Alberto Del Rio
Alberto Del Rio lives by the philosophy "if you've got it, flaunt it." With blood ties to Spanish royals, the Mexican
aristocrat has what appears to be an endless supply of funds, as evidenced by his jaw-dropping fleet of luxury vehicles and
perfectly-tailored custom suits. Del Rio even employed his own ring announcer, Ricardo Rodriguez.
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From the moment Del Rio debuted in the summer of 2010, the WWE Universe has loathed the sight of him and his elitist
attitude. Despite the disdain, however, fans have no choice but to respect his athleticism. After defeating Rey Mysterio in
his debut match on the August 20, 2010 edition of SmackDown, the cocky newcomer went on to banish Matt Hardy from
the sports-enterainment organization and shelve Christian, thanks to his
debilitating cross armbreaker.
Claiming it was his destiny to become a World Champion, Del Rio outlasted twenty-nine other WWE Superstars to win the
2011 Royal Rumble and an opportunity at the World Heavyweight Championship.
Unfortunately for Del Rio, he was unable to unseat champion Edge at WrestleMania XXVII but that didn't deter him.
Just a few months later, he outdueled seven other competitors to capture the Raw Money in the Bank briefcase and a
guaranteed WWE Championship Match. Del Rio cashed in his briefcase against CM Punk at SummerSlam, following the
then-champ's exhausting encounter with John Cena. A few seconds later, Del Rio pinned Punk's shoulders to the mat for the
three count, thus claiming his first WWE Championship and at last fulfilling his destiny.
According to FightNetwork.com,
WWE and Jose Alberto Rodriguez (Alberto Del Rio) are close to a resolution on his non-compete status and an announcement
could be coming in the near future.
On August 7, WWE announced that Rodriguez was fired from the company due to "unprofessional conduct" and an altercation
with an employee who allegedly made a racist joke. On August 11, AAA announcer Arturo Rivera stated that Rodriguez would
be returning to the promotion at Triplemania XXII. AAA officially confirmed his return later that same day and
started advertising him for the event. In a press conference on August 14, Rodriguez acknowledged that WWE owned the
Alberto Del Rio name and also revealed that he would be working for AAA under the new ring name El PatrĂ³n ("The Boss").
Rodriguez also announced that for the moment he was under a 90-day no-compete clause, which would prevent
him from wrestling for AAA. He later also revealed that as part of his departure from WWE, Del Rio was banned from
wrestling in the United States for one year.
On September 2, Rodriguez addressed his non-compete clause with WWE at a press conference for an upcoming AAA event:
"It is unconstitutional that you cannot work ... Thanks to lawyers and support of AAA, I can fight without any problems."
Rodriguez confirmed in an interview that the person he slapped was Cody Barbierri, WWE's manager of Social Media Live
"This person made some comments, I slapped him, I feel embarrassed of my actions," he said the week after his release on
the Mexican morning news show Primero Noticias of Televisa. "After his comment I stood up and I demanded an
apology for what he said, but he smiled and said nothing and I slapped him."
In a trivia note, Barbierri has appeared as a character on WWE programming in the past. On the December 31, 2012 edition
of Raw, he appeared as then-WWE Champion CM Punk's personal physician, Dr. Kirshenbaum, who declared in the
ring that Punk would be unable to defend his title against Ryback against on the January 7, 2013 episode of
Raw due to a knee injury. This was noted last week by MetsFan4Ever on Reddit.com, a former WWE backstage
worker who has broken WWE news and produced multiple shows scripts.
"The guy Del Rio slapped is the guy that was CM Punk's doctor when Punk had his bad knee in late 2012," he wrote. "He
appears on camera with Punk out in the ring."