While Ryback’s push was certainly a polarizing topic among fans, the vast majority of WWE fans were excited about his series with Punk. A better than expected Hell in a Cell buyrate ensured a one-on-one rematch that was never to be. The WWE will either write another chapter or close the book on January 7, 2013.
The match was set up on the live edition of this week’s WWE SmackDown. Ryback confronted Punk who demanded his promised championship match and said he wanted it on the January 7 2013 edition of WWE Monday Night RAW. In a segment taped for next week’s RAW it was confirmed that the match would be the same Tables, Ladders, and Chairs match that Ryback was promised at TLC.
The match seems like a RAW ratings home run before you look at the television schedule for January 7. RAW will be going head-to-head with the BCS championship game. RAW always takes a hit from the BCS title game but when you add Notre Dame to the mix, RAW has the potential to get slaughtered. It is certainly a risky proposition putting such a high profile match on a night where you know you will be losing a big chunk of your audience.
The obvious result here is Punk going over. Plans are already set in motion for Punk vs. The Rock at the 2013 Royal Rumble. But does the WWE shock the world on this night? Could they swerve everyone and put the title on Ryback to try and steal some of the BCS audience and get some attention? I do think Punk goes over but I wouldn’t be shocked to see some kind of one-two week title reign from Ryback. They could even put the match on early to get some attention and put it back on Punk by the end of the night. In other words I don’t think the result is as predictable as people really think it is.
Unfortunately the window of opportunity has closed on Ryback. I thought they should have capitalized while he was red hot and put the title on him at Hell in a Cell and give it back to Punk by the Rumble. Ryback has already lost to Punk and just came out of TLC a loser. A clean loss here would be tough for Ryback to recover from, yet at the same time it isn’t worth it for the WWE to completely change plans and make the switch.
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