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Backstage News On Why Alberto Del Rio Won The World Title (via WrestlingInc.com)
Alberto Del Rio won the World Heavyweight Title from Big Show this week because they want to shoot Del Rio up as the new Latin babyface Superstar since Rey Mysterio isn't around and Sin Cara has been categorized as a disappointment. Cara was actually ready to work this week and was not used.
The idea is that they will push Del Rio harder than Mysterio and Cara with the hopes of making a genuine Mexican draw out of him. This was actually the original idea when WWE signed Del Rio a few years ago.
Analysis from Seth M. Guttenplan
When Alberto Del Rio defeated Big Show recently to become the new World Heavyweight Champion, I was just as shocked as everyone else. It seemed to signal that Dolph Ziggler will soon cash in his Money in the Bank briefcase. However, this news suggests that WWE may actually be interested in pushing Del Rio as a top babyface.
When Del Rio won the only 40-man Royal Rumble, Money in the Bank and WWE Championship, it seemed like WWE was rushing Del Rio to the top as they did Jack Swagger and to a certain extent the Miz. However, with Vince McMahon wanting a Mexican draw from WWE, it makes sense to push Del Rio. Rey Mysterio is at the end of his career and Sin Cara’s career has been mainly a botch in and of itself. It will still take time to get used to seeing Del Rio as a face, but with his personal ring announcer very much over with the fans, WWE may fulfill its own destiny with Alberto Del Rio as their next top Mexican babyface.
An update on El Generico's possible WWE signing (via LordsofPain.net)
PWTorch.com & PWInsider.com are both confirming what was first reported by PWPonderings.com last night, and saying independent star El Generico has, in fact, signed a WWE contract.
On top of that, PWInsider is saying this won't be the last big WWE signing, and that the company has "a number of names on their radar".
El Generico - WWE Signing Update (via PWInsider.com)
Analysis from "Jersey Strong" Jay
The signing of El Generico by WWE is a positive move by all parties involved. Generico has worked all over the world for various promotions in Canada, Japan, Mexico and right here in the United States. Most of his notoriety, however, comes from Ring of Honor.
Could Generico follow in the footsteps of other former ROH stars like CM Punk, Daniel Bryan and Antonio Cesaro? I would not be surprised. If you watched ROH Final Battle you would see that he put on quite a bit of muscle mass.
The major question is: Will El Generico keep the gimmick that has made him a cult favorite for all these years? With WWE you never know, but one thing is for sure: El Generico now has the opportunity to make huge money in the wrestling business.
Ric Flair To Confront WWE Champion CM Punk Next Week On RAW (via LordsofPain.net)
Next week's 20th Anniversary edition of RAW is shaping up to be a big one, with several surprise appearances planned by former WWE superstars.
F4wonline.com is reporting that WWE Hall of Famer Ric Flair is scheduled to appear on the show and the current plan is for him to confront WWE Champion CM Punk. Read more at
Analysis from Graham "GSM" Matthews
Just when I thought next Monday's 20th Anniversary of 20th couldn't get any more historical, I read a report hinting at a potential confrontation between WWE Champion CM Punk and Ric Flair. Granted, not much is advertised for the event (if anything at all), but if this report is indeed true, I'm surely looking forward to next Monday night.
Their war of the words at the Slammy Awards a few weeks back was nothing short of excellent, so I can only imagine that their next showdown will be just as awesome if not better.
Of course, I don't see this leading into any sort of in-ring angle between Punk and Flair, but the Voice of the Voiceless has proved in recent months that he can hang with the best of them on the mic. Such legends include Mick Foley, Jim Ross and Bret Hart, among others.
As seen at the Slammy Awards, Flair can still take one hell of a beating, so don't be surprised if you see Punk rough up the Nature Boy in order to gain an extra edge going into the Royal Rumble event. After all, Flair is a former Raw General Manager and one of the biggest names to be featured on the flagship show in the past two decades, so an appearance by Flair at Monday's 20th Anniversary of Raw would only be fitting.
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