When the WWE news hit that the company fired Alberto Del Rio after he slapped a WWE.com employee for making an alleged racial slur about him it sent shockwaves through the WWE. One of the things that some people have asked was if AJ Lee was in danger of losing her job last year when she verbally attacked celebrity guest Michelle Beadle last year. PWS reported on Saturday that the WWE was going to fire AJ Lee for the incident when it happened.
To catch people up to date on the AJ Lee issue, this happened after she began dating CM Punk, who she has since married. At the WWE Tribute to the Troops taping, Beadle yelled some obscenities at CM Punk, who she at one time was connected to romantically. This sent AJ Lee into a rage and she jumped all over Beadle for disrespecting Punk. According to sources, the WWE was planning to fire AJ Lee for her unprofessionalism in dealing with the situation but Vince McMahon stepped in and nixed it.
According to sources, McMahon saw the big picture in the situation and believed that firing AJ Lee for the incident would cause more damage to the WWE than anything. That is why he stepped in and stopped the termination from occurring. However, it still brings things into a negative light when a guest is allowed to make insulting comments about the WWE superstars and is invited back but someone who stands up to them could get fired.
It is even more damaging to look at the Alberto Del Rio situation, if everything that has been reported is true. Wrestle Zone reported that the man that Alberto Del Rio slapped was WWE social media manager Cody Barbierri. The story indicates that Barbierri allegedly made racial based jokes about Del Rio and that caused the reaction. If Alberto Del Rio being fired is the only punishment here, the WWE is sending a bad message about their stance on racism.