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Alberto Del Rio: Was His WWE Firing Real or Fake?

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Alberto Del Rio was fired by the WWE earlier this week. As tends to happen with these types of things, there’s almost no way to know for sure whether it was because he actually did something to deserve it, or whether this is part of an elaborate work meant to be woven into the storyline.

Thursday afternoon, legendary wrestling reporter Dave Meltzer passed along some specifics:

The story going around is that he slapped a a Social Media manager, at this week’s television, but there are a variety of different stories going around regarding what led to this. Based on sketchy stories and what wrestlers have been talking about, at catering, somebody asked the person to clean off his plate.  The person joked something along the lines of how that’s Del Rio’s job.  Del Rio found out and confronted him.  As the story goes, he  didn’t apologize and then smiled at him, and Del Rio slapped him.

The next day, WWE tweeted a non-clarification, ostensibly assuming that its internet followers were aware of Meltzer’s report on “the story going around,” and accepted it as the gospel (though they never confirmed the report):

All of this is deliberate: Part of the WWE’s surreality depends on keeping even the most knowledgeable fans guessing. Participants are regularly “fired” or “quit” — as was the case with Daniel Bryan’s real-life wife Brie Bella, who now miraculously finds herself back in prime billing — and the organization isn’t above intentionally leaking things like that Meltzer scoop to set up a later SURPRISE return.

Or, Del Rio might’ve actually been fired, and the WWE could have slammed the door on his ass on the way out. They tend not to have the most tactful decorum when a wrestler is ousted, and there’s not much immediate need for him anymore. Again, we really have no idea, and that’s more or less the point.

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