When he signed with WWE in 2015, Manny “La Sombra” Oropeza was considered a pretty much can’t miss prospect. Now that his run as Andrade at the company is over, there will be lots of analysis about why it didn’t work out. But he’s still thought of a big star by many in the wrestling industry - and you can tell by the reactions to Sunday night’s news of his release.
Because some of these are from folks who have ties to Andrade, or who find themselves in similar situations with WWE. Some are from wrestlers he could be working with in the future. As such, they’re ripe for interpretation and speculation.
Have at it...
Legit on the best in the world! Sad to not share locker room with you anymore but so happy that your happy! Amigos 4 Life! https://t.co/gJEvXxVZ3F— Buddy Murphy (@WWE_Murphy) March 22, 2021
@AndradeElIdolo is legit one of the best in the world! I hope to be 1/2 as good as him one day! Glad your happy amigo!— Buddy Murphy (@WWE_Murphy) March 22, 2021
Siempre cuidándonos las espaldas, la mejor de las suertes carnal! @AndradeElIdolo éxito a donde vayas... como decimos en el norte “El que es buen gallo, en donde quiera canta” pic.twitter.com/38kCsV5zBl— Angel Garza (@AngelGarzaWwe) March 22, 2021
A pleasure to share the ring with you.— Mustafa Ali / Adeel Alam (@AliWWE) March 22, 2021
— Pretty Ricky (@KingRicochet) March 22, 2021
— Johnny Gargano (@JohnnyGargano) March 22, 2021
Getting particular attention are a pair who both have history with Andrade, and who are in similar situations to his. That he responded to both is cool... does it tell anything about their futures?
we will meet again in a ring in a few years, you are a great talent and a good friend. a big hug Tommy End ☠️— “EL IDOLO” ANDRADE (@AndradeElIdolo) March 23, 2021
So will Thea “Zelina Vega” Trinidad manage her husband or her former business associate when Tommy End and Andrade feud in AEW?
Shoot, I’m getting ahead of myself. Tranquilo, Sean. Tranquilo.