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Alberto Del Rio reportedly slapped social media manager over racist joke

Alberto Del Rio black eye

Alberto Del Rio’s release by the WWE was announced Thursday with very few details surrounding the circumstances for his departure from the organization. Slowly the story has begun to emerge.

Here’s what the WWE said in its statement Thursday:

“WWE announced the release of Alberto Del Rio due to unprofessional conduct and an altercation with an employee.”

The rumor was that Del Rio had an altercation with a social media manager for the company.

WrestlingInc.com provides details on what allegedly happened:

According to the new report, WWE’s social media manager was supposedly asked to wipe his plate clean following a meal in catering. He allegedly joked that it was Del Rio’s job to clean the plate, which could be perceived as racist by Hispanic people. Del Rio was informed of the comment, and confronted him. The individual did not apologize for his remark and then smiled at him. Fuming, Del Rio slapped him.

The WWE got defensive about the release of Del Rio and sent these tweets Friday regarding the move:

There was speculation that this could be a work, but it seems pretty clear now that this is for real. And if this story is accurate, I wouldn’t say Del Rio was justified in his actions, but the social media manager was out of line.

H/T Arsen D.

Alberto Del Rio released by WWE for altercation with employee

Alberto Del Rio black eye

WWE announced the release of wrestler Alberto Del Rio Thursday evening. They gave few details about his release, leading many to speculate about the reason and legitimacy of the news.

“WWE announced the release of Alberto Del Rio due to unprofessional conduct and an altercation with an employee,” the organization wrote in its announcement.

There has been speculation that Del Rio was unhappy with his contract and that he would leave the company when his deal expired.

PW Mania notes that the WWE did not use Del Rio’s real name in its announcement and that they did not wish him the best in his future endeavors, which is standard practice for someone who is released, leading to speculation that this could just be a “work.”

H/T Arsen D.

Alberto Del Rio had black eye from fight involving Drew McIntyre

Alberto Del Rio black eye

Alberto Del Rio had a black eye at SummerSlam on Sunday, and reports say that is the result of a real fight he had on Saturday that also involved Drew McIntyre.

PW Insider reports that Del Rio was at an Irish pub nearby the WWE hotel in downtown Los Angeles and got into a fight. Some reports say he was jumped by a few men. McIntyre supposedly stepped in to help Del Rio and ended up with a few knots on the side of his head. Del Rio supposedly was hiding his face upon returning to the hotel.

The SummerSlam announcers mentioned Del Rio’s black eyes as he made his ring entrance on Sunday, but they attributed them to a punch from Christian at Smackdown on Aug. 9.

McIntyre looked fine when he tweeted this picture of himself out to dinner after the event on Sunday:

Del Rio’s black eye looked even worse at RAW the next night. You can see a close-up below:

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