Santos Escobar has made a bold return to his villainous persona in WWE NXT, following his transition to the main roster. This shift has pitted him against former members of the Latino World Order, igniting a fierce feud. At Survivor Series: War Games, Escobar faced off against Dragon Lee in a high-stakes match, where he admitted to taking an unscripted detour by tearing Lee's mask.
In a candid conversation with Freddie Prinze Jr. on the "Wrestling With Freddie" podcast, Escobar revealed the impromptu mask-tearing incident, emphasizing the significance of this action in Lucha culture. He emphasized the deep-rooted tradition and respect associated with the mask, underlining the importance of such moments to elevate the stakes in wrestling storytelling.
During the match, Escobar ruthlessly tore at Lee's mask around the eye area, though the luchador managed to keep it on, preserving his identity. Escobar commended the passionate Chicago crowd at Survivor Series, likening their fervor to that of Mexican fans.
He confessed that when he ripped Lee's mask, he could sense the intense emotional response from the audience, describing it as "white heat."
Lee Replaces Carlito
Dragon Lee stepped up to face Escobar after Carlito was twice incapacitated by Escobar and "injured" during an episode of "WWE SmackDown." Rather than cancel the match, Lee approached "SmackDown" General Manager Nick Aldis and volunteered to take on Escobar.
Following his Survivor Series victory, Escobar has entered a tournament vying for a shot at Logan Paul's United States Championship. He is now slated to go head-to-head with Bobby Lashley in the semi-finals of this highly anticipated competition.
Santos Escobar's daring actions and return to his heel persona have injected new life into WWE NXT, setting the stage for intense rivalries and unforgettable moments in the world of professional wrestling. As he continues his pursuit of championship glory, fans eagerly await what's next in this thrilling chapter of his career.