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As Royal Rumble approaches and we see the vignette again of the tropical island. The following week the vignette airs again but the feed cuts to show and old mask. On this week Garza sits down with Tom Phillips as a way to try and get him more comfortable with speaking. Garza seems a little uncomfortable with promos so the only way to get him more comfortable we sit him down to explore his past to dig deeper in his character. Garza enters the Rumble officially teams with Tucker against Keith Lee and Riddle. Garza walks out of the match leaving a confused Tucker to take the fall and Keith angry about losing out on getting his hands on Garza again.
Tucker calls out Angel Garza as a coward and challenges him to a match on Raw. Garza easily sends Tucker away and attempts to hammerlock DDT Tucker but the vignette airs distracting him. After the vignette airs Keith Lee makes the save finally getting his hands on Garza after weeks of missing him. Keith Lee hits a spirit bomb on Garza in the ring finally having something bad happen to him. At the Rumble Garza spent most of the match at ringside until Keith Lee enters who stalks Garza into the ring. Garza slimes his way over to Lee who is dumped to the floor with the help of Carlito who had just entered the ring.
Lee is clearly angry but is pulled away from the ring, later in the match the buzzer hits and nobody comes out at first then the vignette airs and the camera feed is cut to the night The Fiend attacked Andrade and Zelina. Finally, Andrade's theme song appears and he has returned much to the disappointment of Angel who tries to hide in the see of humanity in the ring accidently getting himself eliminated in the process by Edge. Andrade doesn't take his eyes off him before getting in the ring as Angel leaves through the crowd. The following night both Keith Lee and Andrade want a piece of Angel Garza, but instead get the returning Carlito who says he's sees a lot of himself in Garza and respect him being smart wanting for the right chance.
Carlito and Keith Lee meet in the ring with Keith getting the victory as Andrade is on commentary and this leads them to question if Garza didn't show up due to Andrade's presence at ringside. Following week Elimination Chamber qualifiers begin with Keith Lee vs Angel Garza and AJ Styles vs Andrade as two of the qualifying matches. Styles wins his match via DQ after Garza runs in and attacks Styles from out of nowhere but it seems like it was all apart of a plan. Later in the night Garza wins against Keith Lee thanks to Omos getting involved in the match. The following week it becomes clear that Styles & Garza made a deal with each other that Garza wanted help, but would only get it if he helped Styles. Six man tag match announced Carlito, Styles, and Garza vs Keith Lee, Andrade, and Jeff Hardy with the good guys getting the win after the heels couldn't co exist with each other and Styles leaving the team this time.
Styles would be confronted by an angry Garza the following week before Elimination Chamber and Styles made it clear his eyes are the wrong prize and should be focused on Drew McIntyre. At the Chamber Garza puts in a good effort, but is eliminated not before screwing AJ Styles though lasting longer in the math after turning on Styles further planting seeds. Bragging about getting Styles out is what makes Garza eat a claymore kick for elimination. Keith Lee wants a rematch against Garza, but has a face off with Omos with AJ wanting a revenge and Andrade making himself known as well but let's Lee and Styles talk. Setting up a rematch between Lee and Styles winner gets a match against Garza. A masked man appears during the match causing a no contest he was wearing a mask like Andrade use to wear at one point.
I know that this story seems a bit more drawn out but I'm using Styles to help bring everyone up and planting seeds everywhere so we have various options to hit down the road. Plus Styles isn't occupied at this moment and can remain a heel while helping establish Keith, Andrade and Garza as more reliable faces on programming. At this point we just have to hit Fast Lane and then Wrestlemania is the next step on this never ending road. Which we will be finally reaching the next time around!