Alberto Del Rio had a heck of run with WWE during his two stints with the company, but issues with creative caused him to leave.
He first signed with WWE in 2009 and started wrestling with their former developmental company Florida Championship Wrestling. Del Rio then left in 2014 and moved on to work with numerous other companies on the independent circuit before returning to WWE in 2015.
Del Rio ended up getting released in September of 2016 from WWE after exercising an opt-out clause in his contract. The reason he came back was because WWE Chairman and CEO Vince McMahon believed at the time that they really lacked star heels and he was very impressed with how well he was wrestling on the indie circuit.
Since then, Del Rio debuted for Impact Wrestling back in March of 2017 and has quickly become a star as he’s already won a GFW Global Championship and a Unified GFW World Heavyweight Championship.
During a recent interview with the Keeping It 100 with Konnan podcast, Del Rio explained that his second stint with WWE didn’t last very long because he wasn’t crazy about his new gimmick after his return.
“They tried something with that ‘Mex-America’ gimmick that just didn’t work,” he said. “They didn’t know what I was trying to do. Not even Dutch, not even me, and of course the audience knew what was going on.”
Del Rio also became a part of The League of Nations and revealed that himself, Sheamus, Rusev and King Barrett all didn’t want to work together after being asked to come together as a group.
“WrestleMania was around the corner, and they said that we have these guys [Barrett, Rusev, Sheamus, Del Rio] and were like, let’s put them together and do something. None of us wanted to work as a team, or be on a team. Everybody was just not happy by doing that, and we talked to the boss and ended up splitting,” he said. “You know, because they showed me the way, they opened my eyes and I was just being home one day per week, I asked myself if it was really worth it, and I said that I didn’t think so. I remembered when I was free and enjoying my family and my time, I said to myself that I was going to leave. I talked to WWE and they were like, no, just hold on, we are going to bring you back to the Champion Del Rio, the badass Del Rio, but that didn’t happen.”
The 40-year-old Del Rio did quite a bit of damage during his time with WWE after winning the WWE Championship twice, World Heavyweight Championship twice, WWE United States Championship twice, a Bragging Rights Trophy in 2010 with Team SmackDown, Money in the Bank in 2011, and Royal Rumble in 2011.
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