The return of Alberto Del Rio after nearly a year out of the action couldn’t have come at a more exciting time. Del Rio’s absence was enforced upon him after he was fired for a backstage incident with a WWE employee, but he made a sensational return to the ring in October’s Hell in a Cell pay-per-view and he wasted little time in claiming the US title.
Del Rio disposed of John Cena in clinical fashion, dodging an attempted Attitude Adjustment by The Champ before knocking him out cleanly with a whirlwind kick as he completely stole the show. The return of Del Rio has got everybody talking ahead of the 2015 edition of WWE’s Survivor Series, and fans are scouring the WWE betting odds at Paddy Power and other bookmakers to try and guess who will make it onto the card for wrestling’s biggest event, and take a shot at Del Rio’s title. Everything appears to be in place for a gripping pay-per-view, and commentators are suggesting this is an opportunity for the WWE company to deliver an unforgettable story that will live long in the memory of fans and competitors alike.
Here are the men most likely to write their names into that story.
After a string of injuries, the leader of the Yes Movement appears to be fighting fit and in fine shape to get back in the ring and make a serious title challenge to Del Rio. Whether the Survivor Series at the Phillips Arena in Atlanta on November 22nd comes too soon for the high-kicking wild man remains to be seen, but it has been strongly suggested that he will return for WrestleMania 32 in April 2016. Should he surprise everyone and turn up to challenge Del Rio this month, it would be a superb spectacle.
The last time Del Rio went head-to-head was back in spring 2013, and a reunion of these two superstars would be a welcome matchup in the eyes of the fans.
Not only do Del Rio and Cesaro have history, but a match-up would represent an ideal opportunity for fans to witness two technicians do battle, with the power of the Swiss Superman Cesaro pitted against the precision of the newly-crowned champion Del Rio. WWE would be mad to miss the opportunity to put them in the squared circle together.
Another stylistic match-up that could provide a fascinating encounter is Dean Ambrose versus Del Rio. The self-styled “baddest man alive”, Ambrose has been subject of discussions at the WWE that he needs to tone down his in-ring style in order to avoid injury, but there seems little chance of that happening. He will feel he’s worthy of a title by now, having been doing an incredible job and exciting fans for such a long time. Whether he gets that chance remains to be seen!!
Cena might be said to be on a sabbatical, but who would really rule out a dramatic re-match between him and Del Rio at the Survivor Series? The 34-day run as US Champion that Del Rio brought to an end was Cena’s second shortest ever, and he will be determined to exact revenge at some point. What better time to do it than by making an unexpected comeback in Atlanta?