Andrade Says He's In Talks With Multiple Companies, Still Wants To Be WWE Champion

Following his WWE release on March 21, Andrade is currently a free agent with no 90-day non-compete clause, making him free to sign anywhere.

It is unknown which company Andrade will sign with, but he offered some insight into his future on a recent media call (translation via Carlos Toro)

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“If I sign with a company, the exclusivity would be in the United States, but I would like to keep wrestling outside. I would like to work in Ring Of Honor, where RUSH is. I would like to go to Japan and return to Mexico. I would like to wrestle in AAA as much as in CMLL, but I don’t want to just sign with one company. If I were to sign, I would be exclusive inside the United States because in Mexico, it’s different. You wrestle, you get paid [in Mexico]. In the United States, when you sign, you wrestle, but you also get your yearly salary. I’m in talks with several companies," he said.

Andrade did note that he still has goals he would like to accomplish in WWE, specifically becoming WWE Champion, and cited Drew McIntyre's path as one he could follow.

He also said he would like to wrestle guys like Psycho Clown, El Santo, and Blue Demon and often mentioned being involved in some capacity with RUSH.

When asked about the name and look he'll use moving forward, Andrade said, “I have the rights in Mexico for Andrade and El Idolo. I always managed the El Idolo Super Estrella. I registered La Sombra in the United States. When I left WWE, I couldn't work as Andrade or Andrade Cien Almas in the United States as I was known back in WWE. I haven’t decided what my name is. I do want to carry Andrade as it is my last name. But in Mexico, they like the name La Sombra. I don’t have a specific name but I want to have Andrade there, maybe like Andrade La Sombra or La Sombra De Andrade. I just have to manage it well. [On perhaps changing his look], that’s the idea. I have some ideas. I’ll keep going without a mask. On a global level, they know my face, but maybe on some occasions, I could put on the La Sombra mask. There might be some changes and I got a few surprises.”

Andrade did speak of a new promotion in Mexico involving RUSH that is scheduled to open in the summer, saying he was in talks with them as well.

Elsewhere on the media call, Andrade discussed turning down the opportunity to rejoin NXT prior to his release. You can find his full comments by clicking here.

Thanks to Carlos Toro for the translations and Luis Pulido for contributing to the article. If you use any of the quotes above, please credit the original source with a h/t and link back to Carlos, Luis, and Fightful for the transcription.

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