Ryback – The Next Heyman Guy

One of the biggest non-surprises in WWE history occurred on Sunday night when Paul Heyman’s newest talent was revealed to be Ryback. Just when it looked like it was curtains for Heyman, Ryback came out to make the save, driving CM Punk through a table and bringing another leg to this intriguing feud. But what next for Ryback? What next for CM Punk? Is this a wise move on WWE’s part, or just another catastrophic mistake? I delve into what I think of the future of this feud and Ryback’s involvement.

Ryback Punk

Before I start, I want to make it clear that this is not meant to come across as a total Ryback bashing. It’s no secret that I am not a fan of his work, I feel the man is wooden in the ring, has no personality, and his feed me more chants from his first run were always more over than he ever has been. However, I would like to think somehow there is some glimmer of hope that there is a positive in all this. That glimmer of hope is the fact Ryback may be made more relevant just simply for working with Paul Heyman. Is that enough to save his so far dyer run as a main event talent? Probably not, but it may buy Ryback more time to establish himself and save himself from becoming just another failed statistic.

With Heyman on the mic on Raw I hoped there may be potential for explaining why Ryback became a Paul Heyman guy. It’s no secret Curtis Axel has not quite lived up to expectation, although on Sunday he showed he is capable of more and showed promise. What I saw on Raw pretty much allowed me to see what I can only describe as a car hurtling towards a disaster crash. Not even Heyman could stop the Goldberg chants from happening, and then to see Heyman lower himself to the level of kissing Ryback filled me with dread and fear. I see no logic why Heyman would pick up a guy like Ryback to be his next big thing.

Ryback Heyman

What does all this mean for CM Punk? After all, we have already seen Ryback face Punk previously during the historic 434 day WWE Championship reign of CM Punk, and the matches did not set the world on fire in terms of Ryback’s work. Ryback is a sloppy worker in the ring, he has been careless in the past, and couldn’t even have a good match with the top 2 workers this year in Chris Jericho and Daniel Bryan. Luckily for Ryback, he will be working with CM Punk, a man who will not hold back on voicing his opinion should Ryback blow a spot or not pull his weight during this feud. The thought of these two having to face off again doesn’t excite me much, having already seen this happen around 12 months ago.

The one good thing to come out of Sunday was we did not see Punk on Raw the following night, which sold the injuries received from being put through the table by Ryback. It allows WWE to plant the seed for Punk to come back and either attack Ryback or interrupt him and Heyman during a promo. But what of Curtis Axel? Will he fit somewhere into the equation on this? I expect we may see him involved as part of a tag team with Ryback for the next few weeks, which allows for a build toward Survivor Series. I anticipate a traditional style match being made between Team Heyman of Heyman, Axel, Ryback, and maybe Lesnar facing Team Punk, which I imagine will consist of CM Punk, Kofi Kingston, and two other stars with history with either Heyman or one of the other members of his team.

I'm A Paul Heyman Guy

All this is of course a build up toward a potential feud going forward between Brock Lesnar and Ryback. I expect to see this match go down at Wrestlemania with the seeds being planted at the Royal Rumble and growing from there. Sadly this is not really a match I want to see, but equally it may benefit Ryback more given the fact it is likely to be a fight more than a wrestling match. I hope Lesnar learnt something from his feud with CM Punk and will start to have wrestling matches going forward, but if he faces Ryback I would rather see a fight. I expect a feud between the two men sees Ryback as the face, because Vince probably hopes it will somehow get Ryback over with the crowd, which I somehow see as unlikely.

I quite honestly don’t really see how Ryback is going to benefit this feud. I would have preferred to see someone new get a shot like Kassius Ohno or Corey Graves, who could easily have great matches with Punk, and bring a different dimension to the feud. Ryback unfortunately just does nothing for me and I fear this may well be Heyman’s first failure in a long time. I hope I am wrong but I honestly don’t hold out much hope for the future of this feud given Ryback’s involvement.

What are your thoughts on Ryback becoming the new Paul Heyman guy? Is this a bright move on WWE’s part? Or is it in fact just another example of Vince being out of touch with what his audience wants? As always, I look forward to seeing your thoughts on the future of this feud. Over the weekend I will be delving into the current WWE Championship situation and giving my thoughts on whether or not this is ruining the hard work that went into making it so relevant again.

  • robert delgado

    You got all that right! Skippy shi*field is a wooden worker. It doesn’t help that Mc Mahon loves this guy behind the scenes like a second Cena. Mc Mahon can’t see, good or bad Ryback (Cryback) will never get over because he has the personality of a toaster. As for Cryback or Mcgillicutty Axel, I see them ending up in TNA if its still there in 6 months. They are NOT Paul Heyman worthy. Heyman’s too far above them both. We need a next BIG thing that would make Broccoli Lesnar jealous with anger to turn on Heyman.

    • Jamie Welton

      Thanks RObert, glad to see someone sees Ryback in a similar fashion to myself. Why Vince chooses to love him so much we can all only guess, but clearly he sees something we don’t, although I fail to begin to imagine what it is. Picking the next proper Heyman guy is a difficult one because Punk was a legit Heyman guy from day 1 of the new ECW, not many other talents have anywhere near that relationship with Heyman to make it believabel or legit, so they are starting off on a back foot as it is. Sadly it does seem we will probably end up with Lesnar vs. Ryback at Mania, at which point I will spend time twiddling my thumbs.

  • robert delgado

    I understand Mc Mahon wanted to make Skippy Shi*field into the next George the Animal Steele. Have you heard of that too? I can only think these big jacked up guys with ugly faces are the types Mc Mahon likes. I still think Cryback has less talent and ring ability than Cena, and that says a lot because I think very poorly of Cena. Cena is our generations Hulk hogan.

    • Jamie Welton

      Can't say as I heard that Robert but the diffrence between Ryback and Steele is I would rather see Steele work this angle! It's no secret Vince is a fan of the muscular guys – Just look at some of the guys who get a push. Agree with you that Cena is our generations Hogan, however thats not always a negative thing as there is always going to be someone who has to take on that mantle. Guys like Bryan and Punk who work hard to get to the top are getting a chance, but they will never be the face of Vince McMahon's WWE. Triple H may have a diffrent view, btu while Vince is around I do not believe this will change

  • Amaan

    I agree with all the comments. Ryback is a dud and a complete failure part of me thinks this could just be the thing that gets him over but I will have to wait and see for what's instore the next few weeks and where creative goes with it. Vince must have been salivating when he saw Ryback the perfect model of a VKM 'superstar' but thank god it was a bust! It also makes me laugh that everyone backstage knows that Punk is not gonna keep his mouth shut when it comes to when and if Ryback makes a mistake nothing against the guy personally the gimmick is just terrible!

    • Jamie Welton

      Amaan, you point is totally valid about waiting to see where this goes – Who knows, I maybe writing something in a few weeks time about how Ryback has finally come out the shell and shown what he can do. However, I personally am not holding my breath. VInce knows talent, theres no question of that, however I think even the master of the show gets it worng sometimes and I believe he knows Ryback is failing, hence why he is just trying to push him on us. I would love to see what happens backstage with Punk should anything happen as you know Ryback will not have a good experience by the end of it. The gimmick does not work for me either, but neither did Skip Sheffield.

  • TheTruth

    #1 hiS name iS Ryan ReeveS, not Skip Sheffield. #2 When he waS face, everyone loved him even Cena waS complimenting him. Then all of a Sudden they turned him heel. The heel turn waS their miStake. All they need to do iS make him face and fight Brock LeSnar at WM 30. That WILL get Ryan ReeveS aka Ryback the reSpect he deServeS.
    Think outSide the box and look at what Ryback bringS to the table. He iS near Goldberg'S height and weighS 291 lbS. That'S 11 poundS more than Goldberg and 4 leSS than LeSnar. Which pointS out the fact that he haS the beSt of both Goldberg and LeSnar. He haS GoldbergS toughneSS and LeSnar'S Size. Ryback iS probably the deadlieSt wreStler in a LONG LONG time if not, EVER. With the right puSh, he could and would be the BEST EVER in another 10-15 yearS.