DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA - JULY 08: Alberto Del Rio is introduced during the WWE Smackdown Live Tour at Westridge Park Tennis Stadium on July 08, 2011 in Durban, South Africa. (Photo by Steve Haag/Gallo Images/Getty Images)
Someone apparently isn't happy with how he's been treated since he came over to World Wrestling Entertainment. And his name is ...
... AALLLLLBBEERRRTTOOOOOOO DEEEELLLLLLLL RRRRRRRIIIIIIIIIIOOOOOOOO (you fail if you didn't read that in Ricardo Rodriguez's voice, rolled r's and all).
In the latest Figure Four Weekly (subscription required, but I recommend it), Bryan Alvarez reported on an interesting situation that came out only because the @CrankyVince parody Twitter account was shut down. Apparently, the folks behind it worked for WWE behind-the-scenes and while certain names were bandied about, none were ever revealed.
The account was allowed to run rampant until it tweeted something about Del Rio threatening to quit the company, which apparently hit too close to home because the account was deleted the next day, though Alvarez says that was a coincidence.
However, he also says Del Rio really did have a blow up with WWE and legitimately threatened to quit that very same day, either over a contract issue, unhappiness with his role within the company or both.
When looking back through Del Rio's stint with the promotion, it's difficult to imagine just what he could be so unhappy with, at least as far as his treatment on screen goes. He was given a huge push coming in with promotional vignettes hyping his debut and he's been at or around the main event on both brands ever since. He won both the Royal Rumble and the Money in the Bank briefcase in the same year. The Rumble win would have led to a world heavyweight championship reign had it not been for Edge's neck injury and subsequent retirement.
The Money in the Bank briefcase did lead to a WWE championship run, but that reign was short lived and generally considered a disappointment. He suffered an injury that took him off TV before coming back to switch to the Smackdown brand once again to challenge for the world heavyweight title. But, no different than before, he's been unsuccessful in attaining it while also suffering another injury.
Always a challenger, never a champion.
Again, unless he's unhappy that he hasn't been given an extended run with a title, his treatment -- especially considering his inability to stay healthy -- has been just fine. Perhaps it was more about a contract than anything. After all, he doesn't exactly need the WWE gig, as he would be a much bigger star going back to work in Mexico.