Rey Mysterio knows a little something about the wrestling business, and he says he knows who’s going to be a huge star in the biggest wrestling company in the world. In an interview on Wrestling Inc’s WINCLY podcast, the lucha libre legend had this to say about Andrade, with whom he had a series of acclaimed matches on WWE Smackdown Live earlier this year:
“This kid is awesome. I mentioned it before in previous interviews, but every time I’m in the ring with him, there’s an affiliation to how I would move with Eddie [Guerrero.] This is how good he is: he’s thinking a step ahead before you even move. He already knows the positioning and knows exactly what to do and how to do it. My hat goes off to Andrade as he’s definitely the future of WWE.”
Mysterio also said what he thinks Andrade, who has been taking time off to mourn the death of his mother since his match with Finn Bálor at Super Showdown, should improve on to become a bigger deal in WWE.
“Just like anybody else – once you can dominate the mic skills and English, then he is bound to become a star. I’ve seen him work on his English, and it’s a slow process but he’s moving forward. Once he dominates his English language, he’s on his way to stardom.”
A big part of the reason Andrade was paired with Zelina Vega in NXT was so she could cut promos in English on his behalf. On the main roster, we’ve seen some mic work from Vega, but also promos in English from Andrade that have at times received, “What?” chants from the crowd. As WWE has added more international talent to their roster, including wrestlers who don’t speak English as their first language, it’s odd that apparently having a manager cut promos on their behalf isn’t seen as enough to compensate.