**Spoiler warning: don’t read this post if you want to be surprised**
With The Rock returning Monday on RAW, the early “Road to WrestleMania” vibe is already in the air which means you can expect the unexpected for the next few months. That very vibe was evident tonight as the World Heavyweight Championship changed hands at the Smackdown tapings when Alberto Del Rio defeated The Big Show in a Last Man Standing Match for the title.
With Del Rio recently turning face and Ricardo Rodriguez being used to help get him over as a good guy, defeating the Big Show will definitely propel Alberto back to a top spot in the company. This title change really comes out of the blue, since it seemed Big Show was in the midst of a long reign that would go until at least WrestleMania. All this could be to set up a rematch at The Royal Rumble that would see Show regain the title after claiming he wasn’t actually pinned or submitted in the Last Man Standing match. There was some early buzz that Ryback would take on Show at WrestleMania, but this title change may turn things more toward an Alberto vs. Dolph Ziggler title match at ‘Mania.
Things are heating up in WWE right now, and they are making an effort to bring back some “must see TV” since the ratings have been low the past few months. Alberto’s title win will air this Friday on Smackdown, along with The Rock’s first appearance on the show in 10 years.