With a whole host of guys potentially leaving the company after WrestleMania XXX, there is scope for some of the guys in the middle of the card to move up and start challenging for gold again.
Guys like Sheamus, Dolph Ziggler and Alberto Del Rio have really taken a bit of a hit of late, given how the likes of Brock Lesnar and The Undertaker have returned to almost headline the show. However, there are seemingly plans in place for one of the men who has suffered as a result of that to get into the title picture after 'Mania.
Del Rio, who was World Heavyweight Champion a year ago, is reportedly going to be going for gold at Extreme Rules, per Dave Meltzer's Wrestling Observer Newsletter (via F4WOnline) (subscription required):
"The reason Alberto Del Rio pinned Big E clean a second time in non-title matches is because WWE officials are planning on having the two feud for the Intercontinental Title after WrestleMania XXX. A match is currently scheduled for Extreme Rules in May."
This would represent some sort of progress for Del Rio, who has really suffered a dip in form and success over the last few months. It is remarkable to think that he was one of the main champions heading out of WrestleMania 29, yet fast forward a year, and the Mexican is languishing in the lower reaches of the card.
Ever since Ziggler cashed in his Money in the Bank briefcase on Del Rio, it seems to have been all downhill for the guy. A heel turn hasn't even helped his prospects, unfortunately.
He is scheduled to be competing in the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal at WrestleMania XXX and will surely be amongst the front-runners to emerge triumphant in that match. Interestingly, Big E is also involved with that match, so you would imagine some sort of confrontation between the two if they are going to be feuding for the championship.
The Intercontinental Championship has really endured a tough time of it since the WWE and World Heavyweight Championships were merged into one. That merger should have seen the IC belt become the secondary belt in the company, really ramping up the interest in it. However, that hasn't happened at all.
Perhaps someone of Del Rio's caliber can reignite the fire? He has a great pedigree over the last couple of years, and if you can get men like him, Sheamus and Ziggler tussling for the belt on a regular basis, it would at least make it worthwhile and interesting to WWE fans.
All in all, this seems like a real smart move from WWE's creative team. It would give Del Rio some purpose after a bizarrely disappointing few months, and it would hopefully create a lot more interest in a belt that is flattering to deceive.
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