A lot of the IWC is complaining about how Alberto Del Rio is getting "lost in the shuffle" on his move over to Monday Night RAW.
Well obviously if he isn't challenging John Cena for the WWE championship, he's considered getting demoted, losing momentum, and stuck in mid-card hell for the rest of his career on Monday Nights, RIGHT?
That could not be farther from the truth. You see, there are several ways to tell if a superstar really is main-event material.
One, is challenging for a world championship, this is the easy way to be considered a main-eventer, since the storyline is basically already in place, you don't need to do much to make fans excited, because, it's for the WORLD championship.
But the real way to tell if somebody is ready to be a credible main-eventer, is what he does when he's NOT challenging for a world title.
Guys like Alberto Del Rio and The Miz, they have proven themselves when they are challenging or carrying around gold, but can they get the fans excited for their PPV bouts when the title isn't on the line?
Take guys like John Cena, Randy Orton, CM Punk, and Rey Mysterio, they can all have meaningful feuds without gold hanging in the balance.
Randy Orton vs CM Punk was an exciting feud that the fans were into because something was on the line, something meaningful.
What Rey Mysterio did with Cody Rhodes in their feud leading into WrestleMania is a really good example. Mysterio destroying Rhodes "dashing" good looks. It was a feud that had meaning to it.
Right now, as you all probably know, Alberto Del Rio vs. The Big show is a feud in the beginning stages.
So far, the fans are reluctant to get into this feud, Alberto Del Rio needs to prove that he can have a meaningful feud with lesser stars in the company, as in, not feuding with the likes of John Cena and Edge.
The same can be said about The Miz, who is entering a campaign with Alex Riley, so far, it seems like the fans are into this one, if The Miz can pull this one off, not only will he have established himself as a legit main-eventer, he will also have put over Alex Riley.
If you can put over superstars, that means you are a top dog, and you can make lesser stars look credible.
The gold standard of whether or not your a a main-eventer is this:
It's not what you do with the title around your waist, it's what you do in other endeavors that makes or breaks you.