Backstage AEW News On Andrade El Idolo And His Future

Andrade El Idolo is currently competing in the AEW Continental Classic, where he is in a four-way tie for second place in the Blue League. Alongside him at the moment is CJ Perry, formally known as Lana in WWE, who is trying to help elevate him with her managerial services. He is also closely tied to the AEW Collision brand, where all his matches have taken place since returning to the company after a nine-month absence earlier this year due to injury.

On today’s episode of Wrestling Observer Radio, it was noted that El Idolo will be wrestling for CMLL in the near future. El Idolo will be wrestling for CMLL and not AAA because he started his career there and does not know if he will be able to wrestle there much longer. His trepidation about appearing there again seems to stem from what his future looks like once his AEW contract expires.

El Idolo’s AEW contract is apparently expected to expire “relatively soon,” but the promotion may add time to his deal for the time he spent off TV due to injury. According to Meltzer, AEW talents do not find out how much time is being added to their contracts due to injury until closer to when it expires, making it challenging for them to know precisely when they will be free agents. With that said, El Idolo may return to WWE after his time in AEW is done, and if he does, he will no longer be allowed to compete for CMLL.

El Idolo signed with WWE in 2015 and was a top act in NXT when it was under the leadership of Paul “Triple H” Levesque. During his time on the yellow and black brand, he captured the WWE NXT Championship and feuded with top names like Drew McIntyre, Johnny Gargano, and Aleister Black, now Malakai Black, who defeated him for the title.

Unfortunately, his time on the WWE main roster while being booked by Vince McMahon did not have the same consistency he saw in NXT. Fans did enjoy his pairing with Zelina Vega, and he captured the United States Championship. Still, due to creative frustrations, he requested his release at the beginning of 2021, which was granted. With Levesque firmly at the creative wheel at WWE, El Idolo may see a place for him back at the sports entertainment juggernaut.