WWE announces big int’l signing

By James Caldwell, PWTorch assistant editor


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WWE announced Thursday a big international signing – La Sombra (Manuel Alfonso Andrade Oropeza).

La Sombra, who wrestled for CMLL in Mexico and New Japan, has signed a developmental contract and will report to the Performance Center in Orlando.

WWE’s official biography for La Sombra: “Standing 5 feet 9 inches and 200 pounds, Oropeza hails from a long line of wrestlers that has seen his grandfather, father, uncles, and cousins all compete in lucha libre.  He signed with Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL) in 2007 at age 17, where he trained under El Satanico.  Known as ‘La Sombra,’  Oropeza has held many titles during his time with CMLL including the Trio, Tag Team,  Welterweight, Middleweight, and NWA championships.    He has also made multiple trips to Japan for New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) where he won the Intercontinental World Championship in 2013.”

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