Profile:
  • Name: Alberto Del Rio
  • Real Name: Alberto Rodríguez
  • Date of Birth: May 25, 1977
  • Hometown: San Luis Potosí, Mexico
  • Height: 6'5
  • Weight: 239 pounds
  • WWE Debut: August 20, 2010
  • Nickname: "Essence of Excellence", "Mexican Aristocrat", "Pride of Mexico"
  • Finisher: Cross Armbreaker
  • Career Highlights: 2-time WWE Champion, 2-time World Heavyweight Champion, 2011 Royal Rumble Winner, 2011 Raw Money in the Bank Winner
  • Slammy Award Nominations: "Oh Snap" Meltdown of the Year Award for injuring Rey Mysterio's arm (2010), Superstar of the Year Award (2011)
Biography:
The first-ever Mexican-born WWE Champion Alberto Del Rio has proven to be a smart and outstanding competitor. The rich Mexican Aristocrat has proved himself in WWE since his first match when he got an upset victory against Rey Mysterio. He has put many competitors out of action with his Cross Armbreaker submission maneuver and made a quick impact by winning the 2011 Royal Rumble. Later that same year, he also won the Raw Money in the Bank Ladder match and enjoyed success as a WWE Champion, winning the championship twice. The Mexican Aristocrat had his own personal ring announcer Ricardo Rodriguez, who announces ADR's name in Spanish and appeared in a Rolls Royce during his entrance to the ring.

World Wrestling Entertainment (2010 - present)
SmackDown! (2010 - 2011)
Dos Caras, Jr., the second-generation Mexican luchadore left his longtime promotion Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL) in 2009 and joined World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). He briefly competed in WWE's developmental territory Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW) and prepared to make his debut on the main roster in 2010. The first promo that hyped his debut aired on June 25 edition of SmackDown!, where he was introduced as Alberto Del Rio, a rich man who claimed to be perfect in life.

ADR made his WWE debut on August 20 edition of SmackDown!, as a heel by interrupting Rey Mysterio and insulting Mysterio. Later that night, ADR got an upset victory against Mysterio in his first match on the WWE roster. He took advantage of Mysterio's arm injury and made him submit to the Cross Armbreaker, thus joining the SmackDown! brand. The following week, on August 27 edition of SmackDown!, ADR further injured Mysterio after Mysterio's match against Kane. He folded Mysterio's arm in a chair and smashed it into the ring post, thus putting Mysterio out of action. ADR had his own personal ring announcer Ricardo Rodriguez to announce his name in Spanish.

Christian took exception to ADR's actions, thus starting a brief rivalry between Christian and ADR, in which ADR ended up injuring Christian. On October 8 edition of SmackDown!, ADR suffered his first loss against Rey Mysterio. The following week, on October 15 edition of SmackDown!, ADR defeated Chris Masters to qualify for Team SmackDown! at Bragging Rights. On October 18 edition of Raw, ADR participated in a Battle Royal. ADR and John Morrison eliminated each other. Big Show and Edge won the Battle Royal.

At Bragging Rights, ADR made his pay-per-view debut. He was on Big Show's Team SmackDown!, consisting of Edge, Rey Mysterio, Jack Swagger, Kofi Kingston and Tyler Reks, against The Miz's Team Raw, consisting of CM Punk, Sheamus, John Morrison, Ezekiel Jackson, Santino Marella and R-Truth in an Elimination match. ADR was eliminated by CM Punk. Team SmackDown! won the match. Edge and Mysterio survived the match. During the match, ADR seemed not to care about his team by attacking his teammate Mysterio on the basis of their personal rivalry.

With his rivalry against Rey Mysterio, ADR started to rise as a main eventer. On October 29 edition of SmackDown!, ADR competed against Edge and Rey Mysterio in a Triple Threat match to determine the #1 contender for the World Heavyweight Championship at Survivor Series. Edge won the match. On November 19 edition of SmackDown!, ADR represented Team Del Rio in a Battle Royal pitting Team Mysterio and Team Del Rio against each other. ADR was eliminated by eventual winner Rey Mysterio. Mysterio and Big Show won the Battle Royal.

At Survivor Series, ADR was the captain of Team Del Rio, consisting of Jack Swagger, Drew McIntyre, Cody Rhodes and Tyler Reks, against Rey Mysterio's Team Mysterio, consisting of Big Show, Montel Vontavious Porter, Kofi Kingston and Chris Masters in a Survivor Series match. ADR abandoned his team after being knocked out by Big Show with a Knockout Punch and leaving the match. Team Mysterio won the match. Mysterio and Show survived the match.

On November 26 edition of SmackDown!, ADR defeated Big Show by count-out to qualify for the King of the Ring tournament when Ricardo Rodriguez prevented Show from entering the ring. On November 29 edition of Raw, ADR participated in the 2010 King of the Ring tournament. He defeated Daniel Bryan in the quarter-final round and lost to John Morrison in the semi-final round when Rey Mysterio distracted ADR. On December 7 edition of NXT, ADR became the WWE Pro of Conor O'Brien for WWE's reality television program WWE NXT Season Four.


At Tribute to the Troops, The Miz, Wade Barrett and ADR lost to John Cena, Rey Mysterio and Randy Orton in a six-man tag team match. At TLC, ADR got his first opportunity for the World Heavyweight Championship. He competed against Kane, Edge and Rey Mysterio in a Fatal Four-Way Tables, Ladders and Chairs match for the championship. Edge won the championship. On January 7, 2011 edition of SmackDown!, ADR defeated Mysterio in a Two out of three falls match with assistance by Ricardo Rodriguez, to end the rivalry. On January 18 edition of NXT, ADR's Rookie Conor O'Brien was eliminated by the competition. The following week, on January 25 edition of NXT, ADR became the Pro of Brodus Clay, who earned the right to choose a Pro and he chose ADR.

At Royal Rumble, ADR participated in the 2011 Royal Rumble match as the #38 entrant. He last eliminated Santino Marella to win the 2011 Royal Rumble what he considered to be his destiny. He earned the opportunity to choose for a championship match of his choice at WrestleMania XXVII. The following night, on January 31 edition of Raw, ADR announced his intention of challenging for the World Heavyweight Championship. He began a rivalry with Kofi Kingston, which culminated in a match between the two at Elimination Chamber, which ADR won.

At WrestleMania XXVII, ADR unsuccessfully challenged Edge for the World Heavyweight Championship. On April 8 edition of SmackDown!, ADR defeated Christian to become the #1 contender for the championship at Extreme Rules. However, Edge retired due to his injury and vacated the championship. Edge's tag team partner and ADR's former rival Christian earned the right to become his opponent for the Ladder match to determine the new champion. On April 25 edition of Raw, ADR was drafted to the Raw brand.

Raw (2011 - 2012)
After moving to the Raw brand, ADR competed against Christian in a Ladder match for the vacated World Heavyweight Championship at Extreme Rules. Christian won the match after a distraction by Edge. On May 9 edition of Raw, ADR competed in his first match as part of the Raw roster against Rey Mysterio and The Miz in a Triple Threat match to determine the #1 contender for the WWE Championship at Over the Limit. Miz won after assistance by Alex Riley.

ADR slapped Big Show after Show confronted Ricardo Rodriguez. Rodriguez ran over Show with ADR's car, thus injuring Show's knee and putting him out of action for one month. As a result, ADR began a rivalry with Show. At Capitol Punishment, ADR defeated Show by referee stoppage as Mark Henry had attacked Show before the match. On June 20 edition of Raw, ADR competed against Rey Mysterio and CM Punk in a Triple Threat match to determine the #1 contender for the WWE Championship at Money in the Bank. Punk won the match. On June 27 edition of Raw, ADR defeated Big Show in a Steel Cage match to end the rivalry after Mark Henry interfered and attacked Show.


At Money in the Bank, ADR defeated Rey Mysterio, The Miz, Jack Swagger, Kofi Kingston, R-Truth, Evan Bourne and Alex Riley to win the 2011 Raw Money in the Bank Ladder match to win the Money in the Bank briefcase containing a contract that required ADR to cash in for a WWE Championship match anytime and anywhere. The following night, on July 18 edition of Raw, ADR participated in a tournament for the vacated WWE Championship. He lost to Kofi Kingston in the quarter-final round.

At SummerSlam, ADR teamed with The Miz and R-Truth against Rey Mysterio, John Morrison and Kofi Kingston in a six-man tag team match. Mysterio, Morrison and Kingston won the match. Later that night, ADR cashed in his Money in the Bank contract against CM Punk for the WWE Championship after Kevin Nash delivered a Jacknife Powerbomb to Punk. ADR defeated Punk to win the championship, thus becoming a world heavyweight champion and fulfilling his dream and destiny of winning a world title. He became the first-ever Mexican-born WWE Champion.

At Night of Champions, ADR lost the WWE Championship to John Cena. ADR's reign ended at 35 days. At Hell in a Cell, ADR defeated John Cena and CM Punk in a Triple Threat Hell in a Cell match match to win his second WWE Championship by locking Cena outside the cell and pinning Punk. At Vengeance, ADR successfully defended the championship against Cena in a Last Man Standing match after Awesome Truth attacked Cena. At Survivor Series, ADR lost the championship to Punk. ADR's reign ended at 49 days.

At Tribute to the Troops, ADR teamed with Mark Henry and The Miz against CM Punk, John Cena and Big Show in a six-man tag team match. Punk, Cena and Show won the match. At TLC, ADR competed against CM Punk and The Miz in a Triple Threat Tables, Ladders and Chairs match for the WWE Championship. Punk retained the championship. ADR suffered a groin injury and was out of action.

Entering 2012, ADR returned to WWE at Elimination Chamber and supported Interim Raw General Manager John Laurinaitis. On April 2 edition of Raw, ADR announced his intention of challenging for the World Heavyweight Championship. On April 20 edition of SmackDown!, ADR was traded to the SmackDown! brand.

SmackDown! (2012 - present)
On April 20 edition of SmackDown!, ADR competed in his first match as part of the SmackDown! roster, defeating Big Show after Cody Rhodes delivered a Beautiful Disaster to Show. At Over the Limit, ADR competed against Sheamus, Randy Orton and Chris Jericho in a Fatal Four-Way match for the World Heavyweight Championship. Sheamus retained the championship. On May 25 edition of SmackDown!, ADR defeated Randy Orton and Kane in a Triple Threat match to become the #1 contender for the World Heavyweight Championship. ADR was scheduled to compete against Sheamus for the championship at No Way Out but suffered a concussion, which caused him to miss the match.

On June 25 edition of Raw, ADR fought Dolph Ziggler to a no contest in a Contract on a Pole match to determine the #1 contender
for the World Heavyweight Championship. As a result, both men were made contenders. On June 29 edition of SmackDown!, ADR competed against Sheamus and Dolph Ziggler in a Triple Threat match for the World Heavyweight Championship. Sheamus retained the championship. On July 3 edition of SmackDown!, ADR participated in a Battle Royal to determine the SmackDown! Interim General Manager. He was eliminated by John Cena. Zack Ryder won the Battle Royal. ADR unsuccessfully challenged Sheamus for the World Heavyweight Championship at Money in the Bank, SummerSlam and Night of Champions.

After failing thrice in capturing the World Heavyweight Championship, ADR began a rivalry with Randy Orton. At Hell in a Cell, Orton defeated ADR. On November 6 edition of SmackDown!, ADR lost to Orton in a Falls Count Anywhere match. At Survivor Series, ADR was a part of Dolph Ziggler's Team Ziggler, consisting of Wade Barrett, David Otunga and Damien Sandow, against Mick Foley's Team Foley, consisting of Kofi Kingston, Randy Orton, The Miz and Team Hell No in a Survivor Series match. ADR was eliminated by Orton. Team Ziggler won the match. Ziggler became the sole survivor.

On November 19 edition of Raw, ADR lost to Randy Orton in a Two out of three falls match to end the rivalry. At TLC, ADR turned babyface by rescuing Ricardo Rodriguez from humiliation by 3MB. Later that night, ADR teamed with The Miz and Brooklyn Brawler to defeat 3MB in a six-man tag team match. At Tribute to the Troops, ADR lost to Ryback by disqualification. 

On January 11, 2013 (taped January 8) edition of SmackDown!, ADR defeated Big Show in a Last Man Standing match to win the World Heavyweight Championship. As a result, ADR began a rivalry with Show over the championship. At Royal Rumble, ADR successfully defended the World Heavyweight Championship against Big Show in a Last Man Standing match after Ricardo Rodriguez tied Show's feet with a duct tape. The following night, on January 28 edition of Raw, ADR lost to Show in a Bodyslam Challenge. At Elimination Chamber, ADR defeated Show to retain the championship and end the rivalry. 

At WrestleMania 29, ADR successfully defended the World Heavyweight Championship against Jack Swagger. The following night, on April 8 edition of Raw, ADR defeated Jack Swagger and Zeb Colter in a Handicap match. After the match, ADR suffered an ankle injury, allowing Dolph Ziggler to cash in his World Heavyweight Championship Money in the Bank contract. ADR lost the World Heavyweight Championship to Ziggler. ADR's reign ended at 90 days. 

At Extreme Rules, ADR defeated Jack Swagger in an "I Quit" match to become the #1 contender for the World Heavyweight Championship. At Payback, ADR defeated Dolph Ziggler to win his second World Heavyweight Championship and turned heel as he viciously attacked Ziggler's injured head and worsened his concussion. Such behaviour gave the fan support to Ziggler and ADR lost his fanbase. At Money in the Bank, ADR successfully defended the championship against Ziggler by disqualification in a rematch due to Ziggler's girlfriend AJ Lee attacking ADR with the WWE Divas Championship belt. The following night, on July 15 edition of Raw, ADR defeated Ziggler to end the rivalry after AJ distracted Ziggler by ringing the timekeeper's bell. 

Three weeks later, on August 5 edition of Raw, ADR turned on Ricardo Rodriguez by attacking him after Rodriguez accidentally cost ADR, a match against Rob Van Dam. At SummerSlam, ADR successfully defended the World Heavyweight Championship against Christian. At Night of Champions, ADR retained the championship against Rob Van Dam, through intentional disqualification by refusing to release the Cross Armbreaker after RVD held the ropes. At Battleground, ADR successfully defended the championship against RVD in a Battleground Hardcore Rules match. At Hell in a Cell, ADR lost the championship to John Cena. ADR's reign ended at 133 days.

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Alberto Del Rio and Ricardo Rodriguez
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