Is The WWE Pushing Alberto Del Rio Too Much and Too Soon?
Alberto Del Rio has been the hottest heel on SmackDown since his arrival to the WWE this past summer. Del Rio has impressed many critics from the die-hard IWC to Vince McMahon himself with his in-ring style and his fine promo’s. Del Rio seems to be the perfect heel that the WWE wants but some fans believe that Del Rio is being pushed too much in too short of a time in the WWE and I have to agree with those fans.
Drew McIntrye, Kofi Kingston, Dolph Ziggler, and Evan Bourne all have been proclaimed as the “future” of the WWE but they did not get to compete for a world championship in their rookie year. Del Rio has risen up through the ranks of the WWE and is now getting an opportunity to compete for the World Heavyweight Championship at the T.L.C. pay-per-view in a fatal four way Tables, Ladders, and Chairs match against Kane, Rey Mysterio, and Edge.
Del Rio has had several great matches since he debuted in the WWE back in the summer but he hasn’t even had a successful feud to put him over with the audience as one of the top heels in the company. Rey Mysterio has done a good job with putting over Del Rio but besides his bouts with Mysterio, can you even name one excellent match he has had with someone other than Mysterio? I know I cant.
Christian was suppose to engage in a major television feud with Del Rio this fall in order to put over the young rookie but when Christian tore his pectoral muscle in October, the WWE has really been clueless on how to make Del Rio a legitimate heel that is capable of carrying the blue brand. The Mysterio vs. Del Rio feud has grown stale because they have wrestled each other over six times on television since the summer and Mysterio always seems to come out on top which is not helpful for Del Rio’s career.
The WWE needs to really make Del Rio a unique character on television as well because right now, the only thing I can call him is the Hispanic version of John Bradshaw Layfield or JBL. Del Rio has good skills on the mic but he isn’t really given too much of an opportunity to shine with his promos instead those time slots seem to be focused on the Kane vs. Edge saga.
Now the WWE has a lot of faith in Del Rio becoming a superstar in the company but the way to make him stand out among the rest of the young guns in the WWE is to have him making a lasting impact on the company.
Now, I know this idea may or may not be well received by the IWC but I am going to say it anyways, I believe the best way to make Del Rio a superstar is to have him face the Undertaker at WrestleMania 27.
The Undertaker’s WrestleMania streak may never be broken but every superstar that has tried to break the streak has ended up a better performer then they were coming into the match.
Established stars seem to have been the only ones that have been booked to compete with Undertaker at WrestleMania but putting a young guy against Undertaker has worked out very well in the past. Look at Randy Orton in 2005, sure he had been world heavyweight champion and had a successful feud with “Evolution,” but his coming out party as a main-eventer happened at WrestleMania 21 when he tried to snap the streak.
Orton and Taker had a classic bout at Mania and they went on to have one of the best feuds in 2005. If Alberto Del Rio was given the same opportunity as Orton was then I believe that Del Rio would then be primed to make a run as world champion.
So as the WWE begins on the “road to WrestleMania,” many storylines will change but don’t expect Del Rio to be buried into Mid-Card status. Sure Del Rio maybe getting too much of a push way too soon but he could establish himself as a top heel between now and WrestleMania. I just hope the WWE follows through their plan of pushing Del Rio as “the” top heel on SmackDown because if they don’t then you could see him in the same situation as Jack Swagger.
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