In a triumphant revival after laying dormant for over twenty years, the Latino World Order (LWO) returned to the WWE landscape in March. The reformed group, a blend of new and original members, features Rey Mysterio, Santos Escobar, Joaquin Wilde, Cruz Del Toro, Zelina Vega, and Grammy laureate Bad Bunny.
Despite a few victories since their resurgence, the LWO aided Bunny in his triumphant San Juan Street Fight against Damian Priest at Backlash. They have also become the top merchandise sellers with their LWO-themed t-shirts.
The idea of resurrecting the iconic group had been a topic of discussion for several years, with numerous stars, including Rey Mysterio, vocally supporting the notion. In a recent interview on the Out of Character Podcast, Escobar revealed that he championed the revival of the LWO upon his arrival at NXT.
Nonetheless, Paul "Triple H" Levesque initially rejected the proposal. "I recall my first interaction with Triple H," recounted Escobar (via Wrestling Inc.), "He asked me what I envisioned for my career, and I immediately proposed, 'Can I bring back the LWO?'
His immediate response was, 'No.' He emphasized that he wanted me to establish my identity and not be seen as an extension of anyone else."
Escobar Acknowledges Triple H's Wisdom
Escobar expressed disappointment at this response yet admitted that Triple H's decision was correct.
The timing needed to be more appropriate, and the vision for the new LWO needed a key component: an original member, specifically Rey Mysterio. Despite the initial setback, Escobar found his voice in the "Legado del Fantasma," which became a platform for expressing his passions.
"It provided me the chance to showcase who I am, where I come from, and what I stand for," Escobar further shared. "Every promo, every backstage interaction, every feud, and rivalry was a means to underscore my commitment to lucha libre, its tradition, heritage, culture, and family values.
Whether you're Mexican, Latino, or not, these are universal values." He further elaborated that these values resonated with the audience, contributing to the success of Legado del Fantasma and his recognition on NXT. "That's how Santos got over on 'NXT,' because everything I say is real," Escobar concluded.