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The performance of this man has been arguably the biggest talking point to come from the show this week. Unfortunately, it's for all the wrong reasons.
In a rematch from SmackDown against Tensai, Ryback went for his trademark Shell Shocked finisher, but for the first time ever, he could not lift his opponent.
But was this entirely Ryback’s fault?
Many have postulated that Tensai sandbagged him, especially when one considers that Ryback successfully pulled off the move just last week on Smackdown.
But in my opinion, Tensai didn’t appear to aid his opponent during the SmackDown tapings, yet Ryback still managed to hit the move. This would suggest that the latter does indeed have the strength to dead-lift the former, but for some reason on Raw, he just couldn’t do it.
While Tensai must be blamed for not helping his opponent on either occasion, there remain questions over Ryback’s involvement.
Was he just having an off day?
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying it’s easy to lift a man of almost 400 pounds, but when the likes of John Cena and Wade Barrett can lift men like Mark Henry and the Big Show, one must assume that a man of Ryback’s gargantuan stature could surely lift Tensai.
Either way, this botch will definitely go down as a blemish on the newcomer’s record, particularly since he seemed lost after failing to complete the move.
Had he feigned injury as the reason for being unable to lift Tensai—as others have done in the past—Ryback would have escaped the incident with a little more credibility.
In his defence though, he did manage to continue the show and secure the victory with another stiff clothesline, but doesn’t that just demonstrate the limited nature of his move set?
Perhaps I’m being overly critical, but Ryback’s ascendancy in the WWE may indeed have come too soon.
Nonetheless, the WWE seems intent on pushing him, as he was featured once again to intimidate WWE Champion CM Punk.
Whether the WWE wanted to push ahead with this move, despite the earlier incident, or it was grudgingly forced to follow the evening’s script remains unknown.
But Ryback has been exposed. Now’s the time for him to step up and prove he’s the real deal.