WWE Opinion: Ryback and Can the Roster Handle Even More Superbabyfaces?
Some say that he is a genetic clone of Bill Goldberg, made with Chinese precision. And that his lips have been to the same places as those of Sheamus and John Cena. All we know is, he is called Ryback! (And, that he used to be called Skip Sheffield, but that is another story.)
Apparently Ryback is a portmanteau of Ryan Reeves—the guy's birth name—and Silverback—his nickname, which comes from a type of gorilla that he is said to resemble. Billed from Sin City, he is undefeated in his new gimmick, which sees him wanting to be fed more.
Rumors have it that Mr. Reeves is being groomed to take over the role of John Cena, who is portrayed as WWE's resident superhero. Maybe it has something to do with the name—both Christopher Reeve and George Reeves are best known for the portrayal of Superman, the most iconic superhero known to man.
Cena is not the only superhero in the WWE, however. Sheamus, WWE's Irish superstar, has, over the past year, transitioned gracefully—as gracefully as a "hooligan" can, anyway—into a similar role and laid claim to a world championship, which he won in a contest that lasted all of eighteen seconds.
And there is Randy Orton. While he still does lose his fair share of matches, ever since his turn towards the light side of the Force—pardon my Star Wars reference—he does not do so to mere mortals. Not to mention that, following a loss, he usually gets a return match, which he almost invariably wins.
While three demigods fill the ranks, the side of evil is lacking in such a character that is both powerful and charismatic. Perhaps with the turn of CM Punk—a villain that the masses began to cheer, so he was turned into a hero, before he began stabbing other heroes from behind—and the return of an injured Wade Barrett, who might form an alliance, there will be a bit more balance in the world of kayfabe.
But, if Ryback—someone who is cheered, but is still merely a brawler in the back-alleys of the WWE Universe—is going to rise up the ranks, it might be a different world. Having a character whose entire gimmick is based on an inability to lose—to multiple opponents, no less—and the hunger for more suddenly rise to the higher echelons might be a bit excessive.
Let's face it, there is a sizable proportion of fans that find it tough to swallow that the same wrestlers constantly win, regardless of opponents. And, these very wrestlers are constantly berated for playing the same character for prolonged periods. Adding one more character that does not lose and behaves like a machine might not be a great move.
The WWE heels—the thugs and villains of the Universe—have the short end of the stick. With authority figures being portrayed by the babyfaces, the babyfaces holding most of the titles—with or without title defenses—and babyfaces constantly winning, the heels are neither credible nor dominant. It seems like the story of David and Goliath, but with Goliath having the grace of God as well.
The bad guys have a very short straw. They cannot do things that used to be considered normal for villains—some blame the PG rating, others blame the political ambitions of WWE's first lady—and risk losing their jobs over something they spoke. On top of that, they are not getting credible runs with the championships—look at Miz's matches after becoming the new Intercontinental Champion—and lose most of the matches on television. Having them outnumbered by the good guys as well is probably not the best direction to go.
Or maybe we will just have a show where there is a single "bad boy" in the roster. Then, all the babyfaces can come together and "overcome the odds" on the dastardly villain and tell him that he will never win anything. Then, they can look at the camera, smile and say, "Don't be a bully, Be a Star!"
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