Ryback’s heel turn is set in full motion, as seen from his mistreatment-induced betrayal on John Cena. In an attempt to solidify his position as a major heel, Ryback has been more vocal on his position to overtake the throne; both in and out of the ring. Does he deserve what he says he does? Could he possibly been seen as a legitimate contender for the WWE Championship?
Regardless of how over Ryback is, he has failed to impress. With his constant sloppiness in the ring and overly contrived promos – there is little reason to get behind his flat character. There is, however, a steady development in the latter part of the complaints. This past week, Ryback proved he can deliver a convincing promo. By no means was this the best promo, but most likely the best he can deliver. I contribute the success of the segment to Mick Foley. Every time Foley is brought in to further a feud, he brings the best out of his disputer. The back and forth between Ryback and Foley really brought an authentic dynamic to the segment, which was rather enjoyable.
Despite this, there is still a glaring problem with the entire feud between Ryback and John Cena. How likely is it that Cena would lose the belt? Recently attaining the championship in a passing of the torch moment, Cena is undoubtedly in line for a long run with the title. Ryback bringing this reign to a halt does absolutely nothing to rebuild Cena. Defeating the Rock, only to lose to Ryback a month later. Also, should Ryback lose, this would bring his PPV lose record to a staggering 6. Once again, it is a double-edged sword.
I’m not a huge fan of The Shield being used as a tool to legitimize this feud either, but I digress.
I am simply not sold on Ryback, and I doubt this program will help change that. There is time for progression, but for now, he just leaves me hungry for something more.