As the saying goes, wrestling isn't ballet, and we've got yet another reminder of that.
According to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter (via WrestlingInc.com), Alberto Del Rio suffered a pretty serious injury at this week's Raw tapings.
The report states, "World Heavyweight Champion Alberto Del Rio suffered a broken rib in his match with Sheamus on Monday night but he's working through it."
This marks the second time in less than a month The Great White has been involved in an injury incident. He punched Christian so hard at Money in the Bank that he chipped Captain Charisma's tooth, according to PWInsider (via SEScoops.com).
But perhaps the most interesting part of the report is that it says Del Rio will work through the injury.
Just how long can a Superstar work through WWE's hectic schedule with a broken rib?
The Essence of Excellence may be able to bear the pain for now, but that could change with one rough match.
With that said, perhaps officials will consider taking the belt off the Essence of Excellence so that if time off is required, it won't result in an awkward championship forfeit.
But that begs another question: Who would he drop the gold to? Del Rio has yet to enter a new feud since defeating Dolph Ziggler at Money in the Bank, so there really isn't an obvious choice.
Then again, The Mexican Aristocrat won his first World Heavyweight Championship earlier this year in a match with Big Show that had very little buildup and basically came out of nowhere. He could lose the strap in the same way.
Should he even drop the title in the first place, or should he be left to work through the pain? If it is taken off him, who should it be given to? Let us know your opinion in the comments section below.
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