This Sunday Alberto Del Rio will once again vie for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship against John Cena at WWE’s annual Survivor Series pay per view. Can Del Rio reclaim the title that he believes is rightfully his? He certainly thinks so.
What makes Survivor Series special?
Every single WWE event is special. But what makes a pay per view different from any other for me is the opponent. I have the face of the WWE against me this time. I’m trying to regain the World Heavyweight title. That’s what makes this Survivor Series special.
Can you talk about your last match with John Cena at Hell in a Cell and how your rematch at Survivor Series will be different?
That last match against Cena was an amazing match and the best of the night. But I think I got a little bit cocky on that one because I knew he was hurt. But I was also hurt. My back had been bothering me and I had a fever that day, so I was not at 100%. I think our match at Survivor Series will be better than the last one because we will both be at 100%. It will be the best match of the night. Again.
Will you focus on Cena’s recently repaired arm again?
I don’t think I need to focus on his arm because he’s completely recovered. Besides, it didn’t work the first time so I don’t see any reason why it would work a second time.
Any favorite Survivor Series moments?
No, not really. For me every pay per view is the same. It’s always just me trying to make history. And that’s exactly what I’m going to do Sunday.
You grew up in a family of luchadors, correct?
Yes. My father, my grandfather and my uncles all wrestled. I even have some cousins who are still wrestling.
What was it like growing up in that environment?
It was fantastic. I loved watching my grandfather and my dad. My dad was, and still is, my idol since I was a little kid. He was one of the best wrestlers in Mexican history and one of the best foreign wrestlers in Japan for years and years. That’s the reason I love this business. That was what me decide I wanted to do this for my entire life; and after a 14 year career, I’m still here. And if the WWE Universe keeps supporting Alberto Del Rio, then I’m going to be here another five, six, seven years.
Who have been some of your favorite luchadors to work with?
I’ve been doing this for years and years, which gave me the opportunity to wrestle against practically everybody in Mexico and Japan. People like Nakamura and Tanahashi, who are two of the best in their country. In Mexico, I’ve wrestled against everybody; El Santo, Blue Demon, you name it.
Any luchadors who you think would be a good addition to the WWE?
There is a lot of talent in Mexico for WWE. The problem is that the luchador style is so different from the WWE style that it’s hard to tell who could come to WWE and do something spectacular like I’m doing it right now, and like Rey Mysterio did for years and years.
Who have been your toughest opponents in WWE?
All of them. But if I had to give you two names, I would say John Cena would be the number one. He is the face of the WWE and that is a man who never stops. He’s a machine. The other one would be Rey Mysterio. He is an icon. He’s a legend to all Latin Americans. I’ve had great moments every time I’ve been in the ring with him.
Anyone you haven’t wrestled that you’d like to?
No. I have wrestled everybody in the WWE and everyone that I grew up watching and admiring in Japan and Mexico. All I want to do for the next few years is stay on top and keep wrestling important matches in the WWE.
Do you still have any relationship with your former valet, Ricardo Rodriguez?
No. I fired Ricardo Rodriguez like 3 months ago. I don’t even remember him or even know what he’s doing now. And to be honest, I don’t care.
Any talents you see as the next big Superstars?
We have a lot of talent in NXT and I know a lot of those guys are ready to be the next WWE Superstars. But I can’t mention any names. I just care about Alberto Del Rio and what I’m going to do and where I’m going. But that’s the reason we have NXT, to keep creating Superstars.
We spoke to Vicki Guerrero last week about some of her favorite Eddie Guerrero moments. Were you a fan of his?
Yes, of course. I’m Mexican. I grew up watching him. I saw him several times before he came to WWE or any other company in the US. He wrestled for years and years in Mexico, especially in Ciudad Juarez. I’ve always admired him. He started from the bottom and at the end of his career he was one of the most amazing, most popular Superstars in the world.
Aside from your impending victory over Cena, do you have any Survivor Series predictions?
I don’t even know who else is going to be there. I just care about me and John Cena. The rest of the matches, I don’t care about.
Any parting words for the WWE Universe?
Just keep watching Alberto Del Rio. I’m going to break John Cena’s arm and become the new World Heavyweight Champion at Survivor Series.
Catch WWE Survivor Series on DIRECTV Pay Per View LIVE Sunday, November 24th!