Global Force World Champion Alberto El Patron recently spoke with Justin Barrasso of SI.com about various topics including his previous stints with WWE. He first stint was from 2008 – 2014 and then from 2015 – 2016. Although he had a successful run with the company (two-time WWE Champion, two-time World Champion, and two-time US Champion), he has been vocal about his thoughts on how the company treats the talent. During the interview, he was asked if it is healthy for the professional wrestling business to have one company top company like WWE. El Patron feels that it’s horrible for pro wrestling but he is not blaming WWE for that.
“It’s horrible for the business, but you cannot blame that company. That company is doing what a company is supposed to do—monopolize, get the best talent from everywhere, and try to destroy the competition. They’re smart, you cannot blame them. The problem is with the talent. Just going there to be there with the promise of being on TV, but not even charging good money for your work, is not good business. We as wrestlers need to remember that this is a business. We started because we love the business and we stay in it because we have a lot of passion for it, but you have to be rewarded for your work. I was there and saw some of the main guys, new top heels, and new top babyfaces, get paid nothing for their matches. The new talent joining NXT is taking pay cuts to work there, sometimes even 80 percent less. You need to be rewarded for your work in a business.”
El Patron joined Impact Wrestling earlier this year and is now positioned as one of their top stars. He spoke about joining the company and being excited to work with guys like EC3.
“I am excited to be with Impact Wrestling because I get to work with talents like EC3 again. I had the opportunity to be with him in FCW when we were in developmental in that other company. We worked together once when they were trying to make him a part of the main roster in WWE, then he went to Impact Wrestling and made a name for himself. He’s a good guy with a lot of talent, and he’s fantastic on the microphone. The entire office went crazy for our promos, and then it was easy in the ring. I’m happy to see the young talent is taking the torch to continue doing good stuff in the business. I will stay in Impact as long as the fans want me there. They were so happy to have me there and treated me with a lot of respect. The office, talent, and staff are treated with respect by everyone, regardless of your position in the business.”
Patron also talked about Bobby Lashley, winning the GFW World Title, and more. You can read the entire interview here.