Alberto El Patron says he has another two years in the business.
Speaking to the Orlando Sentinel, he talked about upcoming retirement plans. He's not tired of the fans or pro wrestling itself, but rather the politics.
“Alberto will continue to do this for two years, then start to think about retirement” El Patron said. “I’m not tired of the business, or the fans, or the ring — what I don’t like is what goes on behind the curtain. When I went to Impact, I started to feel like I got my passion back. So I’ll wrestle in 2018, then maybe 2019 I’ll start to think about a farewell tour.”
Impact has given him his passion back, however. Since returning to the ring in November following a suspension, he's embraced his role as a heel and is having fun.
“I love being a heel. I don’t like being a babyface and a good guy. But it’s not always about what we want, it’s what the fans want” El Patron said. “[Before] this last storyline, they liked me. You can’t force the audience, though, if they want to boo or they want to cheer. Right now, I’m really having fun — I’m working as a bad guy, doing all the heel things, but still getting cheered by most of the fans. It’s the best of both worlds.”
Despite losing the title after being suspended, he, Eli Drake and Johnny Impact are currently embroiled in a feud over the title that he never technically lost.