UPDATE x 3: Here is what RF Video’s Rob
Feinstein posted on his Facebook page:
I am sure the reason ADR was released will come out but
he was 100% let go after TV incident that took place in the back at TV. He did
get into a altercation with a employee who does stuff for the company with
social media. I was told that there were words exchanged and a slap which is all
just allegations at this point. When I first read the WWE release the wording
struck me very strange as WWE would never say that unless they were super hot
about the firing. It’s no secret that he has expressed lots of interest in going
back to Mexico as soon as his contract expired, and he is very well
UPDATE x 2: It’s interesting to note that
during their release announcement on WWE.com, WWE did not wish
Alberto Del Rio
“the best in his future endeavors”. That is pretty much confirmation that they
are pissed off over whatever happened. We also believe that there is more to the
slapping story that we posted about earlier and we’re working to confirm that.
Several sources believe something happened within the last day or
As previously reported, Del Rio’s current
WWE contract was set to expire within the next several months. While WWE was
planning to re-sign him, he had been very open to friends and colleagues about
possibly leaving WWE and heading back overseas to work in Mexico (likely AAA).
Of course, that had nothing to do with his release as he was fired by the
company. It wasn’t his choice to leave on his own.
Some of you may remember that we reported
the following here on the website on February 5th, 2014:
As noted earlier here on the
website, there was talk backstage at Monday’s WWE RAW that Alberto Del Rio has
been making noise about potentially leaving the company when his current WWE
Apparently Del Rio has been frustrated
after going from being a top guy on the SmackDown brand to what he considers to
be someone simply being fed to Batista. A lot of the talk in the company is that
due to Del Rio’s age, him talking about retirement in the past and the fact that
he has had a considerable amount of success and notoriety in Mexico, that maybe
it’s getting close to the time that he eventually walks away.
There is no definitive word at this point
as to whether or not Del Rio has started working on a new contract, but there is
at least a certain amount of concern over his future after the talk at RAW this
past Monday night.
We’ll keep you posted as we hear more.
Stay tuned for more on this developing story
UPDATE: As we noted earlier this evening,
Alberto Del Rio has been released from WWE for what the company described as
“unprofessional conduct,” as well as an “altercation with an employee.”
It’s worth noting that WWE.com has the Alberto Del Rio release
story as their top headline right now. It’s featured with a big photo of him
headlined by “Breaking News: Alberto Del Rio” released. Normally when a release
takes place, they tend to “hide” it in their news section or on the main page
but below the main top stories. They also normally use the real name of the
Superstar who has been released but that is not the case with Del Rio.
According to RF Video’s Rob Feinstein, Del Rio was involved in a
backstage incident at a recent WWE television taping. Feinstein claimed that Del
Rio “had words” with a WWE employee who works for the company’s social media
department and allegedly slapped him.
It should be noted that we have been unable to confirm
this rumor, so it should be taken as exactly that until further
notice. We will continue to update you as more information surfaces
regarding Del Rio’s WWE release
Del Rio’s final match with WWE would have been on this past week’s
WWE Main Event broadcast where he lost to Jack Swagger. He did not work the
SmackDown TV tapings and also wasn’t at WWE’s live event in Melbourne, Australia
We know that Del Rio’s contract was expiring soon and there was
talk that he was thinking about leaving the company.
More as we get it.
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.