ANDRADE has revealed he asked to rip up his £2.2million-a-year deal with WWE after a conversation with Randy Orton.
The popular wrestler’s last televised appearance took place on Raw at the Draft in October when he lost to Angel Garza and was taken out by ‘The Fiend’ Bray Wyatt after the match.
He then took some time off to undergo a minor procedure but never returned, even though there were rumours suggesting he would go back to NXT or team up with his future wife.
But he confirmed earlier this month he had asked McMahon for his release and that was eventually granted last week.
Now the Mexican, real name Manuel Oropeza, has taken part in an interview on the Lucha Libre Online Facebook page in his homeland this week to discuss his exit and explained what triggered it.
The 31-year-old former US champion said: “I had a great contract with WWE, a great contract.
“Three million per year. Several million dollars per year, a lot more than plenty of guys coming up from NXT.
“I heard about some of those contracts. I made a lot more than those guys.”
Andrade, who also unintentionally caused confusion regarding whether he and Charlotte were expecting their first child during the interview, then discussed how Drew McIntyre and Orton tried to encourage him while he was not being used.
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And after a chat with The Viper, he decided he had to quit for pastures new.
He added: “A lot of people treated me well, Drew too and Randy Orton.
“[Randy] would ask me, ‘Why aren’t they using you?’ I didn’t know what to say and didn’t know what was going on.
“After that, I made the decision [to leave].”He says he decided to leave after a conversation with Randy Orton[/caption]