Without even lacing up his boots, Alberto El Patron had an eventful WrestleMania weekend. The former WWE Champion appeared at an afternoon press conference on Fri., April 6 building to his planned main event spot on Impact’s next pay-per-view (PPV) hours before no showing their WrestleCon event later that night. The next day, the company announced they’d fired El Patron.
In an interview with The Sporting News promoting a show tonight (Fri. April 13) for Combate Americas, the MMA promotion he represents as President, Alberto’s broken his silence on what happened and his plans moving forward now that he’s again a pro wrestling free agent.
On what happened which led him to no show last Friday’s Impact vs. Lucha Underground show:
“I had a family situation that I needed to attend (to). As you know, my family, my kids are my priority. The situation was involving them and that’s why I decided to take care of business and take care of my family situation. And that’s all that happened. And that comes to what I was just saying to you. I know people wanted to know absolutely everything. This only concerns my family: my parents, my sister, myself and my kids. And that’s the way it’s going to stay.”
How he reacted to Impact releasing him as a result:
“I’m fine. Of course, it’s difficult because it’s never good to go that way. Our relationship wasn’t pretty good or completely good. And this was just something that ended up breaking it. I’m fine, I guess. I’m going to do what I was planning on doing, as everybody knows I planning on leaving the pro wrestling business in the next year. I have said it several times over and over. And it’s because of some of these things where everybody thinks they can get their nose into your business. Is it right to know absolutely everything about you? It’s not.
I’m just going to continue to do that and doing my stuff here, in Mexico like exactly how I was doing it and sometime next year and say goodbye to the pro wrestling business.”
When he first arrived on Impact, El Patron had nothing but good things to say about the company, especially in contrast to his opinion of WWE at the time. That was before they suspended him and stripped him of their top title in the wake of an incident with his then-girlfriend Paige at Orlando International Airport which triggered a police investigation, and before he changed his tune about Vince McMahon’s company after his relationship with the current SmackDown General Manager ended, however.
Reports from last weekend indicated Alberto had explained his absence from the WrestleCon show to Impact officials as being because he was ill, not a family emergency. The men and women in the locker room allegedly believed he’d blown off the event, where he was scheduled to be in a main event tag match, while Impact President Ed Nordholm attempted to check on El Patron at their hotel and couldn’t reach him.
Despite the desire he states in this interview to keep his private life private, El Patron is no stranger to headlines like this. And it’s not uncommon for the story about what led to the headlines to shift and change over time.
Perhaps that will end if he follows through on his plan to leave wrestling within a year. But we’ll understand if you’re skeptical about that, too.