Mason Ryan hasn’t done much of note on either Raw or SmackDown as of late, and it seems as if he’s become yet another forgotten WWE star.
However, that changed over the weekend, when Ryan served as Dolph Ziggler’s “bodyguard” at live events. This has led to speculation that Ryan would start performing in that role on TV, too.
Things were made a little more complicated, however, when Ryan appeared in a backstage segment with A.W., Epico, Primo and Rosa Mendes during Ziggler’s match on Monday’s Raw, which could have meant a number of different things.
So, just what’s up with Ryan these days? Let’s find out.
We noted yesterday that Mason Ryan’s role as Dolph Ziggler’s new bodyguard was up in the air after it was tested out at RAW live events over the weekend. Mason briefly appeared in a backstage segment with Abraham Washington on RAW and a source reports that Ryan will actually be managed by Washington, unless things change between now and next week’s RAW. Apparently officials decided to keep Ziggler with Vickie Guerrero and Jack Swagger.
Given that Ryan once turned on Ziggler and Swagger, I’m not sure that I would have liked the lack of continuity in a storyline that saw him decide to now join a stable with those two.
But Ryan joining A.W.’s stable? I can get on board with that.
What should creative do with Mason Ryan?
While I’m not crazy about Ryan’s in-ring work, it’s no secret that I’m a big fan of stables, and I like that the WWE seems to be creating a new one with the man formerly known as Abraham Washington leading the charge.
Stables certainly have a place in pro wrestling, and I think it could work well if Ryan served as the bodyguard of sorts in that stable. He could essentially do for Epico, Primo and all of A.W.’s other clients what Lord Tensai is doing for John Laurinaitis.
That is, the dirty work.
Pairing up Ryan with Ziggler wouldn’t have worked, at least in my view, because I feel like Ziggler’s already being held back in Vickie Guerrero’s stable. Adding Ryan to the mix would have only made matters worse.
If Ryan does end up aligning himself with A.W., I’ll give it a chance and see where it goes.
We need managers, and we need stables. Until they flop, let’s hope that they can succeed.