“Mexico’s Greatest Export” has been sent to the unemployment line. As of today, Alberto Del Rio and the WWE are no longer in bed together. Here’s the official statement via WWE.com:
WWE announced the release of Alberto Del Rio due to unprofessional conduct and an altercation with an employee.
Short, sweet, and to the point. Multiple pro wrestling websites have reported that Del Rio allegedly slapped an employee from the social media department after a heated argument. Again, this is just a rumor. We do however know that Del Rio’s contract was set to expire and word around the campfire was that he had no intention of re-signing with the WWE.
The four-time WWE world champion went from being one of the top stars on television and on pay-per-view to being a mid card guy over recent months. The last time he wrestled in a singles match on pay-per-view was all the way back at Elimination Chamber in February when he was defeated by Batista.
Whenever I think of Del Rio, two things immediately come to mind. The first is him (as Dos Caros Jr.) being KO’ed by Mirko Cro Cop in the main event of PRIDE Bushido 1.
The second is his Miracle on 34th Street match with John Cena that took place on the Christmas edition of RAW a couple of years back. It’s a match that should be played back every single year in every pro wrestling household.