At SummerSlam, Alberto Del Rio will defend the World Heavyweight Championship against Christian. I'll start off by saying that I respect Christian. Although I have never been a huge fan of his, I always believed that Christian was talented, in fact talented enough to become a bigger star than he has been throughout his career. Why the WWE never really got behind him like they did his best friend and former tag-team partner, Edge, is beyond me. Christian deserves better.
I also respect Alberto Del Rio. Del Rio is the type of heel that fans are supposed to love to hate. Hatred for a heel should come about because of their vile and heinous actions, not because the heel is boring them with his or her antics. Why the WWE has struggled in defining him and shaping him into today's top heel is a head-shaker.
The idea of Christian facing Alberto Del Rio for the World Heavyweight Championship at SummerSlam just does not do it for me. Del Rio needs an opponent that comes across as a major threat if he is looking for credibility as champion. On a personal level I would rather see Dolph Ziggler pick up where he left off and continue his pursuit of the title. In an ideal world that would be the best scenario, giving us closure on their rivalry as well as giving Ziggler the opportunity to shine once again.
How WWE Creative came up with the idea of Christian vs. Del Rio is a good question. An even better question is why go there? With so many top stars on the roster, Christian is the last guy I expected to get a title shot. If perception is reality, then my perception of this match is that it lacks the appeal of Cena vs. Bryan for the WWE Championship.
Whether or not Christian actually defeats Del Rio remains to be seen. The question is will anyone care? This match feels like a toss-away which is a shame considering it's for the title. No real thought has been put into this match whatsoever. This is indicative of how the WWE views the World Heavyweight Championship and its champion. Del Rio has done nothing to elevate the title and unfortunately, the title has done nothing to elevate him. Hopefully Damien Sandow will cash in his Money in the Bank opportunity which would be this match's saving grace.
I understand that when it comes to the WWE Championship and the World Heavyweight Championship, the WWE Championship takes center stage. It's the flagship title; the title everyone in the business wanted to hold growing up. More thought is put into what happens to the WWE Championship and the wrestler that holds that title. The World Heavyweight Championship on the other hand continues to be just another title, maybe one or two steps ahead of the Intercontinental and U.S. Championships. That says a lot about the current state of affairs in the WWE.
That's my rant and I'm sticking to it.