A family first, WWE NXT up-n-comer Memo Montenegro will team with his older brother, WWE superstar Alberto Del Rio, during a WWE NXT show on Friday, Oct. 26 at the West Palm Beach National Guard Armory.
“I’m really, really excited about this,” Montenegro said, “and I can’t wait. Even training, I never did something like this, a tag team with him, but I think everything is going to be very good, because we’re brothers. We know each other.”
Montenegro grew up in Mexico supporting and watching his famous wrestling family. Dad is Mexican legend Dos Caras, and his uncle is WWE Hall of Famer Mil Mascaras, an international superstar. Del Rio competed successfully in Mexico as Dos Caras Jr., sporting a mask like his father and uncle, before joining the WWE family and trading the eleborate headware for elaborate vehicles.
“I think he will have a classic 1965 Mustang on Friday [in West Palm Beach],” Montenegro said. “He asked if I wanted to ride with him. I said of course.”
Ricardo Rodriguez will be announcing them to the ring or at least Del Rio. The brothers will face WWE NXT superstars Kassius Ohno (formerly Chris Hero), who has Punk-like tendencies, and the deranged South African Leo Kruger.
The match will not only be the first time the brothers team together but also the first time WWE NXT, formerly FCW, visits West Palm Beach.
A family friendly environment, WWE NXT offers contests, giveaways, raffles, autograph signings and photo ops with talent. Del Rio will sign and pose for photos as well. The show will feature eight matches including WWE NXT champ Seth Rollins, Bo Dallas, Ashley Charlotte Flair, Briley Pierce, Roman Reigns, Richie Steamboat, Bray Wyatt and other superstars and divas.
WWE NXT is the official developmental system for the future stars of WWE, and Montenegro wants to develop into one. He felt his passion early in life. Surrounded by it, he loved it.
“Every time I was in the arena with my dad, I wanted to be a wrestler. That was my dream as a child,” Montenegro said. “So when I was 15-years-old, I told me dad I wanted to become a wrestler.”
When Montenegro told his father of his career choice, Caras said first get a degree. Montenegro listened, earning a degree in Mexico as a veterinarian.
“About eight years after I [first] asked him, I said to my dad, ‘This is my diploma; this is my degree. Can I be a wrestler now?,’” Montenegro recalls, “and my dad said, ‘Yea, you can do whatever you want to do. I just wanted to protect your future.’”
Montenegro, 24, began training roughly two years ago in Mexico. Del Rio encouraged him to train in Florida, grasping the American style, a more lucrative style if successful.
What did Montenegro’s father think of his decision to go American.
“My dad loved it,” Montenegro said. “In Mexico, it’s a good business, but here it’s bigger, and it’s a bigger opportunity for me. My dad said in the future if something happens, ‘you’ll have the background working in the states, and it’ll be easier for you to work in Japan, Europe and even in Mexico.’
“My dad likes that I’m following in the steps of my brother. My brother followed in the steps of my dad, and I’m following in the steps of my brother.”