So that’s who it is. Masks are a unique aspect of wrestling and can offer a lot of different ways to go. While they occasionally appear in American wrestling, they play a much bigger role in Mexico, where they are often a wrestler’s entire identity. Some wrestlers bring their masks with them to America, but one of the more prominent in WWE took his off in a surprise.
Last week on NXT, El Hijo del Fantasma won the NXT Cruiserweight Title by defeating Drake Maverick in a tournament final. It was quite the surprise win for Fantasma as he made his in-ring debut for the company during the tournament. Winning the title so soon into his NXT career was rather impressive, but it turns out that he had a major move to make in his first week as champion.
This was a cool reveal. Check out the big segment:
During this week’s NXT, Maverick congratulated Fantasma on his win and asked for a rematch. Before anything else could happen, two masked men who had been attempting to abduct Fantasma in recent weeks appeared. Fantasma then turned on Maverick as the two men unmasked as Joaquin Wilde and Raul Mendoza. After laying Maverick out, Fantasma unmasked and revealed himself as Santos Escobar, joining forces with Wilde and Mendoza. Fantasma, now known as Escobar, has wrestled without a mask before, during his time with AAA in 2018.
Opinion: That’s a cool reveal and they didn’t bother dragging anything out. Instead of wasting a bunch of time on things that don’t matter, they got straight to the point: Fantasma won the title and has backup, so the mask is gone. It isn’t something you see very often and it made for a good moment here. Now if they can follow up on it, they might have something.
What did you think of the reveal? What do you see it going? Let us know in the comments below.
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