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NXT Showcase: Andrade “Cien” Almas



Topic/Subject: Today, I will be showing a match that involves a Mexican idol.

Wrestler: “El Idolo” Andrade “Cien” Almas (La Sombra).

Background Information: Andrade “Cien” Almas is from Gómez Palacio, Durango, Mexico. He worked for his family’s wrestling promotion where he used the name Brillante Jr. from 2003 through early 2007. During that period of time, he got involved in a storyline rivalry with his uncle who wrestled as Zafio which led to his first ever Lucha de Apuestas or bet match.

During this time period, he also competed as the enmascarado (masked) characters such as Guerrero Azteca, (Aztec Warrior) and Rey Azteca (Aztec King) on occasion.

In 2007, he signed with Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL) and began training under CMLL head trainer El Satánico. He made his CMLL in ring debut on February 27, 2007, working as Brillante just like his father had.

In June 2007, CMLL changed his name by renaming him as La Sombra (The Shadow). CMLL previously had other people work under the name La Sombra in the 1980s and 1990s, but CMLL did not promote the most recent La Sombra as having any relation to the previous incarnations. His family relationship was acknowledged as he began wrestling in a black and silver version of his father’s mask.

He quickly moved up the ranks of CMLL in the months after his debut. The first sign of CMLL putting their faith in him came when he teamed up with CMLL’s main good guy (known as a técnico in Spanish) Místico for their annual Torneo Gran Alternativa (Great Alternative Tournament) where a rookie and a veteran team up.

In early 2010, he began a storyline feud with El Felino. The feud began on February 2, 2010, during a singles match between El Felino and him when tied at one fall each, Puma King, El Felino’s son, showed up wearing an El Felino outfit and mask, distracting both the referee and him long enough for El Felino to land a low blow on him to win the match.

The two met in a Lighting match (a one fall, 10 minute time limit match) on February 19, 2010, at a CMLL Super Viernes show.

In early 2014, as Volador Jr. turned back to the técnico side, he formed a partnership with Rush and effectively began working as a rudo, though the two refused to acknowledge themselves as such, instead referring to themselves as técnicos diferentes (a different kind of good guy).

The trio of him, Rush and La Máscara was eventually named Los Ingobernables (The Unruly).

Over the summer of 2015, Los Ingobernables started to wrestle against tecnico teams instead of generally facing rudo teams as they had been up to that point. In August 2015, Los Ingobernables found themselves facing off against Atlantis on multiple occasions, often with him going out of his way to attack Atlantis tearing Atlantis’ mask apart during matches to show his disdain for the veteran tecnico.

On August 19, 2015, CMLL held a press conference where they announced that the winner of the main event of the 80th Anniversary, he would put his mask on the line against the winner of the main event of the 81st Anniversary Show Atlantis, in the main event of the CMLL 82nd Anniversary Show on September 18, 2015.

He lost the Lucha de Apuestas match to Atlantis. As a result, he was forced to unmask and reveal his real name.

In early November 2015, he and Rush began having issues with each other which led to a singles match between the two on November 13, 2015, where Rush was victorious. After the match, which turned out to be his final match with CMLL, the two founding members of Los Ingobernables made peace with each other.

Throughout his CMLL career, he became a CMLL Universal Champion, a CMLL World Tag Team Champion, a CMLL World Trios Champion, a Mexican National Trios Champion, a Mexican National Trios Champion, a NWA World Welterweight Champion, a NWA World Historic Welterweight Champion, a 2x NWA World Historic Welterweight Champion, won the 2012 La Copa Junior, won the 2014 Cuadrangular de Parejas, won the the 2013 and 2015 Reyes del Aire, won the Torneo Corona, won the 2007 Torneo Gran Alternativa, won the 2013 Torneo Nacional de Parejas Incredibles, won the 2012 Advanced CMLL Bodybuilding Contest, won the 2009 CMLL Tag Team of the Year, won the 2010 Technico of the Year, and won the 2010 CMLL Trio of the Year.

On May 8, 2010, it was announced that he had been selected to participate in New Japan Pro Wrestling’s (NJPW) Best of the Super Juniors XVII (BOSJ) tournament took place between May 30 and June 16, 2010, in Japan. At age 20, this was his first trip to Japan as well as his first appearance for NJPW.

In November 2010, he and Máscara Dorada took part in New Japan’s five-day-long Super J Tag League.

He and Dorada returned to New Japan on January 4, 2011, at Wrestle Kingdom V in Tokyo Dome where they defeated Jushin “Thunder” Liger and Héctor Garza in a tag team match when he pinned Liger earning a match for Liger’s CMLL World Middleweight Championship in the process.

In January 2013, he took part in the three-day Fantastica Mania 2013 event.

Throughout his NJPW career, he became a IWGP Intercontinental Champion. He competed with CMLL until January 2015.

On November 19, 2015, it was announced that he had signed a developmental contract with WWE.

He made his NXT debut on June 8, 2016, with the ring name Andrade “Cien” Almas when he went up against Tye Dillinger at NXT Takeover: The End.

He still competes in NXT to this day.

He became part of the third generation of the Andrade family to compete in lucha libre. His grandfather, Jose Andrade, wrestled under the ring name El Moro and his father works as Brillante.

My Thoughts: Andrade “Cien” Almas is a very talented individual and deserves a lot better in NXT at the moment. He has a great look, he has a presence in and outside of the ring, he has a great character, great charisma, and he’s an excellent wrestler inside that ring. Tranquilo!

Video: This video contains a match between Andrade “Cien” Almas and HoHo Lun on March 8, 2017.

My Thoughts: This was a good match that showcased his skills and character in the ring.

I love the aggressive side that Andrade “Cien” Almas was being in this match as he was beating up and attacking HoHo Lun nonstop. His clothesline on HoHo Lun looked devastating. He got the win in the match with the Hammerlock DDT which was a good win for Andrade “Cien” Almas as he was trying to climb up the ranks in NXT.

Good match that showcased Andrade “Cien” Almas’ skills and character in the ring.

It’s a shame that NXT isn’t giving Andrade “Cien” Almas the full push that he actually deserves as I think he can be a top star in NXT at the moment as he’s an excellent wrestler and he can appeal to the Mexican market which could help them tremendously.

Unfortunately, NXT doesn’t see that in him at the moment as they’re making him lose big matches and to top names so hopefully, this year, Andrade “Cien” Almas will be a top guy and a main eventer in NXT. Tranquilo!

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