Since debuting on WWE NXT in 2020, Santos Escobar has mostly been associated with his faction Legado del Fantasma. That all changed right before WrestleMania 39 when Legado and Rey Mysterio aligned to form a new Latino World Order.
During a recent interview with Ryan Satin of Out of Character, Escobar revealed that Triple H initially turned down his pitch for the LWO revival.
“That was something I wanted since day one. So here’s the thing. I’ve always thought that, as a minority, we have to stay together somehow to present who we are, where we come from, and what we’re about,” Escobar said. “If we present those three every time we go out there, eventually everyone will know what lucha libre is, who I am, where I come from, and all these rules and regulations and traditions that lucha libre has.”
“So the very first conversation I had with Triple H, and he asked me, ‘What do you want to do?’ I told him, ‘Can I bring back the LWO?’ Before I said the letter ‘O,’ he said, ‘No. I want you to be you, and I want people to see you, and not think of anybody else. I want you to think of something else. You want a group? We can do a group. But write something down, think about it, give it to me, and we’ll see.’ So that kind of shot down my initial desire, but Triple H was right. The time wasn’t right, it wouldn’t have been what it is right now,” Escobar explained.
“Also, it needed a very important ingredient, an O.G., an original LWO [member], and that’s Rey. So that’s why Legado came about, and it was beautiful. It gave me the opportunity to do everything I wanted to do — who I am, where I come from, what I’m about, and that’s what I did every single time I was out there. Every promo, every backstage, every scene, every feud, every rivalry was letting people know that I’m all about lucha libre, that lucha libre is about tradition, heritage, culture, familial,” Escobar said. “All the values that you have, whether you’re Mexican, Latino, or not, are the values I have. We relate, and that’s how Legado got over, that’s how Santos got really over on NXT. Because everything I say, it’s real.”
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