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.

Are you surprised that Tony Khan compromised with Andrade’s demands? Sound off in the comments

H Jenkins

Years of experience in writing, journalism, and digging exclusive insider info for Ringside News opened the door for a new opportunity for Jenkins. With a history in finance, he broke into the journalism game by writing on blogs and other freelance websites before branching into sports and entertainment news. Being in tune with pop culture doesn't mean it has to make sense, but he tries. Favorite bands include any group from Seattle who formed between 1991 and 1999. 5 Ozzfests under his belt and 12 Warped Tours, but his last concert was a bluegrass AC/DC cover band that was not 100% terrible.

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