WWE did not want to release Alberto Del Rio because he's 20 percent of WWE's audience is hispanic and they have plans to expand to South and Central America. Del Rio would always be featured alongside John Cena, Stephanie McMahon, and Triple H at press events. He told people in the company that he would be leaving soon and one report was that he told WWE that he would stay an extra year.
He can now do independent shows alongside Ricardo Rodriguez so that should increase their price on the indy scene. One more note on Cody Barbierri, the person who was slapped by Del Rio...the feeling was that Barbierri didn't apologize after making the racial remark to Del Rio.
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