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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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61.

the TRUTH    

OMG STFU THIS WOMAN IS SO FN STUPID PUBLICLY MAKING HER 8YROLD LOOK LIKE A LIL BITCH CUZ HIS SIGN GOT RIPPED UP FACT IS HE'S A BAD GUY HE HAS TO DO BAD GUY THINGS BUT SHE IS TO STUPID TO REALIZE THIS JUST A LIL WHINEY CLAIMIGN SHE AND HER SON WAS BULLIED SO THEY CAN GET A SETTLEMENT WHAT A LOUD OF CRAP YOU KNOW I AM BEING BULLIED FOR HAVING TO WATCH JOHN CENA IN THE SPOTLIGHT ALL THE TIME I'LL SUE WWE TOO SERIOUSLY PATHETIC

714 days ago
62.

JDub    

This is standard protocol for WWE wrestlers. It's part of the show. Clearly, she shouldn't have paid for the close, expensive seats to the show if she didn't know this and knew it was a possibility. He shouldn't have to apologize. She should have stayed home.

714 days ago
63.

crazy christmas pie    

stupid ****ing entitled bitch, believes that just because her sissy, punk ass scared, little brat faced girly son cries, she has a civil suite. Keep the little *** away from WWE then. I hate this ****ing bully bull ****. Hell, that is part of life--lear how to deal with that ****, stupid puck ass mother ****ers!!!!

714 days ago
64.

Partyboy    

8 year old kids shouldn't be watching WWE? LOL are you serious. Thats the reason why I lost interest in the product. It went from TV14 to PG. Its marketed for children. The kid crying should be embarrassed. I remember being a wwf wcw fan as a kid and I would of loved if The Rock, Nation of Domination, any Heel approached me and took my sign. Would have had the time of my LIFE. Kids now are babied, parents now are SOFT. Ive met ricardo and he is a chill individual, and Del Rio is just staying in character as he should. They been doing this for YEARS. Your kid not special for bullying. If its a problem maybe you should rethink about sitting ringside. FYI read the back of the ticket stub. It does say your "PART OF THE SHOW"

714 days ago
65.

chico    

This made my opinion of Alberto del RIIIIIIIIIIOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO go up!
WWE should write this into the storyline
oh yeah fire CM PUNK!

714 days ago
66.

citivas    

Sure, blame it on the actor for playing his part and not on yourself as a mom for taking your 8 year-old to an ultra violent event where people cheer on said actors for being as violent, aggressive and mean as possible... Duh.

714 days ago
67.

_][ Character_Assassin ][_    

At least the guy can do is show up to the kids school and rip up all his classmates homework.

714 days ago
68.

Jordan    

For a company that claims to promote Anti Bullying the company does not stand behind what they promote. What is next for a WWE Bully to hit a Kid with a sign that they do not like because they are in character.

714 days ago
69.

jacksonfive210    

This has to be a joke and this womans looking for some publicity. I hope her kid never has to deal with real bullying.

714 days ago
70.

Yep    

Congratulations to this lady for press releasing this, now not only will he get bullied by wrestlers but every kid at his school now has a reason to pick on him.

714 days ago
71.

jacksonfive210    

I bet this mom is also going to start writing the creators of spongebob and say my son cries because squidward is a bully to patrick and spongebob. I hope this kids classmates don't find out about this story and really bully him at school.

714 days ago
72.

tgrfan42069    

bad guy wrestlers have been doing this for year.her kid needs to understand wrestling.sheamus and del rio are boring and suck.become a bryan danielson man kid

714 days ago
73.

Missbrandy35    

Omg obviously this woman has never been to a wrestling show. Because that's what they do. Especially the bad guys, duh it's what their paid to do. He's a bad guy so he's going to do bad things. Get over it lady. Sounds like she still wants her 15 minutes of fame.

714 days ago
74.

Leave It Alone    

I'm not really sure how to feel about this one. Maybe she shouldn't have brought her son to a wrestling match. Either way, the kid was crying for real not fake crying. He should not have been mocked, whether the wrestler was in character or not. Del Rio should have just walked away.

714 days ago
75.

wonkers    

Whaa. I am so tired of people whining. SUCK IT UP. You went to a wrestling show and the wrestlers were doing their job, playing their characters. GET OVER IT. Idiots demand apologies, whiners demand apologies, wussies demand apologies and entitled people demand apologies. Has this whole country turned into a bunch of politically correct wussies? This is not the attitude that made this country great. This is the attitude that is destroying this country. YOU, you crazy, stupid, entitled woman are destroying this country

714 days ago
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