When Santos Escobar and the members of Legado Del Fantasma, Joaquin Wilde, and Cruz del Toro moved from NXT to SmackDown, fans were thrilled despite Electra Lopez remaining in developmental. Zelina Vega joined the team to fill the void.
With WWE Hall of Famer Rey Mysterio on board, the faction quickly gained significant attention, even though they had yet to secure many victories in their feud with Dominik Mysterio and The Judgement Day. Discussing the possibility of joining forces with Mysterio under Eddie Guerrero's LWO flag, Escobar emphasized the faction's respect for Lucha Libre traditions and the potential for global expansion.
In an interview with Phil Strum on Under The Ring via Fightful, Escobar explained that the LWO was created due to their shared respect for Lucha Libre and their common heritage. He noted that the time was ripe for Latino representation in music, movies, sports, and sports entertainment, and with the LWO flag, they are ready to shine worldwide.
Bad Bunny Boosts LWO's Global Prospects
Escobar's vision seems increasingly plausible as Bad Bunny, a prevalent music act and unofficial LWO member, prepares to wrestle Damian Priest at Backlash. With the LWO planning to stay on SmackDown after the WWE Draft, the faction has the world at its feet.
Joaquin Wilde, another LWO associate, shared Escobar's sentiments during his appearance on Out Of Character with Ryan Satin. Wilde acknowledged the initial challenges in forming the faction and highlighted the group's chemistry and shared mindset, allowing them to work together effectively.
While NXT acts transitioning to RAW or SmackDown and undergoing changes can be risky, switching from Legado Del Fantasma and Lopez to LWO, Mysterio, and Vega is a significant upgrade. This transformation suggests that Paul "Triple H" Levesque sees something exceptional in the faction he assembled during their developmental days. As the LWO evolves, fans eagerly anticipate what the future holds for this promising group.