Former WWE Champion Alberto Del Rio recently sat down with Mexico’s Mas Lucha. During his interview, Del Rio was asked for his thoughts on NXT Superstar Andrade “Cien” Almas. He had the following to say.
On Almas wanting to leave WWE and how being a luchador in WWE does not work.
“I talked to my good friend Manny and poor guy, he wants to come back. Unfortunately, when you go into that company you have to abide by their rules. That’s just how it is. It’s the nature of our business. I always put it like this. There is a problem with all the talent that goes there, it’s the inability to speak the language. They have the talent but when you go work for a company like this, you have to, I say this, something my great mentor Dean Malenko would tell me. Everything you know, forget it, delete the tape. You are starting from nothing. Use one of the moves or things that will help you get over but forget about lucha libre. Lucha libre will not work here. You will never be anything if you focus and stick to being a luchador in WWE.”
More of Del Rio’s advice for Almas.
“I adapted and changed myself. I have been the only one to go on and win everything that I won. So that’s what I think is the formula. I told Manny this the last time I saw him. He asked me if things were different on the main roster. I told him, “Things are going to get worse up there.” (Big laugh) I said, “It’s up to you. Put all you can into learning English.” I told him the exact same thing Dean Malenko told me. In my humble opinion, if it worked for me, it’ll work for you. Now with those two, it is all a matter of time and adapting. If they change, they will get support. The physique is an important aspect over there. Manny looked incredible here. Over there he looks a little fat. For WWE, that is one of their principle ideals. All that’s left is to wish them the best of luck.”
On if Almas and Gran Metalik can be WWE’s next big Latin stars.
“WWE will always be looking for another Rey or another Alberto. Will they be able to find another? I really doubt it. Not because there aren’t people with the amount of talent a Rey has or I have. Simply because every wrestler is their own person and has their own name. You can’t just find another one. You have to create someone that will hopefully be better than us. I wish them both luck.”
Thanks to @LIGERFEVER for the transcription.
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