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Report: Reason Why Andrade Did Not Lose WWE United States Championship Revealed

He's a Paul Heyman guy now...

Yesterday, reports emerged that Andrade had been suspended by WWE for 30 days for violating the company's wellness policy. No details were provided as to how he was in violation of the policy.

El Idolo was informed of his suspension on Monday morning, yet he competed on Monday Night Raw and retained the United States Championship against Humberto Carrillo. He was ultimately written off TV for the next month after Carrillo hit him with his own Hammerlock DDT onto the concrete floor.

Previously, WWE has booked their champions to lose the title before they begin their suspensions but Dave Meltzer revealed on Wrestling Observer Radio that Paul Heyman made the decision to keep the title on Andrade. The executive director of Raw wants to make the former IWGP Intercontinental Champion a "real franchise player" and believes it is too early in the feud to have Carrillo win the Championship.

Meltzer said: "The decision was made, it was a Paul Heyman decision, to keep the title on Andrade. The usual protocol would be for him to lose the title as well but Heyman’s very high on Andrade and felt it was too early to put the title on Carrillo…Too early in the feud, not too early for Carrillo…He wants to make Andrade a real franchise player which does not mean that Carrillo will never beat him but I think he really wants to establish him as one of the cornerstones."

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