Alberto Del Rio is one of the most polarizing figures in all of WWE, but the sad truth is that he'll never get the credit he truly deserves, whether it be from fans or the creative team.
Leading up to the Royal Rumble, few superstars were hotter than Del Rio, who was getting heat from the fans and the push he justly deserved. Once he won the Rumble, his character sputtered and he found himself on the back burner to people like John Cena and CM Punk.
Del Rio has won the title twice since then, but even then the creative team buried him in the process. The charismatic superstar pounced on a beaten Punk and then in a "Hell in the Cell" match, he locked Cena out of the ring and secured victory.
Since then, he has been an afterthought, cutting long-winded promos that remind us of Triple H's reign of terror not too long ago. Even then, The Game couldn't keep us entertained and he's one of the best on the microphone. Del Rio has been put in a no-win situation, caught between Triple H and Eddie Guerrero, with none of the booking to support him.
He has gotten heat, but he also has no credibility as a valid champion or contender. Everyone knew that Triple H and Guerrero were dominant players, but Del Rio hasn't had a chance to showcase that. He has continued to beat people after the bell and steal major victories. Del Rio has never been put over clean and that's entirely disgraceful.
Now Del Rio is going into a match against Punk, and everyone expects the champion to drop the strap to the Chicago Made Superstar at Survivor Series. It would be a breath of fresh air if the creative team took the time to give Del Rio a much-deserved clean victory over a top-tier superstar.
For weeks, Del Rio has done the dirty work and played the role of a sneaky, underhanded champion perfectly, but it has cost him credibility in the eyes of the fans. All he has is destiny at this point, and that was played out in April.
The creative team has not done Del Rio justice, and sadly, come Survivor Series, he'll continue to be a doormat for the powers that be and the company's top faces.