In a move that has clearly been coming for a while, WWE officially announced that they have “mutually agreed” to release Alberto Del Rio from his contract, according to a post on WWE.com. Del Rio has been the center of a firestorm of controversy in recent weeks, due to his public relationship with fellow Superstar Paige that recently saw both simultaneously suspended 30 days for violating the WWE Wellness Policy, a messy legal situation involving his ex-wife, and a general malaise due to how he has been booked since returning to WWE in October of 2015.
At last report, Del Rio has exercised an “out” clause in his contract, giving WWE a full 60 days notice in early August, which would have allowed him to leave the company at the end of September. With his Wellness suspension finishing up in roughly a week from now, it was unlikely that WWE would have used him on TV for the remainder of his contract anyway, and it looks as if both sides simply decided to get things over with now.
Meanwhile, Del Rio’s girlfriend Paige is also apparently trying to get out of her contract, with recent reports suggesting that she has hired legal counsel in order to do so.