Last year when Alberto Del Rio returned to WWE and won the United States Championship from John Cena right off the bat, there was quite a cluster, since Del Rio was still officially the AAA (Asistencia Asesoría y Administración) Mega Champion. It became obvious to AAA that he would not be returning to defend the championship. So on November 9th, while Del Rio was fighting his way to Survivor Series, AAA decided to vacate the championship.
In fact, Lucha Underground is under the AAA banner. Del Rio wrestled under the name Alberto El Patron in the independent scene, in AAA and also Lucha Underground. He created a huge buzz about himself and became truly the hottest free agent in Professional Wrestling.
He ended up returning to WWE within a year with all the momentum in the world, but that all fell flat due to bad booking, and within 11 months, he was out the door after facing a suspension for failing WWE’s Wellness Policy, and coming to terms with WWE to release him from his contract a month before it expired. He is currently free to wrestle outside the United States, and can only wrestle in the US by October.
Del Rio, now El Patron, is expected to appear Thursday on What Culture Pro Wrestling’s tapings titled WCPW:Loaded which takes place in Newcastle. On Friday and Saturday, he will be appearing on World Association of Wrestling(WAW), which happens to be the promotion run by his girlfriend Paige’s parents.
It looks like El Patron’s first gig for October has been announced, and it is back in Mexico. Luchalibreaaa.com announced that El Patron will be returning to AAA for the first time in a year. The translated version of the announcement is as follows:
“CONFIRMED! This Oct. 2 at the Arena Monterrey, El Patron Alberto returns to Lucha Libre AAA Worldwide to join the cartel Heroes Immortals X. The confrontation in which he will participate will be revealed soon along with the full lineup of tribute event Lic. Antonio Peña Herrada, founder of Lucha Libre AAA.”
It is surprising that he is returning to AAA a year after the Mega Championship fiasco. It was also reported previously that El Patron was not on good terms with some Mexican promotions due to money issues. It appears that AAA is not one of them. Either way, El Patron only plans to work 60 dates a year for the next two years before retiring.
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