Alberto Del Rio outlasted Jack Swagger in an I Quit match at Extreme Rules to become the No. 1 contender for the World Heavyweight Championship.
The victory didn't come without controversy, though, as instant replay was used to restart the match after Zeb Colter tricked the referee into thinking Ricardo Rodriguez threw in the white towel for Del Rio.
As ESPN's Robert Flores expressed on Twitter, the replay system is still better than MLB's:
The superstars were originally scheduled to battle alongside current champion Dolph Ziggler in a Triple Threat Ladder match. It was cancelled after Ziggler suffered a concussion on SmackDown two weeks before the pay-per-view, causing the change of plans.
It was a tough break for Ziggler, who finally got his chance to shine after holding the Money in the Bank briefcase for months. The decision to keep him as champion despite the injury should be a good sign for his title reign over the long haul, though.
In the meantime, Del Rio—who dropped the title to Ziggler on the night after WrestleMania—becomes the top contender. It was a feud that seemed likely even before the injury, so it was just a different way to get there.
Aside from the face turn, very little has changed for Del Rio over the past few years. He continues to get consistent main event opportunities but struggles to get fans involved. Without that, it's tough to consider him one of the top guys.
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For example, his introduction by Rodriguez gets more of a crowd reaction than anything he does in terms of promos or in-ring work. He must figure out a way to change that moving forward, but it's clear the WWE isn't giving up on him.
His upcoming storyline with Ziggler should include a lot of terrific in-ring work as both guys excel in that area. Finding a way to sap some of the support away from the current champ, who's supposed to be a heel, will be Del Rio's toughest task during the feud.
As for Swagger, his future is less predictable after the loss. He's done a nice job since his return with the new gimmick alongside Zeb Colter, but never got a title reign out of it.
There are two possible options. The WWE could decide to move forward with the Triple Threat match plans that were in place before the injury, but that would make Del Rio's win at Extreme Rules seem meaningless. Swagger could also fade into the midcard mix for a while.
Although the second option isn't preferable because the midcard scene is already overcrowded, the directions are limited for Swagger. Having a strong mouthpiece like Colter working with him has helped so far and should help him avoid slipping into oblivion.
It's something Del Rio doesn't need to worry about, at least in the short term, after his win at Extreme Rules. He's been handed another chance at a main event feud.
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