As widely reported earlier today, WWE superstar Andrade has
been suspended for 30 days due to violating the WWE wellness policy. And now,
there’s an update on just when WWE creative found out about this situation.
According to Dave Meltzer over at the Wrestling Observer,
creative found out about Andrade’s suspension on Monday afternoon – just hours
before that night’s episode of Raw.
Where the real-life Manual Oropeza is concerned, the current
United States Champion was informed on Monday morning that he’d failed a wellness
test. Once WWE creative were informed of this later that day, the decision was
made to write him off TV for the foreseeable future by having Humberto Carrillo
lay Andrade out with a DDT to the concrete floor.
Previously, we’ve seen champions drop their titles ahead of
serving a suspension, but this wasn’t the case with Andrade. Reportedly, Paul
Heyman made the call to keep the United States Championship on the former la
Heyman is said to be extremely high on Andrade and sees him
as a big-time player on the Raw brand moving forward. Added to that, the Raw executive
director also thought it was too soon to put the US Title on Carrillo.
It’s a little unclear right now whether Vince McMahon and
his inner circle were aware of Andrade’s failed test before his Royal Rumble
match against Humberto, but WWE creative was definitely in the dark on the
matter until Monday afternoon.
At present, it’s yet to be revealed what exactly caused
Andrade to fail the wellness policy. For now, the ridiculously talented
grappler has supposedly headed to Mexico to see out his 30-day suspension.