Why Did Former NXT Champion Andrade Quit WWE?

Published 03/22/2021, 9:30 PM EDT


After five years with WWE, Andrade has parted ways with the company. The former NXT Champion spent three years in WWE’s developmental territory before coming to the main roster. Although short-lived, Andrade impressed many with his in-ring acumen and brilliant performances. But why did the Mexican talent leave WWE?

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Is Zelina Vega’s release responsible for Andrade to quit?

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In November 2020, WWE released Zelina Vega for flouting the company’s third-party policy. The manager/valet even posted a tweet to support unionization, which did not sit well with her bosses. Since her release. Andrade has been treading water on Monday Night Raw.

The former NXT and United States Champion wrestled his last match for WWE on October 12th on Raw. He lost to his former teammate Angel Garza, who WWE repackaged as a rose-wielding womanizer. As for Andrade, he wasn’t featured on Raw at all.

Vega was one of the biggest factors behind Andrade’s success on the main roster and NXT. Prior to aligning with Vega, Andrade was portrayed as a lost cause in NXT, desperately needing guidance, which appeared as the former Thea Trinidad.

With Vega by his side, Andrade beat Johnny Gargano, Drew McIntyre, for the NXT Championship and put on WWE’s first five-star match opposite Johnny Wrestling. Vega’s involvement added a lot to Andrade’s presentation, and losing her must’ve dealt a colossal blow to him. Since his first language isn’t English, the Mexican superstar would’ve struggled to cut promos.

Another explanation is the lack of creative direction. According to reports, Vince McMahon had no interest in the former NXT Champion and another former NXT Champion Aleister Black. Hearing this must’ve been devastating for Andrade, fueling his desire to leave.

He is free to wrestle for another company immediately

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According to Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Newsletter Observer, Andrade did not have a 90-day no-compete clause. This allows him to wrestle for any promotion he wants immediately, making an AEW or IMPACT debut immediately possible.

AEW would hugely benefit from signing a talent like him, especially if they pair him with someone who can cut promos on his behalf. Two weeks ago on Dynamite, Alex Abrahantes translated a promo for Penta El Cero Miedo, which could be applied to the former WWE superstar as well.

Irrespective of where he goes, WWE will sorely miss an exceptional talent and promising prospect like Andrade.

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Nathan Fulgado

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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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