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WWE: Ryback to Cryback, Will He Ever Be the Monster WWE Want Him to Be?

On RAW we saw the continuation of the feud between Chris Jericho and Ryback through a match Ryback had against Miz where at the matches conclusion Ryback took a Codebreaker from Jericho. It was very simple stuff that furthered the hype for their match at Money in The Bank. Once that match ended, it left a bad taste in the mouth of some fans and even worse, it could’ve soured some fans towards Ryback permanently. It’s not as if Ryback critics didn’t exist before this all happened, but now they have another reason to state that he just won’t do as the top monster in WWE.

Shortly after Miz caught Ryback’s knee in this situation, Ryback quit.

Lets start with what he did last Monday, he did something I’ve never seen someone playing the “monster” character do when he quit a match. Now I don’t know about you but when I see someone who has been built up as an unstoppable monster quit a match against a guy like Miz it takes a lot away from him. Now, I mean no offense to Miz as I’m a Miz fan but there’s no reason Ryback should lose to a mid carder with no sense of character direction, let alone by forfeiture. Can you picture Mark Henry giving up a match halfway through for whatever reason? When someone quits on their team in other sports, nobody looks at them as a leader. For example, a few years back Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler was accused of giving up on his team in the playoffs, and nobody has really fully trusted him since. What I’m trying to say is if Ryback quits a match now, will he quit again?

Another place Ryback gives me pause is his booking on PPV. He has been involved in several PPV matches including a few WWE title opportunities, and he hasn’t won any of them. After awhile it becomes a little pathetic when your big bad monster can’t win when the slightest bit of pressure is on in a match. So lets say Ryback beats Chris Jericho at Money in The Bank and then gets a WWE title match at the next PPV, SummerSlam if I’m not mistaken. Will anyone seriously think he can beat John Cena just because he wins a lot on TV? I certainly won’t. After all, the last PPV match I remember him winning was when he won at last years Money in The Bank against Curt Hawkins and Tyler Reks. When your main event monster can’t win a match that’s worth a damn on a PPV you’re in trouble and so is he.

Will Ryback be able to recover from this incident? Is this even a major occurrence or just a one time thing that will soon be swept under the rug as just one moment in the eventually successful career of “Big Hungry”? For the WWE answer we only have to wait until RAW, but you can answer that question for yourself in the comments below.

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  • Kevin Berge

    Ryback is a case of people being way too laser focused on a particular part of a man’s career. People act like Ryback losing all these PPVs is not only a failure of his character but a failure of the wrestler. If WWE didn’t want him to succeed, he wouldn’t be so often used. He’s lost almost no matches on TV. His matches on PPV since his first loss at Hell in a Cell have all been incredibly competitive. He’s losing because the stories in place demanded it. He couldn’t defeat Punk because Punk’s WWE Title reign couldn’t be stopped. He couldn’t win the Royal Rumble because that was Cena’s night. He couldn’t defeat the Shield to fuel his anger, leading to his eventual heel turn.

    On to Cryback. I like the character. It seems a bit soon to change his character, but Ryback is showing he has a lot more depth than just being a monster. The idea is that his losses are building up to injuries that he’s never felt before. He feels frazzled, and Jericho is playing it up against him. It allows Ryback to show he actually can really sell a somewhat comedic character without it being too much. He still feels credible and dangerous without just being the big bad heel like most men his size would become.

    I have not seen one thing that tells me Ryback is in the dog house or that he’s failed in any way. In fact, his matches and promos have shown again and again lately that he has improved leaps and bounds. This character seems to finally be a unique evolution of Ryback, showing his cutting corners attempts turning against him. It’s character evolution not failure because he can’t win on PPV.

  • Josh Rushinock

    I was worried about the dude as well, but I recently heard both Ryback and Triple H say that he was “A life-time player in the WWE”. Due to this, I’m operating on faith that this isn’t his end.

  • Sean Linhares

    God, what the fuck is up with Ryback. Like 3 weeks ago he was wrestling for the WE Title. Now, he’s quiting cuz of a slight knee tweak to THE MIZ. With all due respect to the Miz, cuz I like him, he’s just not the guy that should be beating someone in the position like Ryback the way he did. UGH. Just as I start liking Ryback he turns into a total bitch. Struggle is real dude.