AEW Star's Contract Expiring SOON

This AEW wrestler could realistically leave the promotion "relatively soon."

Andrade el Idolo

Andrade El Idolo's AEW deal expires "relatively soon", reports Dave Meltzer on Wrestling Observer Radio.

Meltzer stated that AEW could conceivably add time to Andrade's contract due to the periods he has spent out of action with various injuries. Nonetheless, his expiry date is "relatively soon" as things stand.

Interestingly, Meltzer believes that Andrade has yet to decide on his long-term future. The former WWE man hadn't signed a new AEW deal at the time of reporting.


Andrade is believed to be returning to his old home promotion, CMLL, following a mystery vignette aired at the lucha libra group's Arena Mexico show on 1 December. Meltzer reports that Andrade wants to go back to CMLL as that's where he started out, though returning to WWE wouldn't allow him the freedom to do so. He knows that he can't work Arena Mexico if he leaves AEW for WWE, hence his decision to work for CMLL again.

El Idolo debuted with AEW on the 4 June 2021 episode of Dynamite. AEW-wise, he has worked exclusively on Collision since returning from injury in June, never crossing over to Dynamite.

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Andy has been with WhatCulture for six years and is currently WhatCulture's Senior Wrestling Reporter. A writer, presenter, and editor with 10+ years of experience in online media, he has been a sponge for all wrestling knowledge since playing an old Royal Rumble 1992 VHS to ruin in his childhood. Having previously worked for Bleacher Report, Andy specialises in short and long-form writing, video presenting, voiceover acting, and editing, all characterised by expert wrestling knowledge and commentary. Andy is as much a fan of 1985 Jim Crockett Promotions as he is present-day AEW and WWE - just don't make him choose between the two.