Posts Tagged ‘Alberto Del Rio’

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Controversial wrestling couple Paige and Alberto El Patron made headlines for an alleged confrontation at Orlando International Airport last week. The duo reportedly engaged in a public altercation involving a third party, with police stating that El Patron was being investigated on battery charges.

According to a new report from Pro Wrestling Sheet, Orlando PD have now confirmed that detectives have determined that Paige should also be charged with battery, but the State Attorney’s office will make the final decision.

Paige initially claimed that she, not Alberto, was the one held on potential charges, but police later noted that El Patron was the only suspect at the time. The investigation into the current GFW Champion is still ongoing.

According to WWE’s domestic violence policy, Paige will be suspended if an arrest is made. A conviction would result in her contract being immediately, with WWE reserving their right to suspend, fine, or fire a wrestler if presented with “incontrovertible evidence of such illegal misconduct.”

The former WWE Divas Champion has been absent from television since June 2016, following a string of injuries, suspensions, and other controversies. El Patron, meanwhile, was recently suspended by GFW pending the investigation’s outcome.

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Zak Bevis, the real-life brother of WWE superstar Paige, noted on his Facebook page on Tuesday morning that he’s “very worried” about his sister.

“I’ve got too say I’m very worried about my sister,” Bevis wrote (sic). “Please keep a eye on her, she had one Prick Known as brad Maddox who took advantage of an 18 year old girl. Physically and mentally abused her. And now she’s with a control freak who think he’s a tough guy cause he’s beats my sister and has money too cover his tracks..”

News broke on Monday that Alberto El Patron was detained by police at the Orlando International Airport on Sunday following a domestic incident. Paige claimed the incident was not between herself and Alberto but rather with an angry fan that allegedly threw a drink on the GFW Impact World Heavyweight Champion. Audio of the incident revealed Alberto telling someone to “call the cops” and Paige crying. A witness claimed the wrestling couple were arguing at a restaurant in the airport.

“I love my sister she will end up like Whitney Houston or Amy Winehouse,” Zak wrote on Facebook. “….please share this,,I want the world to know that i care about my lil sister…..everyone keep an eye on her …you’ll be argry at me but I love you, I’m writing this on behalf of all the Knights.”

Zak also noted that their father, Ricky Knight, will weigh in later, noting, “Thanks for all the messages. Yes this is very hard to do. Ricky Knight is the head of this family and will have his say later.”

Knight has been an outspoken critic of Paige’s relationship with El Patron, something that has even boiled over into a wrestling match between them.

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Although it’s been almost a year since she’s performed inside a wrestling ring, Paige has managed to remain one of the most talked about performers in the entire industry, mostly for reasons potentially damaging to her career.

During her hiatus she was hit with two Wellness Policy violations shortly before undergoing and rehabbing from a neck surgery that WWE was allegedly not in favor of.

The former NXT and WWE champion also began a highly-scrutinized relationship with Alberto El Patron, who frequently hurls public insults at her present and his former employer, which can’t sit well with the brass at WWE. And to top all that off, during filming of the Dwayne Johnson-produced biopic on her family’s adventures in pro wrestling, she was victimized by a leak of private photos and videos to the internet.

With all the controversy surrounding ‘The Anti-Diva’, it began to feel as if we’d seen the last of Paige on Vince McMahon’s programming. Not so, according to the English superstar, as she recently updated her social media with messages that indicate her return is on the horizon.

Paige tweeted that she was undergoing her final x-rays along with the word “comeback”, and PWInsider claims to have spoken with company sources that confirmed she will return to action if medically cleared by the results. Photos posted to her Instagram account reveal she appears to be in great shape physically.

It seems there’s no bridge burned between WWE and talent that’s incapable of being rebuilt, so perhaps all is well between the two parties and we’ll see Paige back in action sooner than expected. Surely ‘The Rock’ and everyone involved in the production of Fighting With My Family would prefer her to help with the film’s promotion, and it’s well known if there’s money to be made with someone Vince is willing to overlook any bad blood that might exist.

In regards to the WWE product, the brand split has weakened the women’s division, highlighting a top heavy lack of depth on both Raw and SmackDown. Paige’s ability and star power would go a long way in strengthening whichever show she ends up on.

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Despite the fact that her real-life boyfriend, Alberto Del Rio, was just released from WWE – and despite rumors that Paige was doing her best to join him – the former Divas’ Champion will not be leaving the company just yet.

In a message released on her official Instagram account today, Paige mentioned that the rumors of her departing WWE were false, and that she looks forward to getting back in the ring once she heals from an injury. As reported earlier in the summer, Paige was suffering from issues with her neck and potential nerve damage.

She also went on to explain that her Wellness Policy suspension (which ends on September 17) was not doled out because she failed a drug test. According to the star, she took the test and passed it, but since she was not at home when she was contacted for it, she had to drive 200 miles in order to be tested. Aegis, the company that apparently administered the test, allegedly told Paige that she did not take it within an acceptable amount of time from her notification, so it was deemed invalid.

There is no word as to when Paige will return to Raw but PWInsider did report earlier on Thursday that she is due to report back with the company on Monday and has a full schedule of WWE events ahead of her.

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With Alberto Del Rio’s WWE career appearing to come to a lackluster and underwhelming end, news has come out that things should have gone quite a bit differently for him.

The Wrestling Observer has reported that upon Del Rio’s return to the company last year, he was originally supposed to be pushed as a huge babyface. Ever since Rey Mysterio Jr. left the company, WWE has wanted a top Hispanic star in that role. Del Rio was promised he would be given this slot, which of course, never came to fruition.

Despite being paid as a top star, Del Rio was pushed as a mid-card talent in the League of Nations, and never did anything of consequence after beating John Cena.

But to get Del Rio over in that planned role, they were going to pair him up with Paul Heyman, instead of Zeb Colter.

That certainly would have been an interesting route to go. We haven’t seen Heyman play a babyface since his days in ECW, so it would have been a big transition. Perhaps it could have worked out well.

Even though Heyman didn’t do much for the careers of Curtis Axel, Ryback and Cesaro, his alliance with Del Rio still would have likely worked out much better than the confusing mess of Colter and Del Rio.

Wherever Del Rio lands next, hopefully he’s used better than he was in WWE this time around.

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Alberto Del Rio is finished with WWE. According to sources close to the situation, Del Rio informed WWE through his lawyer that he was opting out 60 days ago.

Del Rio was apparently frustrated with the empty promises he was given after being recruited to the company last summer. Del Rio had been promised a main event push, but instead was quickly put into a Mex-America angle that went nowhere, followed by being bundled as part of the mid card heel faction, the League of Nations.

As noted, WWE announced on August 17th that Del Rio and his real-life girlfriend, Saraya-Jade Bevis, a.k.a. Paige, were both suspended for 30 days for their first violations of the company’s Wellness Policy. The timing is interesting given that Del Rio had given his notice several weeks earlier, in late June.

Del Rio last wrestled for the company on the August 19th episode of SmackDown, where he faced John Cena. He is not expected to return to the company at all, and is free at the end of September to work anywhere in the United States. He will be able to work in Mexico and abroad imminently.

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With an out in his WWE contract that would allow him to leave the company next month and more than three weeks left on a thirty-day Wellness Policy suspension, Alberto Del Rio is not expected to make a return to WWE television.

According to The Wrestling Observer, “the betting line is that Del Rio will not be back.” Even prior to the suspension, there were rumors that he was unhappy with both his spot in the company and the fact that he and girlfriend Paige were sent to different shows in the WWE draft. Just days before the suspension was handed down, Del Rio and Paige were spotted at a Combate Americas MMA event, which was seen by some in the company as a potential bargaining tactic and was not appreciated.

Del Rio’s initial tenure with WWE saw him win two WWE Championships, two World Heavyweight Championships, a Royal Rumble, and a Money in the Bank match, but he was fired in 2014 following an altercation with an office employee who made a racist remark. Del Rio returned to the company in fall of 2015 with a rumored big-money contract, but despite a clean win over John Cena for the U.S. Championship, he quickly stagnated.

As for Paige, the former Divas’ Champion’s contract runs until April of 2019, so unless she were to be released, she would not be able to leave the company until then.