MCMAHON’S TAKE: Callis and D’Amore deserve criticism for relying on El Patron

BY MIKE MCMAHON, PWTORCH CONTRIBUTOR

Alberto Del Rio (photo by William Noetling © PWTorch)

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If I was the type of guy to say I told you so …

Alberto El Patron was terminated by Impact Wrestling this week, following a pair of no-shows this weekend as the company ran events in conjunction with WrestleCon during WrestleMania weekend. El Patron no-showed the Impact vs. Lucha Underground show this weekend, and then the next day, no-showed a scheduled autograph appearance. El Patron has not made a public comment, despite numerous media outlets reaching out to him.

Just par for the course with this guy.

El Patron was scheduled to face Austin Aries in an Impact World Title match at the upcoming Redemption pay-per-view later this month. If you listen to Andrew Soucek and I on the Thursday PWTorch Livecast, you know that we criticized the move from the very beginning.

El Patron had proven himself to be undependable. Despite never being found guilty (or even charged) with anything stemming from an airport incident with Paige last summer, he messed up the company’s plans for Bound for Glory and had to be stripped of the World Title. Upon returning, he was thrust back into the main event picture.

Then, one of the first moves Don Callis and Scott D’Amore made as the new heads of wrestling operations was to put El Patron, of all people, in the main event of a pay-per-view. Remember, these episodes — and hence, this match — was booked back in January when the company was taping television in Orlando. D’Amore and Callis had to hope that El Patron would stay out of trouble for three whole months.

Obviously, that was too much to ask.

While the blame for his behavior is all on El Patron, Callis and D’Amore shouldn’t be immune to criticism for this decision. They knew his history, and they still put themselves in a position to depend on El Patron. That’s a huge mistake.

Callis and D’Amore deserve credit for what have been entertaining shows recently. Until this week, the viewership numbers had been climbing steadily. All indications are that the Impact vs. Lucha Underground special from this weekend was a huge success. But the El Patron story will be a dark cloud that hangs over the promotion on what should have been a celebrated weekend.

The silver lining is that El Patron was the highest-paid member on the talent roster. While dumb (he’s not a draw and didn’t deserve to be the highest-paid member of the roster), his termination should open up a lot of funds for new Impact signings. If Callis and D’Amore are really about making a change, they now have some salary flexibility to sign some up-and-coming stars, instead of WWE re-treads.

Impact has the opportunity to turn a negative into a huge positive. The only problem is they created the negative themselves by relying on Patron. I don’t feel sympathy for them, and you shouldn’t either. They knew the risks, and they made the decision to put him in a main-event spot anyway. That’s dumb. Point proven.

Much like the name of their upcoming pay-per-view, D’Amore and Callis have a chance for some redemption if they take Patron’s salary and do some good with it. Improve their roster. Help their company. But they need to make the right decision. Patron was strike one, and it was a big swing and a miss.

4 Comments on MCMAHON’S TAKE: Callis and D’Amore deserve criticism for relying on El Patron

  1. Absolutely. Callis in particular saw a lot of potential in Alberto. Even if you scrape off the sleazy behavior and demons, there’s nothing exciting about him. His heritage has gotten him work, but even that has limits if you constantly disappoint employers.

    Let WWE clean him up so they can parade him out at the next HOF ceremony as another fool they have on the string.

    Patron was one of three nooses hanging around Impacts neck. Hopefully, they can fully address network and arena issues to progress even further.

  2. Actually this would be strike three. Allowing Jarrett to come back and book? Strike one as that was a fail in many ways. Allowing so many talents to just up and walk out without even TRYING to keep them? Strike two. Patron will now be considered strike three.

    More reminders why no matter who books Impact, the problems still stay the same and nobody there truly has the balls to fix it.

  3. I notice that most dirtsheets happily cover this, but didnt cover the actual LU-Impact show that had 19k people watching on twitter and 1400 live

  4. Ahh so here is your weekly Impact article, focusing on nothing other than controversy instead of the upgraded main event of Aries/Fenix/Pentagon. No reports on the sold out show they did (approx 1,400 people) over the weekend.

    One of the worst columns ever. Alberto never did it to Impact until last night.

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