Former WWE announcer and part-time wrestler Ricardo Rodriguez hasn't exactly been quiet since he decided to get out of the company earlier in the year.
He's more or less confirmed the details of his kayfabe partner Alberto Del Rio's departure from the company, and indicated that racism in the company is fairly widespread and has revealed more in a sit-down interview with RF Video.
On the WWE system and life as a performer in the company:
"You walk on eggshells. Everybody's tired, the schedule that they have them on...don't get me wrong - they're building machines right now, and that's amazing 'cause the athleticism these guys have right now is insane," Rodriguez said.
"But nobody's having fun. Everybody's so tired, everybody's getting hurt...everybody's getting hurt."
Triple H Hate
Rodriguez didn't stop there, in fact he was only getting started. The person who really drew his ire in the company right now was Triple H. The new de facto head honcho at the WWE was taken down by Rodriguez, who revealed what it's like as part of Hunter's regime
"If you're not one of his little projects or his little toys...you don't matter."
"I saw the transition between Vince's regime and then Hunter's regime. We all saw it coming...or Laurinaitis (whatever)...we saw like how the older guys that had been there before just got pushed back: Sheamus, Wade Barrett, del Rio - and granted, most of us were Laurinaitis' boys, we were his projects, we were his hirees."
"At that time we were the last of the people that, if we had issues, we would speak about it. We would speak up. We would stand up for ourselves. If we had money issues, we would go, 'hey dude, what the ****?' Now, if you speak up, it's 'oh you're complaining? OK, you're off house shows'."
"I love the Wyatts, don't get me wrong, but how many times do you need to see them on Raw? You can see them at the beginning, somewhere in the middle and the end. You don't have to see them every other ****ing segment. Same with The Shield - you don't have to see them every other segment! You still have 40 other guys on the roster that are waiting for a spot."
It's apparent that Rodriguez had real issues with Triple H. The possibility is there for sour grapes to be lingering without hearing both sides of the story, but it seems like he and Del Rio really did suffer from discrimination and weren't quite treated as equally as others.
One thing that does honestly come as a surprise is the inclusion of Sheamus on the list of "Laurinaitis' boys". Everyone on WWE forums and comment sections has maintained that the Irishman's initial rise within the company was because he was one of Hunter's workout buddies.
But if Rodriguez is to be believed then we can expect to see a hell of a lot more from Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose, guys who really are Triple H's favourites and the new face's of the company for a very long time to come.
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