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Ex-WWE wrestler says he was stabbed at an airport

USA TODAY logo USA TODAY 4/10/2016 Josh Barnett
Alberto Del Rio. © Getty Images Alberto Del Rio.

Former WWE wrestler Alberto Del Rio said he was stabbed outside an airport restaurant this weekend and posted graphic photos of his injuries on Instagram.

Del Rio said he received cuts to his arms and head in trying to defend himself from the assailant who had a knife. Del Rio said he received medical attention and then made a statement to police, which led to him missing his flight to Mexico for Sunday’s Heroes Inmortales X event promoted by AAA.

Del Rio, whose real name Jose Alberto Rodriguez, did not specify where the incident occurred or a potential reason for the attack.

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In his statement, Del Rio said he provided written “documentation” to AAA to explain the reason for his absence. Wrestling as Alberto El Patron, he was scheduled to team with Psycho Clown against Dr. Wagner Jr. & Pagano in the main event.

In the immediate aftermath of the no-show, AAA promoters blasted Del Rio for his lack of commitment and “failing the Mexican public that has supported him throughout his career to become one of the leading figures in wrestling in Mexico and internationally.”

Del Rio said he intends to make all his remaining dates, including events in England this weekend.

A former WWE champion, Del Rio and the WWE agreed to his release Sept. 9. He had been suspended for 30 days for violating the company's Wellness Policy on Aug. 18.  


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