Lucha libre has practically become a family institution, since today’s wrestling has so many multi-generational stars. WWE held events this past weekend in Mexico. It was only fitting that Santos Escobar, star of the company, could enjoy the occasion with his family.
The Legado del Fantasma leader made his entrance this past weekend assisted by his father, seasoned wrestler El Fantasma, as shown in social media pictures from WWE and Escobar. Escobar presented the mask to his father before they hugged while donning a variation of the mask he used when he competed in Mexico and early in “NXT” as El Hijo del Fantasma.
Escobar then defeated Dolph Ziggler in singles action. El Fantasma is well known to followers of lucha libre, but Escobar’s father may not be as well known to American wrestling fans. The upcoming 61-year-old has competed for over 43 years in the ring, notably in the 1980s for the now-defunct Universal Wrestling Association (UWA), major lucha libre firms AAA, CMLL, and IWRG.
Fantasma will be 61 on November 1st. He still occasionally wrestles, but he is best recognized now for serving as the president of Mexico City’s boxing and wrestling commission. At TripleMania XXX: Mexico City in the middle of October, the senior Fantasma gave the AAA Mega Championship to Hijo del Vikingo after he successfully defended the title against Rey Fenix.
The elder Fantasma is usually spotted at important lucha libre events. Escobar now makes his way back to the United States with fellow Legado del Fantasma members Cruz del Toro, Joaquin Wilde, and Zelina Vega in an effort to get retribution on Hit Row.
Escobar’s team recently suffered defeat on “SmackDown,” as Shinsuke Nakamura was enlisted by Top Dolla and Ashante “Thee” Adonis as their mystery partner. Only time will tell what is in store for the stable.
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