Alberto Del Rio
Date of Birth
May 25, 1977
Place of Birth
"He just signed with us. I was there when he had his tryout at the WWE Performance Center and I met with him there. We've been working on this for a while. His training will start when he gets here. The thing is, you can be a big star anyplace else in the world. That gets you in the door. What you do once you get here is a whole different ballgame. He's no different than anybody else once he walks through the door of the Performance Center." - Triple H on how Kenta Kobayashi will be treated in WWE
July 17, 2014
When LeiD Tapa was released by TNA back in March, there were rumors that she might be a candidate to join the WWE developmental program. However, the company has shown very little interest thus far. In fact, she has not even been invited for a tryout yet. While some are citing her lack of experience, which she is trying to fix by working with OVW, many are pointing out that WWE has had no qualms with signing female performers who have absolutely no experience in the wrestling industry before.
July 8, 2014
While a lot of independent wrestlers are hoping for just a chance to do a tryout with WWE, Cody Hall is on the other side of the fence. The son of Scott Hall has turned down the company several times, stating that he does not want to join their developmental program until he establishes himself on the indies and internationally. Hall wants to achieve things on his own merit.
June 5, 2014
Rumors have it that WWE has been signing some of the best international talent to their developmental program. Names like Kevin Steen, Prince Devitt and Kenta Kobayashi have surfaced as potential candidates to join the company later on this year. Unfortunately, though, WWE will not be bringing in Sarita, long considered one of the best international female performers in the business. She received a tryout with the company back in March but no contract has been offered.
June 4, 2014
While the possibility looked bleak initially, it appears that WWE is set to sign Kevin Steen to a developmental contract. Optimism for his signing was not very high after he received a tryout with the company. However, someone in the WWE front office has convinced management to give the former ROH champion a chance, despite his physical appearance not being up to the company's standards.
May 19, 2014
Earlier this year, the hot rumors were that Kenta Kobayashi was going to be signing with WWE after the Japanese star came to the United States and did a tryout for the company. The industry was a bit shocked recently when it was announced that Kobayashi was leaving Pro Wrestling NOAH, his longtime home. The belief is that he no longer wants to work the physically demanding style in Japan.
May 8, 2014
While a lot of fans in the United States are hoping that he ends up joining WWE, there are rumors floating around that Kenta Kobayashi could be signing with New Japan instead. A lot of speculation has arisen since his contract with Pro Wrestling NOAH expired earlier this week. Kobayashi did do a tryout for WWE earlier in the year.
May 1, 2014
Back in January, a buzz was created when it appears that Kenta Kobayashi was going to be signing with WWE since he worked a tryout for the company. However, the company never gave him a contract, and he Kobayashi returned to Japan. Pro Wrestling NOAH has just announced, however, that their longtime star is leaving the promotion, which has started rumors about Kobayashi finally joining WWE.
April 30, 2014
Tom Latimer recently had a tryout match with TNA, and he feels confident enough to believe that he is going to be receiving a developmental contract with the company. This bit of news is made especially interesting because he is married to Ashley Flair, the daughter of the legendary Ric Flair and a developmental wrestler in WWE NXT.
April 25, 2014
"I had met Jim Ross and Jerry Brisco before I was even in college and they always told me to get your degree first and then we'll give you a shot if you want to come try your hand with the WWE. I graduated in May 2006, flew out to Atlanta for a week to tryout, and by July 2006 I was signed and training in Atlanta. I took a little bit different path than most WWE superstars have taken. I'm one of the few superstars who have gone through all three of the developmental camps." - Jack Swagger reveals his path to the WWE developmental program
April 21, 2014
It has been a couple of weeks now since Kevin Steen was rumored to have done a tryout with WWE, and very little news have surfaced since then in regards to the situation. The belief is that the company will not be signing Steen at the moment. He seems to be doing just fine, however, as Steen continues to consistently be booked by ROH and the independent wrestling circuit.
April 18, 2014
"I never really wanted to go to WWE. The tryout there was awesome. It was really fun and I can't say enough good things and I learned a lot, but I told a few of the guys during the initial tryout with Eddie that this was not for me just because moving down to Orlando is not what I wanted to do and wrestling is not the only thing I want to do with my life. To give up everything and just live in that world is not my idea of a great life or a perfect life. TNA offered me to be able to wrestle with some of the best wrestlers in the world, I could be on television, I could go and entertain crowds but I could still come home and be Wes. I could be Davey, then I could be Wes. It was just better for me and I couldn't be happier in TNA it's been great." - Davey Richards on choosing TNA over WWE
April 14, 2014
Earlier this year, Shanna was given a tryout by TNA and many were under the belief that the independent wrestler was going to be signed by the company. While that has yet to happen, Shanna has let everyone know that she is still interested in showing up on Impact Wrestling some day. Dixie Carter has been signing several performers over the last few months.
March 16, 2014
Over the last couple of months, Joey Ryan has grown increasingly vocal about his tryout and dealings with WWE. While he does harbor some resentment towards Bill DeMott, he showed gratitude and respect towards William Regal, who asked him to move to Florida and work as a trainer in the developmental system for the company.
March 5, 2014
Earlier this year, it was reported that Kevin Steen, the longtime ROH star, would be doing a tryout for WWE, and it has now been confirmed that he will be doing so at the WWE Performance Center from March 24 to March 26. Several other independent wrestling stars are scheduled to be doing tryouts that week as well.
February 28, 2014
Despite having a lot of charisma, Joey Ryan was not signed to a developmental contract by WWE after his tryout match against Great Khali last year. He has now revealed that management informed him that they were not picking him up because he had recently left TNA. It was too soon for them to bring him on board, despite the fact that he would not be on Monday Night Raw or Smackdown for a while.
February 20, 2014
It has been a couple of weeks now since he was at the WWE Performance center, and it looks like a developmental contract will not be offered to Kenta Kobayashi. When he returned to Japan and downplayed the tryout, many were under the impression that the company was not interested in bringing the international star on board.
February 19, 2014
While everyone in the company is fully aware of his reputation as a performer on the independent wrestling circuit, WWE is said to be very curious as to what type of shape Kevin Steen will show up in for his tryout with the company. The belief is that if he does not show up in the best shape of his life, then management will more than likely pass on a contract.
February 15, 2014
Long viewed as one of the more talented performers on the independent wrestling circuit, it now appears that Kevin Steen will be getting his chance at a WWE contract. The former ROH heavyweight champion has been invited to do a tryout for the company. If all goes well, then he will join the developmental program.
February 13, 2014
While most fans have probably never even heard of him, Bobby Fulton did get a brief stint in WWE. It was during the summer of 1997 when he was given tryout matches against Tommy Rogers, whom he teamed with as the Fantastics. He stated that Jim Cornette used them to convince Vince McMahon to start a light heavyweight division.
February 8, 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
As expected, Batista defeated Alberto Del Rio in a grudge match at Elimination Chamber 2014. Del Rio attempted to trick Batista at the beginning of the match by coming out in crutches and a track suit. Pin fall ending came after Del Rio was nailed by an exposed turnbuckle and a Batista Bomb. Lot of crowd heat against Batista during the match.
February 23, 2014