For those of you who do not like spoilers, this is the time to stop reading.
With the crowning of a new World Heavyweight Champion, the Jan. 8, 2013, episode of SmackDown cemented its place in blue brand history just one week before its landmark 700th episode.
On the same night The Rock made his eagerly anticipated return to Friday night’s best show, Alberto Del Rio seized the spotlight and defeated Big Show in a Last Man Standing Match to claim the World Heavyweight Championship.
The Mexican Aristocrat heroically battled The World’s Largest Athlete in an absolutely brutal showdown, literally taking The World’s Largest Athlete to his limit en route to an historic victory.
Del Rio’s title triumph stands as his first World Heavyweight Championship and his third World Title overall. His victory also shows, once again, that anything can happen on SmackDown at any time!
See how it t went down and witness the return of The Rock to the blue brand, this Friday at 8/7 CT only on SmackDown on Syfy.
This comes as a huge surprise for a number of reasons. Once again a title change has occurred during a taped WWE show. Plus, once again, WWE.com has spoiled the news. It does not make any sense for a title to change during a SmackDown or Main Event taping. Why not just wait until Raw?
WWE fans now must question what the future holds for the World Heavyweight Championship. One expected scenario saw Big Show holding the title until WrestleMania, where he would lose it to the Rumble winner, Ryback. While Big Show will most likely request a rematch for the title at Royal Rumble, one must wonder how long this Del Rio title reign will last.
It is possible that WWE wanted to put the title on a babyface in order to expedite Dolph Ziggler cashing in his Money in the Bank briefcase? Ziggler has been featured more on WWE TV and even main evented WWE TLC 2012 against John Cena, where he was victorious.
What do you think of Alberto Del Rio becoming the new World Heavyweight champion? How long do you think his title reign will last?
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