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Del Rio, who I guess we should start calling by his non-WWE name ‘Alberto El Patron’ – or just ‘Papi’ to me and you – was rumoured for months to have been very unhappy with his position in the company after his return last October. Papi’s suspension for his first violation of WWE’s Wellness Policy on the 17th August, along with his real-life girlfriend Paige, appeared to signal the end of his run, which F4WOnline have since confirmed. Del Rio is now done with WWE.
This isn’t the first time Del Rio has left WWE. He was released back in 2014 for ‘unprofessional conduct’, due to an alleged backstage altercation with a WWE staff member who used a racial slur against him. In the interviews that followed Del Rio’s exit, he was extremely vocal against WWE.
Del Rio’s very anti-WWE stance meant we were all pretty shocked when he returned to the company at Hell in a Cell in October last year. Whatever Alberto was promised must’ve been pretty enticing. And now, courtesy of Dave Meltzer and the Wrestling Observer, those original plans have been leaked:
“Originally, things were supposed to be huge. He was promised a main event push with Paul Heyman as his manager, with the idea of ending up as the big Hispanic superstar babyface the company has lacked since Rey Mysterio stopped working full-time. Early on, Vince McMahon treated him so well that the two would fly together and even sat next to each other on some trips on the company jet.”
Meltzer continues that when Del Rio’s awful pairing with Zeb Colter as MexAmerica didn’t work, McMahon lost interest and “moved onto his next toy.” After the not quite as bad – but still pretty terrible – League of Nations faction, Del Rio became just another guy on the roster “even though he had a top main eventer contract.” Back when Del Rio returned to WWE last October, The Wrestling Observer Newsletter reported that ‘top main eventer contract’ was worth $1.45 million for the year long deal.
Meltzer seems to think Del Rio’s push came to a halt just because of McMahon getting bored. Daily Wrestling News, however, reckon it’s because Triple H has been actively politicking against Alberto backstage since his return, believing he parties too much and is a liability to the company.
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