Santos Escobar, the leader of Legado Del Fantasma in WWE, recently spoke about his family's legacy in Lucha Libre, his iconic mask, and his journey to WWE in an interview with "Hall of Fame" podcast host Booker T. As a second-generation wrestler, Escobar shared that traditionally in Lucha Libre, the father passes on his name and lineage to his son to carry on in the ring.
However, Escobar's father gave his name to his cousin instead. Escobar worked hard to earn his father's approval and eventually was given the name Fantasma after three years of training. Escobar has faced numerous injuries throughout his career, causing his father to discourage him from pursuing wrestling as a career.
However, Escobar eventually won his father over and convinced him that he was meant to be in the wrestling industry.
Santos Escobar's Iconic Mask Return
Under the mask of El Hijo del Fantasma, Escobar made a name for himself before losing a match that stipulated he had to remove his mask.
In WWE, he felt it was important to reintroduce himself as a masked luchador to represent his roots in Lucha Libre. He discussed his mask with WWE executives, including Paul "Triple H" Levesque and Shawn Michaels, before deciding to unmask and introduce himself to the audience in his own words.
Escobar believes that his unmasking was positive for his career, and he was happy to have the opportunity to explain himself and his heritage to the WWE audience. "My thing has always been to represent who I am, where I come from, and what I am about, and that is lucha libre," he stated.
Escobar's dedication to Lucha Libre and his family's legacy has made him a force to be reckoned with in the wrestling industry. As he continues to lead Legado Del Fantasma in WWE, his passion for the sport and his roots in Lucha Libre continue to shine through.