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Superstar Ryback: "Pushed too s(m)oon"

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We all know what this about? This is about my boy Ryback having a disappointing 2013, ppv losing streak, and being pushed too s(m)oon! I've stated in the past I'm a big fan of Ryback because he brings something different to my tv screen. He isn't like everyone else. He is a monster!! A monster with a ton of potential to be great. Hell, I did a blog in the past "Booking Ryback to the top." I did last year before he was announced to face Punk at HIAC for the WWE title. Making him the IC champion vs The Miz all the way to winning the prize at Mania. No it wasn't at WM 29 either. In any case, it is time to discuss Ryback:

The beginning: Do we need to start this out talking about the jobbers he beat? No, lets just start where the "push" began! Where? Raws in October of 2012 when an injured John Cena possibly needed a replacement. His replacement? Ryback!! Cena endorsed Ryback to get the WWE title shot to take on CM Punk inside Devil playpen. Feed me more chants roared from the crowd as the announcement was made. I wanted Cena vs Punk at HIAC to end their long feud. For those who don't know, HIAC is the last resort to end a feud. Now days it isn't the case because HIAC is a ppv and guys can have HIAC matches vs their opponents they have never faced. Hell, Ryback vs Punk is a great example of that. Going into the ppv, people talked how WWE can't screw it up. Should Punk drop the belt to Ryback? You know they can't have him lose clean to hurt him. Jericho stated WWE should let Ryback win instantly creating a new star. Screwjob type of finish with Brad Maddox as the ref helped Punk retain.

Instead of Team Punk vs Team Foley, we get a triple threat match for the WWE title. I endorsed it even though others were upset classic Survivor Series match took backseat yet again. I want a champion defending the title on ppvs. The triple threat match of course featured Ryback vs Punk vs Cena. Punk retained yet again thanks to the Shield this time who just debuted for the first time attacking Ryback when he had Cena beat in the middle of the ring. I think we all get it by this time that Ryback isn't going to win the belt, but he gets a rematch at TLC. Punk gets surgery done and was out so he faced the Shield in a 6 man tag TLC match. Ryback's partners were Team Hell No! The Shield won this match in some call, the best debut match of all-time. Have yet to see that match o, my opinion really can't validate it. Ryback however got his rematch against Punk on the 20th anniversary of Monday Night Raw in a TLC match. When you are a kid watching ladder matches, you are asking yourself, why is this dude not going for the belt? Example of this: Knockout ladder match recently on Impact, Taryn Terrell turns around on a ladder reaching for the contract. You knew when she turned around she was going to jump off which she did. Ryback was setting up tables, ladders, steel steps on the outside. You know they would be used. Lights go out as he is climbing the ladder, Shield is of course out there. Costs him yet again another WWE title match.

Royal Rumble, he seemed to me like the only guy who hasn't won the Royal Rumble match in the past to win it. He ended up being in the final 2 only to lose to Cena. Teams up with Cena and Sheamus to take on the Shield. Loses yet again at Elimination Chamber? WM he faced Mark Henry. Mark Henry isn't getting any younger and we all hear the rumors of Ryback's wrestlemania moment lifting a big man. You instantly thought he was going to win the match. Made no sense for him not to. Henry won the match? Why? He is going to face Cena which happened 3 months later after Ryback got his WWE title matches. Which he scored a draw at Extreme Rules in a last man standing match, but turned out losing 2 of 3 matches on the next ppv. Henry lost to Sheamus in a strap match at Extreme Rules. Like Sheamus needed the rub more than Ryback. Ryback lost every ppv match up til July in 2013 when he finally picked up his first ppv win at MITB. Ugh....I had high expectations for Ryback in 2013 to be a top guy in the company.

Turning heel:
Biggest disappointment for me was when he turned heel. Not only did he turn heel, but he faced the top guy. The man in the company on throw away ppvs. Why? Coming off so many losses in a row, why would you put Ryback in the main event vs the top guy? Where does Ryback go from there? Ryback Rules? I love me some FEED ME MORE!! WWE left money on the table with that. Now he is CRYBACK? How much more horrible can it get for one of my favorite talents in over a year. Would you have guessed this? Did you think after that HIAC type of push he got that he would end up being CRYBACK less than a year later? I certainly didn't. It is very disappointing to me. How many WWE title losses can one have? This is why I didn't want him pushed to the moon too quickly. Losses after losses pile up and dream matches later on you can look forward to. Now what dream matches with Ryback do we have now? Ryback vs Orton or Sheamus? That is basically it besides maybe Kane or Big Show. I'd like to see him face RVD at Summerslam, but who knows who he'll face. Will he be on the card? Has anyone had a more disappointing 2013 on WWE's roster? To me when you think of disappointing 2013, it is Ryback!

There you have it!! That is my thoughts on frustration of Ryback in 2013. Agree or disagree? What do you think of Ryback's 2013? What did you think of his heel turn? You like Feed me more or Ryback Rules? Was he pushed too soon? Leave that and more in the comment section below. Thanks for reading!!

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  1. temencer's Avatar
    I gotta agree, I was excited for this beast. WWE needed a new monster. Someone who wasn't full face, but more of that wildcard.

    When they turned Ryback into what he is today it pretty much made a new Khali. Big, strong, monsterous .. jobber. That's what I see. Look at their roster, most of the big guys have fallen to this new Goliath syndrome. It's like they want every big guy to fall to the little guy. Tensi, Clay, Kane, Khali .. heck, even Big Show to some extent with Daniel Bryan.

    I like that they're pushing more than the behemoths in the ring. It's great to see people like DBryan and Ziggler getting more pushes into the champion slots. But I think they're losing out the super-human characters by making it look like any sap can beat them.
  2. Anyrysm's Avatar
    I think their biggest mistake was letting him talk. While he is not repugnant on the mic, he's no Oscar Wilde either. I think they should have just kept him going as the straight ahead monster who uses as few words as possible to make a point. Using this strategy they could have used him against faces or heels without altering his character...just being a monster that destroys anyone and anything in his path.
  3. JohnnyV123's Avatar
    I agree with your thoughts but not that you say he was pushed to the moon. Pushed to the moon would have had him win the belt from CM Punk, beat him in a rematch, then beat Cena multiple times in a feud.

    The problem isn't that they pushed him to the moon, it's that they pushed him hard into the main event and then made him lose every time.

    Pushing him to the moon may have caused backlash as well (like with Jack Swagger) but I think Ryback would be a lot closer to being a star and being a draw if they had done that rather than what they actually chose to do with him.
  4. TheGreatOne's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by temencer
    I gotta agree, I was excited for this beast. WWE needed a new monster. Someone who wasn't full face, but more of that wildcard.

    When they turned Ryback into what he is today it pretty much made a new Khali. Big, strong, monsterous .. jobber. That's what I see. Look at their roster, most of the big guys have fallen to this new Goliath syndrome. It's like they want every big guy to fall to the little guy. Tensi, Clay, Kane, Khali .. heck, even Big Show to some extent with Daniel Bryan.

    I like that they're pushing more than the behemoths in the ring. It's great to see people like DBryan and Ziggler getting more pushes into the champion slots. But I think they're losing out the super-human characters by making it look like any sap can beat them.
    Guys like Kane/Big Show who have been around since the 90s. They are so established them losing to guys to me really doesn't hurt them. It is there job to help build new stars. Khali isn't a good wrestler at all and really can't take the beating he used to. Which is why he is where he is. Tensai has never been money, he did have some good feuds and runs such as with T&A along with his Smackdown run in 03. He was never a main event level guy like Kane/Big Show.

    I'd like to see Ryback get a rub from Big Show/Kane/among others. Hell, I was campaigning basically for Big Show vs Ryback at WM this year, but I thought Mark Henry was a good replacement. However, he lost? Hopefully he can recover. I hate this bully type of character who is a coward as well. See what he did to that guy in the back putting him through the table. Faces Mark Henry and leaves this past week on Raw. Makes 0 sense....imagine if he doesn't make the Summerslam card. That would suck!!
  5. TheGreatOne's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Anyrysm
    I think their biggest mistake was letting him talk. While he is not repugnant on the mic, he's no Oscar Wilde either. I think they should have just kept him going as the straight ahead monster who uses as few words as possible to make a point. Using this strategy they could have used him against faces or heels without altering his character...just being a monster that destroys anyone and anything in his path.
    I agree!!!!!!
  6. TheGreatOne's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by JohnnyV123
    I agree with your thoughts but not that you say he was pushed to the moon. Pushed to the moon would have had him win the belt from CM Punk, beat him in a rematch, then beat Cena multiple times in a feud.

    The problem isn't that they pushed him to the moon, it's that they pushed him hard into the main event and then made him lose every time.

    Pushing him to the moon may have caused backlash as well (like with Jack Swagger) but I think Ryback would be a lot closer to being a star and being a draw if they had done that rather than what they actually chose to do with him.
    Who did he feud with before that big match at HIAC? Jobbers, no meaningful feud up to that time. He has had more WWE title matches than anyone has since HIAC. I can see your point, but with no real backstory behind Ryback.....pushing him into main event matches left and right to me was pushing him to the moon and yes I believe it was too soon. Which is why I used it as a catchy title.

    I see what your saying and I agree though. Losing has hurt him, which is why I decided it was time to talk about Ryback. Most disappointing to me of 2013. Ziggler is close too because he is my favorite. He just loses every single damn match. It is ridiculous. That is what I was thinking when Big E pinned him on Raw.
  7. dafunks's Avatar
    Agreed. Great post by the way..

    I think he looks like a joke now. No wonder we all think he sucks. They took from nothing to the very top way to quick. He also had nowhere to go after that.

    He could have been great! He still can. I think he needs time off (3-6 months) and he comes back to start again.

    WWE needs someone like him. They just need to use him right.
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