Apparently, Andrade requested his release from WWE which came from nowhere. Even though at this point, it seemed more likely that requesting a release was his only option after disappearing from television back in October. I know that I recently put together a series with Andrade and how I'd bring him back to television and pull him up the card. Unfortunately, I'm not apart of the booking team in WWE otherwise the situation would be very different. Prior to his stay in NXT, Andrade aka La Sombra was a top star in CMLL and actually had a part in the development of Los Ingobernables.
In the last year, Andrade is the second longest reigning WWE United States Champion with a 150 day reign as champion ending in May 2020 on an episode of Raw. It is unquestionable that Andrade could've been a top heel or baby face on the roster and could've helped the roster if given the opportunity. Once he won the NXT World Title and was given the ball he didn't disappointed and stepped up to help carry the brand for a time before he was promoted.
Andrade's request for a release was denied for obvious reasons mainly I would guess due to his relationship with Charlotte. This is not to say that Andrade doesn't have value on his own or that he wouldn't be able to become a star as it's the complete opposite. If Andrade walked away from WWE and moved onto AEW, Impact, ROH or even went back home to CMLL then he would be able to make a immediate impact in the new stomping ground. However, Charlotte is engaged to Andrade and even though his job should be safe and a return should be in the cards following Wrestlemania. Think about this if he has been gone since October with no plans in the cards for him to reappear why would things suddenly change other then him being here to keep Charlotte happy. Andrade has put in the work and earned his spot, but for whatever reason he's not been welcomed back to television and there is no indication when or if he will return.
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