For those of you who have been tuning into WWE Raw each week, let me shed some light on the current situation.
Ryback, formerly known as Skip Sheffield out of the first season of NXT, is battling CM Punk for the WWE Title at Hell in a Cell in a little under two weeks.
Let me quote the Miz: "Really?!"
Before I begin ranting and have readers claim I am writing this for reads, let me justify my case in a professional manner. Ryback is not ready for a title shot, let alone the main event spotlight. John Cena is hurt and will not be ready for Hell in a Cell or he would be wrestling Punk once again.
Cena and Punk have had battles that will be remembered by most wrestling fans. Their clash at Money in the Bank in 2011 was one of the best matches I have ever seen as a longtime wrestling enthusiast.
Granted, the Punk/Cena matches have been going on for a while and the feud is still hot and a big part of WWE's program. Inserting a green, monster, Goldberg lookalike is a joke to the guys who have been there for years trying to reach the point Ryback is at, but who still look up to the wrestling gods from below.
There is another article that was published today that was asking if Ryback is ready for CM Punk.
Over the past year and a half, Punk has finally gotten over with the WWE community and brass after years of hard work and dedication to the business. Someone with as much talent as Punk should have been in the main event scene a year and a half into the business. Off of my soapbox, Ryback doesn't deserve the spotlight.
Daniel Bryan, Cody Rhodes, Dolph Ziggler, to some extent Kofi Kingston, Christian upon his injury, Antonio Cesaro (with more time), Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins and more very talented wrestlers have worked way harder than Ryback to make a decent living, let alone fight for a major belt in WWE.
There is one form of credit that I can give to Ryback and that is his yearning for success in this business—not for the money, but for the passion. That is one thing Goldberg didn't have, which will make Ryback more successful in the long run.
Hell in a Cell will be taking place in under two weeks. Currently, the only push behind Ryback was Cena's chant of "Feed Me More" during the last episode of Raw and Vince McMahon's fondness of large pecs and a ferocious demeanor on television.
His size is impeccable, he can sell a face/monster very well, but the most important facet in wrestling—the actual wrestling part—is not there yet.
He debuted on April 6th, 2012 as Ryback. Six months have passed and we have seen him wrestle a couple legitimate opponents—the Colons, Dolph Ziggler and the Miz.
Other than that, "scrubs" have come in and were the victim of a 15-second match with the beast. 15 seconds? Let's see him in a match over the seven-minute mark and then I'll be impressed.
With CM Punk, the result is a bit predictable. It will not end cleanly unless they want Punk to look immortal. Expect a dirty finish with a possible appearance from Cena or McMahon. I can assure you one thing: Regardless of what is said, wrestlers cannot be happy with Ryback's position in the company considering how quickly he got there.
Ryback isn't ready, yet McMahon believes he is the main event talent he has been searching for since Goldberg or Batista.
I guess Daniel Bryan wasn't enough.
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