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YOU May not like ADR, but.......

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I would like to start my first blog here by saying hello to anyone who reads this, and thanks for taking the the time to do so. Let us now jump right in. I have to say that I am a huge fan of Alberto Del Rio. I liked him right off the bat with his very first few promos before his official debut. For me, it was his first few promos that got me interested, I found them to be hilarious. However, he has certainly become a polarizing wrestler with as many haters as fans. In order to keep things simple I will try to summarize the reasons why ADR is greatness, and where I think his potential to be even better is.

1) The Mexican fan base.
Besides ADR, WWE has basically no Mexican superstar wrestlers. Rey has been out for a long time, and was slowing down before he left from all the injuries. Sin Cara is a unique wrestler but doesn't talk at all. ADR has also recently demolished Sin Cara, and debuted with a big win over Rey. So that sends an obvious message. The Mexican fan base for WWE is huge and ADR is the current top ambassador.

2) Ricardo
I chuckle every time I see Ricardo being announced. Ricardo's announcing style is pretty intense and funny at the same time. He has also shown to be an effective distraction in and out of the ring. A recent highlight occurred when Ricardo told ADR to slam Sheamus's head on the hood of his car. That whole promo was actually very good in my opinion.

3) In ring skills
ADR is versatile in the ring, and even most that dislike ADR agree on this. Not much needs to be said here. Its worth mentioning that ADR is very consistent in the ring, and has had great matches with pretty much every one he wrestles. Although I was not a big fan of the Big Show feud, or his matches with the Great Kali. That is more of a booking issue in my opinion.

4) Potential
ADR has a lot of opportunity ahead of him. He is constantly in the main event scene. And even after returning from his injury, he was put back in the main event scene immediately. Maybe that is because of all the other superstars being out for one reason or another at that time. Even so, It is clear that WWE has big plans for ADR which will certainly include winning a championship perhaps as soon as MITB.

I can understand those that dislike his mic skills, or just find him plain boring. For whatever reason I have always found ADR to be a bit humorous. I believe he has some better promos in him, that will develop over time. I have also always wondered what if ADR turns face. I will still like him, but it would be interesting to see the result. ADR was a huge face pre-WWE. Randy Orton is in the same boat (although on opposite ends). Great as a heel, not so much as a face. So that may explain why many dislike him as a heel. Perhaps he just needs more time to develop his promos as a dominant heel. I believe the new "aggressive" side of ADR is a step in that direction. ADR brings lots of possibilities to the WWE, and has lots of potential fueds that could end up being fantastic. Meanwhile John Cena has to wrestle Johnny Ace and the Big Show (AGAIN!) which is as fresh as grandmas bananas. The WWE needs ADR, and (even if you do not know it yet), YOU need him too. Thanks for reading.

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  1. cjstonecold's Avatar
    Del Rio is boring on the mic but I love seeing a very aggressive side. That segment where he attacked Shamus on Smackdown gave him new life...IMO.
  2. hbk2416's Avatar
    He can go in the ring. Thats whats most important to me. After all, it wrestling.
  3. PhEonYx's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by aweso_me
    ADR needs that Eddie Guerrero type person to push him like Eddie pushed JBL
    By far am I a fan of Del Rio. I don't hate the guy, just find him rather bland. He does have a comedic side in him. If intertwined with a "Eddie Guerrero" persona, I believe the fans would eat it right up.

    Having him turn face over a period of time would be worth while.

    On a side note I kind of calculated the "face over heel" Smackdown ratio. What with Orton wanting to return as a heel,(which the E', most likely won't be doing), I unfortunately can't see an ADR face turn anytime soon.
  4. ToiletBowl's Avatar
    Great blog! I couldnt agree more. I love ADR's persona, entrance and in ring work. I think he's great. I think he should actually sit down and watch some of the ring psychology that Jake Roberts or Larry Zbyszko had. Even JBL to an extent. I'm thinking the backlash against him is similar to what I used to have against HBK in the mid-90s. Honestly, I thought he was annoying and got easy heel heat with his incredibly lame promos (at least up until his WM14 promos). But, after that match at WM14, I finally saw the light and became a huge fan of his. My guess is that there are sooo many people blinded by how good of a job Del Rio is actually doing. The guy is 10x more interesting / entertaining than Randy Orton and he's considered one of the top guys in the WWE.
  5. Sydnister's Avatar
    I liked your blog. Don't agree with all of it but there is nothing wrong with that. ADR is excellent in the ring but his gimmick is a dud. Ted DiBiase Sr. did it better. ADR and the "Million Dollar Mexican" gimmick is just to meh.

    The comments about a face ADR are interesting. If they could build towards that it could get interesting. If things stay status quo I don't think he will go anywhere.

    Ricardo is total money though. His feud with Santino could be comedic gold.
  6. MjBryan17's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by TheBritishInvasion
    my favourite thing about Del Rio is his Ring announcer *speaks random spanish* GURAYGHYAGARROoaee Albertooooooooooo DEEEEEL RIIIIOOOOOOOOOO0
    Damas y caballeros isn't random spanish, it means ladies and gentleman. Sorry you don't understand spanish. I don't know if your racist or just ignorant
  7. SHW's Avatar
    first off, if ADR "stole" JBLs gimmick, then JBL stole it from Ted Dibiase, who probs stole it from someone in the NWA before most of us were born. so its time to stop making that comment.

    second, don caras (adr's old man) and his uncle mil mascaras are GODs in mexico, so of course the mexicano population would pop for ADR. mexicanos are also VERY smart wrestling fans and can respect him for the in ring work, while US fans cheer for someone as untalented in ring as Sheamus.

    the money gimmick is always a heel, it makes no sense to turn him face...
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