Alberto Del Rio deserves to hold on to the World Heavyweight title at the 2013 Royal Rumble.
No matter the result of the match, it's likely that Del Rio is simply a transitional champion. It's unfair to him as he has been one of the most consistent performers in the ring.
How many pay-per-view matches did he have with Sheamus? It was like WWE had no idea what to do so it just threw him in a title match because the company knew he could deliver.
Winning the World Heavyweight title over Big Show was a well-deserved accomplishment. Del Rio has been busting his butt in the ring and is starting to get over with fans after his face turn.
He isn't the best technical wrestler in the company nor is he the best talker; however, Del Rio does have a great mesh of the two. He's the total package when it comes to in-ring and mic skills.
More importantly, he knows how to do the little things in the ring that few others in the company do. Del Rio has great ring psychology and knows the right moves to deliver and when to deliver them.
Even with all the positives on his side, it's hard to envision him carrying the title into WrestleMania XXIX. Sheamus and/or Randy Orton are much likelier possibilities. They're proven commodities and that is vital in WWE's eyes when it comes to the biggest show of the year.
Having Del Rio hold the title is a bit refreshing. Sure, he's been on the main event scene for a while now, but most of that time has been without holding one of the two big titles.
Fans have seen Show, Sheamus and Orton hold either the WWE or World Heavyweight titles on multiple occasions. They're all very good performers, but, especially in the case of Sheamus and Show, there needs to be some new faces.
One of the things wrong with the company right now is that it's the same six or seven guys wrestling each other in all of the PPV main events. It hurts the company in the long run because when you do elevate new wrestlers, no one takes them seriously.
While Del Rio is one of those guys, the title and face turn have added different dimensions to his in-ring persona.
Making him merely a transitional champion does a disservice to everything he's done in the last year to earn the title.