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Impact Wrestling star Alberto El Patron recently spoke with and below are some interview highlights:

On his time in WWE:

“I worked for that company for eight years. My first run with the company, I got fired because I stood up for myself against a racist employee who was making racist jokes against Mexicans. That’s in the past, because the company ended up calling me again, we shook hands, we made peace and everything and I ended up going back for a second time. But when I was there, I realized that was not what I wanted any more. The company is the biggest company in the world when it comes to pro wrestling, it was the major leagues of pro wrestling, but after being there and making a name for myself, with them giving me a place to showcase my talent and show the world who Alberto Del Rio really is, I realized I didn’t need them any more.”

“When you work for a company like that, you have to be on the road 220-230 days per year, and then I realized I could be making the same amount of money but doing only 120-150 days per year. So I decided to take it and go back to the indie circuit, the indie promotions, just to be my own boss. So I called the owner, Vince McMahon, I said ‘I don’t feel happy with what we’re doing at the moment, I don’t like the schedule, I want to be free again, so if you don’t mind, just let me go.’ I still had two months left on my contract, and he was asking me to stay for those two months, and I said ‘No, I want to leave now, I’m unhappy and I’m starting to lose the love, the passion for pro wrestling. And for someone who was born in the business like myself, that’s unacceptable, something like that is unacceptable, so just please let me go.’ And he did.”

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WATCH: Johnny Impact & El Patron Brawl

On pro wrestling vs MMA:

“[They’re] two different sports,” he said. “I’m going to say I prefer pro wrestling because my grandfather was a wrestler, my dad, my uncle, I’m a third-generation wrestler, so I was pretty much born in this business. My love, my passion is for the sport of pro wrestling, but also I’m a big fan of MMA, because I was part of the sport for many years in Japan, Korea, and also Mexico.”

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