2014 was a big year for departures in the WWE, varying from Drew McIntyre to Ricardo Rodriguez; CM Punk to Alberto Del Rio.
Del Rio was released by the WWE on August 7 of this year for slapping Cody Barbierri; a WWE social media worker who reportedly made racist remarks about Del Rio behind his back.
Del Rio confronted Barbierri before slapping him; it was believed that the WWE believed Barbierri could have brought up a lawsuit so Del Rio was the one that had to feel the brunt of the altercation.
It didn’t get any better for Del Rio, not only did he lose the ultimate job in professional wrestling competing in the WWE; but he was also issued a lengthy non-compete clause, which prevents him from wrestling in any company for a certain period of time; including the Lucha Underground series of the El Rey Network.
Del Rio fought this non-compete clause but reports emerging from FightNetwork.com suggest that both Del Rio and the WWE are very close to reaching a settlement agreement.
Right now it’s unclear as to whether this settlement is in fact related to the non-compete clause or whether he is fighting the one year ban of not being able to compete in the United States; the latter looking the likely option. This potential settlement would finally allow Jose Alberto Rodriguez to compete in the USA.
After being released from the company there were rumours emerging online surrounding Del Rio making an appearance at AAA’s TripleMania iPPV event, the same night as the SummerSlam pay-per-view so all eyes were on AAA’s event too.
He did make the appearance but he didn’t break any rules as he didn’t compete, he only appeared at the event and very soon he should be able to sign with the company.
The WWE will also be unhappy with another talent linked to AAA and Lucha Underground, Rey Mysterio reportedly stopped cashing in in his cheques and openly stated he would love to compete for Mexico’s AAA organisation whilst the WWE will try their best to keep Mysterio – who makes the WWE a lot of money – for at least another year as that’s what they feel Mysterio owes them before they eventually lose their second top Mexican and Spanish talent in both Del Rio and Rey Mysterio, both very over with the Latino community.
If the reports surrounding the settlement are true, then we can expect to see the former World Heavyweight Champion back competing inside a ring very soon.