Ryback’s week began on Smackdown in a backstage segment. The Big Guy, as he now calls himself, has always been seen as someone with poor mic skills. That is why this segment was so interesting. Ryback interviewed a local Canadian wrestler to show off his skills. I was actually impressed and found Ryback to be pretty entertaining in this segment.
While WWE fans were not expecting to see Ryback at Night of Champions, it seemed fairly obvious Paul Heyman had a plan. After CM Punk eliminated Curtis Axel from the match, he began the beatdown on Heyman. I had a feeling Heyman would win. I had read, prior to the event, people thinking there would be a new Paul Heyman guy. We learned that Ryback is that new guy as he helped Heyman defeat Punk.
On Raw, Ryback and Heyman addressed the WWE Universe and bragged a bit on the defeat of Punk. The end of this segment was strange as Heyman gave Ryback a kiss on the cheek. It certainly showed the new friendship of Heyman and Ryback (Heyback?), but the choice of a kiss was weird.
Becoming a client of Heyman’s has to put Ryback in a great situation. As regular fans know, Ryback had a great start as a babyface, but was pushed too much too soon. Then, he turned heel and hasn’t gotten very far since. When Vickie Guerrero was fired as Raw general manager, I thought she would begin to manage Ryback. Instead, she became the cougar in charge of Smackdown and Ryback was left alone.
It seems logical that Ryback will now feud with Punk on Heyman’s behalf. Some fans may not like this since these two were feuding during Ryback’s pushed too much too soon time. However, with Heyman on his side, Ryback will get built stronger on the mic by his manager. When Punk was squaring off with Axel, I felt as though as the Straightedge Savior was way above on another level. Ryback has to be considered a bigger threat than Axel.
All clients of Heyman have reached a lot of success. From Steve Austin and Rick Rude to Punk and Axel. The current Intercontinental Champion was never on WWE TV until he was paired with Heyman.
What does this mean for Ryback’s future? Right now, all of the championships are held by heels except the WWE title, which is vacant. With Daniel Bryan and Randy Orton feuding over that championship, Ryback may not get a shot for some time. In the short term, a feud with Punk is where Ryback will be. In the long term though, perhaps Ryback will take Axel’s place as midcard champion.
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