Alberto Del Rio And Ricardo Rodriguez Discuss Being Paired, Their Friendship, More
|By Jay Calderon | November 19, 2012 | Comments|
Alberto discusses not wanting to head to FCW when he was first signed to WWE: "To be honest, I never said that because it's in everybody's contract at least for a month, two months, three months to get used to the WWE style.The way we wrestle in WWE is totally different than anybody else. In my case, I needed to learn how to use the microphone, how to talk in front of the camera with the mic in my hand, working my facial expressions -- all those things.
"I spend 6 months over there. To be honest, I never liked it because I'm 34-years-old and I was surrounded by 18-year-old and 19-year-old kids. It was hard for me. But, it helped me a lot because when they brought me up to the main roster, I was ready."
Alberto talking about buying Ricardo a car for Christmas: "It's still in my garage but I bought it for him. (Ricardo mentioned that it was an old, beat up Datsun.) It's still a car, right? It's still going to take you places. [Laughs.] It's a good gesture."
Ricardo discussing whether or not he wants to break out and be his own entity: "We've actually discussed this before. At the time being, what we're doing is working. So, there's no need to push through anything else right now. (Ricardo's asked if he'd get more women if he was the main guy.) I don't know if I should say anything because my girlfriend is listening. [Laughs.]
"...For the two years that we've been together, I've actually gotten my share of the spotlight at times. And it's great. But like I said, at the time being, what we're doing is working. I think the presentation of the a-hole and the comic relief, it kind of works out, it balances out."
Alberto and Ricardo talk about how they were linked together in the beginning:
Alberto: "Well, that's a really interesting story and I want to let Ricardo tell it to you because he was not the one that was to be my ring announcer. It was another guy but something happened that day that the guy decided to say no. And Ricardo knows the guy because I think the guy lives in L.A."
Alberto: "I always ask Ricardo, 'Who is this guy? Where is he? Why'd he say no?'"
Ricardo: "Well, I had a wrestling try-out with WWE back in 2009 -- maybe 2010 -- and it was after Summerslam and it was a wrestling try-out. So, after the whole thing happened, I didn't hear anything back, they just said, 'Thank you for coming.' So, this was my first time coming to WWE and this was my first time experiencing catering. I lived on my own and I saw food and I said, 'Oh, my God. Food!'
"So, the guy who got me that booking, his name was Jesse Hernandez, and they went up to him and said, 'Hey, we need a Spanish ring announcer for this thing that we're debuting tomorrow. Do you know anybody?' So they went up to this other kid who was 19, clean cut, good looking kid, bilingual and they asked him if he wanted to go to Bakersfield the next day. For whatever reason, he said he couldn't make it. For whatever reason.
"So, Jesse (gesturing to me) said, 'Well, he speaks Spanish.' It was something out of a movie where it just zooms in and I have cheesecake in my mouth. So, they come up to me and ask, 'Hey, have you ever done ring announcing before?' I was like, 'Yeah, sure.' 'Do you have a tuxedo?' 'Yeah, of course.' 'Do you want to come to to Bakerfield to do this ring announcing thing?' 'Yeah, sure.'
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