WWE Money in the Bank 2012: How About Some "Real" Competition for Ryback?

Alfred KonuwaFeatured ColumnistJuly 14, 2012

WWE Money in the Bank 2012: How About Some "Real" Competition for Ryback?

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    It has been, what, three months since Ryback made his debut with the WWE? And with Ryback easily dominating squash matches against one, and at times two competitors, the worst kept secret in the WWE is that the office fully intends for this monster to be the heir apparent to John Cena. 

    Whether or not this works out has yet to be determined, however, the time has come for Ryback to begin winning matches against talent who even hardcore wrestling fans have heard of before rather than the local jobbers from obscure independents. 

    For the past few pay-per-views, Ryback has been featured as the protagonist in unannounced squash matches to fill time.  And while a likely appearance on Money in the Bank would serve as yet another unannounced squash match, perhaps this is where the WWE could start a pattern of a consistent spike in competition for their breakout star in waiting.

Heath Slater

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    Heath Slater has tangled before with Ryback, but after being featured prominently on RAW in his own losing segments against WWE legends, Ryback could certainly benefit more from a win over his former Nexus bandmate this time around. 

    Since the WWE is so high on future Ryback victims cutting promos before matches, Heath Slater would serve as the perfect opposition for Ryback with his obnoxious "One Man Band" medley. 

Drew McIntyre

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    Drew McIntyre continues to languish below the WWE undercard, and while he does, this would be the perfect opportunity to truly showcase Ryback's strength.

    Picking up two grown men who each share the same frame as an adolescent teen is nowhere near as impressive of a feat of strength as it looks on television, however tossing around a 6'6" 250 lb Scot would be a more effective showcase of Ryback's power. 

JTG

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    JTG's athleticism would be perfect for Ryback's power move skill set as JTG would be able to expertly sell every move. While his singles career hasn't exactly taken off, JTG could still be a good hand if he is to work with Ryback and help the possible future poster boy get over.

The Great Khali

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    The Great Khali is used in spot duty these days, and even then he loses just as much as he wins. The WWE is long past the stage of protecting Khali as an attraction, and given his extremely limited in-ring work, why not feed the seven-foot giant to Ryback in a glorified squash match to really make fans take notice.  

The Miz

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    I say this half-jokingly, but given how the WWE has booked Miz over the past several months, is it really that farfetched?

    Miz has been off filming The Marine: Homefront, so hopefully he will get a fresh push upon returning to WWE TV.  But if this is not in the plans for the former WWE Champion, then instead of jobbing Miz out unceremoniously, an alternative could be using what's left of the Miz as a vehicle to elevate Ryback.

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