Hammering Down: Rybacks Biggest Fear In The Ring, The Main Event Scene, SmackDown And John Cena’s Record At Extreme Rules
Posted by Van Hammer
There is no question, Ryback has exceptional heel potential. One should only look at his promos and actions in the past week to see he is as intimidating as he was as a face, but now he seems dangerous. Perhaps this is because he has taken a page from two of the brands best heels in recent times, a pre-injury Mark Henry and Champion CM Punk. From Mark Henry, he seems to move at almost a cerebral pace even though his intentions are not of the Harley Race, organized destruction but because he is aiming to beat you until you can’t mount an offense and then finish you. From Punk, he has crossed to the side where he will do anything within his power to inflict pain and get his point across.
I have always thought the man with the plan was the most dangerous. Ric Flair would chop you until your chest was raw, but his focus, like a Bret Hart was to subtly work your legs and knees until it was time to finish you off. Ryback is more Kane than Flair. A monster that continually moves forward. He has astounded us with his obvious power despite always coming up short of the big win. In comes his biggest fear. Ryback should not be facing a Post WrestleMania Cena unless creative is having him go over.
Sure, Cena is banged up. He should take some time off. However, he can’t with Ziggler down and Punk taking some much deserved time off. There is no main event scene. We are used to seeing part time talent at WrestleMania, but at Extreme Rules? HHH vs. Brock Lesnar is a desperately needed second main event because the rest of the card offers very little. Seeing a program with Dolph and Cena while Punk is away would be amazing. Two Champions going at it would raise SmackDown stock tremendously. All these thoughts are on Rybacks mind. He has to look strong even if it means he goes under to Cena because he is not the logical choice, he is a secondary choice to Main Event right now. Think about it, who else could challenge for the world title right now? Even if you started at the Raw after Mania, you couldn’t program a logical feud with Big Show or Orton. Perhaps if we saved Taker and gave him a shot, having him go under to Cena could set up next year’s Main Event.
If Ryback would have only stayed on SmackDown I feel he would have been in a position to dominate now. Bubbling under the radar, a slow building Ryback could have had increasingly meaningful feuds, Imagine a prolonged mid card title on Ryback. He could have raised that stock and went on to win the World Heavyweight title while Dolph went on to pursue the Raw title scene. Now, his MITB was for the World Heavyweight Belt, which he should have been claimed and moved on. The ADR/Swagger feud, which may still be the hottest thing going, could have been red hot without the strap. These mistakes may be the reason Ryback is seen as a contender by creative but never the guy to carry the ball.
It will be interesting seeing where they carry this. I will note that John Cena has never lost at Extreme Rules. So if history tells us anything, Ryback will be cementing his legacy as the Ted Dibiase of the new generation. Always a challenger and never the Champ. Oh, by the way, just for the CeNation haters….
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