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Alberto Del Rio and John Morrison showcase what they could have still brought to WWE's product

Both John Morrison and Alberto Del Rio had one analogous resemblance: they were both projected to be top-tier WWE superstars. Vince McMahon relished both their work and what they contributed to his product – which essentially made it a foregone conclusion they were the future of WWE. Or so we thought.

Almost everyone knew John Morrison had "it". Even though he lacked the ability to deliver a confident and believable promo, he possessed many characteristics and attributes that concealed his lackluster capacities on the microphone. He was the tailor-made exemplification of what a WWE superstar ought to look and act like: movie-star appearance, chiseled physique, and carried himself in a confident way as a protagonist and an arrogant way as an antagonist.

He additionally was innovative and unorthodox in the ring, constantly leaving the fans in bewilderment over what crazy or insanely acrobatic spot he would perform next. He had it all to be a top-tier superstar, as many people within WWE referred to him as the next Shawn Michaels.

Despite making immense progress, though, WWE did not want to go all the way with him. The company would push him, but once he reached a certain level, it would regress his momentum. Eventually, because of the indecision of WWE’s behalf, the fans lost interest in him. Morrison became lost in the shuffle, as WWE was not providing him time to arc or develop his character or an opportunity to display his in-ring dexterities.

Regardless of WWE not using him as much, the company offered him a 5-year contract. However, due to the lack of proper usage and Morrison looking out for his well-being, Morrison declined their offer.

Conversely, Alberto Del Rio immediately reached main event status within WWE. Akin to John Morrison, Del Rio’s glass ceiling appeared to be immeasurably high. Even though Del Rio lacked in the charisma department, his companion Ricardo Rodriguez camouflage it. Both of them complemented each other and were simply an unadulterated match. Del Rio debuted in WWE as an egotistical aristocrat who believed wearing gold around his waist was merely destiny.

Del Rio portrayed his character well and ergo became one of the biggest heels within the company. He was also impressively scientific and sound in the ring, as he honed his craft and learned all the fundamentals through his long wrestling tenure. He was what many would describe in the business as a good hand – a ring general who understood the psychology behind why and when should he do or not do something in the ring, and someone who could really snatch control whilst narrating a match.

At WrestleMania 28, WWE booked Del Rio to win the World Heavyweight Championship over Edge. That was until Edge told WWE he had to retire due to his neck problems. Therefore, WWE switched their decision and had Edge go out on top, contradicting the theory that every wrestler should go out one way and one way only: looking up at the lights while he or she is pinned or submitted. In other words, passing the torch and putting someone over.

Indisputably, this was a major setback for Del Rio’s character. It was a character that WWE was booking so strongly booked, with the whole destiny gimmick, it only seemed fitting he would win the WHW title. In fact, Edge retiring only sweetened the pot for the character, as it could have bragged about not only accomplishing its objective but also ending a top-tier wrestler’s career in the process.

The character never fully recovered, although inexplicably turning Del Rio was even more detrimental. Since WWE wanted a new top Mexican babyface, the company shoehorned Del Rio into the role, hoping it would work. Del Rio, however, was such a natural and believable heel, it, as most predicted, backfired. To make matters worse, WWE decided it wanted to split Del Rio and Rodriguez up. Rodriguez joined RVD, but the chemistry was lacking and the believability was nonexistent. It was a hodgepodge pairing, and it was even more befuddling because Del Rio and Rodriguez were so dynamic and creative with each other.

Like Morrison, Del Rio was lost in the shuffle towards the end and completely unhappy with the direction of his character. In spite of losing constantly, WWE made him have extensive methodical matches, which killed the crowd’s interest. Del Rio then got into an encounter with a catering member who made a racist comment about him. Angered by the comment, Del Rio asked him to apologize, and because he did not, Del Rio slapped him. As a result of this, and Del Rio stating he would leave anyways, WWE came to a mutual agreement to split ways.

Lucha Underground, which is evidencing its entitlement as the best wrestling television show in 2015, developed a feud between the two former WWE stars. The ultimate exquisiteness of Lucha Underground is that it does not overcomplicate its booking. Johnny Mundo (John Morrison) is the big man on campus in Lucha Underground, as he is the most well-known wrestler in the company. However, when Alberto El Patron (Alberto Del Rio) made his debut in the company, Mundo became the second biggest; and not short afterwards, Patron allowed Mundo to be aware of this by virtue of subtly insulting him in what was a well-acted and directed segment.

The ramification of Mundo and El Patron’s match was to see who would face Hernandez next week for a number one contender opportunity. However, the match was more important and monumental than that. It was additionally to see who the true alpha male and superstar truly was.

In just merely 13 minutes, both wrestlers displayed their truest capabilities, proving that WWE immensely held them back in the ring. The match was an extremely competitive, back-and-forth contest with breathtaking high spots, crisp and clean exchanges, smooth transitions and stiff strikes and kicks, all performed at an accelerated pace. It furthermore kept shifting itself into different gears, heading towards the ultimate crescendo.

The more the match went on, the more everything enhanced. The moves became more impactful, the pace became wilder, the spots became more impactful, and the urgency reached a state of desperation. It just kept building and building layers and taking the fans on an incredible journey with no foreseeable destination.

It concluding to prematurely was literally the only visible imperfection it had. After all, the match did not reach its summit, as it had lots of gas left in the tank. Frankly, it was one of those matches where fans do not care who wins. They just want to see near-falls because they do not want to see an end to a really dramatic and compelling match, especially when the match is on the verge of being something truly exceptional.

In fairness, however, it accomplished every first match's ultimate objective, which is to make the fans champ at the bit for a highly anticipated rematch.

Both wrestlers ultimately made it evident that WWE dropped the ball with them. While it would be hyperbolic to spew that they were the next figurehead of the company, they nevertheless added depth to the roster and could have added lots of excitement to the product. It is disappointing for WWE’s sake that they did not fully give these two the opportunity to shine at their highest capabilities. Although, one companies gain is another company’s gain, and since Lucha Underground is indisputably putting on a better television product than WWE is, it is best for the fans’ sake that these wrestlers are in Lucha Underground instead of WWE.

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