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.
Alberto Del Rio is back
Sunday night's TriplemanÃa XXII event kicked off with El Patron (Alberto Del Rio), accompanied by his father,
Dos Caras, speaking out against WWE by claiming that the sports-entertainment organization was racist. They were then
confronted by the Los Perros del Mal stable. After one of the members laid his hands on Caras, El Patron ran after the
stable and cleared house, while officials reminded him that he has the no-compete clause from WWE. The show ended with
El Patron attacking Los Perros del Mal leader El Hijo del Perro Aguayo, after his win in the main event.
Check out footage of the former WWE Superstar's physical encounter.
The name of Alberto Del Rio remains a hot topic after the four-time world champion was released from his WWE contract on
Shortly after WWE announced that Del Rio was let go "due to unprofessional conduct and an altercation with an employee,"
Ring of Honor founder and RF Video owner Rob Feinstein claimed that Del Rio slapped a member of WWE's social media team at a
television taping this week. This claim was backed up by both F4WOnline.com and PWInsider.com. To add a new layer to the
story, the identity of the person Del Rio had the backstage altercation with has apparently been revealed.
As members of the F4WOnline.com message board were discussing Del Rio's termination and speculating which WWE employee
was on the receiving end of his slap, Wrestling Observer editor Dave Meltzer remarked "Cody Barbierri."
On LinkedIn and Twitter,
Barbierri identifies himself as WWE's manager of social media live events. Though not identified by name, F4WOnline.com's
updated story on Del Rio's termination says the altercation involved the social media manager of WWE.
According to the new report, a WWE social media manager was apparently asked to clean his plate following a meal in
catering. With what could potentially be a racist/xenophobic implication, the employee allegedly joked that it was Del Rio's
job to clean the plate.
The comment supposedly got back to Del Rio, who confronted the employee. Dissatisfied with that interaction, which some
say did not include an apology to Del Rio, the wrestler allegedly delivered a slap.
Paul "Triple H" Levesque, WWE's Executive Vice President, Talent, Live Events and Creative, re-Tweeted the comment in its
According to F4WOnline.com, Del Rio is believed to be subject to a 90-day no-compete clause, which would prevent him from
immediately joining TNA and AAA. Both organizations are reportedly interested in his services.