Ryback Botches 'Shell Shock' Again at WWE House Show

Imaan JalaliFeatured ColumnistOctober 23, 2012

Photo courtesy of WWE.com
Photo courtesy of WWE.com

It's been a while since we've seen a character rise the ranks as quickly as Ryback has.

Certainly, there have been a fair share of power wrestlers in WWE, but most only inflict damage to their opponents without any pomp and circumstance.

Ryback stands out in that he punishes his prey and compels entire arenas full of WWE fans to chant "Feed Me More" with just a simple, double-hammer arm gesture.

It is a quality that fans haven't witnessed since the bygone ascendancy of a similar mold of superstar, Goldberg, who is still heartily remembered.

Comparisons to Goldberg aside, Ryback has been carving—with two stainless steel forks—his own niche in the WWE Universe.

At Hell in a Cell 2012, "Big Hungry" will test his mettle and durability against the dastardly CM Punk in a drawn-out battle for the WWE title.

But before his first pay-per-view main event, Ryback may already be showing signs of failing the litmus test as a sustainable superstar.

As posted by YouTube user "DLVlogz" (click HERE to watch it), the Oct. 21 Raw house show sees Ryback again having trouble applying his finishing maneuver, the "Shell Shock."

This time it wasn't a larger-than-life wrestler, but rather Paul Heyman, who is, for all intents and purposes, a 5'9" civilian.

Of course, as many recall a few weeks ago, Ryback had great difficulty setting up his signature move on Tensai before frustratedly opting for a clothesline to win the match.

Apologetic critics attributed the botch to the uncooperative dead weight of Tensai, who allegedly did his insatiable opponent no favors in the ring (h/t examiner.com).

In the case of Ryback being unable to lift Heyman, though, what is the excuse this time around?

As the video demonstrates, Heyman even does his best to assist in the setup of the "Shell Shock" by trying to spring off his right leg while pushing off Ryback's left quadriceps.

Yet Ryback has no choice but to withdraw from the futility of the attempt and resort to Plan B—finishing Heyman with a move that ironically resembles Goldberg's "Jackhammer."

Luckily for WWE, the bungle happened at a house show, not on live TV.

If the same were to transpire at the Hell in a Cell pay-per-view, however, Ryback's mystique may suffer an irrevocable blemish.

That being said, even if he were to impress in his first WWE title contest, it would be wise of Ryback to develop a more "ergonomic" finisher.

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