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Why Alberto Del Rio Beat John Cena For The US Title Back In 2015

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For years, we’ve heard that WWE desperately wants a Hispanic superstar, and when Alberto Del Rio made his surprise return to the company back in October of 2015, it seemed like he’d be their guy. But, instead of going with him as a top babyface, they brought him in with Zeb Coulter, and had him be a heel. Strange, right?

It’s even more strange when you consider the fact that WWE was paying him a ton of money, and, furthermore, they believed that he would be a top Hispanic star, which begs the question, why pair him with Zeb Coulter upon his return? We’ll probably never know the answer.


During the Q&A portion of Thursday’s Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer talked about Alberto Del Rio’s WWE return in 2015, and why the company had him defeat John Cena in such a short match.

“[Del Rio won] because Cena was going away. It was the American Grit show. So he was leaving, and they wanted to get Del Rio over strong, and like two weeks later they changed their mind on Del Rio. The idea was for him to beat John Cena clean in the middle, and then when John came back, John and Del Rio would have a big feud, but by the time John got back they’d already killed Del Rio. So, there you go, that’s why they did it.

“But they wanted Del Rio to come back with huge impact because they were paying him all kinds of money, and then they put him with Zeb Coulter, and that’s another one… I mean, I know Vince has had his hits, but that wasn’t one of them. Every aspect of that on paper was just ridiculous. I mean, number one, [Del Rio] came back as babyface, so they turned him heel. Then, they put him with Zeb, which was just like, who would ever do that? Unless the idea was that they just wanted to make sure that he didn’t get over, and if the idea is for him to not get over, then why are you paying him so much money?”

While the exact details of Del Rio’s WWE contract were never confirmed, the rumor was that he had a downside guarantee of over $1 million, which is extremely rare in WWE.

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Updated List Of WWE Royal Rumble Participants Following 1/25 Raw

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We’re in the home stretch to WWE’s Royal Rumble pay-per-view and the final card is taking shape.

Prior to Monday Night Raw, it was confirmed that John Morrison and Sheamus will participate in the 30-man Rumble. Later during the show, Mustafa Ali announced his participation thanks to Kofi Kingston being out of action.


The biggest entrant announcement came when WWE Hall of Famer Edge announced he is returning from injury and will take part in the men’s Rumble for a second year in a row.

As of this writing, there were no announcements for the women other than that Charlotte Flair and Asuka will defend the WWE Tag Team Championship against Shayna Baszler and Nia Jax.

Below is the updated lineup.

WWE Royal Rumble
Sunday, January 31, 2021

30-Man Royal Rumble Match
Daniel Bryan, Bobby Lashley, AJ Styles, Randy Orton, Otis, The Miz, Jey Uso, Cesaro, Jeff Hardy, Sami Zayn, Shinsuke Nakamura, Dolph Ziggler, John Morrison, Sheamus, Mustafa Ali & Edge confirmed

30-Woman Royal Rumble Match
Nia Jax, Charlotte Flair, Bianca Belair, Bayley, Mandy Rose, Dana Brooke, Peyton Royce, Alexa Bliss, Shayna Baszler, Tamina Snuka, Ruby Riott & Liv Morgan confirmed

WWE Championship Match
Drew McIntyre (c) vs. Goldberg

Last Man Standing WWE Universal Championship Match
Roman Reigns (c) vs. Kevin Owens

WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship Match
Charlotte Flair & Asuka (c) vs. Shayna Baszler & Nia Jax

Make plans to join us right here at ProWrestling.com this Sunday for complete Royal Rumble coverage.

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Edge Announces Return From Injury, Will Enter 2021 Men’s Royal Rumble Match

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Edge will return from injury in a WWE Royal Rumble match once again.

During a pre-taped promo that aired toward the end of Monday Night Raw, Edge rehashed his early retirement and how he came back last year. Of course, as the story goes, Edge tore his triceps against Randy Orton at Backlash last June.


But now, the WWE Hall of Famer is healed up and ready to go again. Therefore, he is announcing his entry into this year’s men’s Royal Rumble.

The Royal Rumble pay-per-view will emanate from WWE’s ThunderDome in St. Petersburg, FL, this Sunday. We’ll have complete coverage right here at ProWrestling.com.

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WWE Backstage To Reveal 30th Entrant In Men’s Rumble, 1st & 2nd Entrants In Women’s Rumble

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Spoilers, much?

WWE will reveal key entrants in both Royal Rumble matches 24 hours ahead of time during Saturday’s special edition of WWE Backstage on FS1.


Renee Paquette, Booker T, and Paige will announce the 30th entrant in the men’s Royal Rumble, as well as the first and second entrants in the women’s Royal Rumble.

Who do you think will they will announce for the spots? Sound off below or tweet us @prowrestlingcom.

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