Back in 2015, Alberto Del Rio made a surprising return to WWE for a 2nd run with the company.
Alberto El Patron (Del Rio) was a recent guest on Keeping It 100 with Konnan and discussed what led to his return to the company.
“To be honest it’s because, and this came from Triple H himself and Johnny Ace; apparently Vince was mad after a TV taping because he didn’t feel that the heels were being “real heels”.
You know, nowadays heels want to be cheered and be cooled, but in those days when a heel was a badass and ass-kicker, those days are gone,” the former WWE superstar said.
“Nowadays, everyone wants to be cheered and wants thousands of followers on social media. They are afraid of heat that the business can give them, so McMahon wasn’t happy, and believe it or not Triple H agreed to it, so he said, let’s do it.
He mentioned how I was doing great things on the independent circuit and Lucha Underground and how I was in phenomenal shape.
After a while of negotiations, I ended up going back [to WWE].”
“They called me a night before Hell in a Cell; they called me for weeks on it, I said that they needed to pay me, and that I was doing fantastic on the independent circuit. For someone like me, who has a name in Mexico, and for the name that the WWE gave me, no matter what, WWE made me.
They gave me a name and gave me an opportunity, The haters were say that I talk crap about WWE; yeah, I talk crap about the things I don’t like, but I also put the mover on things that are real. The reality is that they made me and they made me go from a national icon to an international icon, and because of that I did fantastic when I was not in the company.
Long story short, they asked me if I can come back to the company the next night, I said I could, and I ended up signing a contract at 2-3 in the morning; sending everything via fax, and the next day I was there for my big comeback.”
Among other things, El Patron discussed the ‘League of Nations’ stable that he was a part of during his final days with WWE.
“WrestleMania was around the corner, and they said that we have these guys [Barrett, Rusev, Sheamus, Del Rio] and were like, let’s put them together and do something. None of us wanted to work as a team, or be on a team. Everybody was just not happy by doing that, and we talked to the boss and ended up splitting,” he said. “You know, because they showed me the way, they opened my eyes and I was just being home one day per week, I asked myself if it was really worth it, and I said that I didn’t think so. I remembered when I was free and enjoying my family and my time, I said to myself that I was going to leave. I talked to WWE and they were like, no, just hold on, we are going to bring you back to the Champion Del Rio, the badass Del Rio, but that didn’t happen.”