Is Ricardo Rodriguez destined to be the next sidekick that forges his own path?

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September 05, 2012

From the shadows to the spotlight

Ricardo Rodriguez can look to WWE's past for a blueprint on how to break out and achieve success apart from Alberto Del Rio. Previous WWE Superstars and Divas have risen from lower roles and less recognizable positions to win titles, compete on The Grandest Stage of Them All and etch their names into WWE lore.

As bodyguard for “The Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase, Virgil was tasked with carrying the rich man’s money and battling some of WWE’s greatest Superstars, in an effort to soften them up for his nefarious employer. Eventually, Virgil turned on DiBiase, defeating him at WrestleMania VII and winning the Million Dollar Title at SummerSlam 1991. He would later challenge Bret Hart for the WWE Championship and he also notch another Show of Shows win at WrestleMania VIII. But Virgil wasn’t the only former henchman to go on to great success.

Hailing from Detroit, Diesel first appeared on the WWE landscape as a bodyguard to Shawn Michaels. While working side by side with Michaels, Big Daddy Cool was able to become an Intercontinental Champion and WWE Tag Team Champion. But after the alliance between Michaels and Diesel dissolved, Diesel went on to much greater success, winning the WWE Championship and defeating his ex–best friend HBK to defend his title at WrestleMania XI.

After a long stint as a manager, accompanying Test & Albert, Val Venis and others, Trish Stratus took her talents inside the ring and reached the pinnacle of WWE, winning the WWE Women’s Championship seven times and going down in history as “Diva of the Decade.” Not many would have expected such lofty achievements from Stratus early in her career.

Other sidekicks, managers and supporting characters have risen to stars in their own right: Road Dogg, Hornswoggle, Lita, Spike Dudley, the list goes on. It’s not a huge stretch to think Ricardo Rodriguez has the ability to succeed like these Superstars. After all, he’s already shown the ability to shine on his own when given the chance.

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