Everyone knows that when Vince McMahon is determined to make something work, he is going to be stubborn about admitting failure. This couldn’t be more true in the case of Ryback. The company gave him countless opportunities to try and get over; as both a babyface and a heel. Yet, time and time again he failed to get any response from the crowd other than the usual “Goldberg” chants. Because he has that WWE “look”, though, he is granted countless chances. Some of what bothers me the most about this is that guys like Drew McIntyre, Kofi Kingston, Zack Ryder, and countless others received ONE small opportunity from the company and when they didn’t immediately get over were sent to the back of the line. While a guy like Ryback gets countless chances, in the main event no less, and fail, but get to stay at the top of the line.
On top of the tremendous lack of ability to get over with crowds and mediocre ring work, the thing that bothers me most about Ryback is his attitude. It was reported exclusively on WNW Premium (if you haven’t become a premium member you should go do that immediately following finishing this article, just click the link) around a week ago that Ryback’s attitude backstage was, what I consider to be, unacceptable. Ryback bumped CM Punk wrong, dropping him through a table wrong, and could have seriously injured him. Luckily, Punk was just a little rattled physically. Now, guys have gotten put in the doghouse or even fired for less for doing the same to Randy Orton. But hold on! That isn’t where the story ends, when Ryback was told he messed up on the bump he said, “Punk should bump better.” Implying that it was some how Punk’s fault for being thrown through a table the wrong way. When Punk found out what Ryback said, he went to have words with Ryback and it almost became a physical altercation. My question is, what has Ryback thinking he is untouchable like that? The guy needs a serious humbling.
The word around is that this was Ryback’s “last big shot” and I say he blew it. Problem is he is in the middle of a storyline with CM Punk and Paul Heyman. So what can be done? Here are the who, what, where, when, how of how I would handle this:
Have Punk just beat the holy hell out of Ryback at Battleground. And I mean squash him good. Then the following night on Raw you can bring in a new Paul Heyman guy; having Heyman abandon Ryback because he isn’t able to protect Heyman anymore. Paul can then go around begging superstars to help defend him from Punk. Ryback gets written out, we get a new Paul Heyman guy, and a superstar who is more humble and less dangerous gets a push. Sounds like a win/win to me. This also helps prolong the Paul Heyman/CM Punk angle longer.
This is an interesting question because you want to use a superstar who is worthy of being considered a “Paul Heyman guy” and to be able to work with CM Punk believably, but you don’t want it to be a big name talent because you want this superstar to get a push out of the angle. Three names come immediately: Mason Ryan, Big E Langston, and Dolph Ziggler. Mason Ryan has been off the WWE radar, and television, for a very long time. He is a big guy with that “WWE look” Vince loves, but has more potential and has no where to go but up. Big E Langston is in a bit of a no man’s where his angle with Dolph Ziggler and AJ Lee is over, he could use direction and working with Punk and Heyman would be huge for his career. Last, I threw out Dolph Ziggler, who would be my personal choice. Dolph is being humble by the company right now, but I say it’s time to take the talented guy out and put the useless guy in. Dolph would fit in perfectly with Paul Heyman and CM Punk. His in ring skills work beautifully with Punk’s and his attitude and mic work can hold their own with Heyman and Punk. It all makes perfect sense.
I have a major problem with the way Ryback acted backstage and I have seen superstars be fired for a lot less. On top of seriously endangering the health of one of their biggest names, when it came time to man up and apologize for his mistake, Ryback insulted Punk then almost got into a fist fight with the guy he just put in danger. If this doesn’t reek of needing to eat some humble pie I don’t know what does. What bothers me is guys like Dolph Ziggler are in the dog house for minuscule reasons, but Ryback gets to maintain his main event rivalry? Not acceptable.