WWE announced late Thursday that it had severed ties with former World Champion Alberto Del Rio.
“WWE announced the release of Alberto Del Rio due to unprofessional conduct and an altercation with an employee,” said WWE in a brief statement. Notable was the use of his ring name and the lack of “best wishes” in his future endeavors.
Neither WWE nor Del Rio has elaborated on the altercation, but infamous wrestling industry member Rob Feinstein reported allegations that it involved Del Rio slapping a member of WWE’s web team at television this week.
According to Feinstein, one version of the story says “the guy said something racist to Del Rio or that Del Rio left catering and did not put his trash or plate away and a comment was made to him which made him snap.”
F4W’s Dave Meltzer added, “The story going around is that he slapped a WWE.com reporter at this week’s television, but there are a variety of different stories going around regarding what led to this.”
Meltzer adds that Del Rio is reportedly bound by a 90-day non-compete.