In one of the most important matches of the night, world heavyweight champion Alberto Del Rio retained his title at the 2013 Night of Champions pay-per-view when Rob Van Dam won via disqualification.
After an eventful match, Del Rio applied the Cross Armbreaker and refused to break the hold despite RVD reaching the ropes. The referee was forced to disqualify Del Rio, who held on to his title.
Del Rio seemed pretty happy about it, too:
Despite lacking the crowd support to warrant such an extensive run toward the top of the card, Del Rio has walked out of yet another PPV with the title around his waist.
At some point, the WWE must realize this is not what is best for business.
Van Dam is one of the greatest stars in wrestling history, and with Del Rio retaining via DQ, it is clear that the company intends to continue this feud.
While RVD continues to utilize his in-ring skills and vast experience over the champion, there may be a chance that Del Rio also enters an extended program with former world champion Rey Mysterio.
The WWE has a fundamental need to appeal to all demographics, and the proposed battle between Del Rio and Mysterio would be a perfect feud. It is clear from the Mexican flags adorning the corners of the ring during his matches that Del Rio is mockingly catering to the Latino market.
That’s where a returning hero like Mysterio would make this an ideal matchup.
Not only would the storyline provide a likable face in Mysterio that fans could get behind, but it would also give Del Rio a credible feud that makes sense and could provide the much-needed heat the Mexican star has been missing.
According to Arda Ocal of the Baltimore Sun, Mysterio was supposed to return after SummerSlam, but he is now looking to come back to television at some point in September.
Although the battle against RVD is far from over, Monday’s Raw could potentially be the perfect stage for Mysterio to enter the picture.
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