World Heavyweight Champion Sheamus has been feuding with Alberto Del Rio for the past few months. But as much as the creative team has tried to get Del Rio over as a threat, it hasn't worked. That is why the rivalry between Sheamus and Del Rio must come to an end at SummerSlam.
According to WrestlingInc.com, the match between Sheamus and Del Rio is back on, as general manager Booker T reversed his decision to cancel it at Tuesday's SmackDown taping. Sheamus begged for the match to be reinstated and Booker obliged, so fans will be forced to sit through yet another bout featuring Sheamus and Del Rio.
The matches themselves aren't bad, as Sheamus and Del Rio are both solid in-ring workers, but the results are far too predictable.
There is a lack of credible main-event heels in the WWE right now, and Del Rio is the perfect example of that. He was once a top heel, but he was allowed to lose his momentum and subsequently got injured, so everything done to build him up was essentially ruined.
Del Rio simply can't be World Heavyweight Champion in his current state, so the odds of him winning on Sunday are slim to none. A credible opponent is someone who appears to be equal to the champion in every way and looks like a threat to win the title, so it's fair to say that Del Rio doesn't live up to the billing.
That is why I'm hoping that Wade Barrett somehow gets involved at SummerSlam. Barrett should return soon to television since vignettes have aired promoting him, and he has wrestled in some dark matches, so I'm guessing that he'll play a role on Sunday. Barrett is a big, tough guy who was on a hot streak before his injury, and he could pose a true threat to The Great White.
Del Rio still has the potential to a main guy in the company, but he needs to be rebuilt properly. If that means having him tear through the mid-card and perhaps have a run with the United States or Intercontinental Championship, then the writers should make it happen, because whatever they're doing now isn't working.
In fact, Del Rio could really benefit from taking a similar path to the one Sheamus took. Sheamus had two unsuccessful runs with the WWE Championship, much like Del Rio, and was left in no man's land after dropping it. He went through a bit of a rough patch, but he eventually won the United States Championship and then went on a dominant run that legitimized him.
Throwing somebody into a feud for the World Heavyweight Championship doesn't automatically make them a good contender, and I feel like that is something that is lost on the writers right now. They failed to make Del Rio look credible prior to becoming the No. 1 contender, and they haven't done anything to change his standing since.
In a lot of ways, the World Heavyweight Championship has become an afterthought, even though it should be the second-most important thing in the company behind the WWE Championship. Meanwhile, the World title often leads off shows and is buried on the card due to the fact that there isn't much chance of a title change happening.
I like Del Rio and hope that he can become the top heel he once was at some point. But it's time to get him out of the World Heavyweight Championship picture. He's clearly going to lose at SummerSlam no matter what, so hopefully Barrett interjects himself afterwards and finally signals the end of what has been a boring and drawn-out feud.