Raw is on right now and I, for one, am anxiously awaiting the arrival of Alberto Del Rio.
The reason for that is, I need to see what kind of performance the Mexican aristocrat will deliver tonight because, to be honest, ever since he lost his match at WrestleMania XXVII to Edge, he seemed to have lost his spark.
When he first arrived on the scene, it was very interesting to watch his vignettes. He was cocky, arrogant and promised the world that he would rise to the top in no time. His entrance was fun to watch as well, all that golden glitter falling and the nice cars, some of it reminiscent of JBL but appropriate for the gimmick.
I got to like him very much. That is, until the company thrust him into the main event scene right away and had him lose his World Heavyweight championship match.
It seemed afterwards that the man got somewhat lost in the shuffle. Though winning the MITB was a great feat and won him his first ever WWE title, it did not allow him to really garner a lot of heat from the fans.
Truth be told, I believe they went too fast with his character. An Intercontinental championship reign would have been much better suited for the blue blood. People could have adjusted much better to his character in time and the transition to World Champion could have come naturally.
As of right now I wonder, will Alberto "el hefe" ever be considered one of the top guys? At 35 and openly claiming he is almost done, no, I don't think so.
There is huge potential of course. He is a real athlete, with good looks but like many others, his candle is burning out too quickly. For my part, I just can't get on this guy's bandwagon anymore. He does nothing for me.
Is Alberto Del Rio...
In a nutshell, he is boring.
I'd rather see Dolph Ziggler or Cody Rhodes get a push but for them, I hope it comes nice and slow to avoid any mistakes.
Some of Del Rio's matches are good, I'll give him that but his best time was in late 2010-early 2011, which was around the time I wrote this article about him.
Now, he is in a high-profile program with WHC, Sheamus. There is no telling where it all may lead but with so many younger and more interesting challengers waiting in the wings, I do not think Alberto will pinch a third title this year.
If that is true, it is not without merit. It may still allow him the possibility of getting a new and improved mean streak. Fans have lots of time to "hate" him even more and consider him a top villain once again.
Alberto Del Rio is a smart man. He is in a good position right now and has not really budged from the main event scene ever since he got there has he? That is a better state of affairs compared to other former champions who appear to be in WWE limbo right now.
Nothing is final right now when it comes to this Superstar. Maybe he can surprise everyone and become the most hated wrestler of the new decade and retire at 40, who knows?
Until then, I will keep my eyes open.