Alberto Del Rio Discusses His Time In WWE, Salary, MMA

Former WWE superstar Alberto Del Rio was recently interviewed by Awful Announcingwhere he discussed a number of topics. Among there were his time in WWE and the salary there compared to the independent wrestling scene, being an announcer for MMA and more.

Below are some highlights from the interview:

On being fired the first time he was in WWE:

“I worked for that company for eight years. My first run with the company, I got fired because I stood up for myself against a racist employee who was making racist jokes against Mexicans. That’s in the past, because the company ended up calling me again, we shook hands, we made peace and everything and I ended up going back for a second time. But when I was there, I realized that was not what I wanted any more. The company is the biggest company in the world when it comes to pro wrestling, it was the major leagues of pro wrestling, but after being there and making a name for myself, with them giving me a place to showcase my talent and show the world who Alberto Del Rio really is, I realized I didn’t need them any more.”

On the salary in WWE vs. the Independent Wrestling Scene:

“When you work for a company like that, you have to be on the road 220-230 days per year, and then I realized I could be making the same amount of money but doing only 120-150 days per year. So I decided to take it and go back to the indie circuit, the indie promotions, just to be my own boss. So I called the owner, Vince McMahon, I said ‘I don’t feel happy with what we’re doing at the moment, I don’t like the schedule, I want to be free again, so if you don’t mind, just let me go.’ I still had two months left on my contract, and he was asking me to stay for those two months, and I said ‘No, I want to leave now, I’m unhappy and I’m starting to lose the love, the passion for pro wrestling. And for someone who was born in the business like myself, that’s unacceptable, something like that is unacceptable, so just please let me go.’ And he did.”

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On working as a broadcaster for MMA:

“Now I have the opportunity to work for a MMA organization that I love so much. This organization pushes Latin talent, we have fighters from all over the world, but we can showcase our talent. So that’s a reason I love this company so much, because it’s really difficult to get the opportunity from companies out there, and this company’s completely open to giving you a run. And if you want to take your career to the top, we will give you the tools, as long as you have the talent and a good heart and you are open to doing what you need to do.”

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