In a recent interview conducted by Busted Open with Dave LaGreca, Chris Jericho had some interesting opinions of Ryback in comparison to Bill Goldberg.
Jericho praised Ryback and believed he should be the next hot commodity of the WWE. He also believed that in order to solidify his push, he should win against CM Punk at the Hell in the Cell PPV.
Jericho states (h/t WrestlingInc.com):
This is the chance to create a new guy. This is the chance to make a new star instantly, and I know tradition says you must build a star. There is no tradition in a case like this. The comparisons are to Goldberg.
Most of the fans in this day and age have no idea who Goldberg is and don't care. We do, but in the year 2012 Goldberg was over ten years ago. How did Goldberg get over?
By beating everybody. There was no loss for Goldberg. As soon as he did lose, that's when things started going downhill for him. Ryback is not a normal guy. This is not a guy that we see that builds his way to the top and fans get behind him slowly but surely. You want to pick a new guy? Have him beat CM Punk this week.
Jericho makes a good point here. One must admit that Ryback is much more over than when he was beating jobbers. The main critique is that he has not beaten anyone relevant to become a star. However, we tend to forget that Bill Goldberg did not have an impressive list of winning streak victims either. No disrespect to Goldberg—his streak was one of the hottest things going in the WCW at the time, but many forget that many of his victories were against jobbers and midcarders.
His first win against a former WCW World Champion was not until #94, defeating Sting at a house show. His first televised win against a world champion wasn't until #101, defeating Hulk Hogan. So, statistically, Ryback is ahead of Goldberg on points.
Yes, he was force-fed to us. But wasn't Goldberg too? Goldberg's charisma wasn't because he had good mic work. Conversely, his mic work wasn't good at all. His charisma came from plowing through wrestlers such as Mark Starr (#11), Mike Tolbert (#25), Rick Fuller (#41) and Len Denton (#74).
Yeah, I know what you're thinking—a win's a win, right? Same thing should be applied for Ryback.
We all know that Ryback isn't necessarily "ready" to be the top guy, but you have to start somewhere. Sheamus was only on the main roster less than three months before he became WWE Champion. John Cena—having next to no charisma as a babyface—turned heel against Billy Kidman after losing in a tag match the previous week and subsequently received a push.
Although Ryback is not the most fluid person to watch on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, at least he has the potential to be a world champion. And in these days, sometimes that is all you need.
In similar fashion to how Chris Jericho described Bill Goldberg, a Ryback loss on Sunday may be more detrimental than a CM Punk loss.
Do you think a Ryback loss on Sunday would hurt his momentum? Civilly comment below.
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