Andrade showed up on AEW Dynamite this week and that was a shock for a lot of people. It didn’t take Andrade long to find his way to AEW, but he had no non-compete clause associated with his release.
According to a report from Wrestling Inc, Andrade and Tony Khan met in Florida the week that he was released from WWE. There were very early and motivated plans to get Andrade to join AEW.
A deal between the two sides was not made at the time of their first meeting. Andrade had some demands that stalled negotiations. He wanted creative control and power to veto losing matches. A compromise was eventually made where he will have limited creative control on his match finishes.
Andrade also wants to work with other companies. There were talks with Impact Wrestling as well, and they were willing to agree to his creative control demands, but they were too far apart on money and how many dates he would work.
It was reported that Impact Wrestling and Andrade were “close to a one-off appearance,” but that didn’t happen. Now Andrade El Idolo is with AEW, and he has a bit of control over his own creative as well.
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