WWE Issues Official Statement on Andrade’s Release

Published 03/22/2021, 7:30 AM EDT


Andrade had become the talk of the town for the entire past week after the news of him requesting his release came out. ‘El Idolo’ confirmed the news but also confirmed WWE has not granted him a release. Many speculated, including us, that WWE would do their best to make Andrade stay, but that doesn’t seem to be the case anymore.

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WWE grants Andrade his release request

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After over a week of suspense, WWE has granted Andrade aka La Sombra his release effective immediately. WWE shared the news via wwe.com, but it seems like ‘El Idolo’ already knew it was happening.

Earlier in the day, Andrade tweeted two tweets that suggested he had something good in store for fans. In the first tweet, he asked fans who they’d like to see him face, including in which country and company.

Andrade posted another tweet in the next couple of hours. His tweet suggested there was some good news in store. Fast forward a couple more hours, and WWE announced his release from the company with the trademark ‘future endeavors’ line.

The former United States Champion had some memorable time on the main roster. He had an incredible series of matches against Lucha Libre Legend Rey Mysterio and also won the United States Championship. But it is his time in NXT that was his most memorable.

Andrade debuted as Andrade “Cien” Almas on the black and gold brand and picked up steam. His matches against Johnny Gargano, Drew McIntyre, and Aleister Black are a thing of beauty. In fact, his match against Johnny Gargano at NXT TakeOver: Philadelphia is the first-ever 5-star rated match in NXT history.

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It’s ironic WWE couldn’t see anything in Andrade, particularly Vince McMahon. Yes, he had issues with English, but he had a good mouthpiece too, right? Plus, not every Superstar needs to be good at a promo. Take Brock Lesnar for example. He can’t talk, but he’s still over as hell.

All we can say is WWE dropped the ball big time on Andrade. But we’re sure he will be a top star wherever he goes. Will he become La Sombra again and fly to the land of the rising sun? Or will he fly to Jacksonville? We’ll find out once his no-compete clause ends.

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Ishan Chavan

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Ishan Chavan is a WWE and AEW author at EssentiallySports. Being a Journalism graduate, Ishan has over six years of experience in the Media Production Industry, having worked with Viacom 18's streaming platform, Voot. A wrestling fan since childhood, Ishan's favorite wrestlers are Daniel Bryan, AJ Styles, and Chris Jericho as he feels these three have the perfect blend of wrestling and promo skills, especially Jericho.

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