WWE sent out a few interesting tweets just a short time ago regarding Del Rio’s firing.
(1/2) @VivaDelRio is responsible for his own actions. If you’re angry at anyone, be angry at Alberto.
— WWE (@WWE) August 8, 2014
(2/2) There’s no excuse for a pro athlete not to conduct themselves in a professional manner. — WWE (@WWE) August 8, 2014
I did not expect WWE to give a public response to the fans. Usually, as they did yesterday, they would make a statement on what happened and be done with it. There must have been backlash regarding the abrupt firing, especially in the cost-cutting mode that they are in.
Stay tuned for more updates.
In the move that shook the wrestling world this evening, Superstar Alberto Del Rio was very surprisingly released after allegedly slapping a backstage employee of WWE. Their website originally reported the news.
— WWE (@WWE) August 7, 2014
Del Rio’s contract was expected to expire later this year. It had been reported that he planned on leaving the company due to unhappiness with how he was being booked for shows. Last fall, ADR was placed in a feud with John Cena, who was returning from injury, for the World Heavyweight Championship. Cena would defeat him in both match-ups at the Hell in a Cell and Survivor Series pay-per-views.
Del Rio has been floating around the card as a heel for the past nine months since that feud concluded. He was in a feud with the returning Batista at Royal Rumble, only to predictably job to him during their match. He hasn’t had any other real feuds since but was a steady presence on Smackdown and Main Event, where he battled for the United States Championship and Intercontinental Championship on a few occasions. Lately, he’s been an enhancement talent for the rising Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose. In that aspect, he will be missed since the company lacks heels for that role as well as his overall technical wrestling talent.
ADR has not received much of a reaction from the crowd for a long time. Whether it was his fault or poor booking decisions, his character was boring. He got stale very fast and never had much development to his persona of being this Mexican aristocrat.
I don’t think fans will miss him unless they understand the impact this will have on the roster. Who takes his role now? Cesaro easily could but he deserves better than that and we here still hope that he gets this feud with Brock Lesnar. Unless they turn someone heel, there isn’t a prime replacement for his spot as the heel that’s an enhancement talent.
While what Del Rio did (from what we know) was a classless way to go out, his presence on the roster will be missed on shows, no matter what we felt about his character.