Following up on Alberto Del Rio's appearance at Triplemanía XXII on Sunday, I wanted to make a few notes on his claims of racism in WWE.
Del Rio's claims are valid following his encounter and subsequent confrontation with social media manager Cody Barbierri. We've already detailed the incident but where Del Rio gave WWE no option but to terminate him is when he physically confronted Barbierri.
As we reported here at WrestlingNewsWorld.com, had Del Rio properly reported the incident, Barbierri would have likely been suspended if not terminated. However, the way Del Rio handled it resulted in his termination.
While racism is Del Rio's claim, the claim WWE immediately reacted to was "unsafe work environment." Remember, the company was sued after a backstage incident at Royal Rumble 2013 involving Big Show and former WWE employee Andrew Green.
The last I heard, Barbierri could still face disciplinary action, however, it's unlikely to garner the same attention due to his lower profile.
Richard Reacts: It's been a couple of weeks now and I can say both Del Rio and Barbierri should be held accountable for their actions. Barbierri instigated the incident and had it not been for an inappropriate joke/comment, he likely wouldn't have caused Del Rio to react in an inappropriate fashion. However, Del Rio should have handled himself better and properly reported the incident to company officials. WWE's handling of the situation makes it appear they favored Barbierri over Del Rio and opens them up to claims of harboring racists in the workplace.