After WWE announced Andrade’s release on Sunday night (Mar. 21), we heard mixed reports on whether the former NXT & United States champion’s contract had the standard 90 day non-compete clause. Wrestling Observer said he did, and this morning El Ídolo confirmed they were correct.
Start my new goals and we are in talks, no waiting for 90 days. A empezar mis nuevas metas y empezamos pláticas, nada de esperar 90 días!— “EL IDOLO” ANDRADE (@AndradeElIdolo) March 26, 2021
Andrade’s tweet also indicates that he hasn’t signed any new deals yet... but he’s a pro wrestler. He wouldn’t tell us if he had booked his first date.
If that’s not enough to get your speculation engine into overdrive, in this week’s Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Dave Meltzer reports that Andrade’s old business partner Thea “Zelina Vega” Trinidad recently signed a short-term deal. It’s not necessarily with a wrestling company, but whatever it is will prevent her from working with (other?) wrestling companies. For now, anyway.
“Trinidad has signed a deal. We don’t know with who or even that if it’s with a wrestling promotion, but the deal she signed would not allow her to work for another wrestling company and it was not with AEW. It was a somewhat short-term thing and the door wasn’t shut on her eventually working with AEW but it won’t be any time imminently.”
For the former La Sombra, my money is on him having at least a short run in Ring of Honor with La Facción Ingobernable. I might even say we could see him at their 19th Anniversary PPV tonight (Mar. 26), but it was taped in advance and I don’t think he’d be able to get through their (and the Maryland Athletic Commission’s) COVID protocols in time.
Let us know where you’re placing your bets with this new information.