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Ricardo Rodriguez is introduced and comes out. Big pop for him.
“Albertoooooooooooo Del Riiiiiiooooooo!”. Most people follows Ricardo with enthusiasm.
Alberto Del Rio comes out. Gets a no reaction.
In this blog,I would discuss about the reasons that brought a worthy character and performer like Alberto Del Rio to the no reactions that he’s been having for the most part of his career.
When he debuted, he was one hell of a character. He sure was sort of a “mexican JBL”, thing that I didn’t like at first, but then he turned into something different. He was one of the most interesting thing you could see on SmackDown, during the summer of 2010. He started with a feud with Rey Mysterio, which led to some really good matches and generally showed his potential as a character and as a wrestler. He was over with the crowd and was on lunch pad to get to many important goals. He had -and still has- whatever it took to get many of “Vincent K. McMahon’s imaginary brass rings”, and actually had took some of them: he won the feud with Mysterio, then won Royal Rumble match, the Money in the Bank and finally the WWE Championship - and he was quite ready to carry that belt. He was so over that Vince McMahon, during the shareholders conference of 2011, described him as a future big star like The Rock or Steve Austin (I'm not kidding, he really did it, go check out!).
But the victory of the title at Summerslam 2011, consisted in the apogee of his career. After Summerslam, a slow, but evident decline had started. He started to get repetitive - which is the point of my blog.
After his debut, one wrestler is supposed to evolve from the character he had. Triple H, John Cena, The Undertaker did it; but also Daniel Bryan, CM Punk, Dolph Ziggler...
Every big name in the industry did it more than once. But in one year in the WWE, Alberto Del Rio never changed. Oh, sure he changed his attire and every time he appeared in a different car, but he was stuck on “es mi destino” or “perro asqueroso” and had basically the same character. The WWE might have thought: “the character works, let’s not change it.”
The result of this fact is that Del Rio’s second year in the WWE has been a complete disaster. A consistent decrease of popularity, losses, boring feuds and terrible matches (yes, I’m thinking of the feud he had with Sheamus). Long story short: he was no more an attraction.
Then, the WWE needed him to be face, because they needed a mexican face and maybe they understood that a dramatical change for him was required.
Now, leaving aside the fact that the way he turned was pretty stupid, he was surprisingly renewed. He changed his move set, his attitude and was a new Del Rio. He won the title and was credible as champion. I did enjoy his feud with Jack Swagger.
But you can’t keep for eight months this same character. Del Rio was about to go out of the stagnation he had been in for more than one year, but he wasn’t totally out of there. He basically went from “hateful mexican” to “funny mexican”, which can be good just for a little while, then it starts to get boring. As a matter of fact, when he comes out you can ear crickets.
Conclusion: a character is to be renewed. Obviously, Alberto Del Rio is just the most glaring example of what I’m saying. Let’s not forget The Miz, Sheamus or worse Damien Sandow, which is having his first true feud only after one year from his debut - for the record.
Hope you’ve understood everything. I remind you that if I’ve made any grammatical or lexical mistake you can make me notice them.