WWE Raw: Why Alberto Del Rio Should Have Received the Crown

Kendrick BryanContributor IIApril 8, 2017

The Nov. 29 edition of WWE Raw featured the King of the Ring tournament. The field featured eight competitors and only one has not held a WWE title: Alberto Del Rio.

Del Rio, 33, debuted on Smackdown in June. He has since been feuding with Rey Mysterio. On the Nov. 26 episode, Del Rio interfered in Mysterio’s match with Cody Rhodes. Rhodes was victorious and earned the final spot in the tournament.

The tournament field featured four faces and four heels. As a side note, six of the superstars are featured in the WWE Smackdown vs. Raw 2011 video game. Daniel Bryan and Del Rio are absent.

Although Del Rio was able to capture a championship in the CMLL, he has not had the same success on the blue brand.

Smackdown colleagues Kofi Kingston (29), Cody Rhodes (25) and Drew McIntyre (25) are younger and a tournament championship would have done little to build their credibility with WWE fans.

Del Rio has charisma. However, the WWE universe is quick to dismiss him because he lacks accomplishments.

Industry reporters like Kevin Eck and James Caldwell indicated Del Rio could have had a “landmark moment” at the event and WWE officials should have awarded Del Rio’s arrogance with a crown.

The WWE TLC: Tables, Ladders and Chairs pay-per-view is Dec. 19, and a Del Rio victory could have easily led to a match with a previous tournament participant that was not defeated by Del Rio.

A number of WWE headliners have won the crown including Bret Hart, Steve Austin and Triple H. This year’s field also included past world champions, Ezekiel Jackson and Sheamus.

A tournament crown for Del Rio would have helped the aristocratic superstar gain momentum going into the new year and allowed him to cement a place as one of the “bravest of the brave”.