As absurd as this headline sounds, it appears that SmackDown general manager Booker T has suspended both Del Rio and his personal announcer, Ricardo Rodriguez.
According to WWE.com, both men will not be partaking in Friday night's SmackDown.
The article states:
General Manager Booker T made a startling announcement Tuesday evening that he is preventing the World Heavyweight Champion Alberto Del Rio from being part of this week’s SmackDown.
“Following the incidents last Friday on SmackDown as well as this week on Raw,” Booker told WWE.com in no uncertain terms, “it is my duty as GM to suspend Alberto Del Rio. He will not be in action this Friday night and will not be in the building.”
Obviously, this is just a work to move a storyline forward. However, if this suspension angle is done properly, it may draw some intrigue from casual SmackDown fans, especially considering that both Del Rio and Rodriguez took to Twitter to address the suspensions.
Alberto El Patron @VivaDelRio
So I was just told @BookerT5x has suspended me! Wow! Umm ok well doesnt mean I can't just buy a ticket! Who wants to join me!? #SiSiSi2013-2-5 23:40:04
Rodriguez ॐ @RRWWE
got back to my room since we have been suspended and ADR calls me to change Cus we're going back to the arena. Something about a surprise.2013-2-6 00:25:52
Ultimately, I am not a fan of having WWE stars use their Twitter accounts to further angles. The fact is, most people follow their favorite stars to see what they have to say outside of their WWE persona. Unfortunately, that is not always the case, as many stars utilize this medium as an outlet to keep their storylines fresh.
Many times these tweets are utilized on either Raw, SmackDown or WWE.com. Although, there is one exception, as Zack Ryder tends to actually use Twitter to vent about company politics.
Overall, I am hopeful that the company can make this "suspension" angle interesting. Sadly, the company tends to do angles like this with little to no payoff. So, maybe they will learn from past mistakes and make this one memorable.
In the end, we will have to wait and see what happens on this week's show. Chances are, we are going to be disappointed, but hey, it's the WWE so you never know.