In a media alert, WWE has announced the signing of Manuel Alfonso Andrade Oropeza to a developmental contract. Oropeza wrestles as La Sombra internationally and has already begin training at the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, FL. He is 26 years old and has wrestled since the age of 13. He has worked with CMLL in Mexico and New Japan Pro Wrestling since 2010. Other career highlights include winning the NJPW Intercontinental World Championship as well as various CMLL championships and the NWA Championship.
The media alert reads as follows:
“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.”