Alberto Del Rio's return to the WWE fold last weekend was undoubtedly one of the biggest shocks of 2015 so far.
Considering his less than amicable departure back in 2014, few would have predicted Del Rio would be back in the ring performing for the company so soon, nevermind defeating John Cena for a title.
Too good to turn down
Reports today, though, revealing the huge amount of money heading into the Mexican Superstar's pocket perhaps explain just how the two sides were able to work together.
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According to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, via What Culture, Del Rio is set to earn a staggering $1,450,000 on the downside guarantee of his new WWE contract alone.
Considering full-time main eventers, aside from the likes of Cena and Brock Lesnar, are usually kept to a strict $1 million downside deal, the fact Del Rio is getting almost a 50-percent increase for a part-time working schedule is truly remarkable.
There is something of an ironic twist behind the deal, too.
It appears that Del Rio, a man who was fired after confronting a WWE employee who made derogatory remarks about his latino heritage, was able to negotiate the bumper deal specifically because the WWE were so desperate to have a big name Mexican star on their roster.
The details of his contract were hammered out by Triple H, who had actually rejected Del Rio's original demands.
Moving forward, the details of the Superstar's bumper new deal suggest that the WWE will look to book him very strongly in the coming months.
Paying so much for a man who won't be working every show means that the WWE will want to ensure they get their money's worth when Alberto makes his way down the ramp.
Conversely, the organization will also have to be careful they don't give him too much leeway, as many of his fellow wrestlers probably won't be too pleased to discover Del Rio has a better deal than them.
WWE fans: Are the WWE paying too much for Del Rio, and how should he be booked? Have your say in the comments below...