Despite being linked with AEW almost from the moment he was released by WWE in March, Andrade El Idolo still managed to shock the world when he strolled down the ramp on AEW Dynamite on June 4th.
Vickie Guerrero had earlier made her own way to the ring, before announcing that she had a new client. Guerrero declared that her new charge had won championships around the world, before introducing the man now known as Andrade El Idolo.
During the brief appearance, Andrade immediately put the entire AEW locker room on notice, saying that he will become the new face of the company.
Reflecting on the stunning debut during an appearance on the It’s My House podcast, Guerrero described Andrade as an “amazing talent” adding that when she saw him she had “instant memories of watching Eddie.”
“Andrade El Idolo is an amazing talent. So incredibly creative in the ring and having such a great legacy in Mexico. It’s a perfect fit for AEW. I knew the day of that I was going to be working with him. Tony Khan makes all the decisions so when he said, ‘Hey, I have someone for you to come meet,’ and I went to the trailer and saw him, I was just ecstatic. I had never met him personally so to be able to sit down and talk to him, he’s such a polite gentleman and so humble. I think we’re going to have great times in AEW. He was really underutilized in WWE. He’s going to have a great time in AEW. Number one, because he’s working with me. Number two, there’s a lot of great wrestlers in AEW that he’s going to be able to have incredible matches. He’s already working with Kenny Omega at Triplemania. We have Penta, Rey Fenix, the Young Bucks, Kenny and a lot of great wrestlers that are dying to work with [Andrade]. He’s a great asset to AEW and there are going to be incredible matches. I’ll be a fan first and his colleague second,”
“He was kept top-secret until he debuted. When I saw him, I had instant memories of watching Eddie and the history of Mexican wrestling will be renewed again in AEW.”
During his time in WWE, Andrade performed alongside Zelina Vega, who acted as his manager. Guerrero described Vega as “incredibly talented” explaining that she’s going to bring her own character to the presentation.
“With Andrade being at WWE, him and Zelina Vega were incredibly paired together. She brought so much (to the team). I have to remember that I’m Vickie Guerrero and I have my own style and character. A lot of people are like, ‘she’s not Zelina.’ No, I’m not. We’re two different people. She had her style and I love her to pieces, she’s incredibly talented. For me to be able to work with Andrade, it’ll allow me to create my character along with him. I’m really excited.”
Andrade El Idolo followed up his stunning debut with a sit down interview with Jim Ross on the most recent episode of AEW Dynamite. During the segment, AEW’s newest star teased that he and Guerrero had a surprise coming.
Andrade has already been announced for several matches over the coming months including one against AEW World Champion Kenny Omega for the AAA Mega Championship, a belt Omega will have held for almost two years should he hold it till the scheduled clash between the two at TripleMania XXIX.
H/t to Fightful for the transcription.