Tony Khan Rejected Signing Former NXT Star Andrade El Idolo Suggested

11 months ago by Connel Rumsey

Tony Khan Rejected Signing Former NXT Star Andrade El Idolo Suggested AEW

Andrade El Idolo is currently the head of his own stable, the Andrade Family Office in All Elite Wrestling, but if he had his own way, he would be leading a much different faction.

Former NXT star Tino Sabbatelli (Sabatino Piscitelli) recently appeared on Insight with Chris Van Vliet, where he revealed that he and Andrade shot a video for a group, but Tony Khan rejected the idea of signing Sabbatelli.

He said:

“So here’s the thing. I don’t know what happened or where it went wrong, this is the truth, that bridge was burned, and I don’t know how. Tony Khan knows me from football, and when WWE offered me that contract, I actually texted Billy Gunn about it. They [AEW] hadn’t offered me anything, Triple H was the one who offered me something. I sent a nice text to Billy Gunn to thank me for the opportunity and I thought it was all good. But when I got released again, someone reached out to AEW and said to Tony Khan ‘Tino is a free agent and he’s going to be a star.’ Tony said to him, and I am paraphrasing, but Tony is upset I went back to WWE. Then 3 months ago, Andrade approaches me and said that he wanted me to be in a group with him. Me and Andrade have always had a good relationship. But he texted me personally and we shot a vignette together. He wanted to bring a group like Evolution to AEW. We shot the video and spent the whole day in Miami. He texted me back and said ‘Tony Khan likes the idea but no Tino.’ I’m like what do you mean? I would love to sit and talk to Tony, he might have been upset that I had one match and then went back to WWE.”

Heat on Sabbatelli from AEW’s end may have stemmed from rumors that he leaked AEW spoilers during his appearance with the company. Sabbatelli spoke about the rumors, and denies that he was the one who spread the spoilers.

You can keep track of all win/loss records in AEW’s men’s division in 2022 at this link.

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