WWE: 10 Reasons Alberto Del Rio Will Be a Terrible WWE Champion
Alberto Del Rio made history at SummerSlam when he became the first-ever Mexican-born WWE Champion.
The reaction to his shocking cash-in and subsequent victory over CM Punk varied greatly. Some celebrated, some shed a tear and some put their fist through a wall in anger.
OK, maybe not the last one. But there were certainly some differences in opinion—and still are—when Del Rio won the WWE title earlier this month.
There are those who are excited because they think ADR will make a great WWE Champion, and there are those who are disappointed because they think he won’t.
As for me, I honestly think it could go either way: Del Rio could be great with the strap, or he could be a major flop.
It’s too early to tell just yet, but for the heck of it, here are 10 reasons why Del Rio will be a terrible WWE Champion.
10. It’s Hard to Understand Him
There are a couple of main event talents in the WWE who aren’t from the United States and thus, speak with an accent. They are Sheamus and Wade Barrett.
The difference between those two and Alberto Del Rio, however, is that I can understand them. I can’t understand Del Rio.
I’m not going to hate on the guy for being from another country, but I honestly have to pay incredibly close attention to Del Rio’s promos to even get the gist of what he’s saying. I know I’m not the only WWE fan who feels that way, either.
It’s just that Del Rio’s accent and broken English often take away from the effective of his promos, even though he does show a ton of charisma when he’s on the mic.
Given that the majority of WWE shows take place in the U.S., it’s going to be hard to react to a WWE Champion—good or bad—whom you can barely understand…or can’t at all.
9. His Finisher
I know what you’re thinking: You’re gonna hate on his finisher? Really?
Hear me out.
Whenever Alberto Del Rio wrestles a match, it’s pretty predictable when he’s about to win. He works the arm/shoulder in some way—wrenches it, throws the guy into the ring post, etc.—then hits the cross armbreaker. His opponent usually fights it for a while and taps, or simply taps right away.
That is boring as hell.
Whereas someone like Randy Orton can hit the RKO out of nowhere or John Cena can win with the AA or STF, Del Rio can only win with his submission finisher that takes a while to set up (assuming we’re not counting roll-ups or anything like that).
That leads to mundane and repetitive match finishes, and I really don’t want to see Del Rio use the cross armbreaker in essentially the same exact manner every time he wins a WWE Championship match.
8. He Doesn’t Generate Heat Like the WWE’s Top Heels
Did you watch Monday’s episode of Raw? The heat The Miz and R-Truth got during their promo was unbelievable.
Have you watched Smackdown recently? Christian’s arguably the most over heel in the WWE, and the crowd can’t stand Mark Henry.
But Alberto Del Rio? Now, I’m not saying he doesn’t get some solid heat from the crowd, but one could argue that he doesn’t get as much as any of those guys I mentioned, and the heat that he does get is often “X-Pac heat.”
Heck, John Cena might even get more heat than ADR at this point.
I’m not sure what it is about Del Rio that makes him generate less of a reaction than someone like The Miz, but he does. He needs to find a way to make the crowd hate him when he’s not talking about his “destiny” or saying his name.
7. The Ratings
Last week’s Raw was Alberto Del Rio’s second show as WWE Champion, and the rating dropped to a staggeringly low 2.97 after popping a 3.27 for the post-SummerSlam show a week earlier.
You could really blame that on anything else besides Del Rio, but it’s never a good sign when the beginning of a WWE Champion’s reign starts bringing down the ratings.
The Raw ratings are only going to get worse when Monday Night Football’s regular season starts in a couple of weeks, so perhaps Del Rio isn’t the guy you want representing the Raw brand at the moment.
It’ll be interesting to look at the quarter-hour segments as we move forward and see if viewers are going to switch the channel when Del Rio’s on.
6. He’s a Cowardly Champion
Alberto Del Rio won the WWE Championship by cashing in on a beaten and battered CM Punk. Strike one.
He then sat back and watched as Kevin Nash interfered in the No. 1 Contender’s match last week (and some might say he did so because he was afraid to face CM Punk). Strike two.
A true champion wouldn’t have cashed in like that. He would have given advance notice, like Daniel Bryan.
A true champion wouldn’t want his No. 1 contender to be determined by a cheap, shady finish. He would want the No. 1 contender to earn it the hard way.
Of course, this all plays into Del Rio’s heel character, but it’s beginning to remind me of Christian. He was booked like the ultimate chickens**t champion, and we all know how that turned out for him.
One more strike, and Del Rio will enter Christian territory.
5. His Reign Likely Won’t Be Long
A long title reign does not always ensure that it will be successful (and vice versa), but generally speaking, title reigns can’t be successful if they’re incredibly short.
And you don’t need me to tell you that the WWE Championship changes hands far too often. In fact, CM Punk, John Cena, Rey Mysterio and Alberto Del Rio all held the title in less than a month’s span from July to August.
Given that and the recent history of rapid World title changes, do you honestly think that Del Rio is going to hold the WWE title for an extended period?
Perhaps he could pull a Miz and do just that, but if I was a betting man, I wouldn’t put my money on Del Rio holding the strap for more than two or three months. At best.
4. He’s Going to Take a Backseat To CM Punk and Triple H
Though the World Heavyweight Championship feud between Christian and Randy Orton featured too many title changes for my taste, it was still a fantastic rivalry.
Why? Because it got the spotlight on Smackdown throughout the entire summer.
But Alberto Del Rio is not going to get the spotlight on Raw throughout the fall. CM Punk, Triple H and Kevin Nash are.
Despite being the WWE Champion, Del Rio is involved in the second most important storyline on Raw at the moment and will be until this Punk/Nash/Triple H rivalry culminates.
If Del Rio is booked as Option B on Raw, then that’s exactly what he’s going to be.
3. He’s Feuding With John Cena
You had to know this was coming.
As much as I think we should all applaud John Cena for putting CM Punk over at two consecutive pay-per-views, Alberto Del Rio is not CM Punk.
In my opinion, Cena agreed to lose to Punk twice largely, or only, because Punk wouldn’t have agreed to come back to the WWE if that weren’t the case.
Cena, however, is not going to take two straight PPV losses to Del Rio.
I’m not saying it’s his fault. It’s the creative team’s fault because they book the guy. But you know, deep down, that you can’t see Cena putting over Punk and Del Rio in two straight feuds.
In all likelihood, Cena will capture that WWE Championship from Del Rio before Survivor Series comes around.
2. The Creative Team
Let’s take a look at some of the recent first-time World title reigns in the WWE, shall we?
Note: This only applies to the first time holding that particular World Championship, not any World title in general. Therefore, Rey Mysterio will be included on this list because his recent WWE Championship “reign” was his first time with that belt.
Sheamus (WWE Championship): Dec. 13, 2009 – Feb. 21, 2010
Jack Swagger (World Heavyweight Championship): March 30, 2010 – June 20, 2010
Dolph Ziggler (World Heavyweight Championship): Feb. 15, 2011 – Feb. 15, 2011
Christian (World Heavyweight Championship): May 1, 2011 – May 6, 2011
CM Punk (WWE Championship): July 17, 2011 – July 25, 2011
As you can see, both of the WWE’s World titles mean diddly squat at this point. They’re nothing but props.
Two guys on that list (Ziggler and Mysterio) had title reigns that lasted only a portion of one show, one never had a successful title defense (Christian) and another (Swagger) was booked like an absolute joke.
I don’t know about you, but I have next to zero faith in the creative team when it comes to booking World champions. Even if Del Rio does everything right, the creative team will probably be his downfall.
1. His Gimmick Is Based on His “Destiny” to Win a World Title
Since Alberto Del Rio debuted just over a year ago, all we’ve heard him talk about was his “destiny.”
It was his destiny to win the Royal Rumble. It was his destiny to win Raw’s Money in the Bank match. It was his destiny to win the WWE Championship.
So, what is Del Rio’s destiny now that he’s accomplished all of those things? Unless it’s to “become the greatest WWE Champion in history,” it’s nothing.
But, even if that’s what his new destiny is, it’s just not the same as it was before then.
Del Rio is going to have to completely reinvent himself as the WWE Champion, and we all know that’s easier said than done.