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Vince McMahon was never on board with pushing Andrade as a top WWE star

When Andrade was introduced on NXT TV a few years ago, there was a feeling among many that he could possibly become WWE’s top Hispanic star.

However, all hopes of him becoming a main eventer faded once he got to the main roster because Vince McMahon did not see him as more than a mid-card guy.

When Paul Heyman was in charge of creative, he did everything he could to push Andrade as a top guy but that push began to fade once Heyman was removed from his position.

Meltzer said the following last month on Wrestling Observer Radio about Andrade: “When Heyman got replaced, I was kind of told…Aleister Black and Andrade were two guys that were really gonna be in trouble because Vince doesn’t necessarily see a lot in them compared to what Heyman saw in them. It appeared that Zelina Vega is splitting up from Garza and Andrade. I can see Garza being forgotten but maybe not but if there is a split, Andrade feels like he’s going to be the one…if they’re gonna do Garza vs. Andrade, it’s probably gonna be Garza that goes over and Andrade’s the one that gets forgotten.”

This week, Meltzer elaborated more on why Andrade never got pushed on the main roster: “Vince never got it with him. Whatever he got was just remnants because Heyman saw him in Mexico & Japan and thought he was top talent, and got him as far as he could. There’s a reason when Heyman was ousted I told everyone Andrade was dead.”

This does not bode well for guys like Humberto Carrillo, Angel Garza and Santos Escobar. Dominik Mysterio is getting pushed now because of the Mysterio vs. Rollins/Murphy feud but nothing is guaranteed for him either and we’ve seen plenty of Hispanic stars get pushed at the start, only to get pushed down the card. Alberto Del Rio was said to be the guy that McMahon wanted to push when he first debuted in 2010 but then McMahon cooled off on him as well.

In regards to Andrade’s future, his days on the main roster could be coming to an end. Click here for more on that story.

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