When WWE Superstars spend several years as part of the biggest company in professional wrestling, they are rarely pleased when their time with WWE comes to an end.
For Alberto El Patron (formerly Alberto Del Rio) and Rey Mysterio however, it seems their split from the business is something both of them feel extremely positive about.
Rey Mysterio recently gave an interview with Wrestling Observer Live to discuss his decision to remove himself from WWE, having been part of the industry for 13 years. Speaking of when he knew the time was right to leave WWE, Mysterio revealed all.
“After my last surgery in 2011, I came back at the end of 2012, I went back on the shelf, came back and they put me with Sin Cara, and I felt like I wasn’t going anywhere," Mysterio explained.
"I was being thrown into just having tag matches, there was no direction for Rey Mysterio. My contract was coming to the end and I decided to not re-sign. I wanted to take time off to spend time with my family and go from there."
Although his decision to leave WWE appears to be made at an understandable time, Mysterio also gave his thoughts on becoming a part of Lucha Underground, suggesting he still wants to play a significant part in professional wrestling:
“If I take the next step and go to Lucha Underground, I want to take Lucha Libre global. My goal is to always make it bigger," Mysterio added.
El Patron speaks out
In addition, speaking to Ring Rust Radio, El Patron expressed his thoughts on Lucha Underground, having joined the company following his release from WWE.
"Lucha Underground is a fantastic product. They have the right people talent and backing up the product. I am 100% sure that this company is going to be one of the top three wrestling companies around the world at the end of this year."
It seems it is not just the wrestlers and those in charge who are so supportive of the company, either; as El Patron explains.
"It’s one unique style that all the fans are enjoying...the fans said they have been waiting for something like this that they can watch and enjoy every week."
Without making reference to WWE directly, it seems quite clear Alberto is implying Lucha Underground is able to give the fans WWE cannot. Although this may well be an easy option for him to express given he did not leave WWE on the best of terms, Rey Mysterio's interest in joining the company as well suggests it is a worthwhile business.
Alberto aired his views on the 40-year-old following his footsteps and joining Lucha Underground:
"It would be fantastic! I don’t know if he is going to join or not because he already joined AAA in Mexico. We know that AAA and Lucha Underground are partners. That pretty much tells me we will see Rey Mysterio at some point in the future and it will be fantastic."
Future outside WWE
The 37-year-old went on to say how the inclusion of Mysterio at the company would make it 1,000 times better and that it would mean more fans would be interested in watching because they would recognise such stars as him and Mysterio from 'other companies'.
Both of their words therefore remind the WWE Universe that there is still a huge amount of success to be achieved outside of WWE, in other professional wrestling industries.
Whether or not Rey Mysterio chooses to appear under Lucha Underground, we are sure to hear both his and Alberto El Patron's names mentioned within professional wrestling for some time to come.