Former WWE superstar Ricardo Rodriguez recently spoke to Busted Open on SiriusXM 92 about his release and what led to his departure.
The Mexican wasn't a part of WWE's plans for a while after he was suspended following misuse of WWE's wellness policy, and after he was aligned with Rob Van Dam, Rodriguez was rarely seen on WWE TV and instead was seen commentating with the Spanish announcers.
He said: "Well, it wasn’t just one thing. It was a series of events that I was like ah, just screw it. A lot of was A) they had nothing for me. Del Rio and I kept pitching ideas to bring us back together. We thought we did pretty well together and we eventually knew they were going to split us up.
"One day they came up to us and told us ‘Okay this is what we are doing’. We’re like oh ok, thank you. It wasn’t just that though they had issues with money, I wasn’t making money anymore. If you talk to anyone from WWE they will tell you that you make your money on house shows and not on TV, your money is on the house show.
"I got unofficially sent down and I got hurt by one of their football players and I got punished for it, which is weird and I took all these things into consideration and I realized this is not fun for me. I have been an extra for WWE and they know what I do backstage. He explained.
"Regal and I were running the tryouts for the extras so there is nobody in the world can I tell me I never had passion for wrestling. I was always the first person in the ring. WWE in a weird way made me hate wrestling so I got very bitter and I realized I got to stop this and I realized it was the company. So I woke up and said I am not coming in. Yeah I called the office and told them I am not coming in; I want a release."
Ricardo was a talented wrestler himself, after training and performing down in NXT but WWE only wanted him as a voice for Alberto Del Rio and RVD and many fans thought this was holding the superstar back.
Since Rodriguez's release a few months ago, his former companion Alberto Del Rio has also been dismissed and is currently rumoured to be revealing a lot of WWE's behind the scenes secrets, whilst fellow Mexican Rey Mysterio is still trying to gain a release from the company after his injury and subsequent automatic contract renewal.