Del Rio is pondering purchasing an electric toy car for his son ‘so he can play around like daddy.’ His son already has all the Alberto Del Rio action figures.
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Born in San Luis Potosí, Mexico, Del Rio, 35, spent more than 10 years wrestling in Mexico donning an important mask as Dos Caras Jr., a tecnico, a hero.
“I never worked as a heel, a bad guy, in my hometown,” he said. “It wasn’t until I came to WWE that I became a bad guy, but you know what, I’m having the best time of my life. I’m having such a great time that I don’t want to be a good guy, a babyface, again [chuckle].”
Del Rio made a smooth and successful transition from tecnico in AAA and CMLL to heel in WWE.
‘Wrestling is in my blood. I’m a third generation wrestler. I love wrestling,” he said. “Working as a babyface for over 10 years gave me the perspective of what I want from a rudo, a bad guy, and what I want as a babyface. So that always helped in doing either, and the opportunities of working Mexico, Japan, Europe -- different places -- and now WWE, that all helped.”
Alberto Del Rio, the sports entertainer, does have a soft spot around the holidays.
“It’s my favorite season of the year,” he said. “Christmas represents a lot for Mexicans, for Latinos, for everybody, and for us, it’s a big celebration. We have a chance to have a family reunion with everybody, with my brothers, with my mom, my dad, my uncles. We always celebrate Christmas in a very special way.”
Del Rio is appreciative of his family. Surprising his father or uncles [WWE Hall of Famer Mil Mascaras and Sicodelico] with gifts is a difficult task, especially when they have.
“They never ask me for anything,” Del Rio said, “but I try to give them a little bit of what I can from this incredible job, and they’re happy with whatever I give them.”
Del Rio’s favorite Mil Mascaras mask is the one of the shark.
“With the shark teeth, I love that mask,” he laughed.
Will Del Rio be getting Ricardo Rodriguez a present for Christmas?
“Heck no,” Del Rio said. “C’mon, he’s happy working for me. That’s the best Christmas present Ricardo can have.”
So much for the soft spot.
Del Rio does plan to give something to his rival WWE superstar The Apex Predator Randy Orton.
“I’m going to give him the cross-armbreaker and a trip to the hospital.”
• WWE returns to Miami for the WWE SmackDown TV taping at the AmericanAirlines Arena on Tuesday, Jan. 8.
World champ Big Show, the world’s largest athlete at 7-0, 450-pounds, vs. Celtic Warrior Sheamus.
Also scheduled: Apex Predator Randy Orton, Team Hell No (The Big Red Monster Kane and Daniel Bryan), Rey Mysterio, Alberto del Rio, Sin Cara, The Miz, the WWE divas and more. Card is subject to change.
Ticket prices are $95, $65, $45, $30 and $20. Additional fees may apply. Tickets available via Ticketmaster outlets, by phone (800-745-3000) or www.ticketmaster.com and on certain days/times at the AAA box office.
WWE SmackDown is 8 p.m. Fridays on Syfy.
Del Rio’s favorite restaurant in Miami is CVI.CHE 105, Downtown Miami’s Peruvian restaurant.
World champ Big Show, also a South Florida resident, likes Arbetter Hot Dogs in Miami.
So what better way to kickoff the SmackDown experience in Miami by going to CVI.CHE 105 or Arbetter, before the AmericanAirlines Arena.
• WWE RAW on Monday, Jan. 7 will occur at the Tampa Bay Times Forum. Ticket prices are $95, $65, $45, $30 and $20. Additional fees may apply. Tickets available via TicketMaster and on certain days/times at Tampa Bay Times Forum box office.
Raw is live 8 p.m. on the USA Network.