The abduction storyline on WWE NXT is reportedly based on a terrorist organization back in the 1970s.
Raul Mendoza and Joaquin Wilde were been abducted in the parking lot on WWE NXT television last week. When the two stars were loading up their cars to leave, they were kidnapped by mystery men wearing lucha masks and driving an SUV.
Dave Meltzer noted on Wrestling Observer Radio that the storyline is based on the Symbionese Liberation Army, which was a left-wing terrorist organization active in the United States.
Meltzer said, “It’s a Symbionese Liberation Army gimmick. Essentially that means that the people who are being kidnapped sympathize with their kidnappers.” He added, “Raul Mendoza and Joaquin Wilde are like Patty Hearst and another Patty Hearst.”
The group was known for committing various acts of violence including the kidnapping of Heiress Patty Hearst, who was the daughter of publishing magnate William Randolph. The kidnapping took place in 1974 and two weeks after the abduction, it was announced that she had joined the organization. Hearst later claimed that members of the group had brainwashed her after they threatened to kill and sexually assaulted her.
The belief is that more NXT stars will be abducted in the coming weeks with the payoff being that they will sympathize with their kidnappers and they will join the group.
The main leader of the new NXT stable will be Jorge Bolly, formerly known as King Cuerno and El Hijo del Fantasma. He signed with WWE last August but was sidelined with a knee injury before making his in-ring debut back in February.
As of this writing, there’s no word yet on who the other NXT Superstars will be to fill up the group.