Just about everything that could have gone wrong with Alberto Del Rio’s second run with WWE seems to have, and his exit is shaping up to be the messiest part of the entire situation.
In discussing and offering confirmation that Del Rio gave notice to the company he was exercising an out clause in his contract, Mister Saint Laurent (MSL) also provided details backing the rumors WWE disliked Del Rio’s romance with fellow Superstar Paige.
On his MLW Radio podcast with Kevin Sullivan, MSL & Sullivan, Saint Laurent said the couple was “harassed” by a WWE official and alleged Paige’s job was threatened if she didn’t end the relationship:
I do know that Mark Carrano, who fans might know from Total Divas, kind of like the office liaison guy, approached Del Rio and Paige individually and harassed each of them about their relationship. It was indicated that the office wanted them to sever their romantic relationship.
A lot of people speculated “is this why the company split them up in the draft?” and that's definitely what happened. The company did not want them together. They split them up in the draft by design and they threatened to fire Paige if she didn't break up with Del Rio.
MSL and the whole crew over at MLW are pretty well connected, particularly with Del Rio’s camp (they were the outlet which reported new details of ADR and Paige’s incident in Las Vegas involving police and an ambulance from this past June), so there’s cause to give this report more credence - and scrutiny - than many other unsourced rumors which float around. But it is still a third-hand accounting.
Regardless, it’s now entered into a conversation which already included contentious divorce proceedings and Wellness Policy suspensions for both Del Rio & Paige - continuing this story’s reputation as one of the more scandalous in recent pro wrestling memory.
Cageside Seats has reached out to WWE for comment, and will update with that or any additional details as we have them.
UPDATE: WWE responded to our own Keith Harris, and their spokesperson says there is no truth to the allegations - the harrassment or the firing threat.