Taking everyone by surprise, a feat not too common in the age of fast-moving information, Alberto Del Rio graced the WWE stage for the first time since August 5th, 2014.
Not only that, but he did so in grand fashion, capturing his first United States Championship from John Cena at the Hell In A Cell pay-per-view special.
Del Rio is an extensively decorated superstar who boasts an impressive legacy in both Mexico and the US. In fact, in addition to his new US Title he is still AAA’s Mega Champion, a title he won from El Texano Jr on December 7th of last year.
The last big event before WrestleMania, and I am honestly disappointed the Elimination Chamber isn’t being prepped to be lowered ominously over the ring at in the FedEx Forum in Memphis, Tennessee.
In January, I would have thought that such a gimmick device could be quite useful in complimenting the number of talented superstars with great heat bouncing around before the Rumble, all with real possibilities of being a number one contender. Think about it: Daniel Bryan, Roman Reigns, Dolph Ziggler, Bray Wyatt, Rusev – all are gunning for the brass ring, all very capable and talented wrestlers, all going into the Rumble with heads of steam and eyes on the prize. You take all these stars, put them in the battle royal, shake well, and have it go to shmoz ending where no clear winner is declared. Then those wrestlers go to Elimination Chamber, where a decisive number one contender is crowned and any number of feuds may be born.
But no. The company decided to bypass the gimmick in favour of a generic offering that only serves to point out how WrestleMania is fast approaching and we need to build drama real friggin’ quick before the big night comes.
The WWE’s recent trend of leaving match cards relatively empty until days before the event is continuing, and in fact I had to look on the official website to find out exactly which matches we could expect on Sunday, because many were added in the last few days.
So, let’s get to the event itself before it’s already over and the results are already in.