The WWE‘s Alberto Del Rio and John Cenagot a mention Saturday night during the World Series of Fighting’s live broadcast on NBC Sports.
Right before the main event, WSOF announcer Todd Harris and the camera focused on WWE World Heavyweight Champion Del Rio, who was posing for pictures with WSOF President Ray Sefo. Unfortunately, Harris called him “Albert Del Rio,” but at least he mentioned him. Harris then took it a step further and said that Rio will wrestle John Cena Sunday night, along with a ticker at the bottom of the screen that said the same thing.
The WWE draws higher ratings for its shows than the WSOF, but it’s interesting to note that a legitimate sporting contest would mention pro wrestling during the show. The WWE does have a contract with NBC to show its annual “Tribute to the Troops” show and a one-hour rebroadcast of WrestleMania, so maybe that has something to do with it.
The UFC has, in the past, mentioned wrestlers such as The Undertaker or Stone Cold Steve Austin, but it has never simultaneously promoted a show the next day.
Del Rio, of course, has MMA experience. He has a record of 9-5, competing as “Dos Caras, Jr.,” his professional wrestling name before he unmasked and joined the WWE. The announcers never mentioned Del Rio’s MMA experience, so the mention was probably done as some form of partnership between NBC and the WWE.
Del Rio wrestles Cena tonight at Hell in the Cell, in what is almost certain to be a title switch. Ratings dropped a bit after Cena was off WWE television from an injury. Cena is now back, sooner than he should be. Cena is also a major draw at house shows. Del Rio and Cena always have great matches, so regardless of the outcome, Del Rio will likely carry Cena to a great match at the Pay-Per-View.