Not a few weeks has passed since Alberto Del Rio made his acrimonious second exit from WWE. But it now appears that the fiery Mexican wrestler is in the outs with another wrestling promotion, after he no-showed the AAA Heroes Inmortales X event in Mexico on Sunday night.
When Alberto Del Rio exited the WWE in September after a disappointing 11-month second run with the company, he had automatically become a free agent. His last WWE stint was particularly forgettable, as it included an awkward partnership with former onscreen rival Zeb Colter, and membership in the similarly unremarkable League of Nations stable. By August of 2016, Del Rio, then serving a 30-day suspension for violating WWE’s Wellness Policy, began negotiating a release from his contract, citing unhappiness with his push and the storylines he was given.
MexAmerica and League of Nations aside, Del Rio was still one of the top free agents in wrestling when he and WWE had come to terms with his release on September 9. He was now free to wrestle once again as “Alberto el Patron,” the name he used in Mexican promotion AAA, Lucha Underground, and Ring of Honor after he first left WWE in 2014. And at the time he became a free agent, F4W Online reported that several companies, including Mexico’s AAA and CMLL, TNA Wrestling, ROH, and New Japan Professional Wrestling had shown interest in the 39-year-old star.
— WNSource.com (@WNSource) October 2, 2016
Unfortunately, it looks like Alberto Del Rio’s reputation as a flake who’d occasionally no-show events had resurfaced in recent days. PWMania reported that Del Rio was sighted in Orlando on Sunday, and that had stoked rumors that he may make a surprise appearance at TNA’s Bound for Glory pay-per-view. Orlando is also where his real-life girlfriend, Paige, makes her American home, which also did make lots of sense at the time.
What was clear to everyone was the fact that Del Rio had a Sunday show at AAA’s Heroes Inmortales X event, and when the event was over and done, there was neither hide nor hair of Del Rio/el Patron in the stadium. Following the no-show, AAA posted a statement expressing their disappointment in how Del Rio had “failed” his countrymen by not appearing for Heroes Inmortales X as promised.
Fightful‘s Carlos Toro published an English translation of AAA’s official statement on the Del Rio no-show.
“Lucha Libre AAA Worldwide has announced that, for reasons unknown to the company, Alberto ‘El Patron’ was not present at the Heroes Inmortales X function, of which took place this afternoon. This is despite him having already confirmed his presence for the event with anticipation, and even confirmed it this very morning.
“We regret Alberto’s lack of commitment, now that he has failed the Mexican public that has supported him throughout his career, even turning him into one of the biggest names Mexican Lucha Libre and at an international level.”
— Alberto El Patron (@VivaDelRio) September 29, 2016
As of this writing, Del Rio has not yet provided any comment on his no-show; his last Twitter post was on September 30, when he retweeted a clip from a recent match against Big Damo at a WhatCulture Pro Wrestling event. The day prior, he promoted his AAA appearance, billing it as a “can’t miss” show. But obviously, something had come up over the weekend that had forced Del Rio to miss that appearance, and the folks at AAA are not happy about it. As the fallout from the no-show could compromise his reputation as one of the most recognizable and talented veterans in the independent circuit, here’s hoping Alberto Del Rio (or el Patron) sheds some light on why he had to miss an important show in his home country.
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