NXT Cruiserweight Champion Santos Escobar has revealed the incredible gesture from Rey Mysterio that allowed him to pay the perfect homage to the Greatest Mask of All Time.
Speaking with Sportskeeda’s Rick Ucchino, the leader of Legado Del Fantasma would open up about how he asked the Greatest Mask of All Time if he could wear Mysterio’s wristbands for the Halloween Havoc encounter, with the aim of paying tribute to the WWE legend, but got a “no” back.
However, the former WWE Champion followed it up with an even better offer, as he insisted on sending Escobar on his full attire.
“I called Rey and I asked him, ‘Rey, is there a chance that I could wear your wristbands for the match?’ And he said, ‘No. I’m going to send over the entire gear and, if it fits, wear it.’
NXT would hold their very own Halloween Havoc on October 28th, 2020, and Escobar would seemingly pay tribute to the iconic gear worn by Rey Mysterio in WCW at the event of the same name in 1997 against the late Eddie Guerrero. The importance of paying tribute to both Mysterio and Guerrero wasn’t lost on Escobar – even 23 years later.
“I think, to me, it was an opportunity to pay homage to the two guys that put the Mexican Cruiserweight Division on the map and that set the tone for what happened years later and two decades later.”
Santos Escobar has been a revelation in NXT, ditching his El Hijo del Fantasma character and mask, as he defends the NXT Cruiserweight Championship while at the helm of Legado Del Fantasma.