was revenge for the FA Cup, but we were thinking before the match it was a very good opportunity to take more advantage for seventh place so we were thinking of that,” said the 17-goal top scorer.
“Now this weekend we have the opportunity to be closer to the Europa League if we win the game.”
As he prepared to say farewell to the home fans for the last time before the end of the season, Jimenez thanked the supporters. He also said he is delighted to be getting so much football after struggling for regular action at Benfica.
In three years with the Portuguese giants, the Mexico international was restricted to 20 league starts, plus a further 60 appearances off the bench.
“This was my first year in England and I just want to say thanks to all the people here in Wolverhampton that make me feel at home, and the coach, my team-mates and all the staff that are always with you, this season was amazing,” said the striker.
“It was very good in terms of minutes played because the three years I was at Benfica, I was starting, then got some injuries. When I returned, the strikers were scoring goals, so it was difficult to get in the starting 11 again.
“But when I come to the pitch as a substitute I always try to do my best with some assists.”