Ryback is a superstar who WWE is bound and determined to make into a big name and their efforts have began paying off a little recently.
Ryback chants can often be heard on live shows, although they are not the arena-filling chants WWE would want they still show that Ryback has supporters.
Hearing a Ryback chant can often be rare as Goldberg chants usually rule the arena when Ryback is wrestling due to the similarity of their gimmicks.
Wrestling is always changing and today's WWE seems more focused on the quality of matches than ever before. Just look at some of the recent PPVs and you will see some spectacular matches.
Guys like CM Punk, Daniel Bryan, Cody Rhodes, Randy Orton and Dolph Ziggler are forcing the locker room to step up to their level of performing, and the company is becoming better as a whole because of it.
The question remains: can Ryback sustain his gimmick in today's WWE?
Let's face it: Ryback is not known for his stellar matches. Even the matches he has fought which go longer than a minute or two show his limited move-set.
A gimmick like Ryback's is harder to pull off in today's environment because fans demand quality more than anything nowadays.
I truly believe that if Hulk Hogan were debuting today with his exact same gimmick from the 80s, he would be booed out of the arena.
We simply do not have the luxury of fans accepting a match with a few big moves and a bunch of headlocks and punches.
Ryback has yet to have a match where he receives rave reviews for his in-ring performance, but that could be due to the fact that he has not been given a chance yet.
The longest Ryback match I can remember seeing was against Jinder Mahal, and then he only performed one big move and Mahal went running to the back.
The Miz looks like he will be Ryback's first real opponent with any credibility in the WWE and Miz is no slouch in the ring.
He has had plenty of experience facing powerhouses much larger than him, so facing guys like Ryback is standard operating procedure for the awesome one.
Seeing how Ryback performs against a former WWE champion will be interesting as it should serve as a good measuring stick for Ryback's future.
Unless Miz is going to be the first person to put Ryback down for a pin, then we could also see the big man take home his first title if the feud progresses to a title match.
Hell in a Cell is several weeks away, so WWE has time to build this up into a real title feud if that is their intention, but they have to be careful not to make Ryback look too powerful only to reign him in later.
Sometimes when a superstar has as much momentum to their character as Ryback, it backfires because that person's limitations are revealed and they are downed quickly, making all their build-up for nothing.
Look at guys like Mike Knox, Snitsky and even Brodus Clay. They all came in with an image as being a destructive monster and all of them were quickly brought back down to low-mid-card level.
WWE has had nearly ten months to make a move with Ryback and they are only just now putting him in the ring with real contenders, which shows how apprehensive some people in the back are about pushing him as the next Goldberg.
Your guess is as good as mine when it comes to who will finally be the person to hand Ryback his first real defeat, but it will be interesting to see how he is handled following a loss.
What do you think about Ryback?
Is he going to be able to step up and be the next Goldberg or will he be the next Scotty Goldman? Sorry, Colt Cabana.
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