QUICK QUOTES: Alberto El Patron says his match with Bobby Lashley will be “a thousand times better” than Lesnar vs. Joe

Alberto Del Rio (art credit Travis Beaven © PWTorch)

Alberto El Patron was recently interviewed by Sports Illustrated to hype Slammiversary. Here are some of the highlights:

Comparing his match with Bobby Lashley to Samoa Joe vs. Brock Lesnar:  

“Our match is going to be a thousand times better. I have deep respect for Brock Lesnar and Samoa Joe, and I know they’ll give the fans an amazing match, but they’ll be limited by the politics in that company. That company won’t let one of them give one-hundred percent to the audience, they’re going to hold them back. Impact Wrestling says, ‘Here is the ring, go do your thing.’”

What it’s like wrestling Lashley:

“When you’re in the ring with Bobby, you feel it. You know you’re competing and performing with a guy that is not just a sports entertainer. He’s a real athlete and a real wrestler. When you combine two wrestlers with the same background and similar styles, you’re going to get magic. That’s what is going to happen at Slammiversary. We’re going to go the extra mile. We’re not afraid, and that’s just the way we were brought up in the business. If I punch him extra hard, and he kicks me extremely hard, then we’re OK with that–that’s part of what we want to offer to the audience.”

Preparing for the match:

“I spent 20 of the 27 hours on my flight back from the Impact trip to India thinking about fresh ideas for the match, and I want to give the fans something to remember. I promise that we are going to give one of the best matches in history.”

Thoughts on his last run with WWE:

“I was in a place where I was not happy. I was waking up every morning and really struggling to go to work. I got to the point where I asked myself if I wanted to continue in the pro wrestling business. “I said to myself, ‘I’ve lost the passion and love for the business.’ But I was wrong. I never lost passion for the pro wrestling business. I lost respect for that other company.”

For the full interview with Alberto El Patron, check out Sports Illustrated


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