Zelina Vega has revealed the real reason why she was added to the Legado Del Fantasma lineup, prior to the revival of the Latino World Order.
While they currently wrestle as part of the LWO, Vega, Santos Escobar, Joaquin Wilde and Cruz Del Toro previously competed as Legado Del Fantasma.
Vega was notably not in the original lineup of the group, with the main roster star replacing NXT’s Elektra Lopez when the group was called up to SmackDown in October 2022.
Speaking with Freddie Prinze Jr, Vega noted that she was added to the group due to the fact that she was an established SmackDown star, to help introduce the faction to those unfamiliar with their work on NXT.
“I said the same thing. I was like, ‘He doesn’t need me, though.’ He’s a great wrestler and a great promo. Why does he need me?
“The way it was explained to me was, ‘the group is new to the main roster, you’re very known by the SmackDown audience, by putting him with you, people are like, what’s this about?
“We know her to be the heel manager, we know her to be the heel wrestler, if she’s introducing them, that means that’s what they’re about.’
“It was really just to help make the transition for the fans easier to go, ‘that’s who they are.’ I was like, ‘Okay.’ Since then, it’s evolved so much. I didn’t really do all that much talking, to be honest.
“It’s evolved so much since now. Being with Rey, first of all, dream come true, what the hell. Eight year old Thea is like, ‘what is life?’ Now, having Rey on our side, and having LWO be a thing again, it’s crazy.
“Especially because Rey is like, ‘you’re the first female member of LWO ever.’ It’s crazy. We’re wrestlers in a team, not me managing wrestlers.”
The LWO were drafted to SmackDown again during the 2023 WWE Draft.
The card for WWE Night of Champions 2023 on Saturday, May 27 is as follows:
World Heavyweight Championship – Seth ‘Freakin’ Rollins vs. AJ Styles
Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championship – Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn (c) vs. Roman Reigns & Solo Sikoa
Raw Women’s Championship – Bianca Belair (c) vs. Asuka
SmackDown Women’s Championship – Rhea Ripley (c) vs. Natalya
Intercontinental Championship – Gunther (c) vs. Mustafa Ali
Cody Rhodes vs. Brock Lesnar
Becky Lynch vs. Trish Stratus
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