What Ryback Must Do to Get Over in WWE

Michael Guadalupe@The_GuadaFeatured ColumnistDecember 6, 2012

Photo courtesy of WWE
Photo courtesy of WWE

Ryback has been building momentum in the WWE for months now, and he will be thrown into the spotlight during the TLC pay-per-view.

And while he may get a reaction from some fans, Ryback is still not completely over in the WWE.

At Hell in a Cell for example, the crowd barely reacted as he battled with CM Punk in Satan's Structure.

Ryback has a lot of work to do if the WWE plans to get him over with a majority of the fans. 

The WWE continues to put Ryback in the spotlight, and it believes he can be an asset to the company.

Ryback may get a reaction out of a crowd when he does his "feed me more" chant, but how long will it last?  If the WWE plans to truly get Ryback over, there are several things that need to be done before Ryback will ever be a top wrestler.


Still Too Green

Ryback is a one man wrecking machine, but he isn't a great wrestler.

Sure, he can beat the hell out of his opponents and seems to run through everybody he goes up against, but is that the extent of his ability?

It became boring watching Ryback squash local jobbers, and now it has become boring watching Ryback go up against wrestlers like Tensai and squash them as well.

He is limited in his move set and is still too green to wrestle a real match.  He's botched his finisher several times in the past, and he has a lot of work to do before he can wrestle like a top star.

He has wrestled against some of the current top talent, but wrestlers like CM Punk and Cena held Ryback through the pay-per-view matches he was involved in.

He is too green, and his one-man-wrecking-machine in-ring style can only last so long before watching Ryback becomes stale and boring, if it hasn't already.

One thing Ryback needs to do to get over in the WWE is become more of a wrestler.  Destroying competition in ring Goldberg-like can only last so long before it becomes old, especially since we already saw it done years ago.

He is equally just as green in the ring as he is on the mic.  Maybe Ryback is one of those people who yells when he talks, or perhaps it's just part of his personality, but his mic abilities need work, and he needs to be more than just a screaming wrecking machine.

It's great that he is a big wrestler, but to be one with talent is something entirely different.  He seems too robotic, and too much like a cookie cutter version of Goldberg, both with his wrestling and mic abilities.

As Ryback evolves as a wrestler he will gain in-ring experience and improve his promos, which will help him get over more in the WWE.


Finding A Place

Ryback went from squashing local jobbers on a weekly basis to being thrown into the main event spotlight.  He has come up through the WWE ranks fast, and still hasn't found a place to develop.

With Royal Rumble around the corner and the Rock already guaranteed a title shot at the Royal Rumble, it's hard to imagine Ryback continuing a feud with Punk.

So where will he go now?

Ryback still needs to find his place in the WWE and develop a decent feud that can last longer than a couple of months.  He was a replacement for John Cena at Hell in a Cell, and now the WWE is slowly easing him back down the ranks.

Once Ryback can get into a solid feud with another wrestler and find some solid ground in the WWE instead of shifting around and filling in as a replacement, he can easily start to get over more.

It's hard for a wrestler to get over when it's clear he is being used as a replacement.

Ryback will more than likely go back to some type of midcard status, where he can develop more as a wrestler and hopefully get over more before moving up to a main event again.


WrestleMania Moment

Daniel Pena over at WrestlingInc.com reported that one possible plan for Ryback at WrestleMania would be to have him face the Big Show and have his WrestleMania moment by putting Show on his shoulders for his finisher.

A WrestleMania moment for Ryback would help get him over with the WWE fans.  Of course pairing up Ryback with a seasoned veteran like the Big Show would help him improve, but watching Ryback hoist Show on his shoulders and march around the ring with him would be something to see.

Big Show used to give John Cena a couple of WrestleMania moments and without a doubt played a big role in helping Cena get to the level where he is now.

Big Show could do for Ryback what he was able to do with Cena and help him get over in the WWE.

Ryback is clearly becoming a fan favorite, but he still needs work in order to get over in WWE.  He gets compared to Goldberg a lot, and he will never fully get over if he cannot separate himself from the comparisons.

Becoming a better wrestler overall, finding a place in the WWE, and having a WrestleMania moment of his own would help Ryback get over.