These were the top names originally considered to affect the outcome of the Ryback/CM Punk Hell in a Cell main event match for the WWE Championship (h/t WrestlingInc.com). Any of these names would have added more of a spark to the angle, as well as atoned for a Ryback loss.
Any of these names would have caused a great deal of suspense leading up to the following Raw and the Survivor Series pay-per-view.
Any of these names could have even been a good feud for Ryback to get him out of the title picture for the time being.
However—we get Brad Maddox.
In what had absolutely no back story, or even a relevant aftermath, Maddox screws over Ryback, low-blowing him and costing him the WWE title.
This made no sense.
Even so, CM Punk denied having anything to do with Maddox's decision at the PPV.
The latest report about this matter is that—because of his heinous actions—Maddox was forced to go to the WWE Board of Inquiry for an immediate evaluation via a closed-door Q&A session (h/t WrestlingInc.com).
There are some pros and cons of continuing this angle:
Brad Maddox is an established wrestler in FCW, and has held multiple titles during his tenure. He can eventually be another member in Paul Heyman's stable, which could warrant more members to join.
He could be used as the "sacrificial lamb" to wrestlers who CM Punk is intimidated by (i.e. Ryback), and could be involved in 'dirty finishes' from CM Punk in the future.
The days of Danny Davis are long gone. No more "referee-turned-wrestler in stripes." Maddox does not have enough credibility to have any kind of notoriety in the WWE at this time, other than (maybe) a maligned and untrustworthy referee who needs to "earn his stripes" again.
CM Punk's denial was actually a step back in Maddox's relevancy—at least this could have made some kind of headway by being affiliated with Punk in some form or fashion. Now, the issue may be a bit belabored, and very few may care anymore since it is no longer "hot off the press."
Should the WWE continue the Brad Maddox angle?
What do you think? Should this Brad Maddox angle continue? If so, in what way? Speak your mind (civilly) below.
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