CM Punk, Ryback Mystery Shows off What WWE Does Best

Dustin MurrellSenior Analyst IOctober 9, 2012


I'm the kind of person that hates spoilers. I do what I can to avoid them.

I didn't see The Sixth Sense until five years after it was released. During those five years, I managed to remain ignorant regarding the Shyamalan twist at the end. And that's one of the most well-known plot twists of all time.

I always enjoy the WWE product better when it keeps us guessing and pulls off big surprises. Vince McMahon and his team are some of the absolute best at this game.

Remember in the days of the Ministry of Darkness when the company kept us guessing as to who the Higher Power would be? Remember when Brock Lesnar made his unexpected return the day after WrestleMania? Remember the unveiling of the giant egg at Survivor Series 1990 that gave us the Gobbledy Gooker?

OK, maybe that last one wasn't a great example.

The point is, the WWE knows how to keep us guessing, and that's exactly what it's doing with Ryback, CM Punk and John Cena.

The first time we saw Ryback involved with Punk was after the WWE champion laid out Mick Foley backstage. Everybody had a guess.

Maybe Foley was going to be Ryback's mentor. Having plowed through The Miz on that same episode, maybe Ryback just hates champions. Maybe WWE creative freaked out with Cena's surgery and just threw Ryback in there, and it will be another story that it lets fade away instead of explaining.

But, of course, the next week, Ryback was at it again. After Punk sent Good Ol' J.R. to the locker rooms, Ryback escorted the Hall of Fame commentator back to the ring.


Maybe Ryback's gimmick will be that he has a soft spot for WWE legends and Hall of Famers. Maybe this is just a teaser for a Punk/Ryback feud way down the line.

And then, Ryback came out to save Vince McMahon. He almost nailed Punk with his finisher. Then it was announced that Punk has to choose between Cena and Ryback at Hell in a Cell.

The WWE can't put Ryback in a pay-per-view main event match for the WWE Championship, can it?

Could this end up being a Triple Threat match? Is Ryback really a Heyman guy? If so, is McMahon in on it? If Ryback doesn't start a program with Punk, what does the creative team have in store for him?

I'm excited to tune in next week to hear Punk's answer. WWE, keep it up.

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