WWE has yet to take action against Alberto Del Rio and Rey Mysterio for their unsanctioned appearances at AAA's biggest show of the year, TripleMania XXII. Is this for fear of further harming their reputation in the eyes of Mexican wrestling fans?
It has now been well over a week since AAA's biggest show of the year, TripleMania XXII, which was newsworthy for a couple of reasons.
Firstly, Alberto Del Rio made his heavily hyped debut where he cut a promo about how he had encountered racism in America and how his job can be taken away from him, but they can't take away his pride nor his dignity. Although Del Rio didn't wrestle in a match, this seemed to be in clear breach of the standard 90-day no compete clause that WWE is attempting to enforce.
Secondly, a video aired in front of the live crowd (and very briefly for the pay-per-view audience at home too) of Rey Mysterio talking about how he wanted to return to AAA in the near future. This appearance also wasn't sanctioned by WWE.
So what was WWE's reaction to this flagrant flouting of their rules? Surprisingly, it was to do absolutely nothing, according to Dave Meltzer in this week's Wrestling Observer Newsletter:
"Regarding fallout of Mysterio’s taped appearance at TripleMania last week, there has been nothing, at least as of press time. Nobody from WWE had contacted Mysterio about anything since May. No phone calls, e-mails, letters (aside from his checks, which are coming regularly). Nobody asked why he did the show, threatened him for doing it, or anything. He also wasn’t asked to appear at the house show in his home city of San Diego on 8/23. WWE legal didn’t contact AAA either. We also haven’t heard of any contact with Del Rio. What’s notable is that Del Rio is booked for a show in Puerto Rico in less than 90 days, and he’s also starting to accept U.S. indie bookings even though WWE told him that he’s not allowed to do so for one year as far as the U.S. goes.... WWE has also not made any contact or threats to AAA about using Del Rio."
One possible explanation for WWE not immediately bringing down the hammer on AAA, Del Rio and Mysterio is that WWE doesn't want to give AAA any more ammunition to paint them as an anti-Mexican organisation to their Hispanic fans. Mexico is one of WWE's biggest overseas markets and losing their two biggest Latino draws would be bad enough without AAA dishing all of the dirt on the circumstances behind Del Rio's firing too. Thus, in this case it's wise for WWE to tread lightly, even if Vince McMahon's instincts would be to hit back.
We'll have more on this story as it develops, Cagesiders.
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