Today, Ring of Honor has announced that they have added a new member to their roster. Former WWE Champion Alberto Del Rio (working now as Alberto El Patron) will be debuting sometime in 2015. No formal date has been announced as of yet. His teaser video is shown below.
UPDATE, 10:52pm EST 12/11/2014:
Ring of Honor sent along in an email a formal press release to discuss the signing of El Patron, and announce his first appearance dates with the company. The release is as follows:
The hottest free agent in the world makes his debut in the organization known for the best wrestling on the planet as Alberto El Patron debuts in Ring of Honor on January 3rd, 2015 in Nashville, TN.
Formerly known in WWE as Alberto Del Rio, Alberto El Patron is a former 4 time World Champion in World Wrestling Entertainment and the current AAA Heavyweight Champion in Mexico. Known for his brash demeanor, this Mexican aristocrat brings an attitude and desire to prove his greatness to Ring of Honor but how will that attitude mesh with the ROH stars?
One thing that is certain is Alberto’s credentials. A celebrated amateur wrestler in Mexico, Alberto has won numerous amateur championships and tournaments. In addition to his amateur accolades, Alberto has won numerous world championships in his home country of Mexico, including the CMLL Heavyweight Championship. But would you expect anything less given his bloodlines? Alberto is the son of legendary luchador Dos Caras and nephew of Mil Mascaras, continuing one of Mexico’s greatest wrestling legacies.
Upon signing with ROH, Alberto has requested that Ring of Honor matchmaker Nigel McGuinness challenge him with the very best that ROH has to offer, and many of the stars in Ring of Honor have already started making phone calls to Nigel to take on El Patron.
“Ring of Honor has been doing fantastic things. There’s a lot of excitement surrounding this company and I look forward to competing against the best of the best in ROH in 2015,” says Alberto El Patron.
Could we see him face ROH World Champion Jay Briscoe? Adam Cole? AJ Styles? ROH World Television Champion Jay Lethal? Matt Sydal? Roderick Strong? The list of world class match-ups is endless!
Who would you like to see him face? Tweet us at @RingofHonor and use the hashtag #AlbertoROH
Ring of Honor fans will FIRST be able to see Alberto El Patron on the following dates:
•Saturday January 3, 2014 Nashville, TN, Nashville Fairgrounds – ROH Television Taping!
•Friday January 30, 2014 Dearborn, MI, Ford Community Center
•Saturday January 31, 2014 Dayton, OH, Montgomery County Fairgrounds
•Sunday March 1, 2014 Las Vegas Nevada, Orleans Hotel & Casino for the 13th Anniversary Pay-Per-View!
It’s been said that Alberto wants to show that he is one of the best in the world between the ropes, and he will certainly have every opportunity to prove that in Ring of Honor.
This is a good signing for ROH. There was a lot of chatter around the internet that Del Rio would go to TNA, or to Lucha Underground, but no one had mentioned ROH prior to now. Terms of the deal are not known, but it is suspected that Del Rio might be able to work with other organizations, as some ROH talents are able to as well.