People close to Ricardo Rodriguez say that he was frustrated and wanted to be a wrestler and since it didn’t look like that would happen he asked the company to release him.
In a trivia note, Rodriguez was actually the second person for the role alongside Alberto Del Rio but the original person turned down the role because he didn’t want to be a ring announcer. The company had a goal weight for him and it was said that he had trouble staying under the goal limit.
There were issues from the company side because his physique wasn’t up to their standards. Also, when Del Rio and Rodriguez were separated in storylines it was pretty much the beginning of the end for the character. He was briefly paired with Rob Van Dam but there was no chemistry between them.
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