Former WWE World Champion and current Ring of Honor superstar Alberto Al Patron spent roughly 5 years with the WWE. He enjoyed winning the money in the bank ladder match, hell in a cell, the largest ever 40 man Royal Rumble match and won the promotions top honor, the WWE title on a number of occasions. However in a locker room altercation with another World Wrestling Entertainment employee he was deemed to have demonstrated “unprofessional conflict” and was subsequently fired.
Now Alberto fines new life in the largest wrestling independent promotion, Ring of Honor. He was signed on December 11th and in his returning match he took on longtime wrestling legend, Christopher “The Fallen Angel” Daniels. The match was well received by the fans in attendance, the fans watching on Cox Sports Television as well as the critics. Alberto seemed full of fiery passion that he demonstrated earlier in his career but fell off somewhere along the way. But the fans in attendance saw the rebirth of the wrestling desire and chanted “This is Awesome” and “You can wrestle” on a number of different occasions. Alberto went on to win the contest and the two legends shook hands.
Del Rio or now Al Patron talked with Pro Wrestling Insider in an interview and expressed how he felt held back in the WWE and how his creativity was underused.
“Now everybody’s talking about how passionate I am when I’m doing my promos in Ring of Honor and the House of Hardcore in Philly and all those other places. And all I can say is that you can feel the passion and the love because that’s who I am. That’s me. That’s the real Alberto. In the other place, I never said anything because I wanted to. And if, for some reason, I changed one line, they were all mad and would be fining me. So people need to understand, when you work for that place, you are like a robot. You need to do exactly what they say and how they say it … You could get fined over everything … Everybody is terrified. We all were—or they are—terrified of changing something or trying something new. Of course there are some exceptions who can do and say whatever they want. But that rule doesn’t apply to 90 percent of the wrestlers. ”
Al Patron will take on Jay Lethal for The Ring of Honor television championship at the Anniversary Show pay-per-view.