As some of you may already know (it was blasted on WWE.com), Alberto Del Rio did the unthinkable and defeated The Big Show on Smackdown to become the new World Heavyweight Champion.
This may has come as a surprise to many since he was not in contention to winning the title in the first place. Many people thought Dolph Ziggler would have cashed in his Money in the Bank briefcase by now or maybe Randy Orton would become heel and capture the gold once again. Instead, Del Rio wins the belt on the first episode of Smackdown in 2013.
The reason he won the belt so suddenly is because WWE wants to solidify him as the top Latin Superstar in the company right now. He wasn’t “going over” as a babyface before, but WWE expects fans (especially Latinos) will start to warm to him as Champion. Not to mention he defeated Big Show in a grueling Last Man Standing match.
If Del Rio is the top Latino star in the company right now, what does this mean for Sin Cara and Rey Mysterio? Well the company is unhappy with both stars at the moment. The reason they are not happy with Mysterio is because he’s always taking time off. He’s been prone to multiple injuries for the last couple of years and now he’s not wrestling right now due to “family problems”. As for Cara, WWE doesn’t feel he has the “it-factor” to carry the company as the top Latin star.
It will be interesting to see how long Del Rio remains as World Heavyweight Champion considering the fact that there’s a rumored Championship match at WrestleMania 29 between Orton and Sheamus…