Reports that former United States Champion Andrade has requested to be released from his WWE contract have generated a lot of buzz. New rumors might offer additional details about this eye-opening development.
Andrade reportedly requested his release at this week's RAW tapings, on Monday, March 8th, but WWE has not granted it.
According to Fightful, people behind the scenes in WWE said they expected Andrade's course of action, but Andrade's release isn't expected to happen immediately.
It's also said that Andrade's push quickly fizzled out once Paul Heyman was removed from his Executive Director role on RAW. Subsequently, Andrade wasn't moved to either brand in the 2020 WWE Draft. Rumors have also suggested that Vince McMahon has changed his mind on Andrade's potential.
Andrade is part of a handful of WWE Superstars who Vince McMahon reportedly doesn't believe in. Similarly, Aleister Black lost his push when Paul Heyman left his Excecutive Director role in 2020. Many fans have been comparing these two superstars because they're both former NXT Champions who have vanished from television.
Andrade has been missing from television for five months
Andrade was last seen on WWE television in October 2020. In the weeks leading up to this appearance, his tag team with Angel Garza imploded after the duo unsuccessfully competed for the RAW Tag Team Championship.
Next, The Fiend and Alexa Bliss attacked Andrade and Zelina Vega on the October 12th episode of RAW.
Shortly thereafter, Zelina Vega was released from WWE and some fans have connected her departure with Andrade's lack of prominence on WWE programming. Either way, it's unclear what the former United States Champion's future holds.