I recently wrote an article about Alberto Del Rio and how he is on the verge of quitting/falling from grace in WWE’s eyes; one of the things I touched on was how his character has not really progressed because, due to not having to pay his WWE dues (remember: Vince likes guys that he creates, regardless of outside game), he may not have felt any need to improve.
One of the most consistent comments I received was how, exactly, Del Rio could improve, given that WWE gave him the gimmick of the Mexican aristocrat. One could argue that Del Rio can’t do more than what’s given him.
Many performers throughout WWE’s history have been given a gimmick that may not have been that great, but they took it and made magic with it. Guys like Stone Cold Steve Austin, Undertaker, John Cena and JBL come to mind as ones who were given the template, but filled in the details in a manner most spectacular.
Let’s take JBL, the closest comparison to Del Rio: His Wall Street Investor Super-Patriot gimmick was iffy at first, but his amazing promo skills and ability to draw mega heat took a lower-midcard performer to the world championship picture.
Del Rio, with a similar gimmick, has slowly been sliding into mediocrity.
So let’s take a look at some of the current performers who, with a little creativity on their part and some more hard work (and maybe getting in the good graces of the powers that be so that they can get some more leeway with their character), could become big draws and—perhaps in the long run—world champions.
Call it "The Fix," if you will.