New NXT Faction Getting Inspiration From a 1970’s Kidnapping Group?

A few months ago, WWE began showing scenes where NXT Superstars, specifically Raul Mendoza and Joaquin Wilde were being grabbed during interviews and shoved into an SUV. The masked kidnappers were grabing each star after they’d lost their respective matches against Kushida.

There was no explanation as to why, no background story on the group, only a handful of onlookers yelling as each Superstar was driven away.

According to a report from The Wrestling Observer‘s Dave Meltzer, the angle is based on a news headline out of the early 1970’s. At the time, there was an organization called the Symbionese Liberation Army and the SLA was a left-wing terrorist group that was widely known for acts of violence, and notorious for the kidnapping of heiress Patty Hearst. They abducted her and it turned out, brainwashed her, forcing her to join the group.

Meltzer is reporting the storyline for this group is that they’ll grab these stars and either brainwash them or convince them that whatever their agenda is, is the best way. Thus the group will grow.

Speculation is that wrestler Jorge Bolly (formerly known as King Cuerno and El Hijo del Fantasma) will be the leader of the group. Who else joins the cause isn’t clear, nor if there are other leaders.

A Potentially Risky Idea For NXT

This idea could have some legs but it’s also a tad risky. If the connections become obvious, WWE might take some heat for basing a group off a real-life criminal organization. So, they may have to tread carefully and proceed with caution.

It’s interesting to note that none of the wrestlers have really been grabbed by force. They’ve more been ushered into the vehicles without putting up much of a fight.

The assumption here is that the storyline will progress over the next few weeks.

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