TNA News: Former WWE Superstar Alberto Del Rio Signs With TNA Wrestling

Joe Burgett - Author

Mar. 2 2017, Updated 4:56 p.m. ET

Former WWE Superstar Alberto Del Rio has officially signed with TNA Wrestling and even made a huge impression at the latest set of television tapings the likes no one expected. Del Rio, of course under his independent name of Alberto El Patron, had been in talks with TNA Wrestling in the past. In fact, he was in talks last year around the time he left the WWE, but things did not work out.

The original plan was that he would be offered a high contract of $300,000 and he would be guaranteed a run with the TNA World Championship almost immediately upon his signing with the company. Talks stalled when Jeff Jarrett and Anthem Sports and Entertainment took over, which caused Alberto Del Rio to consider other plans for his career.

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However, when Matt and Jeff Hardy left on top of Drew Galloway this week, TNA knew they had to bring in top names. In fact, there is even a rumored plan that TNA might bring in Jim Ross to replace Josh Mathews, the self-proclaimed best announcer in the world. However, this is not confirmed, although an announce table shake-up is set to happen. Anthem was most likely willing to pay out a bit more to bring in Alberto Del Rio because they needed him badly with major losses.


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