Andrade El Idolo has clarified his comments regarding not being able to work with New Japan Pro-Wrestling.
Speaking to Hugo Savinovich of Lucha Libre Online (translation via Luis Pulido), Andrade stated that he was supposed to face Will Ospreay at Forbidden Door and gave his side as to why it all fell apart.
My bother is not with AEW, because they had an idea for me to face Will Ospreay. He’s a magnificent wrestler, but that was the original pitch for the (IWPG) US Championship. The idea was also to go to Japan for a week or two and come back to be on this event (Forbidden Door). A week passed and I was informed that I could not work the show because the Mexican wrestlers that work with AAA could not work with NJPW. It was weird to me because many wrestlers from many nationalities work with NJ and AAA, like Kenny (Omega) and Young Bucks, so it was odd," he said. “I don’t understand the reasoning either, but it really bothers me as I was excited, but the Mexican people that work with AAA could not work with New Japan. I think Penta and Fenix could not work the show either, but that’s what I know. It’s frustrating because of how me and Rush helped elevate Los Ingobernables, but I know about the CMLL-NJPW Partnership. I understand that AAA had opened the doors to resolve the issues, but have not been resolved.”
When asked why he was being screwed in the AAA-CMLL feud, Andrade replied, “I ask myself the same. I don’t have a contract with AAA, but my bother is that I love wrestling in Mexico, but I also love wrestling in Japan. I was scheduled for TripleMania Tijuana, but that did not happened. AAA never canceled my booking for the show so I could go for Japan. Another thing was that, last year, I had talks for a contract with AAA for this year, but I was not contacted about it again. AAA told me that I can work anywhere, but my exclusivity is with AEW, no one else. If New Japan need my services, my doors are opened. Me and AAA spoke last year for a contract for 2022 to give priority wrestling in Mexico for AAA. I was not given a contract for AAA, but I was scheduled for the three TripleManias, but they never canceled the dates nor did they tell me that I was not needed for the shows. Had I known the repercussions, I would not have worked with AAA to work with New Japan. I got no issues with Konnan, and I know he’ll jump hurdles for the company, and I am thankful for AAA and Konnan, but that is my only bother.”
Ospreay is now scheduled to face Orange Cassidy at AEW x NJPW Forbidden Door. He is not scheduled to wrestle at AAA TripleMania XXX: Tijuana on June 18.
Andrade returned to the ring on the June 8 episode of AEW Dynamite as the Joker in the Casino Battle Royale. He took time away at the end of April to marry Charlotte Flair.
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