At the WrestleMania 29 pay-per-view, Alberto Del Rio retained his World Heavyweight Championship against Jack Swagger.
The finish came about after the champion locked in an impressive flying armbar on his foe at the 10-minute mark for the submission victory.
The match itself?
Eh, it was fine.
Not bad, but not great either. They weren't given a fair amount of time for the bout. A world title match should really be given at least 15 minutes, especially at the biggest show of the year.
To tell the truth, the hilariously stunned reaction of Zeb Colter in the aftermath of Swagger's loss may have been the highlight of the whole segment.
So what is Swagger's future now that he's failed to win gold in what was arguably the biggest bout of his career? Will he continue on in the main event scene or be demoted? Is it time for him to ditch the xenophobic gimmick?
One thing that didn't help his cause was the lackluster reaction of the crowd at Met Life Stadium throughout his match.
Indeed, the folks in attendance sounded mostly bored during the bout, with a "We want Ryder" chant even being heard for a brief period.
Of course, not all of this is on Swagger. Del Rio isn't exactly a baby-faced star over on the level of Steve Austin in 1998 either. WWE may want Del Rio to be their next big Hispanic star, a la Eddie Guerrero or Rey Mysterio, but it simply doesn't appear to be happening.
Indeed, for the most part Swagger has been OK. His wrestling has been fine, and he's done a good job of standing behind Colter during promos and looking scary. It's not really fair to say he has failed. (Besides his embarrassing arrest in February, of course).
He hasn't really succeeded in his role, but that's more due to nature of the character. Let's face it—even with the ultra-talented Coulter as a mouthpiece, this angle is fading fast. Maybe it's too political and controversial, but the program just isn't getting over like a main event angle should.
Will Swagger go for the title again? More importantly, is anyone even that eager to see Del Rio and Swagger face off again, especially with heel challengers like Dolph Ziggler and Mark Henry on the horizon? Frankly, I'd rather see those two get a title match than Swagger again.
But all hope is not lost for the former amateur wrestler.
His arrest aside, Swagger has shown lately that he can be of use to WWE. He's a decent wrestler with a strong physical presence and charisma. Under the right circumstances, he could get over huge. But it might be time for the company to consider a gimmick change for the star...
...Because his act with Colter has truly run out of steam.
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