Fired superstar wrestler Alberto Del Rio has spoken candidly for the first time about pay issues in the WWE and says that he is glad to be out of the wrestling company.
Del Rio was infamously fired from WWE during the summer after he slapped a WWE employee who was allegedly racially abusing him. Some months later, Del Rio is now officially not a WWE superstar after a recent agreement, and he hasn't wasted time in making his views on the WWE abundantly clear.
But it is not just the alleged racism issues in WWE that Del Rio has criticised this time, pay disputes aplenty are covered in the latest of his explosive interviews for WrestleTalk TV.
In the first of those instalments, Del Rio criticised Triple H and pretty much accused one of WWE's head honchos of racism. But this time it's a different hot topic that has got Del Rio frustrated, with the Mexican wrestler revealing that WWE are currently charging ridiculous low rates for wrestlers, claiming that the company is essentially 'trying to get wrestlers for free'.
"I remember saying this to one of the most important persons in the company: 'I'm not one of your kids from NXT. I was someone before you and I will be someone after you. If you don't pay me, I'm not going to be here,'" Del Rio told WrestleTalk TV in a sit-down interview in the UK.
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"At the end of the day, this is business. You need to get paid. If you don't get paid, you don't provide to your family. It looks like now they want everything for free, and I don't work for free."
Reputation to remain strong
Del Rio makes an important point by saying he's someone with or without the WWE, and the Mexican wrestler is certainly right.
He was a star before his time in WWE, and although working with the wrestling company has made him even more popular and well known, Del Rio's reputation will remain post-WWE.
And not one to stand still, Del Rio also confirmed that he will be a part of AAA's new 'Lucha Underground' series, which will air on El Rey Network in the US next year.