The WWE employee that Alberto Del Rio slapped that caused his termination has left the company, WrestlingNewsWorld.com can independently confirm. The employee, whose name is Cody Barbierri, left WWE after working there as Social Media Manager since September 2012.
According to Barbierri's LinkedIN profile, he has launched the website SocialMediaMNGR.com. While with WWE, he was "responsible for creating and implementing compelling social media interactions & stories designed to enhance the fan experience, build story lines and drive viewership during WWE programming, including Monday Night Raw, Main Event, Friday Night SmackDown & PPVs."
Barbierri burst onto the national scene when it was learned there was an incident at an August 4, 2014 television taping in Laredo, Texas. As the story goes, someone told Barbierri to wipe his plate clean after a backstage meal at catering. Apparently joking, Barbierri said that was Del Rio’s job.
Del Rio ended up finding out about the comment and perceived it to be racially charged. He confronted Barbierri and rather than apologize, Cody smiled. This is when Del Rio slapped him. The WWE office found out what happened and terminated Del Rio over the incident. Del Rio confirmed the incident in a subsequent promotional interview.
Meanwhile, WWE posted a new job listing for a Social Media Manager on Thursday at this link. Below is a snippet from the listing:
The Manager, Social Media will work directly with WWE road crews and event producers to moderate social media content at Live Events both domestically and internationally, in an effort to enrich the in-arena fan experience. In addition, the Social Media Producer will work with WWE and NXT Superstars to create social media content, including text, photo and video, for more than 300 Live Events per year, and assist the Superstars with various facets of managing their social presence on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Vine, and more. The successful candidate will have a strong marketing/branding sense and be proficient with all current social media platforms. Previous experience covering and/or working at live sports or entertainment events is preferred.
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