After months of uncertainty regarding his future as a professional wrestler it appears that former WWE Superstar, Alberto Del Rio, is set to begin life in Ring of Honor in January.
As reported by Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Del Rio will begin working with one of WWE's rival promotions in the new year and ROH will become the wrestler's "American home promotion going forward."
Change of scene
There had been suggestions that Del Rio, who has only recently been able to negotiate new wrestling contracts after having been fired by the WWE earlier this year, would sign up with TNA in the coming weeks but it seems those negotiations hit a stumbling block.
Speculation has already begun as to when exactly Del Rio, now working under the title El Patron, will make his Ring of Honor debut.
With many of the promotion's top talents unavailable for the January 3rd taping in Nashville, Tennessee, it is a distinct possibility that the former WWE Superstar will burst onto the scene as early as the first week of 2015.
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Fans of ROH will be excited to see the promotion beat rivals TNA to the punch and sign a talent who was, until very recently, an extremely popular member of the WWE roster.
But while Meltzer revealed a deal is most certainly in place between Del Rio and ROH he also made it clear that the wrestler will still be available to fight for promotions in his native Mexico. With Lucha Underground having been in talks with Del Rio it seems likely the wrestler will turn out for them at some stage in 2015 also.
End of an era
After being fired by the WWE after an altercation with a fellow employee accused of making a racist slur towards him, Alberto Del Rio was forced to spend several months away from the limelight - gagged by his WWE contract which prevented him from speaking of the incident as well as wrestling elsewhere.
Since the wrestler and the WWE came to an agreement last month however Del Rio has been vocal, both in his criticism of his former employee and his desire to keep fighting.
With a new era set to start in January he will be hoping for happier times in the future.