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Andrade denied request to be released from WWE


This story was updated at 8:15 PM Eastern.

Andrade asked for his WWE release earlier this week, but was denied.

Wrestling Inc. was first to report that he asked for his release at the Raw tapings this past Monday with Dave Meltzer confirming both the request and denial.

The 31-year-old has not been on WWE TV in over five months, last seen losing to Angel Garza in a match back in October. Afterward, he was taken out by The Fiend.

When it came time for the WWE Draft, he was one of the top names not drafted to either brand and hasn’t wrestled for the company since.

Signing with WWE in 2015, Andrade reached main event level status in NXT, pairing himself with Zelina Vega and winning the NXT Championship. He was called up to the main roster in 2018, winning the U.S. title once the following year. Prior to disappearing off TV, he teamed regularly with Garza before their team split up.