In an open and very tasteful interview, Manny Andrade “El Idolo” spoke to Lucha Libre Online about his recent publication and career at WWE. The lucha wrestler was positive about some of the experience and most of the talent he came across and pointed to an encouraging culture among seasoned wrestlers, but there were downsides to working for the billion dollar company as well.
At the beginning of the interview, Andrade spoke of his dream of becoming a wrestler. He had known from birth that this was what he wanted to do. Wrestling was in his blood, a family tradition. Andrade went further on recent events and discussed how he wasn’t sure about leaving the WWE until last month.
According to Andrade, in February top WWE talent Randy Orton, Sheamus, Drew McIntyre and Cesaro questioned his absence, and then he began to suspect something was wrong. While he was initially unoccupied in the final pool, it was quoted as saying that he had been suspended for eye surgery for which he was cleared in November, but after he was cleared there was still no story for him.
Despite several media reports about a possible push after his return. Andrade had this to say about the locker room and his colleagues. “All treated [me] with kindness, but nobody speaks out, everyone ventilates, but nobody stands up and says anything. ”
Both Andrade and his fiancée Charlotte Flair feared there might indeed be a problem in the ranks, so they came up with ideas about their future storylines to the WWE creative team. None of the ideas came to fruition. While he wasn’t sure what the ideas were, it was very obvious that his English was the excuse they wanted to rely on because there weren’t any mainstream stories for the thirty-one year old wrestler. This seems to be a justification for a lack of creativity as there are several talents who speak perfect English and are also in the hospitality industry.
One of the most revealing parts of his sitting, a source of great satisfaction, was the medical treatment or lack of it. While the timing is a bit suspicious, the lucha wrestler kept it positive. He had this to say: “Fifteen days ago, on a Monday, I asked for my release. On Sunday, 7 days later, I tested positive for Covid. Then they called me and said I received my release. The doctor who punished me for testing positive for a substance is the same doctor who referred the positive Covid test. ”
While his entire experience was filled with ups and downs, Andrade had nothing but great things to say about fellow wrestlers, WWE executive Paul “Triple H” Levesque and former executive producer Paul Heyman. “Paul always told me the truth. He believed in me. None of the games with Rey [Mysterio] were scripted, the matches continued because the audience loved it, not because it was scripted to take place. ”
Andrade was very clear on that basis too, although he fears that some may have negative feelings towards Latinos in WWE, he doesn’t let that affect him. He gives no meaning to such things.
He had a few things to say about his romance in real life, but the main consensus was respect for her wellbeing. He talked about some events that I personally find objectionable, but even then he passed their events on with sensitivity and poise. While his treatment and experiences leave much to be desired, one thing stands out. Andrade is designed for greatness. Let’s hope he finds a place that is ready to showcase him.
You can find the full interview here.