First of all, I don't think comparing Rey and Generico is a good idea. Mainly because they are so different. I need to watch more Generico stuff but I watched his matches with Daniels over the TV title and didn't like them. The matches were built around Generico's comebacks, and that works if you're invested in the character, but if you're a guy who had just started watching ROH like me, then you won't be into it.
I don't think I'm in a position to be truly fair to Generico because I have seen so few of his matches. I will say that he was obviously able to connect to the ROH fanbase, so good for him. I had no desire to see him again after those matches with Daniels.
Well I'll explain why I feel the way I do about Generico. If you watch Genrico work with a big guy like Kevin Steen you'll see him take that match to heights you rarely see when smaller guys work with big guys. Now Genrico and Steen are of similar height but the weight disparities are tremendous, and making kevin steen look that amazing is the stuff that true future legends are made of. Steen is a good worker himself and is no Brodus Clay but Generico makes him look like he's Taz or Vader. His series with Steen and many others including Low Ki, Ibushi, Strong, Cesaro, and many more are absolutely amazing and you should check them out!
"Return to me again empty-handed, and I will bathe the starways in your blood."
Thanos is only beaten because he allows himself to be, and he only allows himself to be beaten because, in spite of his ambition to attain ultimate power, he sub-consciously knows that he's not worthy of it.
~ Adam Warlock
He should debut on TV (maskless) as a local wrestler and get squashed for the first week but then week after week he can keep coming back to try and earn the contract. He could be unsuccessful for weeks and then they could do a vignette where he goes home and does a promo about how this is all he wants but he's just not good enough and then he walks off-screen and the camera falls on the Generico mask. We could see him fairly briefly the next week with the mask in hand, looking deep in thought then the next week we are told that Remi has been given one final chance and out comes Mark Henry as his opponent. OLE!! And out comes El Generico. Henry can beat on him before Generico rolls him up and finally earns a contract.
I think that'd be a pretty cool way to introduce the Generico character. Sucks that he'll likely be without the gimmick on TV but the possible face team with Ohno may make up for it.
I wouldn't be surprised if they put the mask back on him. Seems more like a placeholder at the moment because I can't imagine they'll debut him as "Rami Sebei", his own name, they don't own it obviously, and it's not a catchy enough own name (like a "Brock Lesnar" is, his name but works perfectly as a wrestling name) so they're probably just testing stuff or maybe trying to play down the El Generico character type stuff for the time being.
Then again he may also just be Rami Sebei and look like a local talent that Ryback spent months running through.