Mother Accuses Alberto Del Rio Of Bullying Her Son At Weekend Live Event

TMZ has a story online on Alberto Del Rio tearing a fan's sign in half at a Smackdown live event in Anaheim last Saturday night. The mother of the fan, an 8-year-old child, is accusing Del Rio of being a bully and that her son immediately burst into tears and cried all the way home.

The woman, identified as Shelly Ehler, sent a letter to WWE over the incident and says Sheamus, who the sign was about, offered to send her child a signed photo.

Click here to read the story in its entirety.

Richard Reacts: This is ridiculous.  Absolutely ridiculous. Why didn't she just explain to her  child that Del Rio is a "bad guy" and he was mad because her son was supporting Sheamus, the "good guy."  Ugh, the things people will do for publicity. 

  • Logan_Walker

    He’s powerful, he’s rich, he’s Alberto Del Rio….but you already know that!

  • Mark3man

    The problem is though she will probably get some sort of compensation from WWE because of the pg/family friendly image they want to portray. If she receives payment this could be another nail in the coffin, people will start making claims for everything.

    • Brandon Ceielo

      Because of the PG / Family Friendly Image… *whistles*
      I don't get why this woman is making such a big deal about it. Can't console a kid? *whistles again*

  • Mark3man

    On another note well done del Rio. Its what heels should do. Its not quite forge level of bully Ray on impact a few weeks ago though.

  • Spike westphal

    Some people just don’t understand that Alberto job is to make the fans hate him over the years I watched wrestling I seen countless wrestlers tear up signs that fans bring to the show

  • kevin

    Shelly you need a life. He’s a heel that’s his job to be a bully. Same thing happened to my daughter just made her root for Shawn Michaels that much more. Grow up its part of the show heel=bully=Dick.

  • The Cowboy

    This is the height of Li'l Jimmy-ness. The worst part is, Del Rio doesn't have anywhere near the kind of heat that would make it even remotely legitimate for some little kid to get upset about something like this (maybe the little Hulkamaniacs did when Hogan turned heel, but that's about it). The worst part is the conciliatory attitude by Sheamus – why doesn't he just drop the whiter-than-white (pun intended) babyface shtick for once? They're turning their precious "WWE Universe" into sissies, basically.

    Can you ever, in your wildest dreams, imagine something like this taking place at an ECW house show? If you've seen Cena v. Van Dam at One Night Stand, I'm sure you'll join me in wondering how in the blue hell we've come from that to this.

    • H.M.

      Words of truth!

  • Patrick Peralta

    this is stupid doesn't the mother watch enough wrestling to know heels rip up signs from time to time as part of drawing heat.. she should have explained it to her son… instead of complaining about what happen. I've seen heels take signs from both adults and kids and they didn't cry about it.

    I agree with Richard the things some people will do to for publicity……what's next she going to sue WWE……she all ready made a $75k investment on "Tank" for her ShoNo towels what ever the hell that is.

  • Kris Hardy

    I think some of these people need to look into the dictionary and find out the definition of "bully." Did ADR physically abuse him? No. Did he verbally abuse him? No. Well it's not bullying. So calm down.

    • SRP

      I think you need to look up the definition of the word “bullying”.

  • Bogusstang

    Why doesnt she get david otunga to sue him?

  • Bogusstang

    Why doesnt she get david otunga to sue him for substantial damages

  • Hoops

    had she not been on "Shark Tank" do you think this would even be a story???? THis is only done to promote her business

  • Ellen

    It's called staying "in character". I'm not defending ADR – I'm just sayin'. I remember many, many years ago taking "the kids" to a live wrestling event (albeit local) – Ken Patera, Hulk Hogan, Dominic DeNucci, Tugboat McGraw, Greg Valentine – during intermission we went outside, and so did the wrestlers. Heels, Faces and fans all in one place – it was interesting to watch these athletes keep themselves in their respective roles and still be able to provide interaction with the fans. And no, there was no talk of bullying – this mother needs to explain life to her child – there's no way this child will make in the real world if she isn't taught how to manage and deal with all kinds of "personalities".


    I would have been thrilled to have my sign taken and ripped by one of the superstars!

    • rkodmr

      So would I. I’d probly start laughing at it. I don’t even think the mom know pro wrestling is scripted. Del Rio is playing a part but she doesn’t understand that apparently.

  • KVB

    This is so dumb… grow up lady and tell your kid it's only a show. Gezzzeeeee

  • Joey

    I think it's stupid. Del Rio is playing his character (a BAD guy) like they've always been plauyed (Especially at live events). It's like traditional heel tactics to rip up a sign, one of the oldest one in the books. My God. Sheamus gives her sign a signed photo. Very classy and proffesional. How is THAT not good enough?!

  • An0n

    Week of fan abuse? Weak…..ha see what i did there, play on words….yes lame i know

  • Goliath

    I don’t get what the big deal is Daniel Bryan rips up a yes! sign from a kid almost everytime he comes out and same with bubba in tna. It’s just what bad guys do to gain heat!!

  • Ray

    What I can’t figure out is what did Alberto Exactilly do to the kid?

    • SRP

      He took the kid’s pro Shaemus sign and ripped it in half. It’s right near the beginning of the article.

  • Matt

    I'd be so happy if he tore up one of my signs, that's him doing his job right!

  • Satan

    Shelly, you need to teach your son how to enjoy entertainment. Get a life!

  • Joe O.

    So if ADR is accused of being a “bully” for ripping up a kid’s sign at a house show, why isn’t there an outcry or Daniel Bryan being a “bully” when he rips up signs on Raw coming down the stage?! So stupid!

  • Moe

    Ever since WWE went PG, there have been a numerous amount of fans who don't seem to know anything or better

  • Michael

    another reason why WWE shouldn't go PG