LOOK: Andrade El Idolo Channel DC’s Black Mask for his debut in the ring in AEW

Watch AEW fighter Andrade El Idolo head to the ring for his debut match dressed as DC Comics villain Black Mask.

In the most recent episode of AEW Dynamite On TNT, third-generation wrestler Andrade El Idolo, formerly known as Andrade “Cien” Almas in WWE, made his in-ring debut for All Elite Wrestling. The Idol marked the occasion by showing up for the match in an outfit inspired by the classic DC Comics villain Roman Sionis, also known as Black Mask.

Following his release from WWE on March 21, Andrade El Idolo (real name Manuel Alfonso Andrade Oropeza) made his AEW debut on the June 4 episode of Dynamite, at which point he teamed up with former WWE alum Vickie Guerrero, wife of the late great Eddie Guerrero. This week, El Idolo made his in-ring debut on the July 7 episode of Dynamite, defeating Matt Sydal, who previously wrestled for WWE under the name Evan Bourne, in a singles match.

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However, before the match, El Idolo made his way to the ring wearing his Black Mask-inspired outfit, complete with the comic book character’s trademark, well, black mask, as well as a white striped suit. The Mexican-born wrestler also paid tribute to his heritage with the outfit, as the mask featured a Day of the Dead-style skull design. The Idol quickly removed his mask and suit top, though the white pinstripe pants remained part of his ring.

Created by Doug Moench and Tom Mandrake, Roman Sionis / Black Mask first appeared in 1985 bat Man # 386. Black Mask made his live-action film debut early last year as the main antagonist in the DC Extended Universe movie. Birds of Prey (and the fabulous emancipation of a Harley Quinn), in which he was played by Ewan McGregor. The villain has also appeared in live action television projects. A modified version of the character named Richard Sionis, also known as The Mask, appeared on Fox’s Gotham, played by Todd Stashwick. Most recently, a more faithful Roman Sionis / Black Mask appeared on The CW’s Batwoman, played by Peter Outerbridge.

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Manuel Alfonso Andrade Oropeza made his professional wrestling debut in 2003. He would continue wrestling under the name La Sombra for the Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL) from 2007 to 2015 and for New Japan Pro-Wrestling from 2010 to 2015. In 2015 Oropeza signed a development contract with WWE, debuting on the NXT brand in 2016 under the name Manny Andrade, which was changed to Andrade “Cien” Almas shortly thereafter. He won the NXT Championship in late 2017, holding it for 140 days.

Andrade “Cien” Almas was called up to the WWE main roster in 2018, and his name was shortened to simply Andrade in early 2019. As a member of the main roster, Andrade became an American WWE Champion. In March of this year, Andrade applied for his release from WWE, which was ultimately granted after being initially denied. The newly christened Andrade El Idolo is currently signed with AEW and Lucha Libre AAA Worldwide (AAA).

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