Andrade El Idolo Reveals Scrapped Plans For AEW X NJPW Forbidden Door
Big plans were in place for Andrade El Idolo at Forbidden Door
While Andrade El Idolo would have liked to perform at the upcoming joint Forbidden Door pay-per-view between AEW and NJPW, the former WWE United States Champion will not be in action at the show due to the NJPW-CMLL working relationship and the political issues between Mexican promotions CMLL and AAA.
There were big plans in place for Andrade at Forbidden Door, though, and he revealed to Lucha Libre Online that he was scheduled to be IWGP United States Heavyweight Champion Will Ospreay's opponent at the June 26 pay-per-view.
"My bother is not with AEW, because they had an idea for me to face Will Ospreay. He's a magnificent wrestler, but that was the original pitch for the (IWGP) US Championship. The idea was also to go to Japan for a week or two and come back to be on this event (Forbidden Door). A week passed and I was informed that I could not work the show because the Mexican wrestlers that work with AAA could not work with NJPW," Andrade said.
"It was weird to me because many wrestlers from many nationalities work with NJPW and AAA, like Kenny (Omega) and Young Bucks, so it was odd. I don't understand the reasoning either, but it really bothers me as I was excited, but the Mexican people that work with AAA could not work with New Japan. I think Penta and Fenix could not work the show either, but that's what I know. It's frustrating because of how me and RUSH helped elevate Los Ingobernables, but I know about the CMLL-NJPW partnership. I understand that AAA had opened the doors to resolve the issues, but have not been resolved."
Andrade then admitted he would not have worked for AAA had he known it would stop him from performing in New Japan.
"I don't have a contract with AAA, but my bother is that I love wrestling in Mexico, but I also love wrestling in Japan. I was scheduled for TripleMania Tijuana, but that did not happen. AAA never cancelled my booking for the show so I could go to Japan. Another thing was that, last year, I had talks for a contract with AAA for this year, but I was not contacted about it again. AAA told me that I can work anywhere, but my exclusivity is with AEW, no one else. If New Japan need my services, my doors are open. Me and AAA spoke last year for a contract for 2022 to give priority to wrestling in Mexico for AAA," he continued.
"I was not given a contract for AAA, but I was scheduled for the three TripleManias, but they never cancelled the dates nor did they tell me that I was not needed for the shows. Had I known the repercussions, I would not have worked with AAA to work with New Japan. I got no issues with Konnan, and I know he'll jump hurdles for the company, and I am thankful for AAA and Konnan, but that is my only bother."
Andrade returned to AEW on the June 8 episode of Dynamite after taking time off for his wedding to Charlotte Flair.
Will Ospreay is scheduled to defend the IWGP United States Heavyweight Title against Orange Cassidy at Forbidden Door.
H/T to Fightful and Luis Pulido