Alberto officially joins Lucha Underground
Since his release from WWE in early August, fans wondered where the talented superstar would take himself next. In a press release issued on January 17th, 2015, it was officially announced that Alberto El Patron (formerly known as Alberto Del Rio) had signed with Lucha Underground.
Born Jose Alberto Rodriguez, El Patron earned a degree in architecture before taking up amateur wrestling. He made the national team, placed third in the World Juniors, and was even headed to the Olympics.
Alberto tried a brief MMA career in 2000, where he had a record of 9 wins (2 KO, 7 submission) and 5 losses (2 KO, 1 submission, 1 decision, 1 disqualification).
Trained to be a lucha by his father, Dos Caras, he joined the AAA promotion in 2000 as the hero Dos Caras, Jr., then the CMLL (Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre) in 2005.
Joining WWE as a masked wrestler in 2009, he officially began competing on the roster in 2010 as the heel Alberto Del Rio. In 2011, he won the first ever 40-man Royal Rumble match. Months later he won the Money in the Bank briefcase, becoming the first superstar to ever accomplish such a feat in the same year. Cashing in against CM Punk, Del Rio won a quick pinfall to become the first ever Mexicon-born WWE Champion. All told, he is a two-time WWE Champion and two-time World Heavyweight Champion.
In August, 2014, Rodriguez was involved in an incident with WWE social media worker Cody Barbierri and was subsequently fired.
The acquisition of a talent like Rodriguez is truly a shot in the arm for the young promotion. He will join other former WWE stars like Johnnie Mundo (aka John Morrison), Big Ryck (aka Ezekial Jackson) and Chavo Guerrero, Jr.
With a crack production team behind the promotion (Mark Burnett and Robert Rodriguez among them), Lucha Underground combines slick camera work, dramatic lighting, and the exciting lucha style with traditional Meso-American culture, intimate venues, and gritty production design.
It will be most interesting to see the kind of edgy action that the new show in town has to offer the sports entertainment community.