Report on why AEW booked Andrade’s career-threatening match with just one week of hype

Andrade El Idolo was scheduled to put his AEW career on the line against the Dark Order’s Preston “10” Vance and his mask during the October 7th 2022 live edition of AEW Rampage. However, the match was officially been pulled from Rampage after Andrade was involved in a physical altercation with Sammy Guevara.

The Andrade vs. 10 match was announced last week. Dave Meltzer of noted that the match was only given a week of hype because AEW wanted to take advantage of the rumors surrounding Andrade allegedly wanting to leave the company. Meltzer wrote the following…

“The actual reason it was booked like this is because AEW and Andrade both wanted to take advantage of the publicity that he wanted out, thinking that this was the story to write him out.” Meltzer added that “the idea was it had to happen this week because people will move on from the Andrade wanting out story very quickly.”

There is one story that Andrade was telling people he wasn’t leaving and pitched the career-threatening match to take advantage of the rumors. Meltzer noted how there was also a claim that Andrade’s contract is up in June although other sources say he signed a three-year deal that doesn’t expire until the summer of 2024.