Alberto Del Rio
Date of Birth
May 25, 1977
Place of Birth
While rumors of their demise are swirling rapidly around the promotion, TNA has opted to continue with business. Dixie Carter has announced that the company has signed Chris Melendez to a multiple year contract. The Purple Heart award recipient only has one leg because of injuries suffered while serving the country in Afghanistan. The move should bring about some positive press for TNA.
July 30, 2014
Since his contract with WWE has now officially ended, rumors about Jim Ross and his future in professional wrestling have started heating up again. Since the longtime commentator does not want to replace Taz or Mike Tenay in TNA, much of the speculations has been geared towards him joining up with Jeff Jarrett in Global Force Wrestling. Interest within the industry towards the new promotion has grown since Jarrett has been able to secure several deals across the globe.
July 29, 2014
Since they're paying him a tremendous amount of money, Hulk Hogan has been traveling the globe for WWE. After being the unofficial featured attraction in Japan, the former world heavyweight champion has headed down to Mexico to do some promotion work for the company. WWE is doing a tour of the country soon, and they're hoping that Hogan can help spike interest much like he did in Japan.
July 22, 2014
While the company publicly states that they do not view any wrestling promotion as competition, the actions being taken by WWE at Wrestlemania 31 tell a different story. Vince McMahon and his staff have worked diligently to prevent independent wrestling companies from being able to do shows in the San Francisco and San Jose areas during the same weekend as their big event. A lot of the buildings in the area have agreed to boycott independent promoters from renting the place.
July 10, 2014
It is no secret that WWE would love for the Rock to be the centerpiece attraction at Wrestlemania 31. However, the possibility of that happening is becoming more and more unclear by the day. The studios have decided to move the release date of Fast and Furious 7, which features Rock in a big role, up a bit. It will now be shown in the theaters a few days after Wrestlemania. That means that the Rock will be needed to travel the world to do promotion for the film. His availability to WWE is in question.
July 10, 2014
Rumors are floating around that one of the reasons why TNA brought back the six sided ring, under the guise of fan voting, was because they wanted to beat Jeff Jarrett to the punch. Talks within the industry have Jarrett utilizing the unique ring when his new promotion, Global Force Wrestling, starts up. No word yet on whether or not Jarrett still plans on using the six sided ring now that TNA has brought it back.
July 4, 2014
When news initially broke out that Jeff Jarrett was starting a new wrestling promotion, all fingers pointed to Toby Keith as his financial backer. The country music singer is a big fan of wrestling and good friend of Jarrett. However, reports are surfacing now that Keith is not involved with Global Force Wrestling. There are rumors that the financial backer is someone that Jarrett knows through his NASCAR connections.
June 29, 2014
Earlier this week, Jeff Hardy and Jeff Jarrett went on a vacation together with their families in tow. While that might come as a surprise to a lot of fans, this is not the first time that the two families have done this. Apparently, Hardy and Jarrett have grown rather close over the years. That closeness has led to rumors about Hardy bolting TNA after his contract expires to join Jarrett in his new Global Force Wrestling promotion.
June 23, 2014
While the promotion has yet to obtain a television contract, Jeff Jarrett is still constantly working behind the scenes to set things up for Global Force Wrestling. It has just been announced that the company has partnered up with New Japan Pro Wrestling for some sort of talent exchange program. Jarrett has maintained that he wants an international feel to his new promotion, and this is a very good step in that direction.
June 21, 2014
If you're a big fan of Cryme Tyme, then get on the phone with the independent wrestling promotion to ask them to book the former WWE tag team. Now that JTG has been given a release by the company, he has decided to reunite with Shad Gaspard, so that the two of them can be booked as a unit on the indies circuit. Combined, they have much more name value, so they can command a higher contract from promoters.
June 19, 2014
Booker T is running his first internet pay per view for his wrestling promotion, and Reality of Wrestling will have plenty of WWE presence there. Josh Mathews has signed on to help Booker do commentary for the evening, while Alex Riley will be making his return to the ring for a match. Theodore Long, who was recently released by WWE, will be on hand to act as the on screen general manager at the PPV.
June 19, 2014
Despite being the biggest wrestling promotion in the world, WWE is not excluded from cost cutting measures from time to time. Vince McMahon is currently trying to trim approximately $20 million a year off of the company's budget for production. Changes are being made to the stages and the presentation of the shows. WWE is also trying to slash the budget in other areas as well.
June 17, 2014
Over the last several months, Jeff Jarrett has been pursuing a television deal for his new promotion. While there was some interest in Global Force Wrestling by the networks, it appears that things have slowed down tremendously for Jarrett because of the issues going on in WWE. News about their stocks declining hit the mainstream media, so a lot of industries are leery of professional wrestling at the moment.
June 14, 2014
Next month, Booker T will be holding the first ever internet pay per view event for his Reality of Wrestling promotion, and he's calling in a big name to help him out. Diamond Dallas Page has signed on to make an appearance at the show. The former WCW champion is unlikely to be wrestling at the event, but he could take part in a physical altercation in an in ring segment.
June 9, 2014
If you're still a fan of Sin Cara and want to keep up with the former WWE star, he is now going by the new name of Myzteziz. However, the masked performer is only using that name in AAA. Rumors have it that the promotion wanted to avoid a legal battle with WWE, so they insisted that he come up with a new name that they can trademark. Sin Cara will continue using the name and gimmick outside of that promotion, though.
June 5, 2014
Since he knows that his career in WWE isn't going to last forever, the Great Khali has reportedly been looking towards life after leaving the company for quite some time now. Those speculations gained more credibility this week when a professional wrestler in India told the media that he has been working with Khali to start a new promotion in their home country.
May 27, 2014
Rumors are going around right now that there have been several TNA performers who have contacted Jeff Jarrett to gauge interest in working for his new promotion, Global Force Wrestling. It is being said that the wrestlers are nervous about Dixie Carter not being able to get a new television deal with Spike TV. Both sides are still in negotiations.
May 17, 2014
When Jeff Jarrett chose the name Global Force Wrestling for his new promotion, it was done with the intention of letting the world know that he wanted performers from all corners of the globe. On June 1, Jarrett will be doing a GFW event in Ontario, where he and Scott D'Amore will be looking to sign a couple of the top Canadian wrestlers for the new promotion.
May 14, 2014
"I figure that anything that Jeff Jarrett puts his mind to when it comes to creating a promotion has the potential to be very formidable in terms of the landscape of pro wrestling. Just look what he did with TNA. If he has the right people behind him when it comes to finances, then Jeff is creative enough to make something happen. So it's definitely on my radar, just like I think it's on everyone's radar at this point. Everyone's just waiting to see exactly what Global Force Wrestling is going to be. We have to see where it is, what it is, and who is going to be involved. Jeff is starting to answer slowly but surely." - Christopher Daniels discusses the possibility of joining GFW
May 14, 2014
Rumors have been floating around a bit about the future of TNA, as the company has yet to sign a new deal with Spike to keep Impact Wrestling on the network. Their marketing agency, UTA, is focusing their attention on pitching the promotion to other networks at this time. The belief is that they want more leverage in negotiations with Spike, so they want to come back with various offers for Dixie Carter.
May 14, 2014
Word going around right now is that Alberto Del Rio is not as vocal as he used to be backstage. In the past, he was known to be outwardly upset whenever WWE did not push him properly. Nowadays, though, it appears that he is content with just being there and collecting nice paychecks. He is not as adamant about being in the main event scene as before. The belief backstage is that Del Rio will leave the company sooner than later.
August 1, 2014
A day before the company is expected to eliminate a lot of jobs, WWE has come to terms on the release of Ricardo Rodriguez, who stated that the decision belonged to him. The former manager of Alberto Del Rio reiterated that he wanted to be an in ring performer again. Rodriguez had been training in developmental in hopes that management would finally give him a chance. When that opportunity appeared dismal, he opted to move on to the next chapter of his career.
July 30, 2014
A lot of action took place in the main event of Money in the Bank 2014. Fans went crazy as they saw creative signature spots from Randy Orton, Sheamus, John Cena, Roman Reigns, Alberto Del Rio, Kane and Bray Wyatt. However, it was Cena, much to the dismay of online WWE fans, who climbed the ladder and captured the heavyweight championship.
June 29, 2014
Rumors of CM Punk returning soon have heated up again this week, and Alberto Del Rio appears to be the culprit. During an interview, he was asked if the Straight Edge Superstar would be returning to WWE soon. For public relations reasons, Del Rio, who did much of the interview partially in character, stated that he believes that Punk will be back, but he also stated that he does not know when. This caused a lot of fans to believe that Punk would be back in WWE again.
June 27, 2014
On Monday Night Raw, Alberto Del Rio qualified for the big ladder match at Money in the Bank 2014 by defeating Dolph Ziggler. The move comes as a bit of a surprise as many felt that WWE would utilize Ziggler in a match that suits his skills. Instead, management opted to go with Del Rio, who does not have a lot of momentum or popularity right now.
June 3, 2014
Prior to Wrestlemania 30, there were plans in place to push Alberto Del Rio towards Big E Langston and the WWE Intercontinental Championship, so when the tournament was announced, many viewed Del Rio as a top candidate to win. However, management has changed their minds on that push, as evident by the fact that Del Rio lost to Rob Van Dam on Monday Night Raw this week.
April 16, 2014
Several WWE stars stepped into the ring to try to win the Andre the Giant memorial battle royal at Wrestlemania 30. Alberto Del Rio and Sheamus both made it to to the final four, but they ended up eliminating one another. Antonio Cesaro captured the trophy by incredibly lifting up the Big Show for a body slam and tossing him over the top rope.
April 6, 2014
Since the championship belt has been largely neglected over the last several weeks, there are plans in place backstage for Big E Langston to begin defending the WWE Intercontinental Championship after Wrestlemania 30. Management wants to put him into a title program against Alberto Del Rio, which could culminate into a match at Extreme Rules 2014.
April 3, 2014
In order to promote the big pay per view this weekend, WWE hosted the Wrestlemania 30 press conference. This picture from the event shows Batista, Hulk Hogan, Randy Orton, Big Show, Alberto Del Rio, Great Khali, Mark Henry, John Cena, Daniel Bryan, Triple H, Stephanie McMahon and the girls from Total Divas.
April 2, 2014
WWE has announced that the Andre the Giant memorial battle royal will consists of Alberto Del Rio, Big E Langston, Big Show, Brodus Clay, Christian, Cody Rhodes, Damien Sandow, Darren Young, Dolph Ziggler, Drew McIntyre, Fandango, Goldust, Great Khali, Heath Slater, Jinder Mahal, Justin Gabriel, Kofi Kingston, Mark Henry, Miz, R Truth, Rey Mysterio, Santino Marella, Sheamus, Sin Cara, Titus ONeil and Zack Ryder. There are also four spots available for last minute entrants.
March 25, 2014
Since he is viewed as an international marketing asset and an occasional main event performer, Alberto Del Rio is one of the few guys in WWE that has a salary that is higher than half a million a season. The former world heavyweight champion has a downside guarantee of $675,000 a year. He also receives a good amount of pay per view bonuses as well.
March 23, 2014
When WWE announced their new Slam City cartoon, the characters announced were John Cena, Mark Henry, Rey Mysterio, Kane, Sheamus, Alberto Del Rio, Dolph Ziggler and Randy Orton. The company is expected to expand that with more performers. Stephanie McMahon recently revealed that the Rock will become a character soon.
March 21, 2014
For the longest time, WWE tried figuring out a way to get Alberto Del Rio on to the Wrestlemania 30 card, even though he was not involved in a compelling story line on Monday Night Raw or Smackdown. The Andre the Giant memorial battle royal has now made that happen, as the former world heavyweight champion has been officially announced as an entrant.
March 15, 2014
While there are fans who believe that WWE has planned out this entire Daniel Bryan story line in advance, Alberto Del Rio recently revealed that the plan was never for Batista to be this hated by the audience. Del Rio even noted that fans have started cheering for him because of their disdain for the Guardians of the Galaxy star. That was not something that management wanted.
March 13, 2014
While he continues to train hard at the WWE Performance Center, there has been some doubt as to how far Ricardo Rodriguez will be able to go as a wrestler. He already has the personality to make it work, but there are some fears that some fans will not be able to see past him as just being a manager and a sidekick for Alberto Del Rio.
March 11, 2014
Those that are hoping to see the two of them being pushed again are in luck, as Dolph Ziggler and Alberto Del Rio really impressed WWE officials over the weekend thanks to their superb match at the big live event in Madison Square Garden. The audience reacted extremely well, and there were several "This is awesome!" chants throughout the bout.
March 10, 2014
At one point in time, it seemed all but certain that Alberto Del Rio was going to be given a spot at Wrestlemania 30, so that the company can attempt to capitalize on some attention from the media in Mexico. That no longer appears to be the case, as the former world heavyweight champion looks like the odd man out right now.
March 6, 2014
While a lot of fans were under the impression that his win on Monday Night Raw might have signaled an escape from the dog house, there does not appear to be much of a chance of seeing a Dolph Ziggler push any time soon. He and Alberto Del Rio were basically just chosen to do a match to help guest star Aaron Paul promote his movie.
March 4, 2014