Alberto Del Rio was fired from the WWE earlier this year after reacting aggressively to a racist joke from another employee of the company.
Well, now Del Rio has spoken out on the topic and has emphatically revealed how deep-rooted the culture of racism is in Vince McMahon’s empire.
Speaking to Fighting Spirit Magazine, in an interview that comes out later this week, Del Rio – real name José Alberto Rodríguez – exposed how there were constant racist jokes made in the WWE about the Latino and African American wrestlers in the company, with the discriminatory jokes made by hugely important people at the top of the WWE.
Racism at the Top
Del Rio said if a "nobody" such as Cody Barbierri – the man he retaliated against that saw him fired - made a joke then he would speak out, but if someone important made a racist joke, he wouldn't say anything.
Regarding the incident with Barbierri, Del Rio said at first he was told he was going to be suspended. However, when officials realized there was already a lawsuit against them after Big Show slapped a backstage worker, they were afraid Barbierri would also sue the company.
The Mexican then revealed that the WWE told him they would have to suspend him for a short time till it blew over.
- Del Rio only fired after legal threat
- WWE star reveals Triple H racism
- Does WWE have a racism problem?
Del Rio was given the impression that he would be back in a few months but he told them that if he wasn't hired back by the time he hung up the phone, he wasn't coming back and noted that he had already made up his mind about leaving when his contract expired. He did not name who made the phone call to him but said it was someone higher-up who always made racial jokes.
Unfortunately, this year has seen a definitive up-spike in allegations made against the WWE. Ricardo Rodriguez claimed Triple H made racist attacks on him, with former star Konnan saying the WWE has been racist since the start.
So WWE fans, what do you make of Del Rio's comments? Is the WWE institutionally racist or is he just upset at being pushed out? Tell us in the comments below...