The strange story of Alberto Del Rio has taken another surprise turn.
Del Rio accepted a job as the president of Combate Americas, a mixed martial arts organization that focuses on the Hispanic market.
The new role comes after a whirlwind series of changes over the past few months.
Del Rio failed a drug test in the WWE, and after his 30-day suspension was over, he promptly parted ways with the company, unhappy with his character's direction and mid-card push. After he left in September, Del Rio made appearances on the independent wrestling scene, as "Alberto El Patron," then claimed he was stabbed by an unruly fan a couple of weeks ago, forcing him to miss an independent wrestling show.
He posted images on Twitter.
Now comes news that Del Rio will be known as Alberto "El Presidente" Rodriguez, a moniker he was known by backstage in the WWE because he was so formal and statesman-like.
Del Rio said: “I am excited to enter a new chapter in my career in combat sports, and to have the opportunity to spearhead the Combate Americas mission of delivering to fight fans everywhere, an authentic and first-rate Hispanic MMA product."
Del Rio brings a legitimate MMA background to his new role. As "Dos Caras, Jr," the son of Lucha Libre legend Dos Caras, Del Rio had a 9-5 MMA record, with two of those fights happening in PRIDE Fighting Championships.
Del Rio's most famous MMA match didn't end well:
According to a news release, Del Rio will play an instrumental role in Combate Americas, which streams shows on UFC Fight Pass.
“A storied fighter, with a following throughout Mexico and the U.S., Alberto brings a tremendous amount of knowledge of what it means to be in competition, coupled with an ability to communicate his passion for the sport to his new role,” said Campbell McLaren, Combate Americas founder and CEO. “From working with Alberto in the past, we have gotten to know him very well, and are thrilled to have him on our team in an executive capacity.”
Del Rio is a multi-time WWE champion. At one time, he was one of the WWE's main eventers. He was known as "The Mexican Aristocrat," and in addition to having crossover appeal to the Hispanic audience, was regarded as a great professional in-ring wrestler.
Here he is in his WWE debut.
Del Rio is also in a relationship with WWE wrestler Paige, who was just this week suspended for 60 days for a wellness policy violation. Paige's future in the WWE is unclear.