Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Feed Me Champs

Ryback vs. the Miz
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By Kevin Hunsperger
@kevinhunsperger & @my123cents on Twitter

I'm not going to lie, I am not a big fan of Ryback.  To be fair, I wasn't a fan of Skip Sheffield (Ryback's previous character) either.  I just haven't been able to buy into this character.  Yeah, there's a lot of comparing to Goldberg, who I wasn't a fan of either.  Maybe that's why I was hoping they'd take Ryback in a different direction when he returned.

For the last several months, Ryback has eaten his competition alive.  Indie talent like "Jay" Heath Hatton and Aaron Relic (aka Ace Hawkins) have been victims of the beast.  WWE ham and eggers like Heath Slater, Jinder Mahal, and JTG have also fallen to Ryback.  On Monday, September 24, Ryback finally got his biggest competition since his matches with Jack Swagger.  Not only did he pin Intercontinental champion, the Miz, he annihilated him.  This to me was very disappointing.  I did not expect the Miz to be the one to end the streak, but I didn't think he'd get beaten so soundly and so quickly either.  Luckily for the WWE Universe this was a non-title match.

Ryback vs. the Miz
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It appears that victory was mere appetizer for the superstar who wants the WWE to feed him more.  As Raw ended and CM Punk attacked Mick Foley, the champ turned around and looked shocked.  Honestly I was expecting either the Rock, the Undertaker, or "Stone Cold" Steve Austin to be standing there.  To me, any one of those guys would have been a major surprise and would elicit the reaction Punk gave.  Instead it was a wheezing and snorting Ryback.  Huh?

I know no one from WWE Creative will read this, but if it does happen to end up in front of someone on the team, please for the love of God, don't do this.  Ryback's assent has been weak in my view.  He needed a better balance of mid to upper talent before sinking his teeth into a couple of champions.  Perhaps though this will be the way the WWE ends the streak.  Punk, in his quest for respect, beats the guy the WWE Universe views as unbeatable.  Now he'll get our respect, right?  Right?

It'll be interesting to see where this angle heads, as Punk seems to be on the Mick Foley's list as well as John Cena's.  What's in store for the champ?  Only time will tell.


  1. They'll book a HITC match... that same ref will screw up, allowing Heyman henchmen to enter the ring and help CM Punk beat up Ryback. They will give a DQ and Ryback's undefeated streak will be preserved... and that should buy enough time for Cena to work his way back.

    1. Eh, only problem with this theory is that Hell in a Cell matches are traditionally No-DQ. I don't see that rule changing for this match. Besides, so far, it doesn't appear that Heyman has any henchmen to speak of. There are many reasons the story won't play out like this.