A former AEW star has commented on their departure from the company, thanking Tony Khan and a number of key figures.
Andrade El Idolo debuted with AEW in June 2021 after leaving WWE earlier the same year. The star was initially managed by Vickie Guerrero but struggled to gain much momentum among the crowded roster, something that wasn’t helped by suffering a serious pectoral injury in August 2022.
Andrade returned to action in June 2023 and enjoyed a strong showing in the Continental Classic, but by this point, it had become something of an open secret he was looking to return to WWE.
Tony Khan confirmed Andrade’s AEW exit during the post-Worlds End media scrum, and in a post on social media, the man himself has now addressed his departure.
“I want to thank you for this time that I belonged to the company @aew and above all to Tony khan I also want to say goodbye to all the talent, security people, cameramen, referees and everyone who works in the company for being part of my time in AEW.
Kenny, young bucks, tazz, Shiavone, Aubrey, Jerry, Hobbs, hook, Kingston, Ricky, Orange, thunder, jack Perry, Austin, Colten, Sonjay and many more that I can name, also how to forget all the Mexicans (todo el relajo) I enjoyed sharing the ring with STING, PAC, Darby, Garcia, Jay and many more. I would have loved to face MOX, Page, Hobbs, Ricky, Dante, Cage, Dustin. Thank you AEW AND Thank you to all the fans for your support always. I wish you the best always!!!”
Exit Andrade El Idolo, Enter Mercedes Mone Into AEW
After months of speculation, Tony Khan appears to be on the verge of signing Mercedes Mone. The star has been linked with a move ever since she left WWE in May 2022, and a deal appeared to be a slam dunk when Mone was shown in the crowd at All In.
However, the story went cold and it was recently reported that Mone was in talks with WWE over a stunning return, with the former Sasha Banks looking to become one of the highest-paid female performers in history. In a fresh twist, negotiations are believed to have broken down, putting AEW back in pole position to secure her signature.