The way WWE has handled the release of Alberto Del Rio has some in the industry wondering if he was actually released, or if the situation may be part of a storyline that will play forward in the coming months.
In the initial announcement of the release, WWE referred to Del Rio using his wrestling name rather than his real name of Alberto Rodriguez. The announcement also did not use the familiar “We wish him well in his future endeavors” comment that has been used in almost all releases in recent memory.
WWE followed up the release story with a tweet yesterday that said “@VivaDelRio is responsible for his own actions. If you’re angry at anyone, be angry at Alberto. There’s no excuse for a pro athlete not to conduct themselves in a professional manner.”
It’s almost unheard of for the company to follow up with a comment regarding the release of one of their performers.
One school of thought is that the whole thing is part of a storyline. The other is that since the incident that reportedly caused his release is said to have been an altercation with a social media staffer, it make sense that people running the website and Twitter accounts might handle this one differently.