Alberto Del Rio is a former WWE champion, but doesn’t always get along the biggest wrestling company in the world. He was fired in 2014 when he punched a (non-wrestling) co-worker for making a racist joke. He returned a year later, but only lasted a few months before walking out in October 2015. Officially, it was a “mutual parting of ways,” but basically Del Rio wanted to quit and the WWE allowed him to do so (Del Rio’s then-girlfriend and now wife Paige was also suspended at the time for a violation of the Wellness Policy).
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Christmas is supposed to be the most wonderful time of the year, but you wouldn’t know it from the world of professional wrestling. Over the years, wrestlers and wrestling organizations have tried to exploit the holiday season in a myriad of ways, from Christmas-themed gimmick matches, to wrestlers dressing up in various attempts at playing Santa, to actual Christmas movies, and generally, they all end up being cheesy at best, and actually fairly terrible at worst. We’ve looked through the archives, and come up with a bunch of examples of when it seemed like the wrestling industry was trying to guarantee that nobody had a Merry Christmas.
The last few months have been chaotic for former WWE Superstar Alberto Del Rio and his girlfriend, current (for now) WWE Superstar Paige, and this weekend another chapter was added to the expanding book of their wild exploits. According to reports, Del Rio and Paige were backstage at a wrestling event in Mexico and ended up in a physical altercation with one of the wrestlers. Details are sketchy, but allegedly the fight may have started over the wrestler touching Paige or Del Rio somehow, and there is the possibility that alcohol may have played a part in the fight escalating. The fight reportedly involved Del Rio essentially beating up the smaller luchador, and apparently spilled out of the locker room and was witnessed by many fans, something which has angered the owners of the wrestling promotion.
The life of Alberto Del Rio has not gotten any less interesting since he left WWE a few weeks ago. On Sunday, it was reported that Del Rio (now known as Alberto El Patron) had no-showed the first major event he was scheduled to wrestle post-WWE, for AAA in Mexico, leading to an angry public statement from that company about how he had failed Mexican fans everywhere. Well, it turns out that Del Rio had a very good reason for missing his scheduled match: he was in a hospital receiving treatments for multiple slash wounds that he had received when someone attacked him with a knife outside a restaurant where he was eating. No, seriously.
In a move that has clearly been coming for a while, WWE officially announced that they have “mutually agreed” to release Alberto Del Rio from his contract, according to a post on WWE.com. Del Rio has been the center of a firestorm of controversy in recent weeks, due to his public relationship with fellow Superstar Paige that recently saw both simultaneously suspended 30 days for violating the WWE Wellness Policy, a messy legal situation involving his ex-wife, and a general malaise due to how he has been booked since returning to WWE in October of 2015.
This is all speculation for now, although it comes from highly reliable sources, but it sounds like WWE Superstar and one of the stars of Total Divas, Paige, who is currently serving a 30-day suspension for violating the WWE Wellness Policy, may be trying to find a way out of her contract. It sounds as if Paige is looking to join her boyfriend Alberto Del Rio, who recently exercised an “out” clause in his own contract and will be finished with the company at the end of the month, after a tumultuous last few months which saw her relationship become public, leading to several complications.
In an update to a story we ran yesterday about Alberto Del Rio being removed from all future scheduled WWE live appearances, it appears that the rumors are true and Del Rio will be finishing up with the company as of the last day of September, thanks to an “out” clause in his contract. In fact, Del Rio reportedly gave the company 60 days notice of his intentions, which means that WWE was already aware that he was leaving when suspended him 30 days for his first violation of the Wellness Policy before SummerSlam (as well as his girlfriend Paige, which definitely makes it look like the suspension had more than a fair share of spite involved).
SummerSlam is one of WWE’s longest-running Pay Per Views and one of the legendary “Big Four”, a massive show which WWE likes to tout as “the biggest PPV of the summer”. And when you have a Pay Per View that has been around for roughly three decades, you get all sorts of weird statistics and interesting facts that crop up from years and years of matches. As a result, we’ve picked through the entire history of SummerSlam to come up with some items about WWE’s big summer party that we thought you’d find interesting. Enjoy!