After a spotty recent history, Alberto El Patron (formerly known as Alberto Del Rio in WWE) has had kind words about the WWE for the first time since his 2016 departure.
Here are some quotes courtesy of Medio Tiempo.
Looking back on his past rants about Triple H, El Patron has had a change of heart:
“As you know, I am a man who knows when he was wrong. In fact I was in contact with them. Like WWE, when they admitted their mistake the first time I left, I also admit my mistake.
“I personally apologized to Triple H for the issues we had when I was in a bad relationship with my ex-partner. She and her entire family made me believe that they affected our relationship. She made me believe that the videos [Paige and Maddox] and all that was happening outside to her was perpetrated by Triple H and the company. At the time I believed her, because she was my partner. I defended her by heart and sword, then things were different. Later I realized how wrong I was to place my trust in that person. I deeply regret my words and apologized to Triple H, his wife and WWE. They understood me.”
When pressed about a return to WWE, Alberto seems to be taking the “never say never” approach.
“Of course I would go back if the opportunity arises. I would not go back full-time, but I would transition to a special appearance wrestler. Before I put down my wrestling boots for good it will surely happen. Surely before I retire, I will do something special with [WWE]. However I do not see it happening in 2018, but in 2019 before leaving the United States. I’m definitely going to do something special with them. I consider myself to be on good terms with WWE right now on my side, we will one day shake hands and everything will be fine. Time heals all wounds.”
Thanks to WrestlingInc.com for the translated quotes.
Tommy’s Thoughts: Sure, why not?? Alberto never seemed to get a fair shot in the WWE, constantly finding himself a victim of circumstance. Whether it was the Royal Rumble victory that should have led to his first World Title reign, or the injury bug biting him & his opponents at the worst possible times, all the way to the ill-fated Zeb Colter and the League of Nations: it’s not a stretch to say that he is remembered more for his behavior outside the ring than any of his championship runs inside the squared circle.
Even if he was kept to the mid-card with WWE’s use of main eventers holding lower titles as of late, would that really be a bad thing? As long as they learned a thing or two from the Kalisto feud…