Why Alberto Del Rio's Face Turn Might Be Difficult to Accomplish

Bryan HaasFeatured ColumnistDecember 17, 2012

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When the Three Man Band attacked the Miz at TLC last night, before turning its attention to the Spanish announcing team, no one expected that it would be steadfast heel Alberto Del Rio and his personal ring announcer Ricardo Rodriguez that would make the save.

But that type of surprise is exactly why the WWE Universe tunes in to WWE television week in and week out.

And while the focus of the pay-per view was originally nowhere near the Mexican aristocrat, he seized a golden opportunity and left fans buzzing about where he would go from there.

Coming from a legendary family of lucha libre performers, Del Rio is no stranger to the spotlight.

With his father Dos Caras and his uncle Mil Mascaras having already reached icon status, Del Rio has been groomed from the beginning to be one of the all-time greats.

In fact, it is said that it is his destiny.

But what is interesting is that Del Rio spent nearly his entire career in Mexico as a babyface. And when he did make a heel turn in 2009, he became the first member of his family to actually do so. And it caused massive shock waves throughout the lucha libre world.

It was recently rumored that Del Rio would possibly be making a babyface turn, as the company would like to have a strong Latino figure at the forefront of the company. And it may have now realized that Sin Cara has not caught on in the manner that it had hoped he would.

Meanwhile Rey Mysterio is now nearly 40 years old, is often injured and has two Wellness Policy violations against him.

So rather than pushing a Primo or an Epico, or digging into the developmental system, the company seems to have tapped Del Rio to be that guy.

This is not without its issues however. From day one, Del Rio has been hateable in nearly every way. With his condescending attitude, swagger and vicious wrestling style, he has drawn the ire of fans and competitors alike for years. His self-confidence is off the charts, and he has an ego the size of most of the arenas in which he performs.

So will we now see Del Rio pull into the building in one of his fancy cars, before walking halfway down the aisle to hand his keys to some unsuspecting fan?

Will he start giving his scarf to a young child at ringside?

It is tough to say where this storyline will lead, or whether anyone chooses to buy into it. But for Del Rio, this idea might be a last ditch effort to make him relevant. Because as a heel, he has seemed to cool off over the past year or so.

Del Rio claims that greatness and glory are his destiny. But can he actually do it without the underhanded tricks and brutality that have become his trademark?

We will all have to wait and see. And with the help of those expensive cars of his, it might be a fantastic ride.