Twitter Explodes as Andrade Asks for his WWE Release

Published 03/12/2021, 8:52 PM EST


It looks like WWE is going to lose another bright talent to poor booking and lack of creative direction. Recently, former NXT and United States Champion Andrade asked for his release. The Mexican star had a successful beginning to his career, but all has gone wrong with the supremely talented Superstar.

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Twitter explodes after Andrade requests WWE release

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Andrade might join his former manager Zelina Vega as ex-WWE employees, after he removed WWE from his Twitter handle. This sparked a ton of speculation about his WWE future, but Wrestling INC confirmed the Superstar wants to leave the company.

Andrade spent three years in WWE’s developmental territory, NXT, where he won many matches. In 2017, Andrade beat Drew McIntyre for the NXT Championship at Takeover: War Games in a terrific match. He even defended the title in WWE’s first five-star rated match against Johnny Gargano at Takeover: Philadelphia.

After dropping the belt to Aleister Black at Takeover: New Orleans, Andrade was main roster bound. He feuded with the likes of Rusev and Rey Mysterio before winning the United States Championship from Rey at Madison Square Garden.

As the United States Champion, Andrade would have a terrific run, before dropping the belt to Apollo Crews in 2020. Since then, the talented superstar has tread water on Raw with no creative direction.

By the end of the year, reports claimed Vince McMahon had no interest in Andrade, which cast a doubt over whether he’ll be a part of WWE’s post-pandemic plans. Now that he’s requested his release, that doubt has grown much larger.

Where will he go next?

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Before coming to NXT, Andrade enjoyed a healthy stint with NJPW, under the name La Sombra. He competed in the Best of the Super Junior’s tournament and even challenged Shinsuke Nakamura for the soon to be obsolete IWGP Intercontinental Championship. Although he lost the first match against Nakamura, he would beat the King of Strong Style to win the title.

A return to NJPW could be on the cards, but a run in AEW is much more likely. Andrade could even join his former manager Zelina Vega in AEW, since Tony Khan confirmed his interest in signing Vega.

Wherever he goes, Andrade will be a tremendous asset, and WWE will sorely miss having a charismatic and immensely talented Superstar like him on the roster. Touted to be the next Alberto del Rio, but with better in-ring skills, WWE completely missed the plot with Andrade.

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Nathan Fulgado is a WWE and AEW author at EssentiallySports. Having published close to 1000 professional wrestling articles, Nathan is currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier's College. He has previously worked at Free Press Journal as a local journalist.

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