WWE News: The Latest on the Plans for Alberto Del Rio When He Returns to the WWE

Chris Humphrey@@_CBH_Correspondent IMarch 28, 2012

DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA - JULY 08:  Alberto Del Rio is introduced during the WWE Smackdown Live Tour at Westridge Park Tennis Stadium on July 08, 2011 in Durban, South Africa.  (Photo by Steve Haag/Gallo Images/Getty Images)
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Besides his brief appearance at Elimination Chamber this past February, when he put his faith in Raw GM John Laurinaitis, we have not seen former WWE champion Alberto Del Rio on television since the beginning of 2012.

With his return to the WWE pegged for after WrestleMania this Sunday, what's in the works for Del Rio after he recovers from a groin injury suffered earlier in the year?

From Wrestling News Source:

Also, before Del Rio's injury, there was talk of Del Rio vs. Randy Orton at this year's WrestleMania, and WWE is still thinking about doing the Del Rio/Orton feud, which would seem to indicate that either Orton will get traded back to Raw or Del Rio will get traded back to SmackDown.

It's been previously reported over the past few months that WWE plans on giving Alberto Del Rio a mega push when he returns. He's been told to be much more vicious and aggressive inside the ring as well. There have also allegedly been talks of giving him another World Title run on Raw or SmackDown at some point down the line.

First, I would have loved to see Del Rio take on Orton at WrestleMania this weekend. That is, instead of the Viper taking on Kane in a match that was tossed together when the two superstars were left without a feud after Elimination Chamber.

In addition to his possible feud with Orton this spring, I think it would be a wise decision by the WWE if they sent Del Rio back to Smackdown to help give the blue brand some more talent.

However, a potential run at the world heavyweight champion on Smackdown is a slightly different situation.

Giving the belt to Del Rio would be good idea, but only if the WWE were to give him a long run like Daniel Bryan instead of those two short WWE championship runs last fall.

Even though not being sold on Del Rio in the early part of his WWE career, the former champion's new, aggressive style could be a great move after he seemed a bit robotic in his first year with the company.

So, Bleachers, what do you think about the WWE giving ADR a major push when he returns to the company on a full-time basis after WrestleMania?

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