This was unexpected. Like, really unexpected.
WWE.com has once again spoiled a title change on its website but this one is much bigger than an Intercontinental title switch from Kofi Kingston to Wade Barrett. This time, it's the world heavyweight championship changing hands.
That's right, folks, Big Show has lost the world title to Alberto Del Rio in a Last Man Standing match. From WWE.com:
With the crowning of a new World Heavyweight Champion, the Jan. 8, 2013, episode of SmackDown cemented its place in blue brand history just one week before its landmark 700th episode. On the same night The Rock made his eagerly anticipated return to Friday night's best show, Alberto Del Rio seized the spotlight and defeated Big Show in a Last Man Standing Match to claim the World Heavyweight Championship. The Mexican Aristocrat heroically battled The World's Largest Athlete in an absolutely brutal showdown, literally taking The World's Largest Athlete to his limit en route to an historic victory.
As if The Rock's return to SmackDown wasn't enough to draw viewers in already.
Cagesiders, what do you think of Del Rio getting the world title a few weeks before the Royal Rumble event? For that matter, what do you think of him having the title at all?