Royal Rumble 2013: Breaking Down What's Next for Alberto Del Rio and World Title

Donald WoodFeatured ColumnistFebruary 2, 2013

DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA - JULY 08:  Alberto Del Rio during the WWE Smackdown Live Tour at Westridge Park Tennis Stadium on July 08, 2011 in Durban, South Africa.  (Photo by Steve Haag/Gallo Images/Getty Images)
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After retaining the World Heavyweight Championship at the 2013 Royal Rumble by duct taping Big Show’s legs to the ropes and rendering him unable to return to his feet in the duo’s Last Man Standing match, Alberto Del Rio and his accomplice Ricardo Rodriguez were brutally attacked by Big Show on Raw.

With just over two weeks until the WWE's Elimination Chamber pay-per-view (Feb. 17), what’s next for Alberto Del Rio and the World title is the hot topic everyone is talking about coming out of the Royal Rumble.

The Rock and CM Punk will have their WWE title rematch in a one-on-one bout outside the Elimination Chamber structure, which means the only likely Chamber match at the event will be for the No. 1 contendership to the World Heavyweight Championship.

As seen on SmackDown Friday night, the combatants being considered for the match will be the returning Jack Swagger, Randy Orton, Sheamus, Great Khali, Daniel Bryan, Kane and Dolph Ziggler.

Big Show's actions to close SmackDown—once again assaulting Rodriguez after Del Rio attacked the former World champion in the parking lot—are setting up for the Big Show to receive a title shot at Elimination Chamber.

No matter what the final six combatants for the No. 1 contender match look like, it is clear that this match’s sole purpose will be to further storylines heading into WrestleMania 29.

Kane and Daniel Bryan will continue their decent toward dissolving by attacking each other and likely costing each other the win, but it will be the WWE's decision to allow Sheamus or Randy Orton to win the match and further the budding rivalry that steals the show.

Alberto Del Rio can further what has quickly become a blood feud with Big Show, and even if Del Rio does lose the title at Elimination Chamber, the amazing run the newly-face champion had must be considered a huge success.

The WWE took a big risk giving the title to Del Rio, but the payoff has been huge; the Mexican aristocrat is a bona fide star now.

There are so many possibilities for the results of this match, that despite likely not closing the show—a spot reserved for WWE champion The Rock and his rematch with Punk­—this is the match most fans will remember coming out of this event.


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