In an interesting interview with Sports Illustrated, Alberto Del Rio talked about his upcoming match at Slammiversary against Bobby Lashley and claimed that it will top the match of Samoa Joe and Brock Lesnar.
The reason behind this according to Del Rio is the fact that WWE does not give the same creative freedom to their wrestlers which Impact does:
“Our match is going to be a thousand times better. I have deep respect for Brock Lesnar and Samoa Joe, and I know they’ll give the fans an amazing match, but they’ll be limited by the politics in that company. That company won’t let one of them give one-hundred percent to the audience, they’re going to hold them back. Impact Wrestling says, ‘Here is the ring, go do your thing.’”
Later in the Interview, he also talked about his time in WWE and the time when he called Vince McMahon to tell him that he is quitting the company:
“I never lost passion for the pro wrestling business. I lost respect for that other company. …I realised that it was not the business; it was the place where I was working. So I decided to call the one that matters in that company and said, ‘I’m sorry, sir. Thank you for the opportunity and thank you for everything, but I’m not happy in this place and I need to move on.’”
While it will be up to fans to decide which match was better once we are through both Great Balls and Fire and Slammiversary, the comments of Alberto Del Rio have surely raised the anticipation for his upcoming bout.