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'Shark Tank' Winner

WWE Star Made My Son Cry

DEMANDS APOLOGY

10/9/2012 5:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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A mother will do anything to protect her kid -- just ask former "Shark Tank" winner Shelly Ehler ... who's picking a fight with a 6'5", 239-pound WWE star after he made her 8-year-old cry.

Ehler -- who scored a $75k investment on "Tank" for her ShowNo towels -- has a serious beef with Alberto Del Rio ... who snatched her son's handmade sign during a WWE event in Anaheim, CA this weekend ... and RIPPED IT UP (or at least tried to).

In the video (above) Del Rio isn't quite strong enough to rip the sign in half (it is cardboard) ... so he takes off small, pathetic, chunks instead.

FYI -- it's standard practice for the wrestlers to interact with audience members "in character." In this case, the sign was pro-Sheamus ... the wrestling arch-nemesis of Del Rio.

But TMZ spoke to Shelly, who says her 8-year-old was terrified by the wrestler's actions and instantly burst into tears. She adds, "Del Rio is a bully. I looked at him and said 'he's crying' ... and he mocked him."

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Shelly -- who says her 8-year-old cried all the way home -- vented her frustrations to the wrestler on Twitter and then fired off an angry letter to the WWE.

In the letter she says, "Take signs from adults NOT KIDS!  My son was bullied by your superstars and it is not okay."

Despite her demands, Shelly claims she's heard crickets from Del Rio -- but his manager tweeted her back and said, "lol blah blah blah."

FYI -- as soon as Shelly contacted Sheamus about the incident ... he immediately offered to send her son a signed photo and meet with him next time he's in town.

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7:15 AM PT -- A rep for the WWE tells TMZ ...“While Alberto Del Rio and Ricardo Rodriguez were portraying their WWE characters, we sincerely apologize for any misunderstanding that may have occurred.”

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46.

Awesome     

She needs to be kicked in the knee! Then slapped across the face and told to "SNAP OUT OF IT!" Does this dilho ever watch these events? WTF woman. She's an idiot. I guess there needs to be an age limit now so that wittle terd knockers don't get their wittle feewings hurt by a wrestler who's doing what wrestlers do... Draw the attention, fuel the fans...bring it on! ... OMG she's such a moron.

680 days ago
47.

Tammy    

I'm so sick of the word "bullying" being screamed at every turn. If she had a tenth of a brain, she'd know better than to take her wussy a$$ son to a WWE event. Team del Rio!!

680 days ago
48.

leeleetof    

Mom is an idiot. Did she do NO research on what she was taking her 8 yo to?

680 days ago
49.

Tracey    

Maybe the kid started crying cause that was a lot freakin commotion and screaming. IT IS WWE, not fairyland. I don't even watch that crap and think this chic is being just as melodramatic, as wrestling itself.

680 days ago
50.

marie    

The mother is a moron. She is raising her son to be little punk. Grow up kid that is part of the performance

680 days ago
51.

Ediemarie    

Not to put her down or anything, but who the hell takes an 8 yr old to a wrestling match? What did you think was going to happen. They're acting the part and can't break character. She doesn't want her son being around bullying, don't let him watch the WWE!

680 days ago
52.

Cirrus Unicus    

Del Rio is a heel. To apologize for being so would break character. To whinge to the WWE is a but much, but to whinge to Sheamus is okay. Because now he's able to amp up his hero role. It's the ciiiirrrrcllllle of liiiiiiife!

680 days ago
53.

D-INCARNATION    

The kid's a sissy and should be ashamed of himself.

680 days ago
54.

all about the money    

Seems everyone is forgetting or ignoring that this was an 8 year old kid. Was it "right" for an 8 year old kid to even be there that is for debate. The kid likes wrestling and his mother took him to an event. In most cases people would praise the mother for helping her son live a dream so to speak. Also realize that for an 8 year old kid the whole environment is over energized. All the people, the noise...it would be sensory overload even for some adults. I agree with the mother on one point...the actors...I'm sorry wrestlers, should be told to not destroy children's signs. Adults sure they should have a better grasp that what is going on is part of the act, but children are not the best at figuring out fantasy from reality. Remember there are even adults who will swear that wrestling is real and not just really crappy acting followed by rehearsed and choreographed moves as part of a script. Not arguing if it was right or wrong for the kid to be there. Some will say right others will say wrong. Wont argue that the wrestlers interact in character with the crowd be it as a hero or a heel. I do agree that there should probably be some guidelines in place on how the wrestlers interact with the crowds. Its a dangerous time either way. You either scare the crap out of a kid or break their hearts, or you piss off an adult that fights back. Yes wrestlers are big guys but they are prema-donna's and a real folding chair to the head unscripted can end a wrestlers career faster than he could rip up the sign of a small crying child. Interactions with adults fine, interactions with small children should be a bit less "bullying".

680 days ago
55.

Scary    

Yeah, this wasn't bullying, the guy was just doing his schtick, maybe an 8 yr old was just a bad pick for it. BUT it's the mother who took the kid to the event in the first place - he needed to be old enough to understand it all, and she needed to better explain it to him. People need to stop using the word "bully" when it's not accurate - it undermines real cases of bullying. In this case, she needs to be a better parent about it - now her kid thinks he was victimized, when he really wasn't.

680 days ago
56.

c    

Oh wah wah, lady. Did you go to one of these events without ever watching one? I think they’re stupid and don’t watch them but even in the commercials you can tell they run around acting like *******s. It’s part of the show so maybe you should have explained that to your kid instead of expecting them to treat you differently than everyone else. Sheesh, what an ego.

680 days ago
57.

Bagman    

I know it sucks what he did, I am sure he feels bad in real life for it, but OMG stop saying your kid was bullied. People use that excuse WAAAAYYY to much now, they are bullied by everything. What ever happened to sucking-it-up attitude, have we become a bunch of sissy's?

680 days ago
58.

kitnplayn    

More American ignorance and arrogance.

680 days ago
59.

soandso111    

Aww :( I feel bad for the little guy. He probably was so excited to go there and see his favorite wrestler! Obviously this kind of stuff happens all the time and is meant to be 'part of the show' but I can't help but feel bad for the little dude. Must be the mommy in me, lol...

680 days ago
60.

Amy    

She should make sure she doesn't take the kid to a TNA wrestling show...they are A LOT worse.

680 days ago
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