Santos Escobar has been the face of NXT’s Cruiserweight division since winning the title last year. He held the title until the week after NXT Takeover Stand & Deliver when he lost the title to Kushida.
Now, Escobar has revealed that speaking English has been the factor that has allowed him to be successful. While speaking with Busted Open Radio, Escobar opened up about the uniqueness of his character. Here is the quote, courtesy of Fightful:
“I have 20-plus years in the business and they do take that into consideration when they’re asking you, ‘who are you? what do you want people to know?’ I’m Mexican, just trying to make it in America and the American dream. That’s different. I speak English. You don’t see many people like this here. It gives me uniqueness and makes my character and faction different.”
Bully Ray asked Escobar to elaborate in regards to his English, to which Escobar responded:
“There are two ways to convey a message to your audience — the companies target and your personal target — your actions in the ring, which is a performing art in and of itself, but also with the mic and communicating with words. Me being different, I have to explain to people what lucha libre is about and the roots of lucha libre. I need to use words. I’m a natural-born and raised Mexican. I have a different message and the way I give it to the audience is with lucha libre in the ring and with the mic.”
Santos Escobar is scheduled to challenge Kushida for the NXT Cruiserweight Championship this week on NXT. The match is set to be a Two out of Three Falls match.