Ricardo Rodriguez opens up about the dangerous effects of pro wrestling’s ‘rock and roll lifestyle’


Ricardo Rodriguez, who is perhaps best remembered as Alberto Del Rio’s personal ring announcer, recently opened up with WWE about his struggles with drugs and alcohol on the street. Rodriguez talks about his addiction in conversation Fox 43 of Pennsylvania,

“One day I woke up in San Antonio, Texas and I woke up in a hospital in a detox center,” Rodriguez said. “I don’t know how I got there. I ended up reaching out on Twitter, on social media, that I needed to get help.”

The former announcer and wrestler has been open about his addiction issues in the past, and has completed several treatments in rehab to help him stay sober.

Rodriguez shared, “One unfortunate aspect to all travel and life was the addictive side of the ‘rock and roll lifestyle’ of being on television, and what happens when the lights go out.”

However, Rodriguez does not blame the wrestling industry for his struggles. “Wrestling saved my life and it gave me a purpose and it gave me an understanding,” he said. “Whether time passed, he was [to] Perform in front of others or teach others how to live a certain dream they’ve always wanted to pursue, and that is professional wrestling.”

Rodriguez now owns and operates the Three Legacy Wrestling Academy in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Prior to this, Rodriguez worked for WWE from 2010 to 2014, and has continued to be active on the independent wrestling scene in the years since.

If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction, there is help available. to visit Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration website Or contact SAMHSA’s national helpline at 1-800-662-HELP (4357).

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