Following the rapidly evolving scandal stemming from an altercation at the Orlando Airport this weekend between Global Force Wrestling World Champion Alberto El Patron (formerly Alberto Del Rio) and WWE superstar Paige, the company has suspended El Patron, effective immediately, issuing the statement:
Global Force Wrestling has indefinitely suspended Alberto El Patron, effective immediately, until the investigation is resolved following a recent incident in Orlando, Florida.
The company had previously announced that it was conducting an internal investigation before making any decisions regarding El Patron's future. It's unclear whether the decision to suspend Del Rio comes as a result of information uncovered in that investigation, increasing media pressure, or both. Either Way, GFW is planning a conference call this afternoon, and the topic is sure to come up.
In other news, another family member of Paige's has spoken out about the incident, claiming to have photographic evidence of physical abuse by El Patron. Roy Bevis posted to Facebook:
"We got pics from the last 6 months bro of her beating I'm glad she's finally sticking up for yourself..the reason there fighting yesterday is cause my uncle on his last legs in hospital and he wished him dead"
Bevis's statement is similar to statements made in an interview with Heavy.com yesterday by the anonymous witness who recorded audio of the altercation, which was published on TMZ.
"From what I gather, he said something like, 'I hope your ****ing uncle dies tomorrow, and grabs her wrist because he was mad she was on the phone for so long," the witness said. "They wanted to leave, so he got mad and grabbed her wrist. She got upset and threw water on him and she ran out."
The witness also claims Paige told El Patron during the argument, "'You're such an abusive husband, I hate you. You've ruined my life, you've ruined my career."
Roy Bevis also claimed on Facebook that Del Rio won't allow Paige to return to WWE, where she is still under contract, adding, "He's trying to get her the sack cause he don't want her there."
Neither Paige nor El Patron have posted to social media since Paige's last tweets on the matter two days ago.