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Opinion Alberto del Rio was a waste

Discussion in 'PWF Interactive' started by Roadster, Dec 29, 2017.

  1. Roadster

    Roadster Il Capitano Administrator

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    This is about his run from 2015-2016.

    In late-2015, there were a lot of rumors of WWE wanting to get a latino face to cater and grapple in the latino fanbase. Guys like La Sombra were signed, Kalisto and Sin Cara were given bigger spots in the tag team division and it was obviously centered on creating a big latino star. It was a crazy moment when ADR turned up to answer Cena's challenge at Hell in a Cell.

    Despite the pop and excitement of an AAA guy working a WWE show while being AAA Champion - that was basically it for his career. The idea of bringing in a guy like Alberto del Rio, to cater to a latino fan-base but then turning him heel and relegating him to the midcard is the most wasteful booking there is. Instead of defending the US championship without directly using his Mexican heritage as a storyline to help build him up as a fighting champion - they saddled him with a retarded MexAmerican gimmick.

    After that he joined the League of Nations, which did its job as to get Reigns over but sacrificed everyone involved. Rusev was the only one to truly recover. He was a midcard guy, and returned to the midcard. Sheamus was relegated to the midcard before twiddling around and ending up in The Bar. Barrett and Del Rio were gone in 4 months time of Mania. So that was the 2nd hurdle the latino-focused wrestler will feel.

    Also, to that point. There's nothing more fucking relatable to the Mexican/latino audience in the USA than having their biggest representative in the company be portrayed as an outsider in a gimmick full of anti-American heels.

    Anyways, he did absolutely nothing. WWE did nothing to even remotely try and get him over with the latino-base. We've seen what WWE will do for a guy that they think can lift a demographic-market. Jinder Mahal was given a WWE title run and defeated some of the biggest stars on SmackDown. Del Rio was given a US title run that ended in 2 months, turned him heel and paired him with hopeless midcards to get Reigns over.

    It seems that WWE just gave up after the string of injuries in late-2015 and scrapped any plans of doing anything worth the value of ADR's new contract with the company. Obviously what they did wasn't good enough because he, the WWE and everyone involved could see the toxic nature of their relationship.

    His run was shit, the booking was counter-productive to the purpose of his contract and WWE appeared to had completely forgot what their plans for the guy were. I think it was some of the most aggravating booking done by WWE, in a long time. I missed Alberto after his absence. I mostly missed his enthusiasm and the spontaneous nature of his booking with the sudden and early wins in major matches. I was excited to see him on WWE TV again, but was super disappointed.

    His run was a waste. He was a waste. Any kind or level of resource put into Alberto del Rio's 2nd run was a complete waste.
     
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  2. DK JAMES

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    Was a big Del Rio fan throughout his runs in WWE and i agree. He's an asshole irl though so it's whatever to me
     
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  4. Morton Downey Jr

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    Del Rio had physical presence and was a legitimate tough guy. Sadly, the booking department rarely got the best out of him. He also coasted at times.

    With each passing generation the pool of talent gets weaker. Del Rio wasn't as good as Lesnar or Batista. Lesnar and Batista were not as good as Austin and Rock. Likewise, Sami Zayn is not as good a pro wrestler as Del Rio. Zayn may act quirky to appease internet fans, but he's never going to appeal to the casual audience.
     
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  5. Roadster

    Roadster Il Capitano Administrator

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    He’s on TV and main eventing. So I’d say he does appeal to the casual fan base
     
  6. Morton Downey Jr

    Morton Downey Jr Indie Wrestler

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    The current ratings say otherwise.

    WWE have been a niche audience for quite sometime. The casual fans only tune in on special occasions - like RAW's anniversary show where the real stars were advertised.
     
  7. Roadster

    Roadster Il Capitano Administrator

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    2.5 million niche fans?
     
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  8. Morton Downey Jr

    Morton Downey Jr Indie Wrestler

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    It was double that almost a decade ago.

    There are still an additional 1-2 million fans who turn out for the real stars. As proven by the rating for the Raw Anniversary show.
     
  9. Roadster

    Roadster Il Capitano Administrator

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    They turn out because they stopped watching in 2001. They hear those guys are coming back, and they come back. Similar to how WWE would promote stars like Harley Race and Bob Backlund in the late 90s to draw in older fans.
     
  10. Morton Downey Jr

    Morton Downey Jr Indie Wrestler

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    If Race and Backland had turned up on RAW in 1997 they wouldn't have produced a significant spike in ratings.

    Besides, if the new talent is so good, why don't the older fans stick around to watch them the following week.
     
  11. Roadster

    Roadster Il Capitano Administrator

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    Because most people stopped watching after 2001. Not because the talent sucks, but because the writing sucks.
     
  12. Morton Downey Jr

    Morton Downey Jr Indie Wrestler

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    Both the talent and writing sucked.
     
  13. Roadster

    Roadster Il Capitano Administrator

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    Any talent can get over with the right writing.
     
  14. Morton Downey Jr

    Morton Downey Jr Indie Wrestler

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    To a certain degree.

    Even the best writer couldn't make Kevin Owens a bigger star than Randy Savage.
     
    Last edited: Mar 22, 2018

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