WWE announced on Thursday morning that Manuel Alfonso Andrade Oropeza, also known as “La Sombra” has been signed to a developmental contract and has begun training at the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Florida.
WWE issued the following to us:
With seven training rings, a world-class strength and conditioning program and cutting-edge edit and production facilities, the Performance Center will allow Oropeza to hone his skills through a comprehensive program that includes in-ring training, physical preparedness and character development.
The state-of-the-art, 26,000 square-foot facility offers a full training experience with real time feedback from WWE coaches, trainers and doctors, giving performers the resources they need to develop their talent both athletically and creatively. Additionally, Oropeza will be immersed in WWE’s Professional Development program that focuses on four key pillars of development – Life Skills, Education, Wellness and Career Success.
Manuel Alfonso Andrade Oropeza (Mexico City, Mexico) – 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.