Alberto Del Rio the Biggest Victim of WWE's Booking and Creative in Last 2 Years

Justin LaBarFeatured ColumnistNovember 1, 2012

DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA - JULY 08:  Alberto Del Rio 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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Since Alberto Del Rio joined WWE in 2010, he's won five pay-per-view matches.

The Mexican Aristocrat has appeared in 18 WWE pay-per-view matches. In professional wrestling, the heel is supposed to lose more than he wins. That's how it goes.

An affective heel can come back after a loss and still hasn't lost his drawing power as a bad guy. A really affective heel becomes an even bigger heel after his loss.

Alberto Del Rio's ring announcer is more over than him. He has a good entrance and a good gimmick. He is good in the ring.

You can find him boring for your particular taste, but as a professional wrestler, he is certainly one of the better talents in WWE. If you can't admit he is talented in the ring, you probably grade wrestlers strictly on the amount of hard stuff they fall on from high places.

What does Del Rio fight for? His destiny? What a babyface move that is.

Shawn Michaels chased his boyhood dream.

Bret Hart chased ultimate respect and excellence coming from the famous Hart wrestling family.

Dusty Rhodes defended and lived “The American Dream.”

Del Rio is a heel. A heel should want the title. A heel wants money. A heel wants to make his opponent bleed. A heel wants the babyface's girlfriend.

Every time heels lose out and don't get the title, money, blood or the girl―they can quickly start chasing it again and their past failed attempts aren't as highlighted.

The destiny-chasing needs to stop. Go find a stripper named Destiny if you want to chase destiny. The storyline is a failure.

A WWE wrestler told me in 2011 (prior to Brock Lesnar returning to WWE) that Del Rio and Jack Swagger were the two toughest, legit fighters in the WWE locker room.

It makes sense. Swagger was a decorated collegiate wrestler. He is trained to take anyone to the ground. Del Rio is a former MMA fighter who knows what it's like to fight for real and money.

Ironically, MMA fighter Chael Sonnen recently put over how Del Rio's finisher (if applied with full pressure in a fight) is the easiest to apply and most dangerous submission hold.

Unfortunately, Del Rio has lacked interest from the audience in what he's booked in.

It's hard to connect with his feuds. The Rey Mysterio feud was his first and best with the Mexican lineage they both had. Del Rio was the new guy in WWE. It was easy to follow. He was easy to dislike.

The most interest he provides on a weekly basis is what car will he drive to the ring.

The second-generation star has also had an issue sustaining momentum. He's battled injuries, extremely brief title runs and visa issues (while he was WWE Champion, which caused him to miss an entire week of programming).

Ricardo introduces him, new car, pay-per-view loss and vicious win/attack on Raw/SmackDown. No song is worth listening to on repeat that long.

Del Rio has the look and the talent. Over the last four years, WWE's creative booking has been very bad and inconsistent. To me, Alberto Del Rio has been the biggest name who has been the victim of this.