WWE Star Says New Role ‘Wasn’t The Plan’

1 month ago by Connel Rumsey

WWE Star Says New Role ‘Wasn’t The Plan’ WWE

Legado Del Fantasma made their main roster debut back in October 2022, when Santos Escobar, Joaquin Wilde and Cruz Del Toro attacked Hit Row on SmackDown.

The trio were joined by a fourth member, which was a returning Zelina Vega instead of Elektra Lopez who had been a part of the group back in NXT.

The change came as a surprise to a lot of people, as it seemed as though Lopez was also set to debut alongside the rest of Legado on SmackDown, and it was even a surprise to Zelina Vega herself.

Speaking on the Out of Character podcast, Zelina detailed being added to the group, noting that it only became the plan the day before they debuted on the blue brand.

She said:

“I was surprised if I’m being honest. It was a surprise for me because it wasn’t exactly the plan. It only became the plan literally the day before. But for me, I was like, okay. This is like a whole new challenge. I had just been with Andrade forever. That’s what people had known before. Then obviously there was that time with Garza, and then people forget about the fact that I had Theory on our team as well.

“It was just completely different because now it’s not just pushing for one person, it’s pushing for a team. Again, I like to say this because people will get a little confused. I’m not just a manager or just a wrestler. I’m probably the only one who wears every single hat that there is to wear in WWE. So I’m not a manager managing wrestlers. We’re a group of wrestlers that are all pushing to be the best.

“I think what they needed really was just somebody who kind of knows the landscape to come up and introduce them to the SmackDown audience because I was really the only one that was known as far as that goes. There’s such a big difference between NXT crowds and the main roster crowds. So with that, it was just like, ‘Hey WWE Universe humans. Look at this amazing team that I have and just wait and see what they can do.’ I think that was the exciting part for me, like, where do I fit in this and how do we make it different and something exciting and new?

“One of the things that I’m really big on is just freshening it up every time because people are like, ‘Oh, yeah, you’ve done that before’, but never this way, and especially not as a baby face. I’ve never been a baby face on TV ever, like, in my whole 14 years of doing this, like, ever. So It’s very, very cool and very different, and to add parts of Rey Mysterio into the match that I had with Rhea and Dom, that was really fun for me.”

Legado Del Fantasma have since become a part of the reformed LWO alongside Rey Mysterio, and are currently feuding with the Judgment Day.

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