A recent report has outlined the possible next destinations for former US Champion Andrade following his WWE release.
It was reported that Andrade is not subject to the conventional 90-day non-compete clause that WWE alumni usually receive. This means he is able to wrestle for any promotion he wants immediately with no issue.
According to Dave Meltzer on Wrestling Observer Radio, the sky is the limit for Andrade, COVID-19 permitting. It was noted that Andrade is still good friends with many wrestlers from CMLL, however they are not regularly running at the moment.
With many people wanting to see Andrade in NJPW, Meltzer pointed out that the company are currently cost-cutting, with the pandemic taking a huge slice of their potential earnings.
Meltzer also noted that AEW could also be an option, but he doesn’t know their current situation after the high-profile signings of Christian Cage and Paul Wight.
Here is the full quote:
“No non-compete, and that’s pretty much it. So he’s free to go and go wherever he wants to go, and he’ll have plenty of offers. I would guess he could pick wherever he would wanna go. There’s a lot of different factors out there. It’s a weird time.
“CMLL still isn’t running regularly. Ring of Honor, I don’t know if they want to add expenses right now when they’re not running regularly either. His good friends, RUSH and Dragon Lee, especially RUSH, is in CMLL. RUSH in theory is in AAA although he hasn’t been in a long, long time, and they’re not running regularly either. AEW’s obviously the number two thing.
“New Japan, they would want him for sure, but New Japan is cutting back on costs because they’re unable to sell a lot of tickets and their business is selling tickets and selling merch, and both are way down because of COVID and because they’re running at small capacities and not drawing. So it’s a weird time.
“AEW is fine but AEW just added Christian (Cage) and Big Show (Paul Wight), and I don’t know what the situation is there. I would think that he could go there and they would take him for sure. I shouldn’t say ‘for sure’, but I would think that they would, but I don’t know what the situation is with them as far as how much more they can add to their roster financially.”
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In CMLL in 2014, Andrade was involved in the formation of the faction Los Ingobernables, under the ring name La Sombra. This would eventually branch off, forming the popular NJPW stable, Los Ingobernables De Japon in 2016.