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Alberto Del Rio and his talents

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I've been watching Alberto Del Rio ever since he came to the WWE. In fact, he came through on a house show loop when he still had the Dos Caras Jr gimmick going for him. It's been said that he is a master backstage politician, and that he has worked his way up enough to deserve the WWE Championship. He succeeded in this goal at Summerslam.

I'm not very impressed with him, and I haven't been for a while.

Now before you misconstrue me into being a "hater", or that I'm "jumping on a bandwagon", I want to say that I think he is a wonderful in ring performer. He has truly shone in matches with Daniel Bryan, Rey Mysterio, and others while he's been in the WWE. He does have a pretty good build, and he doesn't botch very often from what I have seen.

But there are three things that I believe make a wrestler a contender for the main event picture.

1. In Ring skills. Sadly, this one most recently hasn't been utilized to it's full capacity. Cena has been improving in the ring (gasp!) but for a while now until Punk shook up the rut the WWE has been in, he wasn't very three dimensional. Alberto Del Rio has this aspect of the business nailed down pat, but that's only one of three.

2. Mic skills (aka charisma). I haven't seen many Del Rio promos that deviate for the normal track: "My name! Is Alberto Del RIOOO! But you already know that... It is/was my destiny to become WWE Champion, and Rey Mysterio you are a chihuahua." He has good delivery, but it seems to me like most of his heat comes from Ricardo Rodriguez than by anything he has done on the stick.

3. Character development. This is my biggest fault with him. Maybe it's not entirely his fault, either, as (in my opinion) the way he portrays himself seems slightly choppy and he hasn't completely allowed himself to flow with the character. Anyone who ever watched Stone Cold or Roddy Piper or The Rock will understand what I am talking about by becoming the character. It might just be me, but I don't think he has accomplished that just yet.

Now management and creative isn't blameless, either. It seems abrupt to have Del Rio become champion so soon, right after he was beaten by Punk the Raw before Summerslam. It seems like all they are doing is hotshotting him for their Mexico tour in the fall, and I would bet money on the fact that he is the bridge for Cena to get the title back before Wrestlemania.

I have high hopes for him hopefully improving on what he needs to, because it is obvious his work ethic is quite solid. But I just wished they could have had the patience to REALLY build him up for a little bit and make SURE he got mega heat before pulling the trigger on his Championship run.

Thanks for reading, and I hope that you will put some input. Discussion is what this type of blog is all about

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Updated 08-21-2011 at 09:42 PM by Frank

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  1. wrestlingfan66513's Avatar
    I think Del Rio will get a lot better on the mic (not that there is anything wrong with him now) now that he has the title. Look at the Miz's growth when he got the title. All I think is Del Rio needs a non submission finisher. WWE will not let Cena lose by submission or an I quit match.
  2. KSTornado's Avatar
    I think he has the perfect bad guy gimmick. It reminds me a lot of how bad guys were shown back in the late '70's and early '80's. It's the old school feel for me that I like where he is a heel and he has a servant such as Dibiase did with Virgil. I do agree though that he needs to get into charactar a little more but not too much more as that would just overdo it.

    As for his in-ring work, I feel he is pretty good but I would like to see him develop a bit more of a signiture move. The one he has is fine but I feel he needs something that makes him stand out a bit more. All in all though I feel he has main event stature. I would say though that I think they should fo threw the belt on him immediately upon his arrival and built him up all the way through to 'Mania with someone like Rey being the opponent but where Del Rio and his goon constantly kept screwing him over until then. Would of been a classic old school build up. That stuff falls on the writers.
  3. belleza's Avatar
    Great blog, keep it up

    I think that the one problem regarding Alberto's character is that it might be too...forced? I think that if he made it a bit more himself, maybe a bit more organic, it would flow better. I know, kind of vague, but whatevs!
    lol ricardo's funny!
  4. Big D's Avatar
    I think ADR is very good in the ring, good agility, nice ground game, and has a solid finisher. His mic skills leaves me kinda wanting more from him. He needs to put aside the whole gimmicky thing and put more of himself into it. He totally was the third wheel on Raw monday just kina seemed outta place with Cena and Punk. Im not really happy that he's champion, a lil too much too soon, just like the Miz,didnt really have to pay his dues, but I guess hes hot now so they will run with it
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