WWE have announced the release of Alberto Del Rio.
A short statement on their website has cited “unprofessional conduct” as the reason for his release;
“WWE announced the release of Alberto Del Rio due to unprofessional conduct and an altercation with an employee.”
The current speculation is that Del Rio got into an altercation with a member of the WWE.com staff at TV this week and slapped them. The telling bit of this is in the company statement, which doesn’t contain the usual “future endeavours” line, nor is buried on their website. With most release announcements, you almost have to go out of your way to find it on the site, whereas Del Rio’s release is the main story. It’s clear that WWE are furious about this situation.
For several months it has been claimed that Del Rio was planning to wait his contract out and then leave the company, likely to return to Mexico. TNA have been credited with an interest in signing him, though with their financial position the way it is currently, a deal seems unlikely.
Del Rio debuted for WWE on Smackdown in June 2010, with officials quickly making big plans for him. He won the 2011 Royal Rumble, however lost to World Heavyweight champion Edge at WrestleMania 27.
He won the WWE Championship for the first time at SummerSlam that year, cashing in the Money in the Bank contract he had won a month earlier. He lost the title several months later, to CM Punk in what ended up being the start of Punk’s 434-day run with the belt.
He also won the WWE World Heavyweight championship in early 2011, before losing it memorably to Dolph Ziggler on the post-WrestleMania Raw in April. He would regain the title at Payback two months later.