Carlito set to compete in his first WWE PLE match in over 16 years against former champion at Survivor Series
Carlito will lock horns with Santos Escobar in a highly anticipated match at Survivor Series.
Carlito [via- WWE]
It will be safe to say that Triple H had a vision when he brought Carlito back to WWE. Though it took a while for the Caribbean Cool to actually appear on television, he’s now up and running. Having said that, Carlito is set to compete in his first premium live event match in over 16 years next Saturday. He’ll go one-on-one with Santos Escobar after what transpired on this week’s SmackDown.
On last night’s show, Escobar completely detached himself from the rest of the LWO. It came on the heels of his vicious betrayal of Rey Mysterio. Citing an explanation for the same, Santos alleged Mysterio of inviting outsiders like Carlito to the group. The former Cruiserweight Champion crossed his limits when he yearned for Rey’s unsuccessful knee surgery. Not only that, Escobar said he wishes the doctors had to amputate the legendary luchador’s leg.
After eating a slap to the face by a distraught Zelina Vega, Santos Escobar thought he’d get Cruz Del Toro and Joaquin Wilde by his side, but to no avail. Just then, the 39-year-old blindsided both of his former allies from behind. Before he could do much, Carlito came running down the aisle, and Santos backtracked.
After a few minutes, the commentary on SmackDown made it official. Carlito will get to have his hands on a completely distorted Santos Escobar in Chicago. It’s going to be a match with massive implications. The Caribbean Cool would love to score his first singles win ever since returning to WWE last month at Fastlane.
When did Carlito last competed at a WWE PLE?
Actually, it goes back a long way. Carlito’s last singles match at a pay-per-view (now PLE) was in 2007. He faced Triple H in a No Disqualification match at WWE Unforgiven, which he lost via pinfall. It took well over a decade for him to get back to his standards.
At Survivor Series next Saturday, the Puerto Rico-based wrestler will have a chip on his shoulder. Since he came back to WWE, Carlito hasn’t won a singles match yet. It’s something he would like to improve upon and shut down an outspoken Santos Escobar. Moreover, he would look to exact vengeance from the 39-year-old.
Fans could expect some sort of physicality between the two next week on SmackDown. The show takes place hours before Survivor Series, which will emanate from the same arena. A capacity crowd of over 16,000 fans is expected for the go-home edition of the Blue brand. It will be interesting to see how the storyline progresses.
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