Del Rio reveals two title goals before retiring from WWE, evaluates indie stars going to NXT, interesting name association

By James Caldwell, PWTorch assistant editor


Alberto Del Rio continued his media tour in India by identifying two title goals left in his WWE career – becoming top champion again and capturing the Intercontinental Title. Del Rio added that he anticipates wrestling 3-5 more years before retiring.

“I want to become champion one more time and there is one more title I would need to win in WWE to say, ‘I have won all the titles you have to win in this company’ which is the Intercontinental title. Once it’s done, I think I am ready to say goodbye to the sport. I think I have 3-5 more years in wrestling and I am hoping I spend all those years in WWE,” Del Rio told

Del Rio made it clear he does not want to be tag champion, though, especially after the “League of Nations” run. “If it happens, it will be fantastic. I am not trying to get it, but if it happens, then good. I am not actually looking forward to the Tag Team Titles,” Del Rio said.

Del Rio, who is known for speaking his mind in media interviews, also threw out a general statement questioning wrestlers who sign with NXT from the independent circuit.

“I know all the guys in NXT have a lot of talent and that’s the reason why they are there. But in this sport, you can see guys with a lot of talent in the minor leagues when they move into the major leagues, they become irrelevant,” Del Rio said when asked who the next big star from the indies will be.

“We have so many talented wrestlers in NXT, but it will be really difficult to give you a name. To be honest, I don’t know who will be the next guy carrying the company on his shoulders.”

Del Rio was also revealing in a name association Q&A on specific wrestlers. Del Rio called Shinsuke Nakamura an “amazing talent,” said Dean Ambrose is one of his favorite opponents, said Bray Wyatt is one of his best friends, labeled Enzo Amore & Big Cass “the best tag team at the moment,” and had no comment on Seth Rollins.

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