Alberto Del Rio And Ricardo Rodriguez Discuss Being Paired, Their Friendship, More

"The funny thing about it is I was only scheduled for Monday, I wasn't scheduled for Smackdown! I ended up going to Smackdown! and the rest is history. I told [Alberto] that one of the biggest pay-on-the-back type things was that we were at WrestleMania -- my first WrestleMania in Atlanta. I'm in the arena and I'm just scouting everything and how amazing the Georgia Dome is. I get a text and it was from the guy that said no. He asks me how's it going and in my head, I'm just like, it's pretty good. So, it's an interesting story of how I wasn't the original Ricardo."

Alberto and Ricardo on their friendship outside the ring:

Alberto: "It was supposed to be a one time deal for Ricardo but he did such a great job that the company offered him a contract and we've been together almost three years. Many people think that we're not friends outside the business but we're friends and we're always in touch with each other. It's not just in the ring."

Ricardo: "I think that's what helps with the chemistry when we're doing TV because we know each other. We feed off of each other, we spend so much time together, we spend more time together than we do with our families."

Alberto on whether or not he still goes back to Mexico: "Not really, only for work because now I live in Florida. I'm really happy living there. Plus, the situation in my country is a little difficult right now. ... At this moment, yes [it's as bad as you think it is]. That's the reason I don't go there. I'm not going to say [I'd be kidnapped], but it can happen. That's the reason I don't go there. I have my family with me in Florida, my mom, my dad, all of my siblings. If I go there, it's only for work. I try not to go there."

Alberto on whether or not the problems in Mexico can be fixed: "I'm pretty sure it's fixable but to be honest, I don't know what they're going to do at the moment because it's difficult. The cartels, they have taken the streets, they rule the city and it's going to be very difficult to make them stop. (Alberto was asked if the cartels ever approached his father during his time.) No, because when he was active, it was like 10 years ago and this problem started only like 6-7 years ago.

"It was bad in the past, but not this bad. At this moment, it's just bad. It's horrible. It's sad because Mexico is a beautiful country, we have such beautiful places. We are hard-working people, good people. But, it's not our fault. It's the people who are in charge of us -- our president, our government -- and they're not doing anything. It's really sad."

Alberto on how married life is on the road: "I've been married for 9 years. Some times, she comes with me. Like I said, the company treats us very well. When they feel like I've been on the road for too long, they bring my family to be with me because they know you have to be happy. Not just physically, but mentally. ... If you know what you have to do, you can make it work. That's what I do. Every time I go home, I take care of my family. It doesn't matter how tired I am, I go home and take care of my wife, my kid. I give them all the time I can give them while I am there.

"Some of them, not all of them. I would love to have all of those cars in my garage, but unfortunately I can't. [Laughs.]"

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