BLOG: Del Rio-Miz … Everything’s a work!
Feb 16, 2012 - by Mike McMahon
Earlier this week, on a San Francisco radio station, WWE superstar Alberto Del Rio took to the airwaves and cut a scating promo on former WWE champion The Miz.
“This is not part of the show,” he said. “I really dislike that guy. I’ve tried to punch him in the face several times, not in the ring I mean outside the ring, but he’s just like a little girl, he’s always running away from me. There’s a big difference between The Miz and I, I’m a real athlete, he’s just a loud stupid little kid. He’s probably one of those guys that was bullied when he was in school, that’s the reason he’s now oh so loud and he wants to get attention from everybody, but in my case he’s the real deal…he’s fat and ugly.”
And ladies and gentlemen, we now know what Del Rio and Miz will be doing at Wrestlemania.
Really, I don’t believe for a second that this was a shoot. Not even close. It’s wrestling, everything’s a work. As Lance Storm once said in an interview, “a giant hole could open up in the middle of the Earth and the boys would be saying ‘it’s an angle!'”
No one is dumb enough to bury someone that badly that they have to share a locker room with.
In fact, I believe it’s a hint that sometime soon, perhaps when he returns to WWE television, Del Rio will be doing so as a babyface.
Sound crazy? Well, it’s not.
For almost a decade, Rey Mysterio has been the babyface that the Hispanic audience has graviated towards. In recent years, Mysterio’s health has continually been an issue. Admittedly nearing the end of his in-ring career, WWE needs to find a new, fresh, marketable Hispanic wrestler. It’s a huge demographic and an important one to the WWE.
The Sin Cara project has come to a screeching halt thanks to injuries and the WWE Wellness Policy.
When he’s not feuding with John Cena, Miz is one of the most booed wrestlers in WWE. Everything Del Rio said in his interview is true of the Miz character. And, it’s the reason fans hate him. What better way for Del Rio to turn babyface than to smack the smug look off of one of the smuggiest heels in the business?
If rumors are true that the Money in the Bank ladder match at this year’s Wrestlemania will contain former World Champions, the match would have a headlining feud between Del Rio and Miz.
If WWE wants a marketable Hispanic superstar, that star needs to be a babyface. Del Rio is their guy.