WWE US Champ Andrade reveals close relationship with Ric Flair and how he received the engagement to daughter Charlotte


ANDRADE has revealed his close relationship with soon-to-be father-in-law, the great Ric Flair.

The US Champion – who defended his belt in a brutal ladder match against Rey Mysterio on Monday Night Raw – announced his engagement to Ric’s daughter, the 10-time women’s champ Charlotte, on New Year’s Day.

Andrade and Charlotte Flair revealed their engagement on New Year's Day
Andrade and Charlotte Flair revealed their engagement on New Year’s Day
Kurt Angle, Paige, Andrade and Cain Velasquez at SunSport HQ
Kurt Angle, Paige, Andrade and Cain Velasquez at SunSport HQ
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The Mexican sensation, 30, says that he speaks with record 16-time champ Ric before and after every match he has.

Speaking exclusively to SunSport last week when WWE superstars took over Sun HQ to promote the move to BT Sport, Andrade said: “I talk with Ric a lot, always.

“Always after my match and before my match he texts me, saying: ‘Hey, kill it tonight’ before the match and asking how it went after.

“He’s always been great with me.”

Andrade has revealed some of the conversion he had with Ric upon his engagement to Charlotte, with the Nature Boy beaming as much as the happy couple.

He said: “In a man-on-man talk we had he said: ‘Please protect my daughter, she’s changed and she’s happy.’ I said: ‘Yes I will protect your daughter, I love her and am so happy too.’”

Andrade speaks exclusively at SunSport HQ
Andrade speaks exclusively at SunSport HQ
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SunSport's James Orr, the US title (complete with old name tag), and Andrade
SunSport’s James Orr, the US title, and Andrade

On screen, Andrade has been involved in a heated rivalry with the legendary Rey Mysterio, 45, but off it he is in nothing but admiration for his fellow Mexican superstar.

He said: “[The storyline with Rey] has been crazy for me.

“It’s a dream. Its everything. Rey and Eddie [Guerrero] was all I watched when I was little.

“When I was 13 I remember Rey winning the title so well.”

Ric Flair texts Andrade before and after every match he has

And now still the champ after his win over Mysterio on Monday, Andrade has spoken of future opponents for the prestigious belt, including one star who he once defended his NXT title belt against.

Andrade said: “I liked my matches with Johnny Gargano. Maybe in the future a match with Roman [Reigns] or Triple H.”

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My best moment of 2019 being me the new champion of the United States and I beat a legend Rey Misterio. Yo tuve bueno y malos momentos este 2019 pero para cerrar el año de manera genial, ser yo el nuevo campeón de los Estado Unidos y ganar a una leyenda que fue mi inspiración en su momento Rey misterio. Cerrando el año. Happy New Year #tranquilos feliz Año Nuevo #uschampion #andrade #thepresentofwwe ahora tiempo de festejar 👸🏼👊🏼👊🏼👊🏼 Para ser campeón hay que parecer Campeón! To be a champion you have to look like a champion!

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One main stay in Andrade’s WWE career has been his manager Zelina Vega, and despite a couple of hints of a strain in their relationship on raw in recent weeks, Andrade says there will be no split.

“No, I stay with Zelina. We have great chemistry.

“I always look out for what she’s doing during my matches.

“It’s great to have her in my corner. I help her and she helps me.”

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