One WWE star opened up about his heritage and the importance of pro wrestling to his family and Mexican culture as a whole.
On a recent episode of After the Bell, LWO member Santos Escobar explained the significance of lucha libre to Mexican culture, saying it’s embedded into the very fabric of life in the country.
“Lucha libre is, for the lack of a better expression, a cultural expression in Mexico.
“It is a sport, it is entertainment… but the roots of it run deep within the culture of the Mexican society. Every family in Mexico knows about lucha libre. Lucha libre is embedded in the culture of our families and our tradition, and it’s also part of the culture of the country. I would even go as far to say that this is the most important sport that we have, probably followed by soccer. Families go to lucha libre every week and we’re talking about families that are not wealthy… people work really hard to give this to their families.”
WWE’s Santos Escobar Says Lucha Libre Is “Life”
Escobar is a second generation star, the son of famed luchador El Fantasma. Because he was raised in a wrestling family, Escobar says lucha libre is more than a business or a job for him; it’s his “life.”
Santos Escobar first debuted in the world of professional wrestling over 20 years ago, working under the name Top Secret as far back as the year 2000. He adopted the name El Hijo del Fantasma in 2003, and used that moniker until he adopted his current name in 2020 after signing with WWE.
These days, Escobar is a member of the newest iteration of the LWO alongside Zelina Vega, Joaquin Wilde, Cruz Del Toro, and WWE Hall of Famer Rey Mysterio. Being part of the group means so much to him that he got a tattoo of the LWO logo on his hand.