‘Double A’ Arn Anderson has told the story of the dismissal of Alberto Del Rio from WWE in 2014 after slapping a member of the production team backstage.
After what had been a semi-successful push in 2010, newcomer Del Rio was sitting pretty in WWE and just over a year after his initial debut was in possession of a Royal Rumble victory, Money in the Bank briefcase and a WWE Championship reign which began at SummerSlam 2011.
However, the push stalled over the next few years and Del Rio became just another face in the crowd. In 2014, tensions boiled over and on August 4 the star was relieved of his duties for unprofessional conduct when he struck a WWE employee for making an alleged racist joke.
Now, then WWE Senior Producer Arn Anderson has talked about the firing on the latest edition of The Arn Show. Detailing why Del Rio’s relationship with WWE didn’t work out and the day of the incident, one of the founding members of The Four Horsemen had this to say:
“One of the pit stops and when he was really doing well was, he smacked I think, one of the writers, assistants, or something backstage for disrespecting him. Well, number one. Whoever this gentleman was, how well do you know Alberto Del Rio? Do you know him well enough to have slept over his house? Have you taken his family somewhere when the car was breaking down, then they needed a ride? What would lead you to believe you could comment on that to a virtual stranger? Even one of your buddies would have looked at that and said, ‘Hey man, what’s up with that? Watch your mouth’. So, it was what it was.”
Anderson then went on talk about how hard and to a point ridiculous it is that in the current climate, everyone must live under a politically correct manner. In his opinion, it was this mantra that caused Del Rio to flip and lose his job:
“The worst part of life today is this. The politically correct thing that we all live under mantra. I’m sorry. In that day and time, on that particular afternoon, you said something you shouldn’t have done, and you should have seen what he did to the individual, you should have apologized a hundred times if that’s what it took, just because it was the right thing to do.
Apparently, it struck a nerve with Alberto, but the fact that you got smacked, you’re very fortunate my friend. That could have ended very badly for you and that’s just my opinion on that.”
Alberto Del Rio would return to the company one year later, where he would form The League of Nations with Rusev, Sheamus and Wade Barrett as well as defeat John Cena to capture the WWE United States Championship.
On October 9, 2020, the real life José Alberto Rodríguez Chucuan was indicted by a grand jury and charged with aggravated kidnapping and sexual assault.