UPDATED x4: Alberto Del Rio Released By WWE
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 08.08.2014
Even more on the story...
UPDATE x4: Here is another report on the Del Rio story from f4wonline.com, which seems to back up Pwinsider's reports that that Del Rio slapped an employee in reaction to a racist comment made towards him.
F4wonline's report states that at catering, somebody asked the person to clean off his plate. The person joked something along the lines of how that's Del Rio's job. Del Rio found out about the comments and confronted the person. The person did not offer an apology and smiled at Del Rio, which reportedly led to the slap from Del Rio.
UPDATE x3: According to Pwinsider.com (via wrestlezone.com) here is another update on the Alberto Del Rio situation. The latest word is that Del Rio slapped an employee in reaction to a racist comment made towards him. WWE does not plan to make any further comment on the situation.
UPDATE x2: F4wonline.com reports that there are different stories going around regarding the reason behind Alberto Del Rio's WWE release, one of which is that Del Rio slapped a WWE.com reporter at this week's television tapings.
At this time, the belief is that he will have the standard 90-day non-compete clause. This would apply to TNA and AAA, who are both said to have interest in him. AAA is launching their US expansion this year, with a show on the El Rey Network.
UPDATE: Take this for the rumor it is right now (and frankly, consider the source). But Rob Feinstein of RF Video posted to Facebook, saying that Del Rio got into an altercation with an employee that does social media for WWE.
According to Feinstein, "words were exchanged and a slap which is all just allegations at this point." He did say that Del Rio was "100% let go" after the incident. Feinstein didn't list any sources or even say he HAD a source, so take the information with a grain of salt.
As we've previously reported, Del Rio's contract was set to end this year and he had expressed interest in going back to Mexico.
ORIGINAL: WWE announced today that Alberto Del Rio has been released. The short statement on WWE.com reads:
WWE announced the release of Alberto Del Rio due to unprofessional conduct and an altercation with an employee.
Obviously, more on this as it becomes available. Del Rio--real name Alberto Rodríguez--has been with WWE since June of 2010. He made his debut on the main roster on June 25th of that year, winning the WWE Title twice and the World Heavyweight Title twice.