Carlito Addresses WWE Comeback: "13-Year Hiatus Wasn't Necessary"

Carlito's recent interview sheds light on his WWE hiatus.

by Noman Rasool
Carlito Addresses WWE Comeback: "13-Year Hiatus Wasn't Necessary"
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Wrestling fans who followed WWE's Ruthless Aggression era during the mid-2000s undoubtedly remember Carlito, originally introduced as Carlito Caribbean Cool. Famous for his catchphrase "Cool" and his penchant for spitting apple pieces in his adversaries' faces, Carlito made a lasting impression.

After making his main roster debut in October 2004, Carlito quickly shot to fame by defeating John Cena to clinch the United States Championship. During his initial WWE tenure from 2004 until 2010, Carlito also secured the Intercontinental Championship and became a two-time WWE Tag Team Champion alongside his brother, Primo.

While never reaching the zenith of the main event, Carlito remained a key mid-card player who flirted with top-tier status.

Backlash Comeback

This past May, at WWE Backlash in Puerto Rico, Carlito resurfaced to assist the Latino World Order and pop sensation Bad Bunny in fending off The Judgment Day faction.

Remarkably fit at 44, Carlito's performance led to him signing a new WWE contract in June. The company patiently waited for an opportune moment to reintroduce him. Last Saturday's WWE Fastlane provided that perfect setting. Carlito teamed up with Rey Mysterio and Santos Escobar of the Latino World Order to secure a victory against Bobby Lashley and The Street Profits in a high-octane six-man tag team match.

Carlito pinned Montez Ford with a textbook Backstabber, marking his successful return. Speaking to The Ringer Wrestling Show’s Cheap Heat podcast, Carlito opened up about his extended hiatus and yearning for a WWE comeback.

"I always felt I'd return to WWE in some capacity, but the delay happened because of misunderstandings between both parties. I thought they were mad at me, and vice versa. It took time to clear the air," Carlito revealed. He continued, "I’ve always loved WWE and wanted to be part of it.

While I needed a break, it didn’t have to last 13 years. There was hesitancy in our conversations, but eventually, time provides a fresh perspective, and here I am." For fans and the WWE alike, Carlito's return has been a nostalgic trip down memory lane, reigniting interest in a superstar who never really lost his shine. Whether this marks a new chapter in his wrestling journey remains to be seen.