AEW's Andrade El Idolo: "I Just Want To Say Thank You! Bye..."

AEW absentee Andrade El Idolo drops another huge social media tease on Instagram.

Andrade El Idolo mask

Absent AEW star Andrade El Idolo is at it again with another social media teasing that if it hasn't already, will inevitably spark speculation on his professional wrestling future.

Andrade hit Instagram to post a series of images on Monday. The cover was an AEW shot of him staring at the black mask he wears during his ring entrances, with the small gallery including further images of the mask as well as a cropped picture of his "How You Know?" catchphrase.

That El Idolo remains absent from AEW television weeks after a backstage fracas with Sammy Guevara makes this an interesting post. Said incident came amidst reports that multiple AEW wrestlers had requested their release, perhaps spurred by WWE reaching out to contracted stars over potential Stamford returns, though there was never confirmation that Andrade was amongst this group.


El Idolo has been away from AEW since October. He and Guevara are believed to have come to blows at a Dynamite taping that month, sparked, seemingly, by preceding verbal back-and-forths between the duo.

Dave Meltzer reported afterwards that Andrade was trying to get himself fired from AEW. True or not, the former NXT Champion is yet to return.

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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.