Alberto Del Rio’s departure from AAA to WWE was sudden and swift, at least according to AAA Executive Vice President of Business Development Dorian Roldan Peña. Del Rio had a one-year deal with AAA and was negotiating a new deal before WWE came to him with an offer.
“[Del Rio] was our champion and we were in negotiations and after that WWE arrives to the table and you cannot compete with a company like WWE when you’re talking about that amount of money.” Peña told Sam Roberts’ Wrestling Podcast, per Wrestlinginc.com. “We were closing his [new] deal in Mexico and he was just finishing his deal in Lucha Underground, so the timing for him was perfect [for him] to do whatever he wants. And he had this offer from WWE. [It] was a really good offer. I think he [made] a smart decision.”
Pena says Del Rio was open to finishing out the year in AAA, but WWE nixed the idea.
“We were trying to figure out with Alberto if we can have [him] for the next two shows.” Peña said, “we asked Alberto if he can work with us until the end of the year, for two or three more shows that we have on television, and he was like, ‘I think, yes. Let me ask the WWE.’ And the answer was, ‘no, I can’t.'”