Alberto Del Rio appeared on the main roster from August 2010 to 2014 before returning in October 2015 and September 2016. Ricardo Rodriguez, his former on-screen ring announcer, recently stated that the four-time world champion based his character on Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar. Alberto has now explained how he developed his WWE persona of a Mexican aristocrat.

Del Rio elaborated on the people that inspired him in an interview with Riju Dasgupta. He said that his character is based on more than just Pablo Escobar. “More than Pablo Escobar per se, it was all the people from that world,” he said.

That world of power and excess and being good guys, sometimes helping people, but also being bad guys. That thin line between being good and bad. What helped me develop the character of Alberto Del Rio was all of those individuals are [more] love than hate, and that’s what Alberto Del Rio became in the big industry.

Alberto’s character inspiration is more positive, which is fascinating. You can check out the video below to hear Del Rio’s comments on Israel Adesanya’s entrance as WWE icon The Undertaker at UFC 276. To get the latest updates, keep an eye on Ringside News.


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Shivangini Rawat

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