Andrade Confirms Rumors He Requested Release from WWE Contract

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistMarch 18, 2021

Photo credit: WWE.com.

WWE Superstar Andrade broke his silence Thursday and seemed to confirm that he asked WWE for his release.

Andrade wrote, "The rumors are true," as part of a tweet he posted Thursday:

“EL IDOLO” ANDRADE @AndradeElIdolo

The rumors are true and I don’t know what the future holds but I want to make my dreams come true. thank you for giving me so much support these last days Los rumores son ciertos y no se lo que me prepara el futuro, pero quiero hacer realidad mis sueños. Gracias por tanto apoyo🙏🏼

WrestlingInc.com and Alex McCarthy of TalkSport reported last week that Andrade asked to be released while backstage at WWE Raw. F4WOnline (h/t WrestlingInc.com's Marc Middleton) later reported that WWE denied his request.

The 31-year-old Andrade has not been seen on WWE programming since the Oct. 12 episode of Raw, when he lost a match to Angel Garza. That match marked the end of the stable comprised of Andrade, Garza and Zelina Vega.

Vega has since been released from WWE, which may have been a major blow to Andrade's chances of success within the company, as she served as his manager and mouthpiece both in NXT and on the main roster.

After enjoying success in Mexico's CMLL promotion as La Sombra, Andrade signed with WWE in 2015 and made his televised WWE in-ring debut in 2016 for NXT.

Andrade struggled early in his run as a babyface before aligning himself with Vega and turning heel. That led to Andrade beating Drew McIntyre for the NXT Championship and later getting called up to the main roster.

El Idolo's greatest accomplishments on Raw and SmackDown were winning the United States Championship and taking part in a feud with Rey Mysterio, which yielded many excellent matches.

Five months into his WWE hiatus, Andrade is apparently unhappy with his situation, and it is unclear if he will ever wrestle for the company again.

Andrade is deeply rooted in WWE, as he is engaged to fellow WWE Superstar Charlotte Flair, but his relationship with the company could be beyond repair regardless.

If WWE does eventually part ways with Andrade, he should have his pick of the litter in terms of where he wrestles next.

Mexico and Japan are both quality options, as is the burgeoning AEW promotion. He could even give some consideration to Impact Wrestling or Ring of Honor, the latter of which employs several Mexican stars, including Rush, Bandido and Dragon Lee.

Given his in-ring acumen and star quality, Andrade won't be a free agent for long should WWE decide to grant him his release.

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