There is no doubt Alberto Del Rio is truly one of the fastest
rising stars in the WWE. After winning the 2011 Royal Rumble match
Alberto’s heads to Wrestlemania 27 for a shot at the World Heavyweight
title. But what is known about Del Rio before he entered a WWE
ring, Karl Hanaghan takes us back in Alberto’s career and looks
at his rise to stardom.
In Mexico wrestling is huge and considered a part of their culture.
If you have watch WWE recently, then no doubt you have heard about
this new comer. Representing Mexico, he is known as Alberto Del
Rio. Pro Wrestling Illustrated has rated him #45 out of the 500
top single wrestlers in 2006, and Wrestling Observer Newsletter
have awarded him the Best Gimmick in 2010. His career may be short
in WWE at the moment, but his career in general is not. This guy
has done it all... amateur wrestling, pro wrestling and even MMA.
Alberto Rodríguez (Alberto Del Rio) was born in San Luis Potosí,
Mexico on May 25th, 1977. He is the son of José Luis Rodríguez
Arellano (Dos Caras) and nephew to Aaron Rodríguez Arellano (Mil
Mascaras), and a cousin to Sicodelico, Jr. and Hijo de Sicodelico.
Growing up with family members who wrestle, he decided to become
a wrestler. He first started off in the world of amateur wrestling,
where he was trained by Leonel Kolesni and Juan Fernández in Greco-Roman
wrestling. He managed to get onto the Mexico national team, and
has had success by winning the Central American and Caribbean
Games three times. He also won a medal in the Pan American Games.
He was on his way to competing in the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.
But due to a lack of funding and support, no team was sent to
After the Olympics, he decided to take the leap into the world
of professional wrestling. His father trained him and he made
his professional wrestling debut on May 9th, 2000 in Asistencia
Asesoria y Administracion. Alberto went under the ring name Dos
Caras, Jr. and wore a luchadore mask. His ring name translated
means ‘Two Faces’. He ran in to save his father from a beating
by Espectro, Jr, Pirata Morgan and El Taxano. He did not however
compete in his first professional wrestling match until September
29th, 2000. It was a eight man tag team match that had him teamed
up with Sangre Chicana, El Alebrije and La Parka, Jr. They took
on the three men who beat down his father, as well as a fourth
member named El Cobarde. The team was known as Los Consagrados.
He wrestled till 2002 in the company.
During his debut into professional wrestling, he also wanted
to try MMA. He was trained by Marco Ruas. His ring name and luchadore
mask were brought into the world of MMA. His debut fight was in
Yokohama, Japan at Deep: 2nd Impact on 18th August, 2001. He faced
Kengo Watanabe and won within forty seconds by breaking Kengo’s
arm with a belly to belly suplex. From 2001 to 2010, Alberto has
fought in 14 fights with a record of 9 wins and 5 losses. 2 he
won by knockout and 7 he won by submission. His losses were by
2 knockouts, 1 submission, 1 decision and 1 DQ. The final fight
was in Madrid, Spain at Cage of Combat 4: Spanish Bombs on February
27th, 2010. He faced Yamamoto Hanshi. The match ended in the second
round after 2:47 where Roberto got knocked out by punches. The
opponents he has beaten are Kengo Watanabe, Tatsuaki Nakano, Brad
Kohler, George King, Joao Tua, Hato Kiyoshi, Ignacio Laguna, Toshiyuki
Moriya and Arthur Bart. The five opponents who have beaten him
are Kengo Watanabe, Hiroyuki Ito, Mirko Filipovic, Kazuhiro Nakamura
and Yamamoto Hanshi.
In 2005 Alberto joined Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL).
He wrestled there for four years before signing up to the WWE.
Shortly after joining he was entered in a tournament to try and
win the CMLL World Heavyweight Championship. However he was eliminated
in the semi finals by Dr. Wagner, Jr. In 2006 he was entered in
the annual tournament again, and this time he won the title. Alberto
never had to defend the title much in his title reign. During
the 533 days he won it, he only defended it four times. It would
then be another 9 months before he had to defend it against Ultimo
Gurerrero. In 2008 it came out that Roberto wrestled a dark match
in WWE, and may have been offered a contract. When Roberto finally
lost the title to Ultimo Gurerrero, it was speculated that he
was joining WWE, and may appear in the 2009 Royal Rumble. However
it was not the case as he stayed for another year in CMLL. Roberto
stated that he has a four year contract with CMLL, and was happy
with what they offered over WWE. In his final year with CMLL,
after the news broke out about his WWE dark match, he became a
Rudo (bad guy). This is the first time he has ever been a bad
guy in his career. His wrestling family have only been Tecnico
(good guy), which makes him the first bad guy in his family.
Once his contract had expired; he took a three year contract
with WWE. The reason he took it this time was because they fixed
up the things he didn’t like in the last offer. Roberto reckoned
he would go straight to the main roster, rather than go to their
developmental territory FCW. But it was not the case as they put
him in FCW for a year. He went through a few ring names during
his time there. Dos, Dorado, El Dorado, Alberto Banderas and Dos
Caras. When he wrestled as Dos Caras for one night, he did not
have his mask on. He became a heel after losing to Christian.
On June 25th, 2010 he made his debut on television as a member
of Smackdown. They had a promotional video where he is known as
Alberto Del Rio. Alberto no longer wore the luchadore mask. Alberto’s
gimmick is that of a rich arrogant Mexican aristocrat. He drives
down to the ring in a Rolls Royce, and has a personal ring announcer
named Ricardo Rodriguez. His debut match was on August 20th, 2010
against Rey Mystero on Smackdown in the main event. Alberto won
with a cross armbar. During his time on Smackdown, he was scripted
to injure three wrestlers with the move, Rey Mysterio (who he
was feuding with), Matt Hardy (who left WWE), and Christian (who
had torn his pectoral muscle). Rey Mysterio finally returned on
8th of October, 2010 to defeat Alberto, which was his first loss
in WWE. On November 26th, 2010 he defeated Big Show to qualify
for the King of the Ring Tournament. On Raw for the tournament,
he defeated Daniel Bryan in the first round by making him tap.
John Morrison would eliminate Alberto in the semi final when Rey
Mysterio caused a distraction. Alberto Del Rio became a pro in
the next season of NXT for his rookie Connor O’Brian. Connor was
eliminated second on the show. At the Royal Rumble in 2011, he
won the rumble by eliminating Santino Marella. With the choice
of which championship to go for at WrestleMania 27, he decided
his opponent will be Edge for the World Heavyweight Championship.
Alberto Del Rio has had a very quick push in WWE, but his career
as a whole is far from quick. Wherever you love this guy or hate
him, he has made an impact winning the rumble, and going to headline
WrestleMania 27 while only being on WWE television for less than
a year. Will his star continue to shine on WWE? Tune in to find