The WWE championship tournament will conclude next Monday on RAW. A match between Rey Mysterio vs. The Miz will determine the new WWE champion and if you are a betting man, numerous reports suggest that Rey Mysterio is the odds-on favorite.
Several stories have hit the Internet today reporting that Rey Mysterio is in line for a big push. Rey will benefit from the impending departure of Sin Cara now that Mysterio will be the only masked WWE superstar. Additionally, with SummerSlam and the post-event RAW in Mysterio’s home town, the 619 is practically a lock to remain in the WWE championship mix.
Unfortunately you have another case here were the lack of planning is something that could really hurt Rey’s sudden rise back to the top. Rey has more or less been a glorified jobber since being drafted to RAW. He has lost on consecutive pay per views and his wins in the tournament Monday were his first big singles wins on RAW. I am a huge Mysterio fan but all of those recent losses may hurt his credibility as a world champion at this point.
My prediction on how this thing plays out is that Rey wins the tournament next week on RAW. I think Alberto Del Rio immediately cashes in his Money in the Bank and regains the WWE championship. I think Rey and Alberto rematch at SummerSlam with Alberto retaining the title throughout the series.
Another option would be for Alberto vs. Rey to be booked as a SummerSlam 2011 match without any of the Money in the Bank stuff. Maybe at SummerSlam after losing to Mysterio, Del Rio immediately cashes in the contract. Barring injury I think one way or the other Alberto Del Rio will be WWE champion soon enough. Especially if he was originally planned to win the title at WWE Money in the Bank.
Another issue at play here could be Rey’s contract situation. Numerous sources in the wrestling media report that Rey Mysterio is not planning to re-sign with the WWE. This could be a last ditch effort to get Rey to change his mind. If not, Rey would be the second high profile WWE superstar to walk away this year, although Punk is going to be back at some point.
Regardless of how this plays out it is nice to hear that Rey Mysterio will be back in the top of the cards. It is long overdue if you ask me.
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