Alberto Del Rio retained his World Heavyweight Championship at WrestleMania 29 and now will move on to the next challenge.
Jack Swagger lost his shot at the World Heavyweight Championship at WrestleMania 29 and now will move on to…a suspension or possible termination?
This match had an albatross around its neck almost from the moment it was set up.
Around the time he won the Elimination Chamber and gained the top contender spot, Swagger was arrested in Mississippi on DUI and marijuana charges. Despite those serious accusations, WWE let him not only go ahead and keep the top contender spot, but it also kept him involved in the anti-immigration story arc with Zeb Colter.
The story got a great deal of airplay from mainstream media at first. But just like so many of the storylines WWE tries to stretch out, it got boring.
Now that the match is behind them, WWE now finds itself with a big decision to make.
Swagger never really set the WWE on fire with either his “All-American” or “Real American” shtick. He disappeared from the scene for several months, but, aside from the wrestling pundits, did anyone really notice he was gone?
WWE obviously invested a lot of time and ink into the Swagger/Colter angle—too much in fact to just abruptly pull the plug and leave themselves scrambling to find Del Rio another opponent.
So the company soldiered on with Swagger.
There were some expectations that Dolph Ziggler was going to cash in his Money in the Bank briefcase on whoever won Sunday night’s match. Maybe that would be kind of an embarrassment for Swagger: let him win the title, only to lose it seconds later to Ziggler.
That did not happen, though. So now, WWE is back to Square One with Swagger.
Anytime a public figure finds himself or herself on the wrong end of the law, consequences have to be paid. Now that Swagger really has nothing keeping him on the WWE scene, do not be surprised to see WWE finally pull the trigger and either suspend or terminate him.
As for Del Rio, he has another destiny fulfilled. He finally got his WrestleMania moment. Now is the time for WWE to finally give him a program with someone who is a legitimate threat to take his World title.
That person is Dolph Ziggler. After months of teasing a briefcase cash-in, it should happen in the next month.
But it will not happen in the traditional way.
I can see WWE booking a title match between Del Rio and Ziggler at Extreme Rules. Del Rio will defeat Ziggler after a grueling match, but he will be so exhausted from the bout that Ziggler will remember the briefcase and successfully cash it in.
Instantly, you have a match for the June pay-per-view that will be a true reflection of its name—Payback. Del Rio will look to pay back Ziggler for the “sneaky” cash-in.
And WWE will have a decent feud to take us through the summer.
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