Del Rio Clarifies Why He Left WWE

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Thanks to Superluchas, there is an English transcript of Alberto Del Rio’s press conference in regards to his WWE departure. You can read what he said down below….

  • The main objective of this press conference is to notify Mexico – the place where I was born, where my career started and where it’s going to end – that I was tired of the work pace. I wasn’t comfortable anymore, I felt that they weren’t doing stuff with me and I decided to move. I understand that they weren’t going to give me more exposure; I understand their motives and we reached an agreement. The negotiation was so good that McMahon didn’t apply the 90 day clause. I’ve come here completely free.I have many projects: I want to be sports announcer in the US and also I’m starting a new facet as entrepreneur here in Mexico.
  • It’s important for me to be here and clear up the Internet rumors. I’m thankful with every directive, especially Vince. My economy is excellent, and I want to enjoy mi family.
  • I’ve won everything in WWE. My father said to me: do you want to live your entire life under the spotlight, like your uncle, Mil Máscaras? Or do you want to enjoy your life?
  • Tomorrow, I’ll have meetings with Mexican owners (promoters). I don’t want to be exclusive. I’ll talk to all of them: Dorian Roldán (AAA), Paco Alonso (CMLL), with Liga Elite. If they want to have Alberto, I’ll work only dates. I’ve learned from my mistakes, and I won’t be a exclusive talent.
  • I don’t want to keep taking bumps too much, so I’ll work in a few amount of shows.
  • The main reason of my decision was seeing my kid hiding my bags to stop me from traveling. I want to enjoy my family and also, I wasn’t comfortable with my second tenure with WWE.
  • I spoke with my father, who’s the one that always give me great advice, and that same day I decided to talk with the board of directors.
  • I don’t regret my second tenure with the company. They gave me everything I asked for, and my decision wasn’t set because of the lack of championships: that’s irrelevant in this stage of my career. I left the company because I couldn’t keep up with their work rhythm. Making an assessment of my second tenure, I’d say it’s a 50/50.
  • Talking with Vince about why I was leaving, he told me that with the brand extension, Alberto Del Rio would be who he was before.
  • I love this sport; it’s been my dream since the day I opened my eyes, but I’m losing the passion. Every time I took a plane I felt angry, and I don’t want to be a sour wrestler… that’s what I said to Vince: I don’t want to lose my passion for pro wrestling.
  • We had such a good understanding that I told him: ‘Don’t rule out a call from me someday’.
  • Everybody knows my fees and what I need to work. I’m a guarantee and I’m here to be hired. I have two years left as a wrestler before I retire. I’m not doing more than 60 dates around the world. I won’t give more.
  • I’ll definitely like to come back to Arena Mexico, but at the end of the day, I’ll go with whoever has money to pay me.
  • Alberto started negotiations with an MMA company (probably Combate Americas) to be part of the board of directors and also to be an announcer.
  • “I’ probably won’t use the mask again. I respect tradition. Someday, I might use it to go out to the ring, but I wont be a masked performer again’
  • I don’t care who I face. Many want to face me, but only Rey Mysterio can be compared to me.
  • Whoever wants to work with me knows I’m a guarantee for spectacle. Vince said it: I’ve been the best heel in the last few years.
  • Everything I am is because of WWE, but unfortunately that has a high price: your life. I was in the top; I won everything, and I couldn’t get any higher.
  • I’m happy about my father returning to Arena Mexico, but I won’t be there. I won’t have problems with any company.
  • My last two years will be in Mexico and San Luis Potosí with mi dad, brother and with Mil Máscaras.
  • Undoubtedly, AAA is the company, that in my judgment, is doing the best stuff thanks to it’s relationship with TV. They are farther ahead.
  • Arena Mexico is down in marketing and in many things. I don’t know about Liga Élite. I’m going to talk with my brother who works with them.

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