Warning: The following article contains graphic allegations that some readers may find disturbing.
Former WWE heavyweight champion and Combate Americas figurehead Alberto Del Rio, also known as Alberto El Patron or by his legal name, José Alberto Rodríguez Chucuan, has been arrested with sexual assault after a woman came forward with a graphic account of his actions, according to SBG San Antonio.
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Citing legal affidavits, SBG San Diego reported that the alleged victim claimed Del Rio to have assaulted her on multiple occasions.
The most recent alleged assault, which reportedly took place on May 3, apparently stemmed from accusations of infidelity levied at the victim. Del Rio then slapped the alleged victim repeatedly, forced her to “put on a dress and dance for him,” and threatened her child, saying he would “‘drop him off in the middle of the road somewhere'” if she cried, according to court documents seen by SBG San Antonio.
Investigators allege that Del Rio then “tied the woman’s hands with boxing straps, put a sock in her mouth and sexually assaulted her for several hours, using various objects,” and “punched her in the back during the assault, causing visible injuries.” The alleged victim is said to have told police that she does not recall much after Del Rio reportedly “placed his hand around her throat.”
Del Rio was charged with sexual assault and received a bond of $50,000. The charge is a second-degree felony. Records reflect that Del Rio has posted bond and has been released from custody.
Del Rio, 42, has a long history in the public eye as a professional wrestler and mixed martial artist.
The first Mexican-born WWE world champion, Del Rio had a storied career in the ring. He captured the WWE Championship and World Heavyweight Championship twice, respectively.
As an MMA fighter, Del Rio compiled a record of 9-6. Del Rio, then going under the name Dos Caras Jr., was most notably knocked out by a Mirko “Cro Cop” head kick back at PRIDE Bushido 1, when the pro wrestler’s masked face was met by “Cro Cop’s” infamous left high kick.
In recent times, Del Rio has served as an executive of Hispanic MMA promotion Combate Americas, being named the company’s president in 2016.
Del Rio came out of a nine-year retirement in 2019 in a losing effort against former UFC champion Tito Ortiz in “La Jaula,” who submitted Del Rio in the first round of the main event of what was Combate America’s highest-profile event to date.
Combate Americas did not immediately respond to The Body Lock’s request for comment concerning Del Rio’s status with the promotion.
Michael Fiedel is The Body Lock's deputy editor, a staff writer for FloCombat, and a Russell-Rice scholarship recipient at Vanderbilt University.