Breaking Down What Alberto Del Rio Must Do to Make the Leap to Superstardom

Donald Wood@@Donald_WoodFeatured ColumnistSeptember 16, 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)
Gallo Images/Getty Images

With Night of Champions marking yet another chance for Alberto Del Rio to win the World Heavyweight Title from Sheamus, it is time for the WWE to pull the trigger and give the Mexican aristocrat the title he deserves.

Whether Del Rio wins the title Sunday or not, he has proven over the last month that he can be an entertaining superstar and a viable heel threat to the world title. While the smarky fans still hate what he is doing, Del Rio looks as strong as he ever has in WWE.

Now that he has been built as a major superstar in the company, the WWE must follow through and give him the validation.

It’s time for Del Rio to fulfill his destiny…again.


More Interaction With Ricardo Rodriguez

One of the best parts of Alberto Del Rio’s current character is his manager Ricardo Rodriguez and the interactions between the duo. The manager has become a lost are in the NFL, but Del Rio has one of the best in the business.

With Rodriguez acting as not only a perfect accent to Del Rio’s rich aristocrat gimmick, but an accomplice in obtaining wins in heel fashion, Del Rio doesn’t have to be the star on the microphone.

That’s good news because Del Rio isn’t that great on the mic.

As long as WWE continues to build Rodriguez into the feuds involving Del Rio—just like they have with the brogue kick angle on SmackDown—there will always be a chance for Del Rio to succeed on a mainstream level.


Lie, Cheat and Steal

This is not just an ode to the late Eddie Guerrero, it is the mantra that Alberto Del Rio should live by. Unlike the classic heels of yesteryear, Del Rio is not nearly as bad as he should be.

With more eye gouges, back scrapes and dirty pins, Del Rio must transform into a classic heel in the same mold as Ric Flair; Del Rio must become the dirtiest player in the game.

Del Rio has the luxury of having an amazing manager with Ricardo Rodriguez that people already love to hate, so using him as more fuel to the heel fire is perfect. While the pair does much of this already, it needs to be in bigger moments and not in useless spots.

The perfect example of doing this the right way is getting the brogue kicked banned; it’s the way the WWE should want to build Del Rio and his main-event heel run.


A New Finisher

As much as the cross-armbreaker is one of the cooler submission moves, adding another high-power finisher to his arsenal like they have Sheamus would be a good way to get fans to care about his character.

With the right name to fit his Mexican aristocrat gimmick, a new finisher could intrigue the WWE Universe into considering Del Rio a threat, something he hasn’t been for months.

It is uncertain exactly what move Del Rio would use, but he has the size and strength to pull off a brainbuster-type move and that would be the kind of impact finisher that could change a person’s view of a wrestler.


Check back for more on the World Wrestling Entertainment as it comes, and visit Bleacher Report’s wrestling page to get your fill of WWE/TNA. For more wrestling talk, listen to Ring Rust Radio for all of the hot topics you just can’t miss (some language NSFW).

Listen to internet radio with RingRustRadio on Blog Talk Radio