The relationship between Alberto Del Rio and Paige has made them the most controversial couple in wrestling today. Most wrestling couples aren’t too surprising when the news comes out considering the majority of pairs share a lot of similarities. This was not true for Del Rio and Paige. The huge age gap between the two had us wondering if he were being swerved when the news of their relationship broke. Del Rio is 39 years of age and a father. Paige is 24 years of age and has the reputation of still having the mentality of a child. There’s absolutely no doubting the fact that the romance has changed the careers of both of them significantly.
Paige and Del Rio have only been public with their relationship for a couple of months at the time of writing this article, but they already have endured a great deal of adversity. Controversy follows them everywhere from WWE to other promotions to their personal lives. The past few months have changed their careers and lives forever. An educated guess would lead us to believe more shocking moments will follow them. Not many people expect it to last in the long run, but the two parties involved are fully committed to it continuing forever. We’ll take an in-depth look at the controversial couple’s life together with fifteen facts you may not know about the relationship of Paige and Alberto Del Rio.
15. Both Were Born Into The Business
Most relationships start when two people realize they have many things in common. The same can be said for Paige and Alberto Del Rio. One shared aspect to their life is the fact that both were born into families of pro wrestling. Paige jokes that she had her first match in the womb. Her mother Sweet Saraya is a respected wrestler in the United Kingdom and apparently wrestled a few matches while still she was pregnant. Paige’s family all are involved in promoting and working shows.
The same can be said for Del Rio with his father being legendary Mexican wrestler Dos Caras. Both Paige and Del Rio started wrestling at a young age after growing up in the sport. The fact that they have such passion for the business and share similar entries into the industry likely connects them on a personal level as they try to live this journey.
14. Both Are Huge International Draws
WWE once valued both Paige and Alberto Del Rio highly in the upper echelon of the company. Paige was the poster girl of the women’s division for quite some time before the next wave of NXT stars overshadowed her. Del Rio was marketed to the point where WWE now has to replace his face with a silhouette on ring trucks. Aside from their wrestling talent, Paige and Del Rio were both among the most popular international stars.
The approach of WWE to further becoming a global phenomenon needs them to have talent from various places all over the world. Del Rio is one of the biggest stars from Mexico and helped WWE appeal to the important Latino demographic. WWE gave him a huge contract for his most recent run solely for that reason. Paige is highly popular in the United Kingdom with her roots in Norwich, England. WWE having issues with both is extra frustrating due to their international drawing ability.
13. Alberto Also Dated Charlotte
A shocking twist to the romantic story of Alberto Del Rio and Paige is their partners before getting together. Del Rio separated from his wife leading to him finding new partners in the WWE world. Before entering the relationship with Paige, Del Rio apparently dated Charlotte for a short time period. That was equally shocking to the Paige news but Charlotte is a little closer in age range at the age of 30.
Del Rio and Charlotte provide another bizarre wrestling couple for the history book of behind the scenes romance in the industry. Paige however succeeded Charlotte and found more love existing in the relationship. The drama to follow Paige for her relationship with Del Rio is something Charlotte luckily avoided. WWE currently views Paige as someone in their doghouse and Charlotte is arguably the centerpiece of the women’s division. You have to wonder what would have turned out differently if Charlotte continued to date Alberto instead of Paige.
12. Paige Dated Alberto Shortly After Dumping A Musician
Alberto Del Rio isn’t the only one with a high profile romantic past before his relationship Paige. She also dated someone of note. The relationship between Paige and Kevin Skaff was a featured story on the E! Network reality series Total Divas. Skaff is known for his role as a musician in the band A Day to Remember. They were an item for almost a year before it ended due to Paige not wanting to get engaged.
Paige also dated another musician in the past. Bradley Walden of the band Emarosa dated Paige for a short time period. The current relationship with Del Rio isn’t Paige’s first time having her love life in the public eye. There’s a bit more controversy now because news travels fast in wrestling circles. Paige’s romance with Del Rio isn’t her first under a public microscope, but it is the most high profile one due to the nature of the wrestling world.
11. Their Relationship Went Public At Disney’s Magic Kingdom
The news of Paige and Alberto Del Rio dating shocked the wrestling world. Many of us thought the photos of them at Disney’s Magical Kingdom were edited together to create a silly rumor. Paige and Del Rio were spotted at the theme park holding hands and pushing the stroller of Del Rio’s young child. A few fans snapped photos of them from afar and some actually were able to get selfies with the couple.
It was clear they were no longer hiding the relationship. To be fair, a Disney park is probably among the best places to go public with the big secret. Paige and Del Rio allegedly started dating shortly before WrestleMania 32. The Disney trip caught them together in May. That meant there was at least a month or two of the romance being kept under wraps. You can’t blame them for wanting to make sure they wanted to be together before sharing the news with the world.
10. The relationship Will Be Shown On Total Divas
Alberto Del Rio’s bitter ending with WWE and the company’s overall unhappiness with Paige left us wondering if the couple would be featured in the upcoming season of Total Divas. Paige has been a pivotal member of the reality show cast over the past few years. Aside from Nikki Bella and Brie Bella, you could argue Paige is the most heavily featured woman on the show. It would only make sense her love life is once again a part of the season.
There were rumors circulating that WWE would attempt to remove any footage of Paige and Del Rio from the show. This season’s cast has enough members where one person being erased wouldn’t necessarily harm the show. Luckily for those of us that love drama, Paige and Del Rio will still be featured on the show. E! has final call on what airs and sent out a press release teasing stories of Paige’s current romance will air.
9. Paige Is Helping Alberto With His New Restaurant
It's that time again! Announcement time.. And I swear this time it's 100% real, permits, equipment, staff everything is ready to go! ??? no excuses! The grand opening will be November 17/18/19th! 3 days of celebration, where you get to mingle with celebs, bring your family to watch a WRESTLING show (yes you read right) and get to have a meet and greet with Alberto El Patron and Rey Mysterio, along with having live music, a children's area and fantastic food at your finger tips. Don't miss out on making history with the first every La Cantinita to arrive from Mexico into the USA!
Alberto Del Rio choosing to leave WWE is leading into various projects outside of the business. Yes, Del Rio is still planning to wrestle a full schedule for promotions all over the world, but he’s nearing 40 years old. The time is ticking on his wrestling career and he is looking to branch out into other avenues. One of them is the restaurant industry with the upcoming opening of La Cantinita in San Antonio, Texas.
The restaurant is scheduled to have its’ grand opening on November 17th. Paige has apparently been a help to Del Rio trying to get the permits and other necessities needed to get the business off the ground. La Cantinita is aimed towards families with a children’s area for the kids and live music for the adults. Del Rio plans to have various wrestlers visit and mingle with wrestling fans coming out to support his new endeavor. Paige will likely be there often as she has the down time with her injury.
8. Questions Surrounding Alberto Del Rio Getting Stabbed
A recent story broke about Alberto Del Rio missing a show in Mexico due to getting stabbed. Del Rio claims he was stabbed in San Antonio before he could fly out to the show. The story goes a drunken man started cussing out Del Rio and picked a fight with Paige. Del Rio tried to protect her and was hit repeatedly with the knife. The odd thing is no police reports were filed despite Del Rio stating he contacted the police.
Many pundits in the wrestling world believe there is more to the story that Del Rio is hiding. Both Paige and Alberto have volatile personalities. One fan theory suggests the couple got into a fight and Paige was the one to stab Del Rio. That’s nothing more than a rumor unless something comes out to say otherwise. The story of Del Rio’s stabbing still has a great deal of mystery behind it.
7. Questions Surrounding Paige Getting Arrested
One of the first stints with controversy for the couple saw Paige photographed getting restrained by police officers following the WWE PPV Money in the Bank back in June. Alberto Del Rio had a gruelling Money in the Bank Ladder Match that night but it wasn’t the biggest story involving him. Photos were released showing Paige handcuffed and heading into an ambulance. The stories claimed Paige and Del Rio got into a very loud argument outside of the venue.
It was later suspected that this was all an elaborate incident filmed for Total Divas. No one went to the hospital and no files were charged. We can’t confirm it was a Total Divas storyline unless it plays out on the upcoming season. If it was real, WWE disliking the relationship between Paige and Del Rio makes complete sense now. The company wouldn’t be thrilled about two of their stars getting involved in public disputes right outside of a big event.
6. WWE Tried To Keep Them Apart
It’s no secret that WWE does not approve of the relationship between Paige and Alberto Del Rio. We all know that, but they actually went out of their way to try to separate the couple. The WWE brand split saw the roster split in half between Raw and Smackdown. Many of the couples in the company remained on the same show such as John Cena and Nikki Bella. Paige and Del Rio were not afforded that opportunity.
Del Rio was drafted to the SmackDown roster and Paige was sent to Raw. The neck injury of Paige kept her sidelined but if she returned or traveled with the company, she would have been on a different schedule than her lover. Reports surfaced that WWE elaborately planned this to try to push Del Rio and Paige apart. Del Rio even opened up on The Taz Show podcast recently saying he didn’t understand why people in the company were so against their romance.
5. Both Were Suspended At The Same Time
The unhappiness from WWE with Alberto Del Rio and Paige definitely meant the company wouldn’t overlook any possible screw-ups. This was proven true when both Del Rio and Paige were suspended by the company for violating the wellness policy. Both were suspended at the time in August around the time of SummerSlam weekend. This led to Del Rio requesting his release from the company and Paige serving her suspension while injured.
That wasn’t the end of the wellness troubles. Paige recently received a second suspension for once again violating the policy while still on the injured list. The family of Paige claimed she received prescription pain killers to deal with her severe neck injury. Paige also went to Twitter to vent about being treated unfairly and took WWE to task for not testing everyone. It’s been established WWE doesn’t test Brock Lesnar and Paige made note of it when defending herself. The whole situation is very ugly.
4. Paige Shows Up To All Del Rio Appearances
The neck injury of Paige has given her free time away from the WWE. Paige is currently traveling with boyfriend Alberto Del Rio to all of his appearances across the world. Del Rio and Paige were spotted together in New York City at various spots for Del Rio’s promotional appearances. Paige went to all of his interviews but was not allowed to appear on air due to her contractual status with WWE. They even went to Broadway shows to enjoy the city together.
Paige also made her way to the press conference of Del Rio being named President of Combate Americas, a Latino MMA promotion. Fans have been able to spot her at various independent wrestling show dates of Del Rio. WWE planned to keep them apart as recent as July. They are currently spending all of their time together traveling to various shows outside of the company. Paige may also be working on independent wrestling shows in the distant future if things don’t improve with WWE.
3. Paige Proposed To A Married Man
Paige made more headlines for the controversial couple when she proposed in the most unique of ways. Alberto Del Rio wrestled a match in Puerto Rico for an independent wrestling promotion. As mentioned before, Paige travels with him to most appearances. Following Del Rio’s match, Paige made her way into the ring with fans surrounding it and proposed to her love interest. Del Rio said yes and the two apparently plan to eventually get married.
The problem is Alberto is already married! Del Rio has yet to officially get divorced from his ex-wife. Popular belief suggests Del Rio cheated on his wife and the slew of stories with Paige is just adding to her case. Paige proposing to a technically married Del Rio does him no favors and just makes her look bad along the way. Hopefully for their sake, the divorce will officially happen soon. The unofficially official engaged couple still appears to be happy despite the trouble surrounding it.
2. Alberto Called Out WWE On Behalf Of Paige
Hmm ?interesting and they say she's not hurt… pic.twitter.com/6rr7e5Ob6r
— Alberto El Patron (@VivaDelRio) October 15, 2016
Alberto Del Rio quitting WWE but Paige still working there makes it an awkward transition for their new life together. Paige claimed her second suspension was for a prescription drug her doctors advised her to take. WWE fired back by saying this wasn’t true and the drug wasn’t one prescribed. One of the biggest issues between WWE and Paige is her potential neck surgery.
Paige believes she needs surgery and WWE would typically pay for an employee’s surgery. WWE however doesn’t think Paige actually needs the surgery. That has put them at odds more than anything. Del Rio released a screen shot of a text message from Paige’s doctor stating the severity of her injury and the implication she needs the surgery. The problem is the text message could have literally been sent by anyone. Many also questioned the unlikelihood of a doctor texting information rather than calling or speaking in person. Regardless of if it is legitimate or not, Del Rio definitely posted it as a shot at WWE.
1. Paige Has Tattoos For Alberto
One of the unwritten rules in the early stages of a relationship is to never get a tattoo with the name or implication of your love interest. Relationships can easily turn ugly at any time, especially within the first year of dating. Paige clearly doesn’t believe in that rule as she now has two tattoos dedicated to Alberto Del Rio. The first tattoo is on her finger and is of the word “papi.” Paige claims she got the tattoo because it made her laugh but most believe otherwise.
The other ink is of the name “Alberto” on her lower body and was definitely more visible. Paige received overwhelmingly negative reaction to her posting the photograph on Instagram and quickly deleted it. If she returns to a WWE ring, Alberto’s name will likely appear during every match. The crazy thing is his real name is actually Jose Rodriguez, not Alberto. The drastic show of support by getting tattoos has us all wondering just what the controversial couple will do next to shock us.
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