Has a kayfabe exchange on Twitter created legitimate tension between Alberto Del Rio and Dave Batista? Del Rio Tweeted the following:
1:32 PM EST January 8, 2014 Update: Vince Lucero, who Del Rio referenced, was Batista's opponent at a CES MMA show on October 6, 2012 in Providence, Rhode Island. Batista won the fight via TKO (punches). That fight is online at this link or embedded in the video below:
Below are the responses from Batista's verified account:
1:19 PM EST January 9, 2014 Update: Since publishing this article, Batista has deleted the above Tweet. This is why the Twitter framework no longer loads. End update.
Neither Del Rio nor Batista are strangers to legitimate controversy in a contrived business.
Batista was infamously involved in a backstage altercation with Booker T that got physical in 2006. Booker later said the wrestler-turned-actor "took a good beating" but it was about respect. He said he respects Batista and is sure Batista respects him.
Del Rio admitted in a November 2013 interview that to be a good heel you had a to be a “bit of an asshole in real life” and that’s him.
Both Batista and Del Rio were announced as entrants in the 30-man Royal Rumble match on this week's "Old School" episode of Monday Night Raw. Batista will return to WWE on the January 20, 2014 episode of Raw.