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NXT Star Raul Mendoza Undergoes Name Change

Raul Mendoza Cruz Del Toro

Legado del Fantasma member Raul Mendoza joins the ranks of WWE Superstars having their names changes as he’s now known by a new moniker.

WWE is no stranger to changing a Superstar’s name on a dime, and the latest to undergo one of these shifts in identity is the former Raul Mendoza. According to his official profile on WWE.com, the star is now known as Cruz Del Toro, and his biography reads as follows:

One of the world’s fastest Superstars and most spectacular aerial artists, Cruz Del Toro keeps opponents on their toes by darting around the ring like a pinball bouncing off bumpers.

Following in the footsteps of his idol, WWE Hall of Famer Eddie Guerrero, Del Toro established himself in Mexico’s tradition-rich lucha libre scene before attaining Superstardom under the WWE banner. He first gained the attention of the WWE Universe with an impressive showing during the 2016 Cruiserweight Classic. The performance opened eyes and earned Del Toro a spot on the NXT roster, where he now mixes it up with NXT’s toughest competitors.

Though Del Toro was no stranger to leaving audiences in awe of his in-ring performances, he nevertheless seemed to have some difficulty establishing himself in NXT, but that all changed when he was abducted. You read that correctly. After being kidnapped, Del Toro pledged his allegiance to the charismatic Santos Escobar, who took Del Toro and Joaquin Wilde under his wing to form the dominant Legado del Fantasma. Ever since the three competitors joined forces, wins have come in bunches on NXT as well as 205 Live.

On the latest episode of NXT 2.0, the former Raul Mendoza teamed with his long time partner Joaquin Wilde in an attempt to capture the vacant NXT Tag Team Championships in a gauntlet match after the titles were vacated by MSK due to Nash Carter being released from the company. Legado del Fantasma took on the Creed Brothers in the first match of the gauntlet, but were ultimately bested by the Diamond Mine members.

Cruz Del Toro joins the ranks of recently debuted SmackDown stars Raquel Rodriguez (formerly Raquel Gonzalez), Gunther (formerly WALTER), Ludwig Kaiser (formerly Marcel Barthel), and Butch (formerly Pete Dunne) as talent to have their names changed in recent months. In addition, Austin Theory made it clear on the latest episode of Monday Night Raw that he is now to be known simply as Theory.