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Breaking: Alberto Del Rio Officially Done with WWE

According to a report from Wrestling Inc., Alberto Del Rio has officially called it quits with the WWE.

Del Rio reportedly notified the WWE of his decision 60-days ago through his lawyer due to the fact that promises that were made upon his recruitment had not been carried out. Del Rio had reportedly been promised a main event push, however, he ended up in the League Of Nations instead which quickly disbanded.

Interestingly enough Del Rio was also handed a suspension, along with real-life girlfriend Paige, for violating the WWE’s Wellness Policy just several weeks after giving the WWE his notice.

We’ll keep you updated as more becomes available…


  • Kayfabe_Is_Dead

    He didn’t seem over in his second run. Yeah, it was exciting when he showed up out of nowhere, but that excitement always fades fast (people would get excited for a day if Funaki returned). It’s obvious that Del Rio wasn’t going anywhere. His time had passed.

  • CC

    Still waiting for the “official” word on this, as I have no idea who Wrestling Inc is.
    Seems weird that the usual sources such as Metzler, PW Insider etc don’t seem to be saying much on it.

  • D2K

    To be honest I don’t know what is going on here. None of this makes sense.

  • wildeye

    maybe he got cocky after winning the US title his first day back. Batista did apparently have a bad attitude by constantly telling everyone WWE cried for him cause he is the biggest star. After all that is said about the company after the first time they left I wouldn’t treat them the same mind you I wouldn’t cry for them back. There are so many to be brought back like Morrison. Del Rio is an awesome heel mind you if the story is right for it

  • wildeye

    yup 2 more fails

  • wildeye

    she doesnt have the out-clause but all she has to do is get suspended 2 more times for drugs. You know they purposely failed the tests to be together. They both have a plan to get her out of the WWE. WWE will also be hard on her for a while because of this

  • Mister Who

    This is the same problem Dave Batista had, and he left again

  • Mister Who

    I hate how WWE gives Lesnar special treatment, it’s unfair to other wrestlers

  • wildeye

    She was asked to train help train her and I think Naomi got rough so Paige got out of hand and got in trouble for it. My gf watches the total divas show. It is funny and to think they both can be top superstars if they are patient. But in win the new and out with the old. Del Rio shouldn’t have come back after all he said about them while he was gone before. With the racist crap

  • Arnold Jackson

    I didn’t hear about the Naomi thing. Let hope she isn’t a young Orton because when he first started he was really athletic but so injury prone. I can see you being right in her trying to get herself fired. It is funny though how when you look at those past wrestler relationships, there was always one big star and this time, for the most part they are equal with the only difference being that Paige has a much bigger longterm upside.

  • wildeye

    I agree but she seems to have Aj Lees attitude since she got in trouble for how she treated Naomi. Either way I agree in away but wouldn’t surprise me if she tries to get fired on purpose. Then her and Del Rio will breakup. It happens too often. Sable/Marc Mero, Austin/Debra, Aj/Cm Punk, also for those who remember Jerry Lawler/Miss Kittie (Kat). I hope she stays though cause I think she can go far. Almost reminds me of a young Randy Orton

  • D2K

    ..and that is the fault of management, not the talent. One of the biggest lies told by WWE officials is that all you have to do is “get over with the fans” and you will get pushed to the moon. The people that get pushed are the people WWE wants to push and it certainly has NOTHING to do with positive crowd reaction.

    Exhibit A. Roman Reigns

    When Alberto Del Rio had Ricardo Rodriguez announcing him, he had the entrance with the fancy car, pyro, backstage vignettes, you could tell it was a machine created to get over a character. Del Rio used his own charisma and ability in the ring to do the rest to complete the character. As Jim Ross was found of saying, “A one-legged man isn’t going to win too many butt-kicking contests.” That’s essentially what WWE did was cut off one of his legs by nerfing his character so much but expecting the same level of returns. It’s doesn’t work that way.

    If Brock Lesnar did NOT have Paul Heyman do be his mouth piece and he had to rely on his limited mic skills alone, would he have gotten over as well as he did in his first run or his second? Probably not. He would have just been another hoss to toss in the pile with the rest.

    Look at JBL. He was a 100% corporate creation. He floundered as a lifer mid-carder until WWE management CHOSE to make him a star.

    Look how over Booker T was with the fans throughout his WWE career. He arrived in WWE in 2001. He didn’t win his first world title until 2006 and again, it was due to a gimmick that WWE management forced over, not a gimmick that got over. It’s definitely a team effort as the wrestler has to do their part obviously, but you get what I’m saying.

    It is like you said, it is his own fault though because I’m sure he was not so dilapidated to think that this would not end this way which is why he had the out clause drawn up in the first place. He got suckered in and I know first hand the game WWE just played with him, and WON.

    The first time Del Rio was fired because he “attacked” a member of WWE management for making a racist remark towards him. He either started to or did file a lawsuit against WWE because of that. Okay. Now, he signs a new contract to work with them, but willingly terminates his own employment. Big mistake. It’s one thing to be fired to expect compensation from an employer, but when you quit a job that employer can suggest that they offered you gainful employment and you turned it down. I had to deal with that situation myself and it cost me many tens of thousands of dollars in worker’s compensation. It’s not an impossible case to win, but highly improbable and unless you have deep pockets and a true viper of an attorney it’s not even worth pursuing.

    So yeah, Del Rio should never have come back. This time he should just walk away, chalk it up as a loss, and never look back.

  • CC

    I really do think its his own fault. As you say, he came back knowing full well what WWE is like, so he should not be surprised it happened like it did. Realistically, with all the upcoming talent on the roster, bringing in a former main eventer like him was never going to be anything more than a minimal push at best. He was a great heel first time around, but you would hardly say he was massively over with fans.

  • Arnold Jackson

    While I can’t see her resigning, I heard she is signed for a long time and WWE isn’t going to let her go. They much rather let her sit here and do nothing or just misuse her, instead of let her make money for another company. Wherever and whenever she finally leaves though, she will be a huge star with a lot of wrestling left in her, due to her young age (24)

  • ROB-1.

    Lesnar has pull.

  • ROB-1.

    The WWE will find a way to say good bye.

  • ROB-1.

    The WWE sounds like people running for office, promise you the world and get nothing in return.

  • ROB-1.

    I thought he was a good wrestler, but the WWE gets rid of good wrestlers.

  • nick-hulk

    Totally miss used, underrated talent. After beating Cena even with the MexAmerica thing he should have dominated. The Kalisto matches should have been lucha matches wer he should have won at first, then move to a competitor with a diff style to show his diversity. Gon bk go kalisto to drop title if required, while he moved up. Droppin to kalisto only hurt him because kalistos title matches all ended up on preshows.
    Within the League he could have had a tag title run, he even stated he wanted to hold the IC as he’d never held it

  • D2K

    But that’s where that “independent contractor” crap comes into play. It’s a “Get Out Of Jail Free” card Vince has used for 3 and 1/2 decades.

  • M

    Glad he only signed for one year with the clause. They screwed him over just like they screw the many undervalued misused talent they have stocked in their pockets. It’s a shame they couldn’t rebuild what he had prior to his first departure but in one year, he held the US title twice and beat the screw day at wrestlemania. It wasn’t the greatest year but it definitely wasn’t a bad one.

  • Rob ‘Richard Hammond’ Picken

    See they really should have done more with him to be honest, i seem to be noticing a pattern here: “lure the wrestlers in with big promises, but then totally screw them over”

  • JC Bolden

    Keep messing around and they are going to get an EEOC claim. They aren’t holding everyone to the same standard and this suspension was shady. Just like punk getting his release papers on his wedding day

  • D2K

    The McMahon family live in a reality they created for themselves.

  • D2K

    I don’t think she has an out-clause though. However I can’t see her renewing her contract when it is up.

  • wildeye

    I guess Paige is gone too

  • JC Bolden

    So they suspend a guy who’s on the way out but they don’t suspend a guy who failed two tests bc he’s a part timer? Smh

  • D2K

    Don’t know why he came back to start with to be quite honest. Interesting that his decision to leave happened before his suspension.