Some WWE superstars end up having a rocky road that can see the greatest of highs and extreme lows, all in a short period of time. Andrade has done well during his time in NXT and on the main roster, but one of his best moments came late last year when he won the United States Championship. Since then, he has been suspended for violating WWE’s Wellness Policy, and rumor has it that he’ll soon lose his title as well.
It was a rather shocking move made by WWE back on December 26, 2019, when Andrade won the U.S. Championship. Not only did he score a major title victory over the legendary Rey Mysterio, but it also happened at a non-televised house show.
A little over a month later, WWE announced that Andrade had his first violation of the company’s talent wellness policy and was suspended for 30 days.
Before he started his suspension, he was written off of television in an injury angle, but the title was not taken off of him at that time. According to Sports Illustrated, Andrade’s days as the United States champion “are numbered,” with WWE reportedly looking to take the belt off of him rather soon.
After the news of Andrade’s suspension first hit, he was written off of TV later that day on Monday Night Raw. He lost a match to Humberto Carrillo, who used a Hammerlock DDT to slam Andrade’s head onto the concrete floor, allowing WWE to justify his absence with an “injury.”
From that point, Angel Garza was randomly brought to the Raw brand from NXT and took Andrade’s place with his heel persona. Garza ended up doing the same concrete spot with Mysterio, which was used to write the former World Champion off of WWE television for some time as well.
As things currently stand, Andrade is still the United States Champion, and his suspension is said to end on February 27, 2020. That just so happens to be the same day of Super ShowDown in Saudi Arabia, which has him scheduled for a first-time-ever gauntlet match.
At Super ShowDown, Andrade will face off against Rusev, Erick Rowan, AJ Styles, Bobby Lashley, and R-Truth for the Tuwaiq Trophy.
It wasn’t mentioned by Sports Illustrated that WWE is specifically taking the United States Championship off of Andrade due to his suspension. There’s a possibility that could be the reason, but the outlet wrote that it’s possible he might lose the championship before WrestleMania 36 in April. It feels as if there are many other talents deserving of a major role at the event, and holding that title would give it to them.