With CM Punk leaving WWE due to unhappiness, a lot of eyes have now focused on Alberto Del Rio, who has openly talked about leaving the company whenever he is upset with the way that his character is being utilized. The belief is that he is unhappy about being fed to Batista.
Aside from half hearted programs with Sin Cara and Rey Mysterio, Alberto Del Rio really has not been given a full program by WWE to work with since wrestling John Cena at Survivor Series 2013. However, the feeling backstage is that Del Rio is assured a spot at Wrestlemania 30 to draw in the Spanish media.
"They made it known that I wasn't one of those beautiful people. They were very transparent about that. Like, when they would have a rehearsal for one of the Lumber-jill girls matches. They would position the girls exactly where the cameras would go. The girls that they felt weren't 'The Pretty Ones', they would move them to the side. It was a clear message."
- Gail Kim revealing that WWE officials backstage did not view her as a pretty girl
"Here's the story on that. I was there as she was coming in. They knew we had worked together in TNA so they told me. 'Okay, you are going to be her first match'. Everyone knows that her first match is going to be a squash match. So she starts killing all of the girls in the ring. Then we have a house show loop and they tell me. 'Okay, you and Eve are going to get laid out'. I knew they were out to kill everything that we had done in TNA. They kept pushing off that singles match on TV and finally they said 'okay, it's going to happen'. I remember she was there and then all of a sudden she went home. She came back for a pay per view, i think it was in Seattle and she set me aside and told me 'I have to tell you something, I'm pregnant'. I told her congratulations but a part of me was also happy that it was divine intervention to save our history. I sat back said, thank you Lord."
- Gail Kim on Kharma story line in WWE
"When fans come up to me and ask me when am I going back to the WWE...well, I just put it this way. I was made more for TNA. The way that the women are treated, the time for the matches. That's what I enjoy. I'm so much more happy in TNA."
- Gail Kim discussing another potentail WWE return
Wrestle-1, the new promotion founded by the Great Muta, is about to get an influx of talent from TNA for an upcoming live event in March. Austin Aries, Abyss, Bobby Roode, Brutus Magnus, Christopher Daniels, Davey Richards, Eddie Edwards, Frankie Kazarian, Gail Kim, Madison Rayne and Samoa Joe have been confirmed for the trip.
Batista won Royal Rumble 2014 by eliminating Roman Reigns in the end. Other contestants during the match were Alberto Del Rio, Alexander Rusev, Antonio Cesaro, Big E Langston, CM Punk, Cody Rhodes, Damien Sandow, Dean Ambrose, Dolph Ziggler, El Torito, Erick Rowan, Fandango, Goldust, Great Khali, Jack Swagger, JBL, Jey Uso, Jimmy Uso, Kane, Kevin Nash, Kofi Kingston, Luke Harper, R Truth, Rey Mysterio, Ryback, Seth Rollins, Sheamus and the Miz.
"And I really wish Edge were still here. It killed me when I was out injured and he ended up having that final match with Alberto Del Rio. He was there while I was with the Nexus and he was just such a joy to be around. He's a good human being and just knew so much. He was always helping. Its guys like that that I wish were around still."
- Ryback on the retirement of Edge
While the initial plans had him working a match against Sin Cara, WWE may have changed their mind on how to use Rey Mysterio at Wrestlemania 30. There are those within the company that are now leaning towards him working a match against Alberto Del Rio with his mask on the line.
When Madison Rayne left the company to have her first child, she vowed that she would come back to TNA with a vengeance, and she has done just that. On the Genesis edition of Impact Wrestling last night, Madison defeated Gail Kim to capture the TNA Knockouts Championship.
Former world heavyweight champion Alberto Del Rio has been takng some time away from the wrestling ring recently because of a concussion, but he's set to make his return to WWE this week during a live event in New York City.
While he won't be utilized in the main event title picture again any time soon, WWE still views Alberto Del Rio as a valuable marketing asset. The former world champion was one of the handful of wrestlers who were on hand for the Wrestlemania 31 press conference.
A picture of Kurt Angle and Gail Kim in India. The two were sent by TNA to do a special promotional tour for the company.
Since she is recognizable to international fans due to her stints in WWE, Gail Kim was sent to India earlier this week to do a promotional tour for TNA. She was a guest of Sony SIX, which is one of the premier sports entertainment channels in that country.
On Impact Wrestling last night, Madison Rayne made her return to TNA, where the former Knockouts Champion saved ODB from an attack by Gail Kim and Lei'D Tapa. Rayne had taken some time away from the company to have a child.
John Cena, Alberto Del Rio, Sheamus, Mark Henry, Big Show, Fandango, Great Khali, R Truth, Bella Twins, Summer Rae, Vince McMahon, Stephanie McMahon and Triple H were all in attendance at the Wrestlemania 31 press conference in Santa Clara.
While management is trying to elevate Sin Cara, WWE opted not to include his match and victory against Alberto Del Rio on the Hulu broadcast of Monday Night Raw, leading some to wonder just how serious they are about this push.
The long list of WWE performers who suffered concussions in 2013 has grown a little bit longer, as Alberto Del Rio has been injured during his match against Sin Cara on Monday Night Raw. The website has reported that he will need time off.
Many have noticed Alberto Del Rio has been demoted by WWE, as he went from a World Heavyweight Championship program with John Cena to losing a Monday Night Raw match against Sin Cara.
Despite being given a big win over Alberto Del Rio, Sin Cara had his return match removed on the Hulu broadcast of Monday Night Raw by WWE.
Many were predicting John Cena to successfully defend the World title against Alberto Del Rio at Survivor Series, and WWE did not stray from that. Cena dodged the arm breaker and hit the Attitude Adjustment for the pin fall victory.
"Yes, of course. I'm Mexican. I grew up watching him. I saw him several times before he came to WWE or any other company in the US. He wrestled for years and years in Mexico, especially in Ciudad Juarez. I've always admired him. He started from the bottom and at the end of his career he was one of the most amazing, most popular Superstars in the world."
In order to give him a little bit of momentum heading into the Survivor Series, Alberto Del Rio was given a victory over Santino Marella on WWE Main Event this week.
The belief within WWE is that Alberto Del Rio will not be winninng the World Heavyweight Championship back anytime soon.
Advertisements for Wrestlemania 30 are being focused on John Cena, Undertaker, Brock Lesnar, CM Punk, Randy Orton, Alberto Del Rio and Mark Henry.
Alberto Del Rio revealed on Twitter that this is the first time that he has gotten to spend Halloween with his kids.
In a match that was surprisingly given almost twenty minutes, Alberto Del Rio defeated Rob Van Dam in a Hardcore Rules match via submission to retain the World Heavyweight Championship at the WWE Battleground pay per view.
On Monday Night Raw, Alberto Del Rio injured his rib during a match against Sheamus.