Jim Ross the former WWE Vice President of Talent Relations has given his opinion on Andrade reportedly asking for his release from the company.
The current AEW announcer was discussing the subject on his Grilling JR podcast with co-host Conrad Thompson. Thompson asked the WWE Hall Of Famer for his thoughts on Andrade’s request.
“You damn sure don’t wanna ask for your release if you’ve not got somewhere to go. And somewhere you can establish stability and a little financial security. I don’t know if he has that or doesn’t have that. I’m not as familiar with Andrade’s work as a lot of guys are because I don’t watch very much WWE TV.”
“Little surprised [that Andrade asked for his release], but unless you’ve got a good long-range plan in place, it’s probably not the smartest thing to do.”
“If it’s an act of defiance, or an act of ‘I’m angry’ or ‘I’m disappointed,’ then that’s not the right reason to ask for your release. Especially if you don’t have somewhere to go. So I don’t know where he would go.”
Jim Ross then touched on the reports that WWE had refused to allow Andrade his release from the company:
“To me, it recognises that WWE is keenly aware of AEW, that we’re not that p*ss ant company that Triple H said we’re gonna be in the beginning. So I don’t know. If I were him I hope he’s thought it out. Right now the most significant thing in his career is he’s dating and living with Charlotte, that’s his claim to fame.”
“He is a good worker, don’t get me wrong, he looks great. But right now he hasn’t distinguished himself, he’s another guy. A very talented other guy, that’s just [my opinion] now.”
Ross then gave his thoughts on perhaps working with Andrade at some point in the future:
“Would I like to work with him someday, why not? These guys are on salaries because there are no live events to make extra paydays. I hope he has thought it through and I’m not surprised WWE refused it because that allows him to not make him happy or another company happy. And they don’t give a sh*t if he stays home until the contract is over. If you’re going to dig yourself a hole, be prepared to step in it. I think that’s what he’s done. His biggest card right now is that his significant other is one of WWE’s greatest talent, and that carries some significant weight.”
Jim Ross has also recently discussed WrestleMania XX – and his thoughts on adding Shawn Michaels to the main event.
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