"Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome at this time, Alberto Del Rio's personal TV Tropes announcer, Ricardo Rodriguez!""¡Damas y caballeros! Aquí es mi gran honor de presentar la esencia de excelencia, el campeón mundial de pesocompleto del WWE y el orgullo de la gente de México... Él es...In English Ladies and gentlemen! It is now my great honor to present the essence of excellence, the world heavyweight champion of the WWE and the pride of the people of Mexico... He is... AlbertoooooOOOOoooooOOOOOoooooooOOOOOOOooooooooo... DEL RIO!"Alberto Del Rio (real name Alberto Rodríguez, born May 25, 1977) is a Mexican professional wrestler, currently signed to WWE. He is a two-time WWE Champion, and two-time WWE World Heavyweight Champion. Prior to working with WWE, he was well known as Dos Caras, Jr., which he wrestled as in Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL) and fought under as a mixed martial artist.
All American Face: Despite being undeniably Mexican, his face persona contained elements of the all-American hero, defending the idea of America as a land of opportunity and equality against the anti-immigrant xenophobe of "Real American" Jack Swagger.
Affably Evil: As a heel for the first time in his WWE career, he'd often wears a smile some would consider charming...but don't be fooled. (See Faux Affably Evil.)
Alpha Bastard: During his first heel run; "I'm handsome! I'm powerful! I'm RICH! I'M EVERYTHING!!" The ego, the attitude, the fancy cars, the white scarf, he had an aura of being a male example (and is listed as such on the Alpha Bitch page).
The Artifact: His scarf. He wore during his first heel run to show off his aristocratic roots. But once he turned face, it wasn't the main part of his character, nor is it part his current heel character.
Badass: Established his credentials in this category, especially as a face after he took down The Big Show and beat Jack Swagger at WM 29. Also, despite being essentially on one leg, he nearly managed to beat Ziggler in the cash-in match as well.
The Ace: Dos Caras held the CMLL heavyweight championship for 533 days.
Bad Boss: As a heel he didn't do much to protect his extremely hammy ring announcer, Ricardo Rodriguez. Rodriguez seems to have two jobs: One, to announce Del Rio's entrance to the ring (in Spanish, of course), and two, to act as Del Rio's unwilling meat shield. A lot of Del Rio's confrontations with other face wrestlers end with Alberto rolling out of the ring and leaving Ricardo behind to take the other guy's Finishing Move. This is now averted now that he's a face, he actually tries to stop the attacks, with the result of him sometimes getting attacked as well.
Played with during a September 2012 storyline/promo where Alberto calls Ricardo his only friend for pushing him out of the way of a Brogue Kick from Sheamus, resulting in Ricardo getting injured (knocked unconscious) as a result.
He acknowledged the fact he had treated Ricardo poorly, during the December 31 2012 episode of Raw when Ricardo been chosen by Big Show as his opponent (All the champions got to choose their opponents for the night). He interfered on the behalf of Ricardo when Show was going to go for his Finisher after being dominant for most of the match.
FIRMLY cemented as a Bad Boss after laying out Ricardo for inadvertently costing him a non-title match and kicking the steel steps with Ricardo's head sandwiched in between said steps and the ring.
Del Rio has made a habit of cussing quite a lot in Spanish when he's angry or excited.
That wink he does also has more negative connotations in Mexico and many Mediterranean countries than it does in the States.
Ricardo Rodriguez also has a different over-the-top introduction for Alberto Del Rio each time out, usually complete with a diss about how Alberto is greater or richer than the fans or the city they're in. Many fans probably have no clue what exactly he is saying, yet for Foreign Wrestling Heel reasons, this still gets heel heat.
For anyone fluent, or even passable in Spanish, Del Rio and Rodriguez are hilarious. Live events and untaped segments are where they shine as a comedy duo. Ricardo's constantly trying to make Del Rio break character and vice versa.
He definitely holds to the philosophy of "It's not cheating if you don't get caught."
He tipped an entire announcer table onto The Big Show to keep him down for the 10-count to win the WHC.
He taped The Big Show's feet to bottom rope during their Last Man Standing match at the Royal Rumble, to ensure he'd stay down for the ten count.
His strategy against Dolph Ziggler, who recently came back after a month-long absence due to a concussion, at WWE Payback essentially consisted of kicking and slamming Ziggler on his head until he couldn't get back up.
Conspicuous Consumption: John Cena thought it was an act, claiming no one could possibly own as many cars as Alberto Del Rio implied he did when he brought out a new one for every entrance. (Funny coming from Cena, who's an avid collector who owns at least 20 cars himself.)
Won the 2011 Raw MITB match by yanking off Rey Mysterio Jr's mask when the both of them were fighting at the top of the ladder, which naturally caused Mysterio to cover his face instead of going for the briefcase. Fridge Brilliance comes in when you realize that ADR himself fought as a Masked Luchador in Mexico and might have been the only one in the match to think to do that.
Or the pragmatic instinct he displayed the night he beat Big Show for the World Heavyweight Championship. Not only rolling out of the ring to break the Last Man Standing count after taking a WMD knockout punch, but also tipping an entire announce table onto a downed Big Show in order to keep Show from getting up.
Not to mention, since Last Man Standing matches are No-DQ, having Ricardo duct tape Big Show's feet to the ring ropes so he couldn't physically rise for the 10 count.
There's also his disturbingly pragmatic tactics going up against Dolph Ziggler in their World Title match at Payback, slamming and kicking a recently-concussed Dolph repeatedly in the head to the point where he was completely out of it and easy pickings for the pinfall, not even bothering to go for his Cross Arm Breaker at any point during the match.
A chokeslam and a WMD from The Big Show and he still managed to stand up before a 10-count.
He was a bit Genre Savvy at that point, after being hit by WMD, he knew he wouldn't get up in time, so he rolled to the edge of the ring and put his feet on the floor, thus breaking the officials 10 count.
Development Gag: As is the case with many of WWE's superstars, both on air and in their development territory, Alberto was known by a name of someone he resembled. He was known as Alberto Banderas during his time in FCW, and the resemblance...well, let's just say he could indeed be◊ related to him◊.
At Money in the Bank 2011, he attempted to pull a Your Princess Is in Another Castle on CM Punk by cashing in his MITB Briefcase after Punk had just won a grueling match with John Cena. Punk casually kicked Alberto in the head and knocked him out before fleeing the building. This was in part due to Punk being Dangerously Genre Savvy, having done what Del Rio had attempted to do twice in the past. Also, Vince McMahon was shouting to cut the music and obviously calling for Del Rio to come out right where Punk could see it, so really this was on Vince.
Although some credit has to be given to Punk, who was the first person to think of this escape method regardless of whether Vince telegraphed it or not.
But then it happened again on the 7/25 RAW, when he tried to cash in on Rey Mysterio's "WWE Title". Alberto was so busy calling for the bell instead of getting into the ring (a match can only 'officially' start when both competitors are inside the ring and the bell has been rung) that he didn't see Mysterio go airborne. After getting hit with a suicide dive, Alberto pulls a Screw This, I'm Outta Here! and retreats with his briefcase.
JBL himself wishes he had thought about getting his own ring announcer.
Not So Similar:Beyond being rich and racist, JBL and Alberto Del Rio are not alike at all. JBL's entrance used a custom car, Del Rio had a different one every show. His wrestling style was completely different and even his source of wealth was in stark contrast, being a rich aristocrat to JBL's self made man. That JBL was against Mexican immigrants and Del Rio thinks gringos lack soul suggest they would be enemies if JBL was not currently a kiss up heel commentator (or maybe not, Del Rio does not care much for Mexicans, at least not the boarder crossing "peasants" who do not have as much Spanish blood as he claims to have).
His feud with The Big Show is a reprise of a feud that happened a couple of years back - except the first time, Del Rio was a heel and Show was a face.
This looks to be the case with Del Rio, who's been flagging as a face and got outright booed at Payback, and Dolph Ziggler, who the Chicago crowd got behind when he tried to overcome his concussion but fell short and lost the World Title, after which they cheered him sympathetically as he was escorted to the back by doctors
Faux Affably Evil: He'll be happy and smiling, even while beating you up, but his façade will occasionally crack and his face will contort with rage.
Foreign Wrestling Heel: At first averted as he had an actual gimmick other than simply being foreign. Inverted after his Heel-Face Turn and championship win, where he now feuds as a fan favorite against a Type-2 Eagleland xenophobic heel in Jack Swagger. Played perfectly straight in his second heel run. Notably he is the first person in his family to ever be a rudo or a heel.
Flanderization: After he won the Royal Rumble, he proclaimed that it was his destiny to win the World Title, to go along with his Rich Idiot with No Day Job gimmick, with him being naturally better than anyone due to being descended from Mexican royalty. However, as time went on he started losing just about every other part of his gimmick outside of having Ricardo Rodriguez as a personal ring announcer and coming out in expensive cars every week. And then, after he turned face, he lost the expensive cars, too and just became a Dashing Hispanic.
Forced to Watch: This happened to him after the 2013 Royal Rumble, where The Big Show taped his arms to the ropes as revenge for what he did to Show the other night and beat down Ricardo right in front of him.
After having lost his World Heavyweight Title Dolph Ziggler, he comes out during Ziggler's celebration on Smackdown, telling him he knew the feeling of cashing in his contract for WWE Championship title and wanted to congratulate Ziggler on his successful cash-in. But also added when his ankle was fully healed, he would use his rematch clause to regain the title.
Perhaps not as graceful as we'd initially liked to believe, given his harsh tactics at WWE Payback. His and Ricardo's shouting away of the doctors checking on a dazed and possibly concussed Ziggler was a rather jarring Ironic Echo of Ziggler when he cashed in on an injured Del Rio.
Heel-Face Revolving Door: It looked like WWE couldn't decide whether to stay with his Heel-Face Turn or not, resulting in a strange phenomenon where he was booked as a heel on some shows and as a face on others. Part of this is because of WWE taping their X-Mas specials in advance, so it's understandably confusing when you see Alberto "run down" St. Nick one week (which arguably made him look like a sympathetic heel anyway), then act like a Face and a Benevolent Boss the next week.
Heel Realization/Even Evil Has Standards: He then solidified his Heel-Face Turn on the last Raw of 2012, explaining to Ricardo that seeing The Big Show treat him like dirt made Alberto realize how badly he had mistreated his announcer over the last several months, and promised to be at ringside to look out for Ricardo in his World Title match against the giant.
Hot-Blooded: Can slip into this very easily, especially in the middle of a match.
Incredibly Long Note/Big Word Shout: Every week Ricardo Rodriguez will drag out saying his name longer and longer. At this point, Del Rio could get to the ring, finish the match, and be back in the showers before Rodriguez is finished.
Crowd Song: And now that Del Rio's got the fans behind him, some of them (most depending on what area they're in) inevitably try to imitate Ricardo's several-minute long yell.
Jack of All Stats: Del Rio's PPV matches tend to feature him doing a bit of everything. He's got a couple of power moves, some moves usually used by 'speed-type' wrestlers, a bit of mat work, some pretty wicked strikes...and, of course, the Cross Armbreaker.
Kick the Dog: He attacks Ricardo Rodriguez for trying to help him but making him lose by accident. JBL remarks that Ricardo deserved the beating.
Kick Them While They Are Down: As a heel, after he wins, he has a tendency to continue to assault his opponents then put them in his armbar over and over again.
Used against him by CM Punk, after a rather grueling battle against The Big Show, Punk lays an Anaconda Vice on the beaten down Del Rio until he agrees to a championship match at Survivor Series. Naturally Del Rio labelled him a complete coward afterwards.
Mythology Gag/Viewers Are Geniuses: Matt Striker said that Alberto has two faces: the smiling, virtue-spewing gentleman and that vicious arrogant wrestler; his Lucha name, Dos Caras. translates as Two Faces.
Double subverted. Ricardo Rodriguez, in fact, does not seem to affect whether Alberto Del Rio is a complete Jerkass or not - but at the same time, he's the only individual Del Rio has ever shown any level of concern about (he was visibly upset in the several weeks after Ricardo was Put on a Bus due to a kayfabe injury) and can really be considered the closest thing Del Rio has to a friend.
Also gives a subtle variation of this when Dolph Ziggler's music hits.
Popularity Power: Naturally, he gets face-like pops if WWE goes south of the border - no matter if he actually is a face or not.
Red Baron: He started off with "The Essence of Excellence" and added "The Mexican Aristocrat" later.
Redemption Promotion: Goes from losing every WHC title match against Sheamus to defeating Big Show for it.
Remember When You Blew Up a Sun?: Everytime Del Rio goes for his Super Kick to a kneeling opponent, JBL declares "It's the kick that won him a World title!" even though he has yet to win another match with the kick.
Actually had a similar technique work for him in a match against Sheamus. He tried to hit Sheamus with a chair while the ref's back was turned, but when Sheamus yanked it out of his hands, Del Rio hit the deck just in time for the ref to turn around and catch Sheamus with the chair. Sheamus got DQ'd (and, as a result, Del Rio received a title shot).
He began making regular appearances on Raw while still being a top star on Smackdown during the time the two brands were kept separate.
This wound up being a subversion (and perhaps a case of Foreshadowing), as now the "Brand Extension" has ended and most major players in the WWE are liable to show up on any show - even the B Show, WWE Main Event.
Ironically, this aspect of his character only started to come out after his Heel-Face Turn. One prime example was in a tag match the week after he won the World Heavyweight Championship - mid-match, he threw a bucket of water into The Big Show's face and essentially made him Rage Quit the entire match and just walk off.
Then, a few weeks later, he helped Show's mistreated assistant put his tour bus up on blocks... then doused the giant in orange paint when he came out to investigate.
Underwear of Power: Dos Caras Jr. has wrestled in pants before but Alberto Del Rio has almost exclusively wrestled in short "underwear" tights.
Unlimited Wardrobe: He comes out in a new car every show. This was dropped once he turned face.
Very Punchable Man: Del Rio himself often qualifies, but Ricardo Rodriguez in particular gets it pretty bad. Every time he attempts to interupt a match in Del Rio's favor usually leads to a very nasty beatdown from his opponent. Even more passive Faces such as Rey Mysterio have been driven to a merciless rage over his interfering.
This did not disappear even now that Del Rio was a Face. In fact, it seems to have been cranked Up to Eleven, now that Big Show has singled out Ricardo as a target.
Villainous Crush: He seems to be a heel with a "unique" obsession for his targets, specifically Rey.
Rey Mysterio. Alberto seems to have an obsession for Rey Mysterio (and breaking his arm). Then, he is famously quoted saying, "I don't want to fight my little friend Rey Mysterio. Instead I'm going to give him a kiss... right on the cheek."
After Summerslam, Del Rio says he is happy he gets to defend first against Mysterio because we all love Mysterio. Del Rio says he loves Mysterio. Del Rio says he loves Rey again but adds that he loves beating Mysterio. Del Rio says he began his WWE career beating Mysterio. When he wakes up in the morning, he feels like beating Rey Mysterio.
Vitriolic Best Buds: Seemed to play this trope pretty straight with Ricardo in retrospect. He was occasionally (much more before his apparent Face turn) a real jerk to Ricardo. However, he had said in the past that Ricardo was the only one worthy of introducing him, and if anyone else dared injure or insult Ricardo, there would be hell to pay.
Look at his face whenever he's in a match or segment; the story he tells with his eyes alone is superb.
Additionally, he sets up his submission finisher throughout the match, using several signature moves that target the arms of his opponent.
He and Ricardo have been selling their respective injuries for coming up on a month.
His apparent Face-Heel Turn at WWE Payback. The almost smug look on his face when on the attack against a recently-concussed Dolph Ziggler; he knew every time Dolph got slammed or kicked in the head would further diminish Dolph to the point where he couldn't defend himself or kick out. Not to mention his and Ricardo's incensed reactions whenever Ziggler would kick out the doctors would check on Ziggler, or the clearly insincere happiness they displayed following the victory when Del Rio said he'd "won it for the fans." Fans were not big on Del Rio going into the match, but you can be sure he had them downright loathing him by the end of the match.
Won his first WWE title by cashing in Money In The Bank on CM Punk, after he defeated John Cena to become the true WWE champion.note Punk had won the title on the night his contract expired, leaving the company with the WWE title. Needing to crown a new champion, a tournament was held to do so, and eventually Cena won the title back in his rematch, only for Punk to choose that moment to return to the company with the original title.
Lost his World Heavyweight Championship the same way at the hands of Dolph Ziggler.
You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Ricardo ended up finding this out the HARD way after inadvertently costing Del Rio a non-title match against Rob Van Dam, courtesy of two thrust kicks, the second one with his head sandwiched inside the steel steps.