Earlier this year, Alberto Del Rio left the WWE for the second time in quick succession.
His initial departure was due to him being in an altercation backstage, and his second departure was just as frosty, with the Mexican leaving the company after violating the Wellness Policy and receiving a 30-day suspension.
His second stint with the company left a lot to be desired. It started brilliantly as he made a shock return to defeat John Cena for the United States Championship, but sadly, that's about as good as it got for Del Rio.
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Meaningless feuds, stupid stables, and just really forgettable matches put Del Rio in an uncomfortable situation with the company, especially when he violated the Wellness Policy.
Despite the brand split, which would have surely provided Del Rio more opportunity to headline events once again, the former WWE Champion chose to depart the company and eventually reached a mutual agreement with officials to terminate his deal.
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Del Rio is adamant to this day that he left on good terms with the company, but in a recent interview, he has revealed what it actually was that made him quit.
Speaking to KENS 5, Del Rio admitted that he left World Wrestling Entertainment as he wanted to control his career and he wanted to have full say on what he does.
The former WWE star has recently opened a restaurant in San Antonio, Texas, and he admitted that control is all he wanted when leaving the company.
He said: "That was one of the main reasons why I decided to leave that company, it was my decision not to work for WWE.
"I'm always gonna be grateful with that company because they put me out there, they gave me a name, they gave me the opportunity to show my talent to the world. And because of that I am always going to be grateful, but it was time for me to just enjoy my family, start new projects like this one, I'm the President of Combate Americas which is the first American-Hispanic MMA company in history.
"We're doing great things out there, we working with our business partners in Mexico and they're helping us to make this company something spectacular. I'm doing doing a lot of projects that I could not have done in WWE, but now I'm doing them and I'm just happy I get to see my kids everyday and that makes me the happiest man in the world."
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