Andrade already sees the similarities. Now he wants another one.
The WWE United States Champion speaks in awe of Rey Mysterio and Eddie Guerrero. Andrade notes that he started his wrestling career in Mexico when he was young – he was 13 years old – and eventually became a star in the WWE.
His career has been very similar to that of Guerrero, from Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL) in Mexico to New Japan Pro-Wrestling and finally to wrestling in the USA.
30-year-old Andrade, who was born in Mexico, joined the WWE brand NXT in 2015 and joined the squad in April 2018. He believes he is now able to take things to another level.
“Rey Mysterio has always been the face of Latinos [and] in the past Eddie Guerrero, ”Andrade told the Post in a phone interview. “Now is my moment to be the face of the Latinos in the WWE. It looks tough to win the title, doesn't it? I am stronger with more options and concentrate on the next title. "
Andrade won the Mysterio championship at Madison Square Garden on December 26th, and the legendary Luchador will fight his rematch on this week's “Monday Night Raw”. In the plot Andrade advertises as the present and future and Mysterio as the past. WWE has a long history with Latino stars like Pedro Morales, Tito Santana and Alberto Del Rio.
"That's why I'm preparing and working hard. Maybe there won't be a Rey Mysterio in a year," said Andrade, who is constantly playing some of the best matches in the WWE. "I am the new face and my legacy begins."
He is one of four WWE defending champions – intercontinental champion Shinsuke Nakamura and the Kabuki Warriors, Asuka and Kairi Sane, who are the women's tag team champions – who don't use a lot of English for their promos. Like Zelina Vega for Andrade, Nakamura has a mouthpiece in Sami Zayn, while Asuka and Sane have recently thrown manager Paige off the table.
For Andrade, the fact that these other champions succeed as they are is a reminder that WWE operates in a global company and the superstars can still connect with the audience, even if there is sometimes a language barrier ,
"WWE is a company in the world," said Andrade, who wants programs with Roman Reigns and Triple H in the future. "There are many languages. There is India, there is Spanish, Japanese, Chinese and many languages. "
Andrade practices his English whenever he can and notes that he works with fiancee Charlotte Flair "on every trip, when we are home," during her career.
"I'm trying to practice for the future [for] You know the promos from Rey Mysterio and in the past from Eddie Guerrero, ”said Andrade.
He makes Vega a great help for his career, although he said he was a little "confused" when they were first paired in NXT because he "never had a manager, friend or partner in the ring during his career" , Andrade can't explain how the chemistry on the screen evolved, but in the rare cases where they don't work together, things are different.
"Now it's part of Andrade," he said. "Sometimes when Zelina is hurt or something, sometimes when I go to the ring and Zelina is not in my corner, something is confused or as if I forgot something. Now Zelina is next to Andrade. Andrade is next to Zelina. Now it is one Team. "
This is one of the reasons why he and Flair are not currently building their relationship into WWE history. But they're open to it happening down the street.
"Maybe in the future, but now she's focused on her work," said Andrade. "I concentrate on my work. Now Zelina is in my corner. Maybe in the future, but not for now."
However, they work together on their craft – Flair helps Andrade with his on-screen character and he helps her technically in the ring. The two often post photos on social media where they work together. These sessions can be intense, no matter how long or how short they last.
"It's so hard. It's so hard," said Andrade jokingly. "I like to work with her, but it's so hard because it's always competition, competition. I want to enjoy my workout, relax, because sometimes I'm tired and sometimes I try to sleep long.
"Sometimes we have 30 minutes for a workout, sometimes it's a bit bad. It's always competition, competition. I say," Relax, you're here. "She says," No, it takes more. "She takes more weight and she takes twice the weight. Sometimes she is angry but it is great. We always fight for who is better. It is good for me. "
Andrade said he hadn't yet picked out the brain of Flair's father, the legendary Ric Flair. The two-time WWE Hall of Famer is often a complement to Andrades matches, but they usually discuss life and haven't had a deep wrestling conversation yet.
However, Andrade wants to be the talk of WWE and his next Latino star. The US champion now offers him a better platform to take his career to the next level, as he observed with Mysterio and Guerrero before him. It is his moment.
"I have this connection, but I want my story, my legacy, not the same as Eddie Guerrero, not the same as Rey Mysterio, differently," said Andrade. "I work for my legacy."