Raul Mendoza is a 29-year-old Mexican professional wrestler. He is currently signed to the WWE and performs on NXT.
In 2006, Mendoza started his wrestling career working primarily for promotions in Mexico and Japan. For the next 10 years, Mendoza wrestled mostly on the Mexican independent circuit. Most notably, he appeared for independent promotions including Desastre Total Ultraviolento (DTU), Perros del Mal (PdM), and the International Wrestling Revolution Group (IWRG). As well, Mendoza wrestled for the national promotion, Lucha Libre AAA Worldwide (AAA). In Japan, he wrestled for the Japanese promotion, Pro Wrestling Noah.
Raul Mendoza’s WWE Debut
In 2016, Mendoza was named as a participant for the WWE Cruiserweight Classic. The Cruiserweight Classic is a 32-man single-elimination tournament featuring competitors 205 lb and under. Mendoza, representing his homeland of Mexico, was eliminated in the first round of the tournament by The Brian Kendrick.
Following the Cruiserweight Classic, Mendoza signed with the WWE and was assigned to the company’s developmental territory, NXT. On May 25, 2017, Mendoza made his NXT debut in a losing match to The Velveteen Dream. The following February, Mendoza won a battle royal which made him the number one contender for the NXT Championship. Mendoza had his first NXT title match but was defeated by NXT Champion, Andrade “Cien” Almas.
Raul Mendoza’s 205 Live Debut
On July 23, 2019, Raul Mendoza made his 205 Live debut. He teamed with Humberto Carrillo and they defeated Kalisto and Gran Metalik. A few months later in November, he challenged the NXT Cruiserweight Champion Lio Rush but was unable to capture the championship.
In May 2020, Mendoza was “kidnapped” as part of an NXT storyline. A group of masked men grabbed Mendoza and threw him into a van in the parking lot outside the arena. The following week Joaquin Wilde was also kidnapped. In June, Raul Mendoza made his return to NXT television with Wilde and they were revealed as the mysterious masked men and they aligned themselves with Santos Escobar to create the stable now known as El Legado del Fantasma.
Career Championships and Accomplishments
- Desastre Total Ultraviolento
- DTU Alto Impacto Championship (1 time)
- Pro Wrestling Noah
- Noah Wrestling Camp (2014)
- Xtrem Mexican Wrestling
- XMW International Cup (2012)