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Lucha Libre: “When you wrestle in Mexico, the mask is everything,” Del Rio Says in Interview

Lucha Libre: “When you wrestle in Mexico, the mask is everything,” Del Rio Says in Interview

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Unbelievable that for so many years, Del Rio actually hid his face in favor of a wrestling mask, but as the superstar explains, it was all about tradition.

“When you wrestle in Mexico, the mask is everything,” Del Rio tells me as talk behind the scenes of E3, backstage at THQ’s swank booth. “The most important match in Mexican culture, in Mexican wrestling is Mask vs. Mask. That’s the reason I wore the mask for years, and of course, because of my father and grandfather. But at this moment, I feel totally comfortable without my mask and with Alberto Del Rio.

“When I came to WWE, they told they wanted to use me without the mask, but I didn’t care because I just wanted to work. They told me all of their ideas about Alberto Del Rio, and I loved the character right from the beginning. I was a baby face my entire life, but I’m a heel here in the States and I’m loving it. I don’t want to be a baby face ever again. The bad guy is the one who controls the match. The bad guy is the one who makes the crowd cry, laugh, scream, whatever. It’s fun.”


Here’s what else Del Rio has to say about WWE, driving a Rolls-Royce to the ring, and who he’d love to face in next year’s Wrestlemania.

Jon Robinson: You’re here at E3 checking out all the latest games. Are you a big gamer?

Alberto Del Rio: I’m a big fan of video games. I always play with my brother. We love to compete against each other. You know how it is when you always play video games with a little brother, he’ll always kick your ass. [laughs] We love to play the soccer games, we’re big fans of “Resident Evil,” and of course, the WWE games.

Jon Robinson: What do you think of your character in “WWE 12”?

Alberto Del Rio: It looks like me, exactly like me. They have everything from my entrance to the way he moves and kicks. I’m actually most impressed with the way he kicks in the game, because the way I kick is as a professional-type boxer, and they have that style in the game. It’s impressive.