Before he made his return to WWE, Alberto Del Rio was in negotiations with TNA. Some further details have been revealed about the contract that the company offered the former world heavyweight champion. Del Rio was offered $300,000 a year, which is quite generous for a company that is rumored to be struggling. He also would have been allowed to work on the independent wrestling circuit and in Mexico.
November 6, 2015
While he has plenty of suitors overseas, if Alberto Del Rio wanted to make a return to the United States, he has welcoming arms in TNA. The company is said to be heavily interested in signing the former world heavyweight champion to a contract. A big reason why they want Del Rio is because of their focus on gaining further ground in international distribution. He would definitely be an asset in that regard.
October 16, 2015
For a short period of time earlier this year, TNA and AAA were on opposite sides, as both companies competed to see if they could get former WWE star Alberto Del Rio under contract. That battle is now over, so the sides are trying to see if they can work on something that would be mutually beneficial with one another. Dixie Carter is said to be interested in doing another talent exchange, in hopes of bringing some of the top stars in Mexico to the United States.
February 12, 2015
Once he is no longer contractually obligated to WWE, the belief is that Rey Mysterio will continue his career as an in ring performer. While TNA has yet to be removed as a potential destination, the belief is that he will be venturing over to Lucha Underground because he wants to be part of the movement. Along with the already signed and rejuvenated Alberto Del Rio, Mysterio could help the promotion gain more exposure nationwide.
January 30, 2015
During a recent interview, Alberto Del Rio explained that he signed with Lucha Underground and AAA out of loyalty. He stated that he chose them over a company like TNA because of what they did for him while he was in a legal fight with WWE. The Spanish promotions were the ones that introduced him to his lawyer. They also were the ones that covered the expenses, which was said to be quite high since they were battling a big corporation.
January 28, 2015
A couple of weeks ago, we learned that TNA had put a big money offer and a favorable schedule on the table for Alberto Del Rio, but he declined the contract. That led many to speculate that he had a thing against the company. During a recent interview, Del Rio explained that he has nothing but the utmost respect for the company and the performers. He instead opted to sign with AAA and Lucha Underground out of loyalty.
January 28, 2015
Right before Impact Wrestling made its debut on Destination America, TNA wanted to make a big splash by signing a well known performer to make a surprise appearance. A $400,000 contract was put on the table for Alberto Del Rio. Management even sweetened the deal by limiting the amount of appearances that he would be required to make during the year. For whatever reasons, the former world heavyweight champion declined the offer.
January 18, 2015
Since the company wants to make a big splash when they make their Destination America debut on Wednesday, TNA is said to be making a mad dash right now to get Alberto Del Rio to sign on the dotted line. A huge amount of money is said to be on the table because the move would generate a bit of a buzz. There could be a chance that Del Rio signs a temporary contract to make the move happen. Negotiations would be ongoing after that.
January 5, 2015
Some further details have been reported about TNA and their pursuit of Alberto Del Rio. It was already known that John Gaburick was the person that in contact with the former world heavyweight champion, as the two of them had a close working relationship in WWE. Now, word has leaked that the company has offered Del Rio a one year deal, worth approximately $400,000. They also requests that he work exclusively for them, which might be a problem because he wants to work elsewhere.
December 18, 2014