World Heavyweight Champion Alberto Del Rio vs. Big Show

January 14, 2013

Since breaking into WWE in 2010, Alberto Del Rio has considered the capturing of the World Heavyweight Championship his destiny. Never has the phrase “be careful what you wish for” been more pertinent, though. For when the Mexican Superstar seized his most sought-after prize from Big Show, he also drew the unrelenting ire of an extremely angry giant.

Now at Royal Rumble, Del Rio will defend his newly acquired World Title against The World’s Largest Athlete, who’s thirsty for retribution. And if the last showdown is any indication, everybody better brace themselves for absolute destruction.

It was the Jan. 11 edition of SmackDown when Del Rio rose to the top of the mountain in style. After enduring the full wrath of the reigning champion — in a brutal Last Man Standing Match that incorporated steel chairs, tables and steel ring steps and turned the ringside barricade in to slivers — the crafty No. 1 contender trapped the war-torn World’s Largest Athlete under the heavy announce table. This prevented the giant from answering the 10-count and earned Del Rio his monumental third World Championship.

On the 20th Anniversary of Monday Night Raw, the furious Big Show confronted WWE Chairman Mr. McMahon, protesting the lack of time he was given to prepare for the title contest. While the emerging Del Rio proposed to settle things with an impromptu rematch right then and there, Big Show preferred to settle things at the upcoming pay-per-view. Getting back at The World’s Largest Athlete for the weeks of torment he suffered at the giant’s hands, Ricardo Rodriguez threw a bucket of red, white and green confetti onto the former World Heavyweight Champion, triggering a fierce brawl between Big Show and Del Rio that ended with the champion on top. This set the stage for a Royal Rumble collision of cataclysmic proportions.

Who will walk out of US Airways Center in Phoenix with the World Heavyweight Title? Find out Sunday, Jan. 27, at 8 ET/5 PT, only on pay-per-view.