Weekender

First defeat for Del Rio

Written By : James Coyle SKY SPORTS. Rey Mysterio prevailed against Alberto Del Rio on last week’s edition of Friday Night SmackDown. After suffering a broken wrist at the hands
15 Oct 2010 12:00

image Written By : James Coyle SKY SPORTS. Rey Mysterio prevailed against Alberto Del Rio on last week’s edition of Friday Night SmackDown.
After suffering a broken wrist at the hands of Del Rio, which sidelined him for more than a month, Rey Mysterio returned to action, focused on retribution.
The thrilling main event looked to be under threat when Del Rio’s personal ring announcer, Ricardo Rodriguez, chose to get involved.
But The Ultimate Underdog fired back, hurling Del Rio into Rodriguez, and then struck his bitter rival with a 619-splash combination, taking the smile off his face as he handed him his first loss since arriving in WWE.
After betraying The Undertaker at Hell in a Cell this past Sunday, Paul Bearer introduced the demented Superstar that “single-handedly destroyed the myth” of The Phenom, World Heavyweight Champion Kane.
“The Devil’s Favourite Demon” declared that The Deadman now answers to him. He also sent a cryptic message to The Undertaker stating that when it comes to his hellish showdown with his brother, “they are just warming up.”
Jack Swagger emerged to take on SmackDown’s newest acquisition, Edge.EVAN: I attended the very first Hell in a Cell match in St. Louis, Missouri in 1997 when The Undertaker faced Shawn Michaels.
That was when Kane made his debut and it will come full circle when he fights The Undertaker on Sunday.
Thirteen years later, inside the demonic Hell in a Cell – it’s going to be unbelievable. And with Paul Bearer returning, that adds another exciting variable into the equation.
skysports.com: Your finisher Air Bourne is one of the most captivating moves around.
How long did it take you to perfect it?
EVAN: It took me quite a while to have the nerve to do that move, and even when I was confident enough to try, it still took me a few years to visualise how I wanted it to look and to master it on a repetitive basis.
There is always that thought in the back of your head that it might not be the safest idea and that you could hurt yourself, but I feel confident that it will be perfect.
When I get to the top rope, the fans demand that I hit Air Bourne and I know that there’s only me, and the great Jushin Liger who invented it, who can do the move justice.
skysports.com: You are one of the smallest competitors in the WWE. Have you ever viewed your size as a hindrance in your quest to get to the top?
EVAN: I always turn any disadvantage into an advantage, and being a smaller competitor opens up variables that other wrestlers don’t have.
I can duck and dive, zig and zag and come off the top rope and do more damage than some of the bigger guys can.
What’s great about the WWE is that there is no cookie-cutter image of how a wrestler should look nowadays. I’m just a regular guy who got my nose down, worked hard and became a star.
skysports.com: Another ‘small’ guy to achieve a lot of success recently is Daniel Bryan. He was revered on the independent scene and has made a huge impact in his short time with the WWE, hasn’t he?
EVAN: Daniel Bryan and I worked a number of independent shows together, fought a couple of times and he always stood out. He is often voted the best technical wrestler in the world and I certainly think he has the credentials to merit that tag.
He has wrestled all over the world for a number of organisations and he has dominated wherever he has been.
He is making waves in the WWE now and fully deserves to be the United States Champion.
skysports.com: As one year draws to a close, thoughts inevitably turn to the next WrestleMania. Who would be your ideal opponent at that showpiece event?
EVAN: Wow, that’s a tough question. There are so many guys over the years that I would love to have faced at WrestleMania, but one man that stands out for me on the current roster is CM Punk. Like me, he has worked his way up from the bottom and I think we would steal the show if we ever competed against each other at WrestleMania.
skysports.com: And finally, between now and this time next year, what do you hope to have achieved?
EVAN: A year is a long time but I can tell you what I hope to achieve in a few months time and that’s wow the fans across the United Kingdom.
I hope I can give them the great show they deserve and impress them every single night.
I’m not a guy who is looking to pick fights, I just want to earn the fans’ respect and make them remember that I’m exciting, I’m innovative and I’m Evan ‘Air’ Bourne!



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