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Santos Escobar Thought His WWE Career Was Over After Suffering A Knee Injury

As quickly as it began

Since debuting in WWE NXT in April 2020, Santos Escobar has been presented as one of the top stars in the cruiserweight division and he is one of the reigning NXT Cruiserweight Champions. 

Escobar initially signed with WWE in August 2019 but he blew out his knee only weeks after signing his contract. The Cruiserweight Champion discussed the injury on the Getting Over Podcast and he admitted he thought his WWE career was over. 

"When I got injured, I thought, 'I'm going to have to go back to Mexico, get myself fixed, and seek another opportunity.' They told me, 'No, you're staying. We're going to fix you and you're staying.' For that, I will be forever thankful. So many people say that this is a cutthroat business, and it is in some aspects, but every now and then you find this kind of situation and it overwhelmed me," Escobar said. 

"The last two or three years in Mexico, I was working 300+ days a year. That's no different than a WWE schedule, so I was ready for it, then the first thing I do is get injured. It was a bummer. I was depressed and someone told me, 'Maybe this is a blessing in disguise.' At the time, I didn't see it like that, but then I saw that maybe it was and I needed to adapt to WWE and understand how things are run. I got the opportunity to meet everyone at the Performance Center, be at the tapings and the live shows. It gave me the opportunity to slow down and learn what the company is about. When my time came, I was eager to show my abilities. It was the best thing to happen; to mix Lucha Libre and WWE."

H/T to Fightful for the transcription 

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