Is Alberto Del Rio WWE's newest Mexican hero?

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January 23, 2013

“I come from wrestling royalty, and my uncle [WWE Hall of Famer] Mil Máscaras accomplished so many things for years and years around the world,” Del Rio said of the heritage he now honors. “My father [Dos Caras] did the same thing and for me to be part of that dynasty, coming into WWE and accomplishing everything — WWE Title, Royal Rumble, Money in the Bank and now the World Heavyweight Title — not only is my family behind me but also my entire country.”

“[Mexico] is in my skin,” continued Del Rio, who has paid homage to his lineage by donning red, white and green trunks and eschewing his brutal submission style for a more traditional Lucha moveset that includes the enziguiri and moonsault. “I have it on my back; I have a tattoo on my back that says ‘Made in Mexico.’ I’m proud to be Mexican.”

He’s perhaps most proud of Ricardo Rodriguez, the oft-beleaguered and much beloved aide who kick-started Del Rio’s benevolent streak (The Essence of Excellence first showed his soft side by rescuing Ricardo from 3MB at WWE TLC). Despite their initial master-servant dynamic, Del Rio says, Ricardo has grown to occupy a special place in both the champion’s heart and at his right hand. “We’ve been together for more than three years and he’s always been loyal to me,” Del Rio gushed. “He’s a real friend. I think he was my only friend when I was doing those bad things … he’s my brother, my compadre like we say in Mexico.”

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