All Elite Wrestling (AEW) wrestler, Andrade El Idolo, recently took part in a interview with Mas Lucha to discuss his AEW Rampage match with ’10’ Preston Vance of Dark Order (which has since been cancelled, following a backstage altercation with Sammy Guevara); ongoing issues regarding pay with AAA Lucha Libre, unhappiness with his stint in AEW so far, and his time with the WWE and other going-ons in his professional life. You can watch the full interview below, with our written summary carrying on throughout this article.
Highlights of Mas Lucha Interview with Andrade El Idolo
The Interview: Frustration, Complaints, Past & Family
It is no secret that Andrade hasn’t been happy with his time within AEW and used this interview time to air some of his grievances about complaints from Sammy Guevara; claims of working “too stiff” and being deemed something of a diva within the industry. Andrade had a ton of positive praise for Triple H in helping him to land a deal with the WWE many years ago, whilst noting that he prefers the AEW touring schedule, as opposed to the more hectic schedule he was accustomed to when he was with WWE.
He expressed how he doesn’t get to spend enough time with his wife, the multi-time WWE Women’s Champion, Charlotte Flair, due to their conflicting schedules and noted how this is undeniably one of the major downsides of his AEW deal. However, he did let slip that the couple are starting a family in the near future.
Andrade expressed how championship success is in his sights after having been on AEW TV for over a year – even though he admitted to feeling somewhat stagnant within AEW and wants to achieve more in the world of professional wrestling. He’s very much happy that RUSH was officially announced as signed with AEW and that Los Ingobernables are back together for the first time since 2015.
Issues with AAA
The interview heavily focused on issues with AAA President, Dorian Roldan, over the cameo from father in-law, Ric Flair, during Triplemania last year (which saw him take on Kenny Omega at the AAA Triplemania XXIX event). Andrade felt like the promotion owed him a “thank you” for bringing Flair to the promotion, which earned AAA some extra media attention. He talked quite a bit about the contract issues with AAA regarding the 3 Triplemania shows this year. The promotion had hired Andrade for 1 show (Triplemania in August of 2021) but was open to working all 3 this year. Andrade stated that he respected Konnan but most of the issues lay with Dorian Roldan. The topic of catering for the Triplemania show was brought up and Andrade said there was barely any food and that he had to leave to go get something to eat – also bringing up the recurring theme of low pay issues within AAA.
He wants to face Hijo del Vikingo “anywhere but AAA” and preferably in Tijuana, Mexico. He has also encouraged Vikingo to leave the promotion and take his talents abroad to America where he could make some big money. He did bring up the Will Ospreay match that was heavily rumored for Forbidden Door earlier this summer, noting that he understood the ethics of New Japan Pro Wrestling regarding their relationship with CMLL. He is open to returning to CMLL in the future but only if the price matches what he wants. Also, he mentioned that Pro Wrestling NOAH reached out to him but both sides couldn’t come to an agreement. Finally, he brought up the recent tag team retirement match of Ric Flair and expressed his gratitude to be chosen by his father in-law, but also acknowledged that he was nervous to be wrestling the match in front of all the legends sat at ringside, namely The Undertaker and Rey Mysterio.
To close the interview, Andrade put over Preston Vance and his family for helping him in gaining the success that he’s currently achieving with his AEW deal and was again very grateful towards Triple H and the WWE for bringing him to the United States.
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