Andrade is a one-time NXT Champion. He previously wrestled for Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL) from 2007 until 2015 under the ring name La Sombra (Spanish for "The Shadow"). He made his professional wrestling debut a month before his 14th birthday and worked initially as Brillante Jr.
In 2007 he began working for CMLL as La Sombra and was met with in-ring success as he won the 2007 Torneo Gran Alternativa tournament, the 2011 Universal Championship and at one point he was a triple champion; holding the Mexican National Trios Championship, NWA World Historic Welterweight Championship and CMLL World Tag Team Championship at the same time.
He also made appearances for New Japan Pro Wrestling, where he is a former IWGP Intercontinental Champion. In a recent interview with Super Luchas, he discussed his adapting to WWE: “It wasn’t difficult, at least not so much.
Sometimes It’s hard when you come from Mexico, because it’s a different style, but I had the advantage of my tours to Japan, and with that experience I was able to understand what WWE want from me. But the Performance Center has a lot of coaches, and some of them like one thing and others like another.
Sometimes you run into Triple H or you run into William Regal, and it’s difficult to follow their directions because sometimes they contradict each other. With the time I understood the style, now they like what I do and they have booked me with great rivals.
I feel that I have had great matches with Rey Mysterio, AJ Styles, Daniel Bryan, Seth Rollins… Now I have the style I want”.