Santos Escobar calls in help from Angel Garza and Humberto Carrillo to defeat Bobby Lashley and this sets the stage for the next chapter with the LWO.
The holiday season in professional wrestling means taped shows. And taped shows mean spoilers. Well, some interesting spoilers are coming out for the upcoming edition of WWE SmackDown. Bobby Lashley and Santos Escobar are set for a big match in the United States title contender’s tournament. The outcome points to a surprise return to the main roster that makes a lot of sense with the current direction of all the individuals involved.
Escobar picks up the victory in this upcoming match, but the way he does so opens some intriguing doors. He gets some assistance from Angel Garza and Humberto Carrillo. Garza and Carrillo are making their main roster return after a brief stint back in WWE NXT. They didn’t achieve much back on Tuesdays, and the timing of their return to assist Escobar will add an interesting wrinkle to his current arc.
This isn’t a tired trope of wrestling putting people of similar ethnicities together. Instead, this is an angle that pays attention to history and family. Escobar is currently embattled in an angle against Rey Mysterio, Carlito, Zelina Vega, Joaquin Wilde, and Cruz del Toro. He turned his back on the members of The Latino World Order and returned to the heel stylings seen in Legado del Fantasma.
But where do Carrillo and Garza fit in this equation? Looking at their family tree quickly tells that story. Carrillo and Garza share an uncle in Hector Garza. The same Hector Garza who was one of the first members of the original LWO. Back on October 5, 1998, he and Damien were about to have a match when Eddie Guerrero brought them together to start the faction. It’s that same LWO that Mysterio would eventually join, drawing the direct line to the group seen in WWE. Imagine the in-story anger that Carrillo and Garza could have for Mysterio since they were not included in the group that their uncle helped start 25 years ago.
The idea that Escobar turned to two men who have a direct interest in the LWO and its legacy is simple and clear storytelling. All three men would have a bone to pick with Mysterio and crew, setting the stage for what should be an interesting next phase to this angle.
Look at the eight names involved and there should be some excellent professional wrestling to come. Could WWE reach out to Bad Bunny to get him to make an appearance or two as well? That would work well heading into The Royal Rumble or WrestleMania season. The next iteration of this angle should be fun to watch with a story that will capture the attention of those well-versed in Lucha Libre within major US promotions.